Do you believe in Karma? Have you ever said “what goes around comes around”? The principle of Karma explains what you send out, what you do, good or bad comes back to you. This basic premise of Karma is believed by almost all of the world’s religions.
In the Christian religion the Bible states in Galatians 6:7, “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Matthew 7:12 states: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Leviticus 24:19 states “And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him”.
The Wiccan religion concurs and includes the Law of Three, what you do returns to you threefold, good or bad. Energy returns threefold, mentally, spiritually and physically. The Rede states, “Merry meet and merry part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.”
The Buddhists believe that Karma follows you through life or incarnations. How you live this life affects the next life and so on. Actions both positive and negative leave an imprint on the mind and soul. They believe we choose our own Karma.
Those who practice Hinduism believe that Karma is expressed as a principle of cause and effect based on actions. Actions good or bad affect an individual’s fortune in the present life and in the next life. Good or bad actions will create impression or tendencies in the mind which will eventually become actions. The purpose of life in Hinduism is to minimize bad Karma and to enjoy greater fortune in the present life and achieve a better rebirth in the next life.
In Jainism it is believed that Karma changes with thoughts not just actions. To even think badly of someone could cause bad Karma. They believe that all souls are treated equally and have the potential to attain nirvana on its own by gradually reducing its Karma.
In Taoism every deed is tracked by spirits and deities and rewards or retribution follows Karma “like a shadow follows a person.” Karma could determine if one is reborn as another human being or another animal. Rituals, repentance and offerings at temples were encouraged to alleviate Karmic burden.
Judaism contends that Karma exists and can permeate life but divine intervention can override bad Karma through an escape hatch. Teshuvah, Torah and good deeds can override bad Karma.
Finally, Karma exists in most religions. It seems to be a consensus that when you make positive choices to live well, do good deeds and love, instead of hate that positive energy returns or remains in your life. Conversely, when you surround yourself with hate, negatively, violence and mete out pain onto others that is what you will attract and receive. In essence, what we do returns to us.