Karma and Why I Don’t Believe in It

kar·ma
noun
noun: karma
  1. (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.
I hear a lot of people say things like, “I hope my ex gets what’s coming to her” or “Karma’s going to be a bitch when it’s get my ex” or “I can’t wait for karma to give my ex what she deserves.”  I’ve been guilty of it in the past myself, but not in a while.

I use to believe fully in reincarnation, but I’m not sure that I do anymore.  The more and more studying of Kemeticism that I do, the more and more that I realize that I really like the idea of a paradise of rest away from the pain and hurt and struggles that experience on this planet lends to everyone at some point in their life.
The idea of Karma is that you live your life through your actions and your choices. When you die, your next life is determined by how you lived your life before. You can be reincarnated as a “lesser being” for bad choices and you can be reincarnated or reach a state of perfect being by making good choices.

It only works if you believe in reincarnation. If you don’t believe in reincarnation, then the traditional form of karma isn’t something you can believe in either. Sorry if that sounds harsh.

Just as with many things, the word Karma has taken on a new meaning. It’s used a lot in modern times to talk about doing unto others as you would have the do unto you, or what you put out comes back to you, or the three-fold law of Wicca. It’s used as a term that says “If you do bad things, bad things are going to happen to you.”

Now, excuse me while my cynic side comes out for a moment: this also isn’t true, and we know it. It’s hopeful thinking and allows us to think bad things on those that have hurt us in the past while not feeling bad about wishing ill on someone. Think about it: how often do you see someone feed the homeless say, “Wow, I hope karma gets them.” I mean, it’s a perfectly logical sentence. They put good out, you get good back: modern karma.

We all know that sometimes bad people do bad things and get away with it. We all know that, sometimes, karma doesn’t get the person who hurt us or hurt someone else. We pray and wish and hope that karma gets them so we can sit back and say, “haha! I knew it!”

We need to be honest in our use of Karma and realize that when we post those ecards and those comments or think those thoughts, we’re not accomplishing anything but damaging our own spiritual energy. We are wishing ill on another human being, and that is NOT okay in any form.

If we wish ill on a person in the form of karma, it allows us to not take responsibility for what we say, how we feel, or what we’re thinking. It put it onto the spiritual energy of a law and a phenomenon that doesn’t always happen. By doing this, we deny to ourselves that we are putting out negative energy and harboring negative thoughts. This leads to us damaging our own spiritual energy and soul.

What we need to be doing is forgive those that harm us. We need to turn to the Gods for healing. We need to stop wishing karma on others an a way to absolve us of our negative thoughts and feelings. We need to turn away from the negativity and focus on the positivity in our lives. We are blessed, and we need to remember that.

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Posted on May 23, 2014, in Pagan Blog Project, PBP, Positive, Spirituality, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Epic comment ahead, because in your post I saw some of the misconceptions I often run into when people talk about karma (at least the Hindu version).

    The problem with karma is people don’t get the full picture of what it is. Without the full picture, karma makes less sense than it ought to. After all, why don’t bad people *always* get what’s coming to them? Why do good people suffer?

    It’s really important to understand that there’s individual karma, family karma, community karma, country karma, and humankind karma. Any one person is going to be in multiple “karma groups”.

    There’s karma associated with every kind of group/subculture out there. This is why karma isn’t just a “garbage-in-garbage-out”/”good-things-in-good-things-out” deal.

    Think about it. You belong to humankind, which means you are under the influence of the accumulated karma of humankind. You are female (I assume from your tagline), so you are influenced by female karma. Since you’re pagan, you’re also under the influence of pagan karma. You presumably live in a country, and you are influenced by that country’s karma.

    So it’s completely plausible that a person, by association with certain groups, could experience a lot of bad karma while not really deserving it on an individual level. If that sounds unfair, well, do you believe life is fair?

    In fact, as far as the vast majority of humanity is concerned, karma is so complex it’s essentially random. Or pseudorandom, if you please. Only the god knows the workings. The Hindus say an enlightened sage gets it, too, but I don’t buy into the sage/guru culture.

    At heart, there’s no “bad karma/good karma”. There’s only consequences for actions that you may or may not be responsible for. Fair? No. But again, most people don’t believe life is fair, so this bit isn’t all that hard to swallow. What this does mean is we shouldn’t wish bad karma on each other. We should be compassionate with those who are suffering, and firm, but fair, in administering justice to those who cause suffering.

    I don’t believe in reincarnation, either, but I do believe in karma, because for me, it perfectly explains why there’s suffering in the world, and how we might solve it. (It essentially boils down to, “everyone, stop being dicks to each other!”) If accumulated karma dictates where you go next in life, that doesn’t necessarily mean you get put back on the earth. Have you ever heard of karma devas? These are beings who did such wonderful things while on earth they were “upgraded” to gods!

  2. I also don’t believe in karma. I do believe in consequences. Some of the folks who get karma most wished upon them often live the sort of life that eventually catches up with them. On the other hand, I do consider reincarnation possible — not as a punishment, but as a sort of recycling of the energy that is the human spirit/soul.

  3. “We need to be honest in our use of Karma and realize that when we post those ecards and those comments or think those thoughts, we’re not accomplishing anything but damaging our own spiritual energy.”

    I very much like this thought of yours, it really got me thinking, thank you! 🙂

  4. Karma is about as likely as gods/goddesses/good/evil/heaven/hell and all the rest of it. Just things humans make up to try and understand that which cannot be understood by humans.

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