KARMA: Not so unfamiliar
Mr. A calls his family physician early morning, “Doctor I am having a severe stomach upset.” The doctor promptly asks, “What did you have for dinner last night?”. Mr. B is having respiratory problems. After examining him, the doctor asks him, “At what age did you start smoking?”. These are simple, everyday incidents, but all of them involve implicit acceptance of the concept of karma. Thus karma is not a sentimental religious concept. Karma is a simple, logical and satisfactory explanation for suffering. Just try to imagine life without any cause-effect relationship! Imagine people doing anything they want without there being any punishment. Chaos would reign supreme in your family and the society. But I don’t see Cause and Effect working. Sure, what we find around us is different.
Corrupt politicians amass fortunes without being punished; Criminal rogues live in style as underworld dons; Shady businessmen, who earn millions illegally, are considered the success stories of the times. On the other hand, The upright upholdres of truth are assassinated; The innocent is punished and the honest languish in poverty.
The question then begs itself: where is justice? The renowned thinker Harold W Percival answers this question in his book “Thinking and Destiny” He says Law and justice do prevail in human affairs. But effect does not always immediately follow cause.
Sowing is not immediately followed by harvesting. The results of an act or a thought may not appear until after a period of time, intervening period.
This law has a direct impact on all of us. When we are afraid or angry, it is the effect. Behind this effect, there is a cause, a reason. And that cause is always ‘desire’. It is some unfulfilled desire of the past that you became angry about and your relationship suffered.
It is your anxiety that your future desires may not be fulfilled, that made you afraid. It is the desire that made you eat things that could cause you illness.Thus your desires become the common cause for all your problems. And if this ‘desire’ is removed, you could free yourself from anger, fear, sickness, etc. Can we eliminate our desires? Not easy. Even the desire for enlightenment is a desire. Thus it is not easy to live without desire. But what we can do is to replace our desires with a new desire. Desire for sweet dishes can be replaced by desire for good health. Desire for money can be replaced by desire for happiness for everyone.
All we need to do is to elevate and purify the level of our desire from low level to high level. Trying to be somebody else is a sure way to suffering. Transformation comes from inner thinking.