KARMA - MODERN, TIBETAN AND YOGIC DEFINITIONS

February 22, 2017

KARMA AND SOCIETY'S BELIEFS

"Karma"... you most likely have heard that word atleast once at some point in your life. You probably know the meaning behind this word as well. Many pictures and writings illustrating and describing the principle of "Karma" could be found in many different cultures around the world.

If Karma is to be accepted as a real thing by everyone, that would mean humanity is to believe that every individual has to do good in order to receive good. The main problem why it is hard for people to accept the concept of Karma is because we live in a world where, whether we like it or not, greed and materialistic richness are the main sources of our "happiness" and, ignorant of the fundamental truths of life, we prefer to disbelieve in Karma in order to justify any thoughts, words and actions which we may produce in order to obtain that "materialistic happiness".


The individual who does not consider the concept of Karma to may be true uses a statement within the context of:
Karma does not exist. It is just a word invented by religious lunatics in order to scare people and force them to do what the postulators of this idea claim to be "good". But does good really exist in this world? Long time ago people have killed each other believing this was the path towards God. If no one tells and teach those people the concept of "good" and "bad", and explain to them the concept of Karma, how would such people know that they have to do "good" things if they want to receive that in return?
If you look at this subject a little deeper however, you find that it doesn't really matter how you were raised and what you were told. Even if you were raised and taught that killing someone will get you to "Heaven", you would never want someone else to kill you. Following this logic then, we come to the conclusion that we shouldn't do on purpose something to someone that you wouldn't want to be done to you.

WHAT IS "GOOD" AND "BAD"

Everything in the Universe has opposite or gender - black and white, darkess and light, love and hate, etc. All opposites however, are the same thing with a different value (identical in nature, but different in degree), or in other words - they are variables. Depending on how you were raised you would see "good" and "bad" differently from the rest. That means opposites do not  exist with an exact value or definition. This is why Karma is defined as neutral, it doesn't differentiate "good" from "bad" as they are undeterminable.

This force operates based on the principle"You reap what you sow". It doesn't "care" what "good" or "bad" means for you, it just serves you back according to your thoughts, words and actions in the past.


TIBETAN DEFINITION OF "KARMA"

The Tibetan definiton of Karma explained in the "Tibetan book of the Death" is as following: - Death holds up an all-seeing mirror, "the mirror of past actions", to our eyes, in which the consequences of all our negative and positive actions are clearly seen and there is a weighing of our past actions in the light of their consequences, the balance of which will determine the kind of existence or mental state we are being driven to enter. Following the expansive process of the "life-review", the mind is then driven into a new equilibrium, avoiding the chaos of disociation. In our waking state, this weighing and modulation of the momentum of our past thoughts, speech and actions is ofcourse largely hidden, but we do experience this in our sense of "conscience" at the time of thinking, speaking or acting. In death, as in life, the process of inner judgement is not of course a judgement by an external being but it is the result of our own mind's innate dynamic of manifesting the natural fruition of our own mental constructs and coalescing this ripening into a new equilibrium. At this stage, in particular, just as we are about to enter a changed emotive state, it is absolutely critical that we recognise the fundamental reality that we are experiencing the results of the mental states which we ourselves have generated and that we use this understanding to recognise the actual nature of our experience.


THE YOGIC DEFINITION OF KARMA

According to the Yogic definiton, Karma means memory. We carry memory in all levels of our being - the physical body carries the memories of our ancestors (DNA), our mind carries memories of our past experiences, our energy body carries memories of our past actions, etc., therefore Karma means compilation of memories on all levels. Our memories determine our Karma, thus all living organisms look and function differently even though they are all made of the same stuff, they have different memories - DNA is  carrying the same type of genes in different orders. All memories are finding expression into who we are, or in other words - our consciousness puts the clothes of memories to express itself. There is only one Universal mind/consciousness. Each "soul", so to speak, is this Universal consciousness clothing itself in many varieties of memories, which creates the illusion of  individuality. You can imagine the Universal consciousness as being space itself in the Creation. Each soul represent a tiny bubble residing in this space. The bubble seems to be separate from the rest of the bubbles, but the inside of all of them is one and the same - it is the same consciousness for all. The bubble is made out of water holding up space/air within itself. The outer shell made of water represents our memories and the inside is our true nature - consciousness in clothes. If you burst the bubble, you are no longer contained within the limitations of the memories.

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