What Goes Around–Comes Around

What Goes Around–Comes Around

The cliché, “What goes around, comes around,” is the American definition for Karma.

Karma–from the root kri, “to do”–is the means by which you become the architect of your own destiny. The word karma literally means deed, but implies the entire cycle of cause and its effects. According to the law of karma, every human action–in thought, word, or deed– inevitably leads to results or consequences, positive or negative, depending upon the quality of the action.

Karma deals with causality. A specific action leads to a specific result. A positive act will lead to a positive result, hence, to the experience of positive events, may it be in this life or in future ones. On the other hand, negative acts will unavoidably sooner or later lead to suffering. This is the Law of Cause and Effect of itself, because the result will unavoidably correspond to the nature of the cause. For example, if you plant a seed, a certain kind of plant will grow from this. From a bean seed, a bean plant will grow; from an apple seed an apple tree will grow and not any other kind. The effects of a deed, word or thought, sometimes are immediate but in some cases many days, months, years or lives elapse until the precise time comes about. Buddha said: “Our good and evil deeds follow us continually like shadows.”

You need to remember that thoughts and words are also considered as karma. To desire is also a sort of action, so you need to be very aware of your bad desires to get rid of them immediately. Negative emotions such as anger, hatred, envy, egoism, jealousy, etc. are also wrongful actions leading to negative reactions–suffering, so we need to keep in mind that each of our physical, emotional, verbal or mental actions has their repercussions in the whole Universe.

Negative thoughts or disturbing emotions might emerge every day within us. This is not a sin, but if you permit those detrimental emotions to abide within yourself, strengthening them through wrongful actions, evil thoughts and iniquitous words, then you will be creating negative karma. Your duty is to get rid of those negative thoughts and foolish and senseless emotions as soon as possible. Christ, Buddha, Mohammed and other great souls were not exempt of experiencing evil thoughts, fear, anger, sadness, hatred, egoism, or any other kind of negative emotion, they worked to hastily eradicate those tremendous obstacles in their evolutionary process.

You need to stop your negative thoughts and emotions so that you can stop negative karma from being accumulated. You generate around 60,000 thoughts every day so it is very important to educate your mind so that you consistently generate positive thoughts that will lead to positive words and actions.

Not only our actions, but also our omissions become our destiny. The things we needed to do, but did not do, trigger reactions that may develop into events of grave concern. For example, my grandmother was very ill on Sunday, but I decided not to visit her on that day because I preferred going to the movies. Days went by and three days later she dies, so I didn’t visit her. This action will trigger adverse reactions in my destiny, because it was my moral duty to drop by her house in order to give her optimism and spiritual strength through affectionate actions and loving words towards her.

None of us like to suffer and our greatest mistake lies in thinking we need to get through the difficult periods as quickly as possible, not realizing that this experience purifies our soul giving us a chance to evolve at a higher pace. You need to accept suffering with faith, surrender, resignation and humbleness, praying to the Almighty for the purification of your soul and for your spiritual liberation. You need to remember that the hellish moments are preparing you to give birth to something of immeasurable value, spiritual evolution. You need to welcome all circumstances as part of your treasury of opportunity. Many difficulties in your life may draw you magnetically into the valleys of pain in order to shock you out of your old and comfortable grooves into fresh pathways of thought. In every difficulty lies the golden seed of spiritual up lifting change. You gain inner strength and spiritual evolution from the overcoming of difficulties.

You have resolved millions of different karmas from many past lives, and in only one day you create a lot of new karma through your thoughts, words and actions. Sometimes it is positive, sometimes negative but unfortunately, it is usually negative because you, as a human being, constantly have disturbing thoughts and emotions which seldom result in anything positive, but in wrongful actions. You may act lovingly towards your family, this is your Dharma–duty, consequently you will reap love from your relatives and you will evolve spiritually. If you want love, give unconditional love.

If you create negative karmas–actions–killing, stealing, lying, criticizing, etc., then you will reap terrible results such as illness, calamities, hardships, or any kind of suffering. The greater the sacrifice and goodness of the action, the greater will be the fruit you receive. Similarly, a negative or mean action, which inflicts pain and suffering to other beings, will bring equivalent results to the doer. For every action, word and thought there will be a reaction–fruit–equal in nature and degree. The Law of Cause and Effect is uninfringeable and no one escapes from it. This law operates in every situation, in every place, at any time within the created Universe, at every level of creation.