Karma payback karmic


Karma, translated literally means action (in the form of deeds).  All of the actions you perform consolidate as your cumulative karma.  Each action is accounted for and is either actualized immediately or will be in the future[11].  Depending on a particular tradition’s dogma there is either good and bad karma, or all karma is bad and requires removal.  Either way, karma can be improved, cancelled out, or transferred. 

Buddha was twice asked by his disciples whether man’s karma is personal or not.  Each time he fended off the question, and did not go into the matter; to know this, he said, would not contribute to liberating oneself from the illusion of existence.  Buddha considered it far more useful for his disciples to meditate upon the Nidana chain, that is, upon birth, life, old age, and death, and upon the cause and effect of suffering.

The way to transcend karma lies in the proper use of the mind and the will. The one-ness of all life is a truth that can be fully realized only when false notions of a separate self, whose destiny can be considered apart from the whole, are forever annihilated.

Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man ACCORDING as his WORK shall be.        

                                                            Revelation 22:12

“According to the law of nature, one cannot perform an action that harms others without first generating a defilement in the mind – anger, fear, hatred, etc.; and whenever one generates a mental defilement, then one becomes miserable, one experiences the sufferings of hell within.  Similarly, one cannot perform an action that helps others without first generating love, compassion, good will; and as soon as one starts developing such pure mental qualities, one starts enjoying heavenly peace within. 

When you help others, simultaneously you help yourself; when you harm others, simultaneously you harm yourself.  This is Dhamma, truth, law – the universal law of nature.”[6]

“And when the mind has been purified, then without any effort one abstains from actions that harm others since by nature a pure mind is full of goodwill and compassion for others.[7]  

   Herein lies a very old and profound realization: that the growth of consciousness concerning oneself proceeds simultaneously with an awareness of guilt.  This realization is already expressed in the biblical story of Paradise, providing the occasion for the concept of original sin, as well as in the Eastern belief in karma, equivalent to a debt that has to be paid, which the individual brings with him into his present life.  TGL 181





[6] The Discourse Summaries – page 6

[7] The Discourse Summaries – page 11