Ok! So, what did you decide karma was for your personal beliefs? I thought a lot about karma and where I first heard it from, and it was actually with one of my best friends, Morgan, and her mother was talking about Karma one day picking us up from kindergarten. She said that if you do good things, good karma will come back one day to you, and vice versa. Essentially, she was right, and for a kindergartener that was a pretty easy concept to understand—don’t do bad things for it’ll come back to bite ya later! Essentially, karma is that positive acitons will bring about longterm happiness, and negative acts will do the opposite. Makes sense right? If you go about life being righteous and generous more likely that good things might happen to you (or so you hope). This doesn’t mean it has to be a higher-power who’s influencing the good & bad thigns happenening, but that other people will try to help you out if you’re always lending a helping hand. I’m sure you see it every day. For those people we also observe who lie, steal, and do other “bad” things will have a unhappy life in the longrun.
These actions are determined by five conditions:
- Daily, recurrent actions
- Deliberate acitons for an intended purpose
- Having no regret of actions
- Action against extraordinary persons
- Action toward those who have previously helped
After death, there is a cycle of rebirth in the Buddhist religion, there are six phases that you can be born into, three positive & three negative. The three positive are relams of demigods, relam of gods, and relam of men. The relam of men is deemed to be highest form of rebirth—though it’s said that the realm of the demigods & gods have pleasure in ways we don’t understand, they also suffer from continuous resentment & desire. The three unfortunate relams are that of animals, ghosts, and hell. The relam of man is able to achieve Nirvana, whereas the othr relams cannot achieve that stage of pure enlightenment.
There! Now you have it, what do you think of the spiritual relams achieved through karma? How does karma influence your life? What other religions have themes similar to Buddhism?
I was very enlightened reading about Buddhism and the history whilst also learning about it’s practices. I think understanding them & their beliefs not only challenges my personal beliefs, but encourages fostering an understanding of others—and it’s a conversation starter amongst my friends!
Have a good week!