I awoke this morning with the song, Karma Chameleon by Boy George in my head this morning. I admit I found it interesting since I haven’t heard that song nor thought of it in years. But it brought up the question of Karma to me in a most peculiar way, so I am reaching out to you, dear friends, to see what you have to say about Karma.
As I understand it, having read a bit this morning,
Karma describes how our actions evolve into experience.
Each action is then a seed,
which grows into our experience of the world,
and either starts a new growth process,
or perhaps reinforces an old one.
Which to me, is interpreted as every moment needs to be mindful! How about you? Does the above resonate with your definition and understanding of Karma? Please share as I am most interested in learning from you!
I also read on Buddhanet:
Perplexed by the seemingly inexplicable, apparent disparity that existed among humanity, a young truth-seeker approached the Buddha and questioned him regarding this intricate problem of inequality:
“What is the cause, what is the reason, O Lord,” questioned he, “that we find amongst mankind the short-lived and long-lived, the healthy and the diseased, the ugly and beautiful, those lacking influence and the powerful, the poor and the rich, the low-born and the high-born, and the ignorant and the wise?”
The Buddha’s reply was:
“All living beings have actions (Karma) as their own, their inheritance, their congenital cause, their kinsman, their refuge. It is Karma that differentiates beings into low and high states.”
He then explained the cause of such differences in accordance with the law of cause and effect.
I have heard people allude to others’ actions which they found distasteful, with the phrase, ‘karma will get them’ and I never knew what to say to that sentence. I have heard the word over the years, but I have never truly understood the definition.
Please help me today ~ share what you know, what you believe, define it if you will. If you have written about Karma, please share a link below in the comments. I truly want to hear from you!
And in case you now have the song in your head…Enjoy!