Karma is a Sanskrit term that literally means “action” or “doing”. In the Buddhist tradition, karma refers to action driven by the intention that leads to future consequences.
They believe that the action of the body, speech, and mind, affects every aspect of our life. Every action affects both doers and those around them, and the seeds of karma shape our lives and our worlds.
Laws of Karma are very useful when it comes to living and understanding the flow of life. And by that, here are some of the few laws of Karma that can help you live better and fruitfully:
THE LAW OF HUMILITY: “REFUSAL TO ACCEPT WHAT IS WILL STILL BE WHAT IS.”
Acceptance is a near-universal virtue in many belief systems. In focusing on the negative instead of making changes to address the negative, we’re committing to a zero-sum result.
If we cannot accept changes and a new thing, we will stay on where we are. By refusing to accept, we are also refusing to progress.
THE GREAT LAW: “AS YOU SOW, SO SHALL YOU REAP.”
The simple explanation of the Great Law is: our thoughts and actions have consequences; the good or the bad. If we desire peace, love, harmony, prosperity, etc. we must be willing to act accordingly.
This is also known as the “Law of Cause and Effect.” the energy that we put into the world has a consequence, immediate or not.
THE LAW OF PATIENCE AND REWARD: “NOTHING OF VALUE IS CREATED WITHOUT A PATIENT MINDSET.”
Our rewards are claimed only through patience and persistence, nothing else.
Rewards are not the end result. Lasting joy comes from the knowledge of doing what’s necessary for the rightful anticipation of a reward that is well-earned.
THE LAW OF CHANGE: “HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF UNLESS CHANGED.”
Conscious commitment to change is the only method of influencing the past. History will continue along an unconstructive path until positive energies direct it elsewhere.
Everything will be the same unless we make some changes.
THE LAW OF CONNECTION: “EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE IS CONNECTED, BOTH LARGE AND SMALL.”
Our past, present, and future are all connected. As such, we must put in the work to change these connections if we desire something different.
No matter what we do, our past is who we were, the present is who we are, and the future is who we will be.
THE LAW OF RESPONSIBILITY: “OUR LIVES ARE OF OUR OWN DOING, NOTHING ELSE.”
When there are problems in one’s own life, there are often problems internally. If we’re to change our life, we must change our frame of mind and surroundings.
We are responsible for every choice that we choose and every decision that we make.
THE LAW OF HOSPITALITY AND GIVING: “DEMONSTRATING OUR SELFLESSNESS SHOWS TRUE INTENTIONS.”
What we claim to believe must manifest in our actions. Selflessness is a virtue only if we’re accommodating something other than ourselves.
Without a selfless nature, true spiritual growth is nearly impossible. Our true intentions only show when we became selfless.
These laws are made to guide us. We might not all agree with it but it can somehow help us understand how our actions can affect us and the people around us.
In every action, there is always an equivalent reaction. That’s why we always need to be careful and be wise about everything that we do to prevent unnecessary reactions.