The ancient Hindu concept of Karma
Karma is a useful concept developed in India by the Hindus and it can be explained in at least six different equivalent descriptions, as follows:
1. You have a higher self. You might call it a conscience, which is aware of any inequalities, or any short cuts taken by your lower self. The higher self keeps track of all these "tricks" and as they accumulate, they become a reverse driving factor, played by the higher self back down to the lower self. This reverse driving force is called Karma.
2. Karma is the comprehensive context of all your experiences, while you are the driver in control of the experience itself. The experience is conscious, and can therefore be called "known," while the context is often ignored, but "colors" all experience. Karma is this color effect.
3. You as a conscious entity have first order control, but your sense of fairness, and a level playing field, requires you to impose a second order control system outside of your direct control, and this second order control is called Karma.
4. All of your personal conscious decisions are absolute, but all your understandings of others are relative to yourself. So as you move in some absolute direction, Karma is the process of shifting the relative distance between you and others to compensate, since you can only communicate when you are equivalent to others.
5. All thoughts are discreet objects that operate in a closed field of differential equations. (Differential equations: Calculus equations which are arranged into classes allowing solutions to be applied, or translations into other forms of equations, and thereby allowing predictions.) When you "believe" in a thought, you thereby "disbelieve," or discredit, all the other thoughts. When you communicate this belief to others, you present the object, and you present the causative differential equation (the context). Karma is the weight of the "disbelieved" thoughts acting on the differential equation to balance it and make it closed. (You don't get something for nothing.)
6. When your life is out of control, and you are mad as hell, Karma is the answer to your unconscious prayer for some event to occur to make it right. It is like a hidden spring popping free and releasing energy.
In conclusion, Karma is created by you to balance your life, and make it possible for you to communicate with others. It is an unavoidable part of your honesty with others and it is more important than your current life, since without it you could not have meaningful communications with others. You would be communicating, but there would not be any meaning to it. This is because your word would not have any history to it. You would be trapped into a double-speak and that would violate long-term established facts that you have already established with others.
Karma is all about balance and your relationship with others. To keep the tension on the Karma spring to a minimum, you need to look for situations where both people can gain in a relationship and the relationship can stay in balance. These can be called, "win - win" relationships, as compared to "win-lose", or "lose-lose". If you have not been exposed to this language, a win-win is a situation in a relationship where both people have the experience of being in a win situation. A win-lose, is where we win at their expense, and a lose-win is where we lose to give them the feeling of winning. When the relationship is out of balance, it cannot be sustained, and Karma takes place to try to bring about balance.Back to Dyad home page.