Philosophy 2 – Karma {Actions & Laws}

Karma is a translation for “Discipline Of Action”. Karma means both action and the effects of such action. It is described as a way of acting, thinking and willing by which one orients oneself toward realization by acting in accordance with one’s duty without consideration of personal self-centered desires, likes or dislikes. One acts without being attached to the fruits of one’s deeds.

Karma does not accept that our life is totally predestined, our free will and the choices that we make at critical junctures in our life also play an equally important part.

How Karma is fashioned in human being is threefold in nature, consisting desire or feeling, knowing and willing. These fashions the individual’s karma. The person knows objects like chairs, trees etc. He feels joy and sorrow. He wills to do this or not to do that.

Behind every action, there are desires and thoughts. A desire for an object arises in the mind. Then you think how to get it; then you exert to possess it. Desire, thought and action always go together.

Desire produces karma. You work and exert to acquire the objects of your desire. Karma produces its fruits as pain or pleasure. You will have to take birth after birth to reap the fruits. This is the Law of Karma.

There are 3 main laws in Karma. The Law Of Action & Reaction (Sanchitta), The Law Of Compensation (Prarabdha) and The Law Of Retribution (Agami).

All these laws of karma all come under one general conclusion. The Doctrine Of Karma.

Sarina.