Do you believe in Karma?
Does believing in karma mean that you believe that some people deserve bad things to happen to them? Because they have somehow done something terrible that has caused the bad thing to happen?
I am not sure that I can buy into that. I know a lot of really lovely people that have had some totally crappy things happen to them. But hey none of us are perfect… maybe you don’t have to do something totally horrendous to have something equally nasty come back and bite you on the bum?
But then that would make life pretty horrible and somehow that just doesn’t sit right with my Buddhist strivings to have’ true compassion for all beings’. I mean here I am trying my best to find some compassion and understanding for the world while karma is out there dishing out punishment? (note – I would make the worlds worst Buddhist but still!)
Or does believing in karma just mean that you think that if you put good things out in the world you will get good things back? Cause that all most makes sense. I can see how that Pay It Forward movie idea would work in your favour if for no other reason that it makes you feel good to do nice things. And the more nice things people do, just for the sake of doing nice things, the nicer the world would be and then you’d would be less likely to have something nasty bite you on the bum… maybe?
But that doesn’t change the fact that crappy crappy crappy things do happen to good people. Hell I am not too proud to say it.. crappy things happen to me! Yes folks TO ME! And I don’t think I am that horrible a person, am I? Ok don’t answer that! But I gotta tell you that having something crappy happen always makes me sit up and take notice of the less than stellar things I have done. I don’t think I actually believe that I am being ‘punished’ per say for all the horrible things I may have done over the years, but I guess part of me does wonder…..
If only I had been nicer to that person? What if I hadn’t told that white lie, or in fact that big huge whopper of a black one! (Is there such a thing as a black lie?) Maybe I should gossip less? Yell at my kids less? Be nicer to my husband… maybe then life would be better???
And then I hear Kamal singing… “karma, karma, karma the vengeful elephant…”