Is karma real? When you think of karma, you may immediately think of something happening to you because of what you did in the past. Karma is usually associated with a negative deed of some sort, that eventually comes back to haunt you. The actual definition of karma is (in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. So this karma thing can actually date back to previous lifetimes that we have no memory of. Wow, to think whatever you may be going through in life has some connection with past lifetimes is interesting. Karma is action. Every action that we take place in has some sort of consequence. This can be good or bad. Karma is closely resembled to the laws of cause and effect. Every action you take place in determines your life in the future. As well as our personality traits that can indicate how we may have acted in the past.
There are many different ways of explaining karma. It can be a bit confusing. Some describe karma as the source behind human potential. Our wrongdoings are spiritually stored only to be presented to us in the same way, except we are the ones feeling the affect of our previous actions this time. Only for the purpose of truly understanding our ignorance. And with compassion we take a step higher in human consciousness. Only to realize that the way we treat each other is directly connected to our own happiness and fate. It isn’t viewed as any form of punishment but consequences of our ignorance. We cannot truly fathom why things happen in our lives, so don’t drive yourself crazy trying to figure it out.
Some even say karma isn’t external. Meaning if I rob you, the consequences of going to jail would be external. But the suffering and guilt, which is internal, is the karma. There are even considered to be different stages of karma as well. What is more important is what we have control of in the present. Despite whatever you may be going through, living or thinking in a vile manner is only a reflection of your future fate. Living virtuously is like planting the seeds of your future reality. If we plant an apple seed, there will only be apples that can grow from this tree, there isn’t any other possible scenarios. No plums, berries, or bananas can grow from a tree that weren’t planted with this fate. What goes around comes around. Whenever you are seeking revenge or feeding into your ego, you are only being selfish, you are only planning your fate.