Karma

Often times, people relate Karma to a negative outcome or unfavorable situation. Many people believe that when someone did something wrong to someone, Karma will eventually happen as a result of the wrong deed. While this may be true from a human nature perspective, In reference to Yogi belief, this somewhat coincides to what karma is perceived to be.

Yogis perceived Karma as the “cause and effect” through the sequence of mental act, physical act, reaction and fruit of the action. In the truest sense, depending on your action today, the effect would be likely the same.

Karma, as learned is not always a negative entity but rather viewed as a systematic series of events stimulated initially in the human mind. If the mind is not able to find the cause of the event, it does not mean it is an accident. In Karma, there is no such thing as blind chance.

In our modern world, it would be a challenge to incorporate these ideas knowing how powerful media/internet has become. And because information is an easy access tool for everyone, the tendency for most people (including myself) is to formulate our understanding based on social proof; the more people follow a certain idea, the truer it is deemed to be. Thus, law of cause and effect in this situation is disconnected, making it impossible to understand the essence of Karma. Instead of understanding the situation in a connected event, we tend to select ideas favorable to ourselves and to others creating a bias judgment.

As a key take-away, the nature of Karma is just simple; everything in nature obeys the law of cause and effect. If parts are missing, law of Karma will not hold. Also, we have to bear in mind that what we to do today, either good or bad, it will have a direct impact in our future life.

Rola Angelica De Vera
IHAyoga student

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