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Karma: A Blessing or a Bitch

Updated on July 29, 2009

Karma is not fate, for humans act with free will creating their own destiny. According to the Vedas, if we sow goodness, we will reap goodness; if we sow evil, we will reap evil. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and previous lives, all of which determines our future. The conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate response.

The one thing I will always believe

You can call it "do unto others" or "reaping what you sow" but in the end Karma plays a big role in our lives.  I have always believed in it and it is true.  Life is like a boomerang, when you throw it around it always comes back.  Sometimes it will land right in your hands or it will hit you in the head and knock you off of your feet.

My mother has always said that if you do unto others as you would have them do unto you, you are living right.  But, unfortunaltely we as a country can't agree on anything, including a commandment.

 

 

When Karma was My Blessing

When my house burned down tis past Thanksgiving I never would have believed the outpouring of support. My neighbors who I spoke too every evening during my walk and my ex-in laws who lived across the street came to my rescue so quickly besides being in shock I was overwhelmed. It was Black Friday at Wal-Mart, by 6am I had new clothes, socks, pull-ups, personal items for the baby and for myself and my one daughter that was there. These people were so kind to me and when I asked a particularly cranky neighbor why? He said, we knew you would do it for us.

After getting cleaned up and changed I called an old boss who owned a hotel to find out about prices, had to have somewhere to lay my head. He said he already knew about the fire and #209 was ready for me at no charge. That particular room was the only room with a kitchenette and an adjoining room, for my daughters.

A week later I had a furnished home provided by the College that I worked for. Some may call it a blessing, I do as well but Karma played alot into it.   I often ask myself what seeds did I sow to grow Karma in flames?

this is what bad Karma feels like

Reflections

Looking back over the years before the fire, when Karma was something I just thought about. I would always say to my teenagers, Karma is a bitch, be careful they way you treat people. Then I started thinking of me.

Have I ever intentionally been rude to someone? yes

Have I ever intentionally hurt some one's feelings? yes

there are more that I could answer yes too and trust me it has come back on me. When you least expect it that boomerang will slap you silly.

I have learned that you get what you give, you reap what you sow, you may not understand why or when but it will happen. It will come back to you, and it can be a bitch.

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      B. Strange 

      8 years ago

      Random search led me here. Wanted to say that I like your take on it. Personally I am a firm believer in instant and stored karma. I have experienced it from good and bad perspectives. Now I try to give as much as I can afford because I know I will soon have my hand out. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This is a new and interesting take on karma. I am sorry about your house though, and I know many people that have lost their homes to fire in the recent years. The good thing to know is some people will actually be there for you, especially since they know you would have been there for them in the same situation.

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      Jaspal 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      What a nice hub .... karma and destiny are so intertwined! Try as hard as one might, there is no escaping either.

      Each of us reaps his or her own karma. And, what has been sown but not reaped in this life time gets carried over to the next!

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      Do unto others...is such a sensible way to live. If we all thought about the consequences of our actions we'd all be easier to live with!

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      GRIM REAPER 

      9 years ago

      I think its this and more

      Jas:1:27: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

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      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      yeah, it's is my faivorite saying...

      dori

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      Drew Breezzy 

      9 years ago from somewhere in my mind

      I like your title it made me laugh :D

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      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      yea tom Karma will kick yer butt, it did last week for me.

      dori

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      Tom Rubenoff 

      9 years ago from United States

      This is a good message, Dori. Thanks for writing it.

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      Quiet Stormn 

      9 years ago

      Well written :) I totally believe in Karma, have had it manifested many times over in my life. However the only thing I have to say about this is that not EVERYTHING that happens to people is a result of Karma. Sometimes things just happen because we need the lesson, or because it provides the way for other things to happen. I do agree though, you do reap what you sow, so follow the golden rule!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      "What goes around , comes around" has been my saying to my children...Twice as good or twice as bad...If you believe in Jesus one of things I always do, is to offer my hurts and pains and misery up for the suffering He went through for us...

      And you see my dear you have done good cause your good Karma came back and I beleive it is with us all the time, it's having faith in what we do from our Hearts and for no other reason , but that we care...:O)

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      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Rachel,

      So am I and I do think it is because of actions or things i said to someone special. It will bite ya back

      dori

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      Rachelsheart 

      9 years ago

      Thats my girl! loved this hub. I am going through karma my self. Struggeling real hard. I am a firm believer in karma.

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      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      no problem anytime, done it a bunch myself and don't know how to delete it either@!

      dori

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      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Alissa, I swear by it, I guess it keeps me on the right track.

      Thanks for stopping by

      dori

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      Alissa1985 

      9 years ago from Arkansas

      Sorry it posted twice I don't know how to delete it. ha ha

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      Alissa1985 

      9 years ago from Arkansas

      I do believe in Karma. And it can be a bitch. It can also be a blessing. Thanks for sharing.

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      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      jen, you may not have realized but you have been effected at some time, I just don't think people realize it. Like one time I had a good friend in High School with Muscular Dystrophy. She got to take her finals home. She snuck me a copy of the test, I studied for hours, I had the test for god sake, I still failed. That to me was bad Karma. I shouldn't have tried to cheat.

      dori

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      jenblacksheep 

      9 years ago from England

      I wish I could believe in Karma, I just so rarely see any evidence of it in life. Perhaps you only see it when something really terrible happens, which fortunately for me has never happened. As John said, this is a really heart-warming story, and I'm so glad you managed to take something positive out of such a terrible event.

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      jenblacksheep 

      9 years ago from England

      I wish I could believe in Karma, I just so rarely see any evidence of it in life. Perhaps you only see it when something really terrible happens, which fortunately for me has never happened. As John said, this is a really heart-warming story, and I'm so glad you managed to take something positive out of such a terrible event.

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      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      thanks Salmanali,

      twice.

      dori

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      salmanali123 

      9 years ago

      good and really nice hub

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      salmanali123 

      9 years ago

      good and really nice hub

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      thanks so much John, you are better than my psycologist, and no charge. Love your wisdom

      dori

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      John Chancellor 

      9 years ago from Tennessee

      I lived in New Orleans in 2005 (Katrina), so I know what it is like to have your life changed in one day. I also know that natural disasters bring out the best and the worst in people.

      It was heart warming to hear how so many people rallied to assist you.

      I believe karma truly works, but one of the real mysteries in life is the timing. It seems that some folks deserve more and their reward is a long time coming. And some folks seem to avoid punishment far too long.

      I think the real key is not to worry about how and when karma pays a visit to others, just live your own life as if punishment is swift and certain and rewards are not expected. You will be better behaved and more content with what you have.

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