Do you believe in karma? Why or why not?Do you believe in karma? Why or why not?

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Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cast your bread upon the waters . . . What goes around, comes around . . . You reap what you sow . . . Goodness is its own reward . . . The basicĀ idea of karma seems to pop up in a lot of places. I don't believe in reincarnation, although the idea is fascinating, so I don't believe in karma in the sense of religious philosophy. However, there is some kind of truth in it, I think.

Bad things do happen to good people and good things do happen to bad people, but Post #2 makes an interesting point about that. What seems initially to be "bad" or "good" might be deceptive. I do believe that over time we do reap what we sow. Lives well lived are rewarded in any number of ways, and evil deeds ultimately destroy those who do evil--again, in any number of ways. Call it karma, or call it ultimate justice.

alohaspirit eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well anymore this is becoming a hot topic since the book The Secret came out, which is mostly centered around the concept of karma. I believe in the idea that if you are a positive person and out there helping others of course you will get the same in return. If you affect someone's life in a positive way then you build a relationship, and out of that can come more positivity and opportunites.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I do not exactly believe in karma, but I do believe that if you treat people well you will have good things happen to you in return. While the evil don't always get justice, I do personally think that good people attract good to them and vice versa, for the most part.
krishna-agrawala | Student

Yes I do believe in theory of Karma. I can give two reasons for my belief. One I find it quite logical. Second It it encourages me to work sincerely.

Karma is a Sanskrit word which can be translated in English as effort or work. In very simple words the theory of Karma states that the results you reap are directly related to the work you do or efforts you make. This is clearly in line with the basic scientific principle of inviolable relationship between cause and effect.

But Karma theory does not appear to be valid when we see people enjoying benefit which don't appear to have any relationship with their efforts. For example, lazy son of a rich man may enjoy luxuries that that are far beyond the means of a hard working son of a poor man. Karma attributes this disparity to two things. One our inability to really know what is good for us. Just as a small child dislikes the discipline imposed by the parents, not knowing that the discipline actually for their own good. The second explanation of disparity is the long-term and short-term effects of our efforts. In the short-term there can be some disparities in long-term the levels out.

But This long-term theory requires one more assumption that is not easy to accept. This is the assumption of reincarnation, and the body being different from the soul that occupies it. Though I personally believe in incarnation, I do not want to use this as an argument for supporting Karma theory. I will only say that if there is no incarnation, the truth or otherwise of Karma theory does not matter to me. Even the maximum I expect to get in this single life too insignificant for me to bother very much about making the best of it. I would rather take the chance that there will be many more lives, and try to maximize my benefits in the long run.