Do You Believe in Karma? Why, or Why Not?

Singapore
February 20, 2007 10:38am CST
Hi there! Do you believe in karma, the cycle of cause and effect? Can anyone also explain the concept of karma in greater detail for everyone's benefit? How central a role does karma play in your religion and life? Cheers! Andre www.theultimatesuccessmanual.com
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
20 Feb 07
i most certainly do. Throughout my life i have had numerous experiences that have provided me with enough evidence to suggest karma is an absolute reality blessed be
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• Singapore
20 Feb 07
Yes, even though I don't hold any particular religious beliefs, I have noticed certain patterns in my life that suggest that karma is at work!
• Singapore
24 Feb 07
Hi Bestofmoneyonline! What patterns? Oh, the usual "I-do-X-and-get-Y" kind of thing! Yes, being open minded is good! Remember the saying "The mind is like a parachute. It works best when open"!!! Thanks for the software, will try it out! Cheers!
• Singapore
6 Mar 07
Yes. I believe in karma. I believe after having marked your responses as "Best Response", you will reciprocate the favour. :-) Regards, Edmund Ng http://www.internet-empire.com http://www.purchaseresume.com
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• Singapore
6 Mar 07
Hey look4edmund, Haha that's the most practical response I've seen so far! Haha can I afford not to give it to you - that might jolly well invalidate your belief in karma - and that's bad karma on my part if I make you lose belief in karma! I've had some really terrific responses, I'll wait a while more before I mark the best response! :) No worries buddy, many opportunities to mark yours as "Best Response" in this and other discussions! Oh, congrats upon reaching your 100th post! 400 more to go before you can cut and paste!
@seamonkey (1982)
• Ireland
6 Mar 07
I do. I have seen it in action, down to very specific details. It isn't part of my religion, but I believe it is one of life's golden rules.
• Singapore
6 Mar 07
Great, hope you were at the "right end" of karma! Yes, I feel that whether or not one's religion accepts it, it is indeed a golden rule of life. Just wondering - how do you explain karma to those who do not believe in reincarnation?
@shilpaum (1753)
• India
27 Feb 07
Everybody knows atleast these four line from "BHAGAVAD GITA" .... "Karmanye Vaadhika-raste, Maa Phaleshu Kadachana; Maa karma-phala-hetur-bhoorma, MaTe sangostwakarmini."....This means.... Your right is to work only, But never to its fruits; Let not the fruits of action be thy motive, Nor let thy attachment be to inaction. *N frankly I know that much only. I believe in Karma (somewhat)...we will get that only what we have tried to achieve. Every move of our has its certain effect n there is cause of every move. Thanks.
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• Singapore
28 Feb 07
Thanks! Wow, I've certainly got quite a few recommendations to read Bhagavad Gita! Will read it soon! Thanks to all who have contributed so far, it's really been very enlightening for me! I hope we get more responses, so more can learn from this wonderful sharing!
@shlynx08 (56)
• Philippines
24 Feb 07
yes, the cycle of cause and effect. its as simple as a positive and negative result, if uve done someting it would definitely affect u and the situation
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• Singapore
27 Feb 07
Thanks for your response! Haha looks like we have to watch what we think/do/feel all the time!
• United Arab Emirates
24 Feb 07
Sure I believe in karma. As you do bad with people....it'll be done for you may be after a little time and may be long time.
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• Singapore
27 Feb 07
Yes, it looks like most people who have replied so far believe in karma! That's good.... I suppose we become better people in a way, knowing how our actions/inactions/thoughts/feelings impact our lives......
• Singapore
23 Feb 07
Of course I believe in it. That's why I believe the old man will die soon. The real karma will be to not die and see everything go down. Regards, Edmund Ng http://www.purchaseresume.com http://www.internet-empire.com
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@prasad1961 (5603)
• India
23 Feb 07
Take the example of Tortoise. It can live equally well either in water or earth. Like so We have to live alone or sitting company with others possible only when we feel or concentrate like Tortoise. This is called Karma or karma sadhana.
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• Singapore
27 Feb 07
Thanks for your response! What does "sadhana" mean?
• Singapore
23 Feb 07
Hi there, I strongly believe in Karma. Where there's no cause, there won't be an effect. Example: I push a toy car - Pushing the toy car is the cause(action). The toy car move - The movement (result) of the toy car is the effect of my push (action). Karma is not a religion. As explained in, Karma is the law of nature, the law of truth. Which means Karma does not need anyone to believe to prove it's existence. Wheteher one believe or not, it's alway there. "Rip what you sow" Do more wholesome deeds and refrain from unwholesome deeds! This subject can be quite argumental though. * Karma is not retribution. Tashi: http://www.entrepreneurs-link.com
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• Singapore
27 Feb 07
Ya, it's like the Law of Gravity. Whether you believe in it or not, it works! In some way, is the Law of Attraction a little related to the Law of Karma?
@samee007 (85)
• United States
21 Feb 07
i dont believe that coz i dont know what is karma
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• Singapore
24 Feb 07
Haha I hope you have learnt what Karma is from the very informative responses we have had in this discussion!
@dld999 (118)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Karma is Experience. Your collective experiences past and present. So Karma itself is neither good nor bad, simply your current account balance with the universe. Each day you decide whether to add or subtract to that balance by your actions, thoughts, inactions, etc. Very advanced spiritual persons can reset their own and other's balances so that past debts are cleared. A positive balance indicates spiritual growth but it is not an absolute scale, i.e. you can't compare your balance to someone else's and therefore decide who's more spiritually advanced. For me, I hope my balance is in the positive but regardless, I choose to act in positive ways, to think in positive ways, to give more than I receive. That is the way to spend your time and energy. Karma will take care of itself.
• Singapore
21 Feb 07
Thanks, wow, love your explanation, and good advice! Yes, I should have realised that "inactions" also contribute to karma!
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
In my belief, There is no Karma. Instead, there is a CONSEQUENSE fro every sin committed. The consequence of smoking is Lung Cancer. If you are drunk and got accident, it's the consequense of sin. If you robbed and prisoned, thats a consequense, If you are terminated on your job because of stealing or dishonesty, its a consequense. To enjoy the sin today is to suffer tomorrow! That's my explanation on the Karma you are talking.
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• Singapore
20 Feb 07
Thanks for your explanation! Yup, cause and effect, consequences, karma.... they're the same thing, right, just different terminology, different way of expression?
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I believe in it wholeheartedly and have seen and felt it in action on more than one occasion....One thing ppl tend to forget or maybe not realize though is that karma ISNT jsut what you DO or how you act its also what you feel and think....So what you put out into the world is actually ANYTHING you put out into the world....thinking negative thoughts for example is just as much putting out a negative energy as doing negative things is....see what I'm saying? and the same goes for positive action, word, thoughts and feelings....put out ANY positive flow and the positive flow is returned to you...
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• Singapore
20 Feb 07
Wow, thanks, though I heard that karma consists of thoughts as well as actions, I've paid more attention to the "actions" component.... Thanks for reminding me to watch my thoughts! Yes, there's an obvious linkage between karma and the Law of Attraction.... thanks for the reminder! :)
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
In buddhist teaching, the law of karma,says onl this: for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according to its cause was skillfuil or unskillful. A skillful event is one that is not accompanied by craving, resistance or delusions. an unskillful event is one that is accompanied by anyone of those things. therefore the law of karma teaches that responsibility for unskillful actions is born by the persons who commits them.. Personally I dont experience that bad Karma,,,... Just as what others do that they were hurt by the one they love because they hurt someone in the past.. For this, only one thing is certaing: Do good things so that also good things will approach your whole life.. Avoind doing bad.. that's it
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• Singapore
20 Feb 07
Thanks for your very helpful response! Any idea where the concept of karma originated from? Was it from Buddhism or Hinduism? Or somewhere else? While I'm not Buddhist, I'm familiar with some of its teachings (I've read up on quite a few major religions in my own quest for spiritual growth)....I love eating meat but am on a gradual process of becoming vegetarian - haha principle of "non-injury"! Cheers! Andre www.theultimatesuccessmanual.com