“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” ~ Unknown
‘As you sow, so shall you reap.’
‘The present is nothing but a result of our own past actions.’
‘Our present and future is affected by the cause and effects of our past.’…
All this is karma, the reflection or effects of our own doings from the past. Over time, we are expected to be punished or negated for the bad deeds, and rewarded for the good ones. The concept of Karma is the basis of world equilibrium, a way of balancing the universe. The inequalities are related to the constructive or destructive actions of human beings.
As we all know, a person’s true identity is not based on his words but his actions. In very basic terms, someone with good intentions and clear conscious living a noble life is expected to have good karma. Any incident that adversely affects our life is blamed on bad karma – the result of destructive or ‘bad’ deeds from the past.
Of course, this is simplification, but our karma can be directly related to our conscience.A person with clear conscience always thinks twice before doing something hurtful or bad. He/she often sticks to a positive outlook and prefers ‘right’ actions, instead of the ‘wrong’ ones. The conscience provides us the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. The karma eventually rewards him/her for all the beneficent or ‘right’ actions. On the contrary, someone without a conscience would be more inclined to be selfish and sinful, less thoughtful while taking advantage of a situation with no regard for others’ welfare. Those actions eventually catch up with us, and the karma is bound to punish sooner or later for ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ deeds.
The concept of karma can be simplified or complicated based on how closely or how deeply we want to look at the concept. In principle, the karma is the reflection of our deeds. In Hindu, Sikh and Buddha religions, karma is also linked to what we are born with, including effects of the previous lives. With the existing beliefs of reincarnation in Indian religions, the karma is often linked to the good or bad of the past and past lives. This is often used to justify or explain the basis of how some – with good karma- are born in a favorable social conditions; while others – with bad karma from previous lives – are born into poverty and other miseries. Over the long run, it is said that every sin affects our karma negatively -sooner or later; just like every kind act improves or ‘cleans’ our karma.
Our karma is what we are, our true existence based on our actions. After all, we are what we do; we make our own luck, our own destiny. Our future is not engraved on our foreheads or in the lines of your palms. One always has the power to change tomorrow; we have the power to influence our own karma.
So, our life is not based on a pre-determined fate or kismat. We cannot control what we did in the past or in our previous lives, but we can certainly make a difference by having a positive outlook, by leading a constructive and meaningful life.
In the simplistic terms, no matter how we look at ourselves or what we believe in, it is far easier to live with a clear conscience. A clear conscience always leads to good deeds; and good deeds lead to a better karma.
As you sow, so shall you reap!
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