ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Karma and the Art of Hub Commentary

Updated on March 31, 2012
Karma is a cornerstone of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.
Karma is a cornerstone of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs. | Source

What goes around comes around is how many westerners think of karma. A cornerstone of both Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, karma originated in ancient India. The english translation of the sanskrit word karma is action. HubPages scores your karma, as well as your profile page and each hub. On HubPages your karma goes up when you link other hubs to your hub. My HubPages karma score is 88 . . . but honestly . . . who cares? While karma means varied things to different hubbers, it seems to me hub commentary is where true karma takes place. Positive comments empower hubbers and create feelings of success. Negative comments or deleting positive comments leads to discontent. In his book The Essential Dalai Lama, the Dalai Lama devotes chapter 10 to karma. He says karma is more than just cause and effect, because it involves intentional action and therefore an agent.

Roses like people, bloom when supported by good karma.
Roses like people, bloom when supported by good karma. | Source
Positive comments make followers and friends.
Positive comments make followers and friends.

Motivation and Intent

Intent is defined as resolve or determined to do. What motivates our intention? Let's think of our hubs as gardens and the comment capsules as flower beds. After reading a hub you may feel compelled to comment and vote up, useful, funny, beautiful, awesome or interesting. Your thoughts are seeds that sprout into sentences to enhance the hub you have read. The hub's gardener is free to approve or deny your comment as well as respond. A gracious gardener will favor nourishing comments with positive feedback. Even a bland remark such as "great hub" is fertilizer for the garden. Positive interaction in the comment capsule creates friends, followers and flourishing hubs.

Jealousy, Anger and Disgust

Before you post your comment ask yourself "What are my motives behind this comment." Experiencing a negative motive, such as jealousy, anger or disgust calls for introspection. According to the Dali Lama afflictive emotion is our ultimate enemy and a source of suffering. Emotions without proper reason are what buddhists call afflictive emotion. Afflictive emotion eats at inner peace and becomes the inner enemy, eventually destroying peace of mind and even health, and friendships. Compassion and altruism on the other hand are emotions that have reasoning and intelligence behind them. I have seen a few negative and abusive comments. A hub gardener has every right to pull these noxious weeds. Press delete, forgive the ignorant troll and cultivate good karma.

Ignorance and Forgiveness

Why did the troll put that rock in your garden? Buddhists believe that delusion or ignorance is the stumbling block to spiritual progress. Hubbers or outsiders who leave abusive comments do so from small mindedness. The spiritually aware, more karmic minded hubber looks beyond and sees a rainbow of people with unique thoughts to share.

What does karma mean to you?

See results

"Do not commit any unwholesome actions,
Accumulate virtuous deeds,
Tame and train your own mind."
Shakyamuni Buddha


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)