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Karma:- how it influences us and how it can be changed. 
David W Bates www.therapiesguide.co.uk

 


What is Karma

What is Good Karma

What is Bad Karma

Modify your Karma

Types of Karma

 

What is Karma
Karma is the effect of a persons actions that determine his/her destiny in their next incarnation, it is a Sanskrit word that tranclates as "action." Karma has often been thought of as a punishment for our past bad actions, but karma does not judge, it is simply the universal law of cause and effect contending that every thought, word and act carries energy into the world and affects our present reality. Karma can also refer to the "work" we have ahead of us, including lessons from both our past and present lives.
The concept of karma is integral within both Buddhism and Hinduism, since both religions have a core belief in reincarnation as a means of spiritual renewal.
In Hinduism, karma can mean simply our intentional actions or work, but over time it has come to refer to our personal consequences or destiny which accrues from actions. Karma is created not only by physical action but also by thoughts and words.Therefore, good actions lead to the accumulation of good karma, meaning a person can be reborn into good conditions in the next life. Bad actions, therefore, lead to the accumulation of bad karma, resulting in rebirth into unfortunate conditions in the next life. Karma also tends to generate more karma that reaches out in all directions. We bear the consequences of the karma we create, but everyone around us is affected by our intentional acts as well, just as we are affected by theirs.
According to Buddhism, this inequality is due not only to heredity, environment, "nature and nurture", but also to Karma. In other words, it is the result of our own past actions and our own present doings. We ourselves are responsible for our own happiness and misery. We create our own Heaven. We create our own Hell. We are the architects of our own fate.

"If you think of your soul as being on a journey. then think of Karma as your travel guide. Karma shows you where you've been and where you might go to learn the lessons you have chosen for this lifetime."

 

Karma----"For every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant."

 


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What is Good Karma
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If you do well to others, it is said that you will produce good karma".
Many spiritual teachers belive that karma is like debts accrued, some are positive debts, "Good Karma," and some are negative debts, "Bad Karma."
However in a sense there is no "Good Karma" because, like any debt owed, we still have to experience repayment.
Doing good deeds with the expectation of reward is said to lead to Good Karma, however these expectations can often remain unfulfilled leding to unhappiness and dissapointmen.If we perform good deeds without expectations of reward we have nullified the karmic affects - so even "Good Karma" isn't something we should necessarily desire in life, neutralising all karma should be the desired goal.

 

"Having an abundance of good karma ensures return as higher forms of life, while those who have accumulated bad karma may return as creatures of a lower form."

 

"A person who performs good Karma (deeds) is always held in high esteem. ~
Rig Veda

 

" When good karma dawns, the wall of doubt is torn down. "
Sri Guru Granth Sahib

 

 

 

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What is Bad Karma
If you are said to have bad karma, then it means that you have done something wrong to someone or something in your life, but bad karma only results whenthis action results in causing you to feel guilty or responsible for committing that action.
It has now becomeyour own guilt, blame, shame or other emotions that keep you indebted to repay for the actions that you've committed, even when those actions are from a previous lifetime.
Consequently if you do something "bad" to someone, and if you feel responsible for your actions and what you've done, you will have incurred "Bad Karma". d for you to be released from your guilt.

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. ”

 

"Having an abundance of good karma ensures return as higher forms of life, while those who have accumulated bad karma may return as creatures of a lower form."

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Modify your Karma (how to change your Karma)

How to remove bad karma, and how to increase good karma? Physical sat karma is the positive karma that one earns through right words and action.
Humans are subject to karmic laws, but they don't necessarily have to be imprisoned by them. Through an understanding of your unique destiny, it is possible to adjust your actions and either change an ongoing situation, or gain a new understanding of past situations, thus avoiding making the same mistake(s) again. By your understanding of karma, you can reveal the patterns from past lives and show you how to use the laws of karma to consciously choose a better path for this life and the next.
Many people think they are victims of bad karma, and are powerless to change it. However this is not true, whatever kind of Karma you may have brought with you to this lifetime, it can be changed. The literal meaning of karma -- "action" -- tells us that there is a potential for change.

Here are a few things we can change to affect our karma:-

Do a good deed without thought of reward. This is the easiest way to reverse your karma. If your action creates a positive energy, you'll receive that same positive energy back. Try helping other people directly or via charities (give and you will receive.)

Listen to the universe. Many situations you may find yourself in are "trying to tell you something".The lessons you need to learn are out there -- you just need to know how to hear the messages.

Do a Tarot or I-Ching reading. These readings can be a great way to take the karmic pulse of a day. Like an "early warning system," daily I-Ching readings are an excellent method for helping you see which actions and attitudes will give you a smoother path.

Try changing your routine. If you go to the same places every day, see the same people and do the same things, and you belive this ma be giving you "bad luck," try changing things. The universe may be trying to tell you that there's either something you should stop, or that there's something else out there that you should start.

Attempt to discover your past lives. Finding out what choices you may have made in your past life or lives can give you insight into the patterns you see in this one. Once you determine what lessons you still need to learn, you can change your behaviour accordingly. A Karma Astrology or Past Life report can help.

Practice Feng Shui. The ancient art of placement and karma have a symbiotic relationship. Good karma leads to better energy, and Feng Shui releases negativity in your spaces, opening up space for positive energy to flow through your home, and also within yourself, helping your karma to improve. Learn how to put the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui to work in you life.

Learn how to forgive. Practicing forgiveness has a dual affect you don't just create good karma from yourself, you can also help to release the other person from negative karma.

When you understand what your karmic energies are -- what experiences or people you are attracting into your life in order to receive the lessons they offer -- you are ready to change your karma. Your thoughts and emotions, no matter how aware or unaware of them you are, affect others and are mirrored in your world. All thoughts are energy and every thought sends a vibration that affects everything in the environment, from your own physical body to every aspect of the external world ... all the people, animals, plants and the cosmos itself.

Through understanding your unique destiny, you can adjust your actions to either change an ongoing situation, or gain new perspective on a past situation so you can avoid making the same mistake twice. By understanding karma, you can unlock the patterns from past lives and show you how to use the laws of karma to consciously choose a better path for this life and the next.

Constantly review life and give thought to the situations that you face.

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Types of Karma

  • Satvik karma, which is without attachment, selfless and for the benefit of others;
  • Rajasik karma, which is selfish where the focus is on gains for oneself.
  • Tamasik karma, which is undertaken without heed to consequences, and is supremely selfish and savage.
  • Sanchita Karma: the accumulated result of all your actions from all your past lifetimes. This is your total cosmic debt. Every moment of every day either you are adding to it or you are reducing this cosmic debt.
  • Prarabdha Karma: the portion of your "sanchita" karma being worked on in the present life. If you work down your agreed upon debt in this lifetime, then more past debts surface to be worked on.
  • Agami Karma: the portion of actions in the present life that add to your "sanchita" karma. If you fail to work off your debt, then more debts are added to "sanchita" karma and are sent to future lives.
  • Kriyamana Karma: daily, instant karma created in this life that is worked off immediately. These are debts that are created and worked off - ie. you do wrong, you get caught and you spend time in jail

 

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Why Is Karma Important?
Part of our life's work is to understand our individual relationship to the cosmos … to understand how the universe affects us. Based on the principle that individual behavior mirrors universal patterns, the tiniest act -- a thought, for example -- can have enormous impact. The energies our thoughts and actions produce can cover the entire planet, or even beyond, in the blink of an eye. An examination of karma offers clues about our intended life purpose, showing us the psychic imprint of past lives and mapping the way out of behaviors and thoughts that are no longer useful to us.

 


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