12 Laws of Karma

Following yesterday’s blog on Karma, today I will share with you the 12 Laws of Karma.

To stop being afraid and to start being empowered in the worlds of karma and reincarnation, here is what you need to know about karmic laws.

The wheel of karma is of the notion that everything in our life takes place due to past actions and that present actions affect future lifetimes.

You can use the laws of karma to create success in your life. It’s all about choices, and it states that as you sow shall you reap, but a hundred times over. Your world is 100% the result of your previous actions, words and thoughts.

  1. The Great Law

Whatever we pour into the universe will come back to us. The simple explanation of the great law is: our thoughts and actions have consequences – good or bad. If what we want is Happiness, Peace, Love & Friendship, then we should BE a Happy, Peaceful, Loving and a True Friend.

  1. The Law of Creation

Life does not HAPPEN by itself. We need to make it happen. The life we see around us was created by our own intentions. And since what we surround ourselves with, becomes part of us, it’s our responsibility to ensure these surroundings are conducive to our desires.

  1. The Law of Humility

Simply put one must accept something in order to change it. Acceptance is a near-universal virtue in many belief systems. What you refuse to accept will continue for you. In focusing on the negative instead of making changes to address the negative, we’re committing to a zero-sum result.

  1. The Law of Growth

When we change ourselves, only then do our lives change. Our own growth is in our hands. It’s not the circumstance, or the people, or the things that will change. ‘ME’ is the only person, I have control over, above any other circumstance. True change only occurs if we make the commitment to change what is in our heart.

  1. The Law of Responsibility

Our lives are of our own doing, nothing else. The mirror we stand before shows us our own true reflection. When there is turbulence in one’s own life, there is often turbulence within us. If we’re to change our life, we must change our mind set & our surroundings. We must take responsibility for what is in our lives.

  1. The Law of Connection

The past, present and future are all connected. Everything in the universe is connected. As such, we must put in the work to change these connections if we desire something different.

  1. The Law of Focus

We cannot think of two different things at the same time. Relating to our spiritual growth, we cannot have both, negative thoughts and actions, and expect to get positive results. We must give our full attention to achieve any desired task.

  1. The Law of Giving and Hospitality

Our behaviour should match our thoughts and actions, demonstrating our selflessness and show our true intentions. Selflessness is a virtue. Without a selfless nature, true spiritual growth is nearly impossible.

  1. The Law of Here and Now

One cannot be in the present time if we are continuously looking backwards. The present is all we have. Looking back regretfully robs oneself of a present opportunity. Old thoughts and patterns of behaviour totally negate the present chance to advance ourselves.

  1. The Law of Change

History will continue to repeat itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path. Conscious commitment to change is the only method of influencing the positive energies to direct it to fruitful outcome.

  1. The Law of Patience and Reward

Nothing of value is created without a patient mind set. Toiling away cannot be avoided through wishful thinking. Our rewards are claimed only through patience and persistence, nothing else.  True lasting joy comes from the knowledge of doing what’s necessary. The reward to come in on its own time.

  1. The law of Significance and Inspiration

The best reward is the one that contributes to the Whole. You get back from something whatever YOU have put into it. You feed love, you will get love, you feed hatred and you are served hatred. Energy and intentions are vital apparatuses that decide the significance of an end-result.

“Karma is the law of cause and effect – an unbreakable law of the cosmos. Your actions create your future. The reason your fate is never sealed is because you have free will. Therefore your future cannot already be written. That would not be fair. Life gives you chances. This is one of them.” – The Tree of Awakening.

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Karma

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Of late I find myself drawn to the spiritual state of mind or wakefulness as I would like to call it. I think of it as a shift into a more expansive, higher-functioning state in which we experience a strong sense of connection with the world around us and other beings along with a sense of inner quietness, and a keen awareness of our surroundings.

Karma is one topic that has intrigued me no end. Every time I decide that I want to write about this topic, I realise that I know so little of it.

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I remember reading a proverb in school “As you sow, so shall you reap.”

If you sow a flowering plant and you get a lush garden of flowers, you plant a cactus and all you get are thorns. If you sow evil, you will reap evil in the form of suffering. And if you sow goodness, you will reap goodness in the form of inner joy.

The much-misconstrued word ‘Karma’ has more or less an abstract concept that most people fail to understand.

Karma is nothing but a state of action, whether mental, physical or verbal. To put it simply we merely create our own reality and ‘Karma’ awaits our actions, to fill up the gaps we left and life comes full circle.  It’s the actions of your deeds. Every action, every thought, brings about its own corresponding rewards.

Gandhiji explains such in a simple yet profound way:

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”

What we do every day becomes our everyday karma. It could be helping people in any way we see fit – holding a door open for someone, giving some money to a homeless person, buying someone food, donating old clothes etc., etc.

Now two questions: What is the possibility that the person we’ve helped will reciprocate, or “pay it forward”? What’s the possibility that this action created a positive source of energy?

I read these sacred words, etched on a doorway “Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is to remain silent.”

Are these words the key to karma and destiny?

Some say that Karma is linked to rebirth. Each and every action we take in life ripples out from us like a stone hitting the water. The ripples have untold effects on others, and will flow back to us at some point in the future. The fruit of our previous actions are like echoes, and they cannot be escaped.

We are all born into certain circumstances, cultures, places on earth, wealth or poverty, with specific genetics, talents and drawbacks. We don’t have any control over these circumstances. Is it the wheel of karma that everything in our life takes place due to past actions and that present actions affect future lifetimes?

Have you noticed as to why do good things happen to “bad” people and bad things happen to “good” people? Is Karma is a way of explaining misfortune in the world, for those who do not appear to deserve it? Could their misfortune be due to wrong actions in their previous life?

Do the repetitive negative thoughts about your life drop away when you realise that you have absolutely created and caused EVERYTHING that is happening to you right now? And that at some point in your life, you chose it, by your actions and your thoughts.

Is Karma also a way to explain things like child prodigies, who are exceptional artists or musicians at a young age, with little to no training?

Have you ever found yourself thinking, or saying: never mind, karma will get them?  I know I have. In moments of anger, betrayal, hurt, I have definitely thought ‘don’t get so worked up about this, karma will seek them out’.

But, as I seek to find the answers to all my nagging thoughts and questions, one thing I do realise that karma is a universal law, it is far more significant and meaningful than one can imagine.

And understanding karma is a key to living well.