Thursday, March 19, 2015

Instant Karma: You're Doing it Wrong

Karma, karma, karma. I see this bandied about every day, everywhere. Karma's a bitch. Karma's gonna get you for being a jerk! I got good karma today for not telling you what a jackass you are.

I'm guilty of it. I bet even the most hardcore Catholic has had that moment of "Karma's gonna get you!" Seriously, do a Google image search. You'll find goodies like these:

...and there are SO many more.

Karma is not "what goes around comes around." IS. NOT.


noun: karma 

(in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.

from Sanskrit karman ‘action, effect, fate.’

Not once do I see anyone with the knowledge of what Karma actually is. Not once do I see anyone saying, "wait, no, that's not how Karma works." See, the concept of Karma is an ancient Indian (Asian Indian, not Native American) one, having to do with reincarnation, past lives, and future lives. Good Karma is not about being good in this life... it's about fulfilling your true purpose in this life.

So basically, if your life's purpose (according to whoever or whatever in the Hindu/Buddhist mythos is supposed to be running these things) is to be an evil person and you choose to be a good person, then that's BAD Karma. If you're supposed to be an evil person and you choose to be an evil person, then you get GOOD Karma and your next life will be a notch upward on their scale of bad-to-good until you reach enlightenment and get free of the cycle. And none of us know what the purpose was until we get between lives and find out what our next incarnation is going to be.

I twitch whenever I see someone talking about Karma and how she's gonna get you for being a bad person. No, Karma is not some universal law saying "bad things happen to bad people and good things happen to good people." The universe doesn't work that way. Look around you, look at the world, and tell me truly that you really believe it works like that. Life is chaos and hard work, not "karmic" laws and quick fixes.

Using the word Karma like that perpetuates a concept that is not only entirely false on its own, but is also stolen and twisted from its original state. "Instant Karma" isn't a quick fix. It's not even a thing.

Karma... you're doing it wrong.


-your Artful White Fox
(who has created a personal g+ account in order to separate Twinflame Studios business from personal activity; you can find me under the alias Minerva Pendragon if you're looking.)