Hinduism and Buddhism) The sum of a person's actions in this and
previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future
- Destiny or fate, following as effect from cause
In Wicca, we live by the "Three-Fold Law of Return"; the way one lives will return to you three times over. Good actions will be returned three times, bad actions will be returned three times. One may not ever know how these returns come. But be assured, you will be rewarded in kind.
There are many sayings that all refer to karma: "What goes around, comes around", "Payback is a bitch", "You reap what you sow" are a few.
When many of us were little, we were taught "The Golden Rule": do unto others, as you would have them do unto you." It makes sense, is a wonderful rule to live by and life would be beautiful if everyone followed this rule of brotherly/sisterly love. Unfortunately, too many feel they are above the rules, or they live a terribly egocentric life. That backstabbing, name-calling, gossip-mongering, rumor-starting, petty squabbling ways are fine and the norm. Rules are made to be broken?
Common decency and courtesy shouldn't take much effort. Too often, though it seems the effort it takes to act in hypocritical fashion or self-serving ways is worth it to those who don't care a whit about karma.
A sad fact in this world of ours. No room for naivety or taking a person's words or actions at face value. We are at times forced to look at something with a jaundiced eye. Betrayal awaits those who are not aware that there are people in our path who say one thing, mean another and will turn on us in a heartbeat.
But Karma will find a way. Life is too short and too precious to waste worrying about these people and their unctuous behavior. Do good, and you will be rewarded. Do bad, and you will also get what you deserve.
Just a few thoughts.
(note: this post was inspired by recent events both on the national and world front, and by some incidents lately in the blogging world.)