Karma simply means ‘cause and effect’.
Our thoughts, words and actions have repercussions, and in the wider scheme of things, we reap what we sow.
The doctrine of Karma is often spuriously linked to reincarnation since some say the effects of our actions are carried from one lifetime to another. But whether or not this is true we must pay attention. Karma works within one lifetime. We get back what we give out, clearly and demonstrably, whether in terms of material things or emotionally (good feelings or bad).
Karma is not a punishment, but our greatest teacher. Whether it continues over several lifetimes is debatable, but we do know that we reap what we sow in this lifetime. Once we understand this, we can dedicate ourselves to growing in awareness and live from an ever-increasing perspective of service and love.
©David Lawrence Preston, 19.1.2017
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