Laws of Karma – real or not?
Karma – so what does it mean? I believe in the laws of karma and often say the words to my children, especially when things are not going their way. The basics of karma states that a positive action will produce a positive result while a negative action will only attract a negative reaction. Is this how you see the laws of karma?
We have recently returned from a family holiday to Bali where the laws of karma is the way many Balinese people live their lives. In general they are very calming people to be around and you do not often see people getting stressed or angry at each other. With around ninety percent of the population being Hindu, their interpretation of karma applies to their actions, their words and also their thoughts. Quite a beautiful way to live your life really!
Karma promotes self-reflection and positive thinking – two important traits I try to teach my children. It can be very difficult to explain to a child why they have been treated badly and how they should react to being treated in a negative way. I could tell my child to get angry and retaliate but often that doesn’t match our beliefs. Instead I tell my child we cannot control how other people behave but we can control how we react. The laws of karma claim that the negative behaviour will eventually find its way back to the person as part of the learning process in life.
The laws of karma are fascinating and are broken into 12 parts. If you have never read about or understand the basic laws of karma, then we are here to enlighten you.
12 laws of karma
- The Great Law. This is the law of cause and effect. Whatever you put out into the world – positive or negative vibes is what will be returned to you.
- The Law of Creation. We are one with the universe and life requires our participation to happen – it cannot happen on its own.
- The Law of Humanity. We must accept life first in order to change it.
- The Law of Growth. We only have control over ourselves and in order to grow spiritually, we must change ourselves without worrying about changing other people.
- The Law of Responsibility. We must take responsibility for our own life’s destination. We mirror what surrounds us so if you do not like what is in the mirror, change it.
- The Law of Connection. Our past, present and future are all connected. Each step in life is connected, with no step being greater or more significant than the other.
- The Law of Focus. One cannot think of two things at the same time.
- The Law of Giving and Hospitality. This is where you put what you have learned into practice.
- The Law of Here and Now. To enjoy the moment we must not be constantly looking backwards at what might have been or forward with worry.
- The Law of Change. Until the lesson has been learnt, nothing will change.
- The Law of Patience and Reward. Good will come in time to those who do the right thing.
- The Law of Significance and Inspiration. The work you put in is what will be given back to you in return.
Most of the laws of karma make sense to me, emphasising that good attitudes will be rewarded, while negative actions will not. I know this doesn’t always happen in life and there are many things that do happen in life that cannot be explained or justified. However, the basics of karma is a way of life that I live by and encourage my children to do the same.
Do you believe in karma?