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What Is Karma ?

Cause and Effect of Karma


There is a word "Karma", passed on from the past, but nowadays it is rare to find someone who knows correctly what Karma is. What do we call Karma and what is Karma ? Karma is something that exists in the source which moves oneself, let’s have a look carefully how Karma which is in the source, is made. Karma is made by things that happened to you. Then how can things that happened to you make this Karma ? It is important to understand that. This means that something you did is saved in your consciousness. Now we have to look at nature in more detail. Every phenomenon which appears in nature, everything that happened in them is saved in their seed. A human being is a subject with a consciousness. Human beings save everything that they did in their consciousness.


This consciousness works as a spirit and when the spirit comes to meet death it remains independent by separating from the body. When this consciousness which was in the spirit disappears it will be reborn as life soon. But just because the consciousness disappeared it does not mean things that happened in the past will disappear. Even if the consciousness disappeared, everything which happened to you will be latent in that. So these complex things which are latent in you will continuously cause reaction. The habit of Karma is trying to repeatedly keep things that happened to you forever, and that is Karma. There are two meanings which allow everything to exist in the world. The world exists by these two meanings.


1) Reincarnation

Reincarnation means that everything is repeated. Something which exists continuously causes the phenomenon of repetition, past present and future are spinning endlessly. So our life exists by this law and every creature is repeatedly being born and dying by the law of cause and effect. If something was born in the world but does not disappear by itself then it tries to keep itself to exist. Something that happened to you has the same meaning. So if something is saved in your consciousness it does not disappear but it continuously acts by receiving the influence of it. According to what happened to you, present and future life will be different. So things in yourself which will stay forever will be different, that's why to make a relationship is something that people must be very careful of. When a person makes a relationship with a bad thing that will produce a bad thing but when a person makes a relationship with a good thing that will produce a good thing. 


2) The Law of Cause and Effect

This is also the Law of Cause and Effect. Karma will exist in you by the cause and effect. As long as this Karma exists a human cannot be able to be free from the control of this Karma. If someone has big Karma and that person tries to live a good life and do good things then rather than not becoming a good self they will ruin others and doing things to become a good self will always make themselves  distressed.


That’s because if there is no good source in yourself then it is rare for good things to occur to you. At this point only Enlightenment can influence you. Without Enlightenment you cannot disobey the direction of the Karma which is in you. We can see phenomena like this from our surroundings easily and it is very important for the life of human beings. Therefore nobody can get out of this phenomena without Enlightenment. The law of nature is strict. In mathematics two plus two cannot be one or five, things which exist are not changeable in truth and as well as mathematics they never change. That is why people say that the most important thing for living all our period of life is Enlightenment.


If someone does a good thing and makes a good result of 60% but makes a mistake of 40% with ignorance while the person was not aware, then in this situation that person can control emotions and wrong temper and can fix something which is wrong if that person tries. But if someone makes Karma which is the result of ignorance by making a mistake of 60% but good Karma of 40%, then in this situation it is very hard for them to do a good thing. The reason why there are many problems that appear in our society is because society doesn't accept how Karma is made by things that happened to someone in the past. 


How does Karma appear ?

Karma appears by things in you. How is Karma made ? Karma is made by words and actions.

What kind of Karma is made by words ? When someone says things that the person doesn't know then that will be Karma. Telling lies is something that ruins oneself and others too. This is Karma which is made by words. That is why disciples who were taught rightly by Buddha wrote at the beginning of the script "I heard like this"

Written by Tathagata Sam Han Lee

Deceased August 2008

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