Karma. Something I have believed in for many years and have been thinking about a lot lately. Karma is not a religion, not a belief that some deity is pleased or displeased by your actions. It isn’t about praying for forgiveness or praying for assistance.Karma in my mind is down to choices. Making the best or right choice based on your ethical and moral view of life. I believe we should do the best to help others and to look after this precious planet that is our home and indeed all life upon it.
I believe that we do make the wrong choices sometimes and poor decisions will often lead to tears and regret at a later time.That is Karma in its simplest form. But we do not pray for some made up god’s forgiveness. Rather we must find it within us to forgive ourselves and others. We do not need to visit some priests cubicle to seek penance but rather our penance should be in seeking to repair the bad decision or if that isn’t possible then choosing a way to atone for that mistake. And Karma will reward us with the knowing that we got it right the second time. Our reward will not be in heaven but in our own mind and the effect we have had on others.
And we must remember that we are all a part of this planet. And Karma is already paying us back for the way we have abused our world. The rich of the world have abused and raped this planet for personal gain. Whether it has been leaving great swathes of the planet uninhabitable by man’s ever growing need for cheap energy and minerals. Whether it is the ruthless exploitation of the weak and poor of the world to turn out cheaper goods for the masses and greater wealth for the few. Whether it is the pumping out of poisonous, noxious gases or pesticides.In so many ways are we destroying our own home. And for what purpose?
The purpose is for the obscene wealth of just a few at the expense of the rest of us. Yes we may benefit from the latest super fast technology, the latest fashionable clothing brands but Karma will eventually seek a reckoning. It is already happening with the poisoning of the whole ecosystem. With air that is so unbreathable in places that the old and the sick and the very young are suffering. With watercourses and oceans so polluted that whole species are dying out. And even people are being poisoned by their own drinking water. That is Karma. That is the repayment for our destruction of this planet for sheer greed.
But what can we do? As I said before. Karma is about choices. We must make the right choices. We must put people in power that care about our planet. We must make greener personal choices. We must redistribute the obscene wealth of the few, if necessary by punitive taxation upon them. Even small changes to the way we live can make enormous changes when multiplied a million fold if we all make those changes.
Walk to the shops occasionally instead of taking the car. Buy smaller more environmentally friendly vehicles or use public transport. Even taking your own bag to the store or buying unpackaged foods can make a noticeable difference. And Karma will repay us all eventually with clean air, clean water, clean pesticide free food. A healthier happier life for all of us.
Simple really isn’t it. Just make wiser choices. Vote for a party that will start to put things right. Care for others. Care for ourselves. And remember Karma.
Two instances today made me think of karma.
Now many of you know me and know that I do bang on about karma occasionally but I truly believe in it and I do try to live my life by it. I am not a religious person, far from it and I have lost friends who have tried to push their religious ideals on me, some recently but I care not for closed minds. As clever as they pretend to be I will always beat them in anything pertaining to false Middle Eastern cult religions such as christianity or islam, especially if they start quoting bible verse at me. Gods were invented by primitives to help them explain natural forces and even fears. I personally have risen above that and think that the sooner mankind rejects these parasitic priest led ideologies the better.
But although not religious I am a very spiritual person in that I believe that there is some force within this universe which influences our lives to some extent. I do not believe it is a godlike figure but rather a force maybe even within ourselves. Call it what you like. Gaia, Mother Nature, Kismet etc. It is your own choice and matters only to you. I also think that we can affect our lives by influencing that force by our actions. Even in science it is a well known fact that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and I think that applies as much to the way we live our lives and treat people and even our environment You will reap what you sow in fact I think you could say. We are learning that from our treatment of our world and it’s environment. But it will be our children’s children who face the karma on that one I am afraid as part of a joint human responsibility. I think even the bible mentions that the sins of the fathers will be paid by their children.
I suppose that I also think simplistically of karma as a kind of bank. You can only take out what you have previously put in. The more you put in the more is available to come back and who knows, you may even get a little interest on it. If you put nothing in you will get nothing back and if you try to take anything out forcefully you will suffer the consequences. Funny how karma mirrors real life ain’t it.
So there you have it. I do try lately to live by karma. I try to treat people as I would wish to be treated myself. I believe in trying to be honest and upfront with my friends. I do not always succeed but I do try. Maybe I try too hard sometimes.
And the two aforesaid instances? Well a touchy subject and I will only mention them in the vaguest terms possible but firstly I heard someone today mention how they got nothing out of a long relationship with someone. A friend of mine and I will call him Matthew although that isn’t his real name of course had this said about him today and all I will say is that of course karma applies and maybe the complainant was unaware that they deserved nothing out if they put nothing in in the first place.
Number two and touchier still but I thought today of another good friend of mine. Let us call him Peter for want of a better name. I watched that friend put everything into a friendship. Love, truth, trust, the full monty. He tried to support someone who had been hurt. He beleived in karma like me but I watched as in return he was slowly broken by a seemingly kind person. I stood by as he was almost destroyed by that persons selfishness and lack of any kind of feeling. I maybe even lost a bit of faith for a while in karma until I saw someone restore his and my faith in it again.
So. Karma? Yes it does apply.
Have a great Midwinter Festival.
Xxx Stan Rogers
PS. Click on AFFIRMATION to hear a Karmaic song.
Bitterness is so self defeating. So coruscatingly self harming
A seed sewn within your poor sad self…Turning your tenderness to acidity
Your smile to a self pitying frown
Bitterness feeds on itself…Devouring its own tail till eats itself in finality
Total self destruction. Loving hate and other oxymora.
I have learned to not hate….Said it before…Hate is a waste of emotion
Negativity the blessed same…It withers the soul…Destroys our selfness
Karma I believe in and that doesn’t allow for hate…Only experiencing.
What you give will come right back…So be calm. Be placid.
Forgive me or forget me….Don’t hate me