Little-known laws of karma
Karma, kamma (Skt., Pali kamma - “action, cause-effect, retribution”, Skt. Karman IAST - “work, action, labor”, from kar IAST - “do”) is one of the central concepts in Indian religions and philosophy, the universal law of cause and effect, according to which the righteous or sinful actions of a person determine his fate, the suffering or enjoyment experienced by him. Karma lies at the heart of a series of cause and effect, called samsara, and is used mainly to understand relationships that go beyond one existence. Various Indian religions give slightly different philosophical interpretations of the concept of karma. The law of karma implements the consequences of human actions, both positive and negative, and thus makes a person responsible for his life, for all the suffering and pleasures that it brings him. The results, or “fruits of karma,” are called karma-phala. The action of the law of karma covers both past and future human lives. Activities performed by a person in the liberated state of moksha do not produce good or bad karma. The concept of karma has its roots in the early Upanishads, according to which all living beings are responsible for their karma - their actions and their consequences - and for their liberation from the cycle of birth and death of samsara. In the Vedanta, a certain role is given to God as the distributor of the fruits of karma or as the holder of the power to change the karma of an individual. In general, followers of Buddhism and most Hindu traditions view natural causal laws as a sufficient explanation of the results of karma. According to another point of view, a competent guru, acting as a representative of God, may, at his discretion, partially free the student from his karma. Karma is the material activity of man and its consequences. It is one of the central concepts in the philosophy of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism, where it underlies the cause-effect series (samsaras).
What is karma ? In Sanskrit, this word means action. In the West, the law of Karma is equivalent to Newton's law: "The force of action is equal to the strength of reaction."
When we think, speak or act, we use our own willpower for this. And although we may not be aware of this, any action in one way or another makes us suffer.
Avoid this suffering, as you know, is impossible. But here is how to minimize it, how to maintain the ability to enjoy life - the laws of Karma tell about this.
1. The Great Law
- "What goes around comes around". Also known as the "Law of cause and effect."
- If we want to achieve happiness, peace, love and friendship, then we ourselves must bring others happiness, peace, love and be a true friend.
“Whatever we do in the Universe, it will always return it to us.”
2. The Law of Creation
- Life is not just like that. It requires our participation and our efforts.
- We are part of a single organism of the Universe. Our essence has not only an external side, but also an internal one.
- The key to the “correct” internal state is independence from the surrounding world.
- Be yourself and surround yourself with those people and those things that you really love. And consciously want them in your life.
3. The Law of Humility
“You cannot change the situation until you first accept it.”
- If we have enemies, and in our loved ones there are traits or habits that we hate, then the best we can do is focus on something else. More often than not think about enemies, but about friends. And not that the husband swears, but that you love him for his cheerfulness.
4. The law of growth
“The road is more important than the destination.”
- The main thing for you is that you change and grow, and not the people, cities or technologies around you.
“Our life and the time allotted to us is all that we really have.”
“If we change something in ourselves and our hearts, our lives will change in the same way.”
5. Law of liability
- Whenever something happens wrong in my life, the reason lies in me.
“We are the mirror of what surrounds us.” And what surrounds us is our mirror. This is a universal truth.
6. The law of universal interconnection
- Even when we do what seems to us insignificant, it is very important. Because all things and phenomena in the Universe are interconnected.
- Each step provokes the next. This is how habits are formed.
- For the work to be done, someone must start it.
- Your steps in the past do not matter and are not worthy of analysis. You did the right thing, based on the data that you had at that time.
- The past, present and future are always interconnected. You can’t just start and take it all “from scratch”.
7. The Law of Focus
“You cannot think of two things at the same time.”
- If the thoughts in your head are focused on the search for something important or spiritual values, there is no room for greed or anger in it.
8. The Law of Gift and Hospitality
- If you think something is true, then you should be ready to demonstrate it first hand. If you are not ready, it means that you have only an opinion, not knowledge.
- We only know what we learned in practice.
9. The law “Here and Now”
- An analysis of the past and plans for the future distract you from what is happening right here and now.
- Old thoughts, old patterns of behavior and old dreams prevent you from finding something new.
10. The law of change
“History will repeat itself until you learn from it lessons that will force you to change your path.”
- It’s stupid to do the same thing every time and expect different results.
11. Law of Patience and Remuneration
- Any reward requires an investment of labor.
- Only those awards that require continuous work have lasting value.
- The true joy of life is to do what you have to do, and to know that sooner or later you will achieve your goal.
12. The Law of Inspiration
“You only get what you deserve.”
- The true value of something is equal to the energy and forces that you put into it.
- Any contribution to one’s own well-being is a contribution to overall well-being.
- Only someone who loves to give is able to receive something inspiring.