As a phenomenon, KARMA today continues to fall under many titles, the world over, across diverse regions and even wholly opposing cultural systems.
Fact is, throughout the course of human history, this thing called karma has rigidly persisted in mankind’s creative (and presumably unique,) system of beliefs, from culture to culture, all across the globe.
Now we must ask ourselves, why is karma so popular?
We must ask ourselves just what is it about this so-called Karma, that gives it such power and perseverance? Why is karma, such as it is, the one single philosophical premise which endures in humanity, in spite of humanity’s incredulous catalog of regional diversity and age-old political prejudice?
That is the question…
Obviously, there can be no clear-cut answer. However, we may begin to unravel the true mystery of karma when we begin to contemplate the meaning of the word itself. Karma, originally a Babylonian term for completion, or return, became (through time and erroneous thinking,) synonymous with the idea of mortal penance, or a harsh return to our own good senses!
Hence, karma soon became known as a spiritual term for our mortal punishment, (based upon our mortal actions). Naturally, a conceptualization such as this, seemed to imply that all of our worldly misfortunes were merely verdicts of penance, or karma, chosen by a ruling God (as a worldly reminder of HIS or HER strength and watchful eyes).
However, every culture had a different God (or set of Gods,) and each God had a different set of purposes, and so a distinction had to be created to keep karma universal. Clearly, the concept of karma needed to reinvent itself. Thus, man returned karma to its own worldly recourse and deemed karma, a clear by-product of nature herself.
Lo and behold, karma had now become a natural entity which existed in the physical world!
Through these rationalizations of mankind, Karma became known as God’s gift to man, the ultimate embodiment of the perfect balance of God’s universe, regardless of that God’s name or unique convictions.
As luck would have it, this rationalization dug deeper into the psyche of man, than could ever have been expected. This fresh new entry of karma into nature and the hands of man, proved appealing to existentialists, naturalists and men of science alike, in other words, to a whole new subheading of humanity’s diverse children.
Karma chugged along in its seemingly unstoppable growth.
In its new naturalistic clothing, karma became a sound concept, a concept which demanded very little in the way of political philosophy. Instead, karma weighed upon the internal balances of nature herself; one thing occurring to account for another; just as simple as that. Here was a universe of continuous checks and balances, a relative universe in every sense of the word.
However, a few cagey sticklers still spotted a trace of moral superiority in this so-called naturalistic concept of karma.
So karma, ever the universalist, reinvented itself once more. In so doing, mankind utterly returned karma to its initial and perhaps most exclusive, meaning. Karma, as a concept, became once again consistent with a cycle of return, or completion. Karma simply came back. It no longer passed any judgment. Karma was neither moral, or immoral!
Karma simply returned. In truth, it did nothing more and truly, nothing less!
Karma came back, like the Moon revolving around the Earth and the Earth in turn, encircling the Sun. Karma simply came back. End of story. If, in its return, it seemed to teach or demonstrate something, that was simply our own human guilt mechanisms hard at work. And that was that.
But still, there remained one last catch, even in this enlightened view of karma.
If Karma existed in an infinite universe, with infinite and overlapping occurrences, how could we honestly assess its whereabouts. How could we find karma? Relatively speaking, in an infinite universe, where did cycles begin and end, anyway? Karma could be anywhere and everywhere, simultaneously! In fact, every single thought which emerged from our brain was literally filled with thousands of cause and effect relationships. And we possessed hundreds of billions of these thoughts! In this, where did karma end? And where had it begun?!
Karma now, had to put on the frock of Quantum Physics!
Karma no longer merely represented a physical cause and effect, but rather what we thought about certain perceived cause and effect relationships. In other words, karma became the focus of our chosen thoughts themselves. Using karma as a model, our thoughts and performed actions, were chosen one by one, in order to gain our best possible results. Clearly, we pinpointed events which had previously occurred in reality, to act as guides or models toward our best possible future decisions. Karma became forethought! Hence karma, having transformed from a spiritual essence, into a natural entity, now became synonymous with our best thought processes. Karma became the vision of man’s highest consciousness interpreting an infinite and wholly uncertain universe, step by courageous step.
And in this final definition, karma had become the conscience of man…
And that my dear friends, is very good karma indeed!
— R.M. Soccolich
Co-author of Mischievous Acts and Repercussions.