Good Karma vs. Bad Karma

Published: 28th April 2011
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Karma is a fascinating topic, one with several viewpoints. Regardless of how you look at it though, karma is considered a universal spiritual law.

Karma is most often thought of in terms of 'good’ or 'bad'. To complicate the situation even more, karma might be 'weighted'.

Many Pagans speak about the 3-Fold or 9-Fold Law (whatever you put out will come back to you 3 or 9x, respectively). While neither being absolutely accurate, both are examples of 'weighted’ karma. To clarify, let us take the example of a young soul. The soul gets in what becomes a fight with a friend, punching that individual in the eye. That soul has just earned some negative karma. The scales tip. Later, a situation equivalent will occur to that person, and the scales tip back. The karma has been resolved. That is a one times return. So neither the 3-Fold Law, nor the Nine-Fold Law would apply. Now, let us look at the same situation, but with a really old soul. The scales tip negatively much more heavily this time, because that old soul really should have known better. To to balance the scales again, the old soul may perhaps end up getting mugged or beaten badly, ending up in the hospital as a result. That may possibly be much more than nine times the injuries inflicted originally.

Practically everything that you choose to do has some sort of karmic outcome. Sometimes the acts are so minor as to be unnoticeable, or they may perhaps be unbelievably major. It depends upon the actions, the final results of said actions, the age or evolutionary level of your soul AS WELL AS the intent. For instance:

Even the same or similar action by the same individual might have different karmic results. Let’s say that there is someone driving a brand new, top of the line Cadillac, who stops at a 7-11 to grab something. Unwisely, the driver leaves the windows down and the keys still in the ignition. Someone walking by, notices the keys in the ignition, gets in, and drives off, stealing the car. Obviously, karma will attach. Let’s adjust the particulars a bit. That same thief notices an old Chevy, windows open, and keys still in the ignition. This car belongs to a family of 6 who are subsisting at poverty level. They have just spent nearly all of their week’s money on groceries, kept bagged in the trunk. The thief steals the car. Now, in which case do you think that the thief will get the higher amount of negative karma? For stealing a fifty thousand dollar car, or for stealing a $2,000 car? Without question, the person has harmed the owner of that expensive car, but probably not in a devastating way. But, when he stole that older vehicle, he that family’s sole transportation and may possibly have made it impossible for them to make it to work. And, he took the food that would have kept fed that family of six at the same time. So, by stealing that older vehicle, he caused much more difficulty than he did by stealing the luxury car and his karma is going to be higher.

Bad karma will be created not only as a result of what we do that directly affect another person, but also by our what we do towards animals, and the environment. Somebody who lives a life of criminal behavior may possibly earn enough bad karma that it can take them possibly many lifetimes to pay it off.

So far, we have spoken exclusively of negative karma, but karma can also of a good variety. When we do something great as a result of compassion or love, that will also create karma, but in what becomes a positive direction. And that positiveness can possibly rebound to us by having something good come our way, or will help to pay off the negative karma that we may perhaps have accrued. However, undertaking good deeds simply to develop positive karma is not sufficient. Positive karma is earned only when the good is performed via a sincere desire to do good deeds, or by way of an act of compassion or love. Your reason behind the act is an essential consideration. The same can be said for negative karma.

Karma may be considered to be a teacher, as it shows the soul the difference between right and wrong, good from bad, etc.

Karma is not restricted to people. A group can have developed a 'group karma’. And that karma might be either positive or bad. The anyone who create up that group add towards the overall group karma. That group may well be as small as a group of four women who meet once a week to play cards or a group as large as a city, a nation, or the size of the planet.

The city where you reside has karma. Whether good or bad, this karma has been generated by the actions of the city in general in addition to the actions of the people that are living in it. Examples: Some rural communities learned that they could generate an income by turning their community into a speed trap for uninformed motorists from other places. Or consider the small village that has one stop light. The village’s lone cop will sit at that traffic light so he can control it. He will make certain the light will stay red for any non-resident driver. And the light will continue to be red till the driver gives up then runs the red light, whereupon he is then given a traffic ticket.

Just as communities can earn karma, so may nations. Saddam Hussein earned karma the moment he invaded Kuwait, but so did Iraq. The planet Earth also creates karma.

There is one additional aspect of karma to talk about, known as 'karmic obligations’. This is something that usually occurs throughout many lifetimes. In other words, you perform some action in a single lifetime creating karma that has to be re-balanced in another. Suppose that you do anything that has a really negative effect on someone else, which you cannot resolve during that lifetime. The obligation to that individual continues even after you pass away. During a subsequent lifetime, or the lifetime after that, you definitely will find yourself in the position of paying off that karmic debt. And likely not knowing the reason.

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