Karma (quotes)

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What is Karma?

  • Karma: The sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. Cambridge Dictionary
  • Karma: The force created by a person’s actions that is believed in Hinduism and Buddhism to determine what that person’s next life will be like. Merriam Webster
  • Karma: The force created by a person’s actions that some people believe causes good or bad things to happen to that person. Merriam Webster
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The law of cause and effect is at the heart of Karma

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Everything in life is born of some cause, and followed by some effect

  • Cause and Effect: The concept that an action or event will produce a certain response to the action in the form of another event.  Dictionary.com
  • Nothing in all Nature is more certain than the fact that no single thing or event can stand alone. It is attached to all that has gone before it, and it will remain attached to all that will follow it. It was born of some cause, and so it must be followed by some effect in an endless chain. Julian P. Johnson
  • Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Through the law of cause and effect we choose our destiny. Moreover, we are our own prophets for we constantly project our future state by the seeds we plant in the present. Cheryl Canfield
  • The Law of Cause and Effect states that absolutely everything happens for a reason. All actions have consequences and produce specific results, as do all inactions. The choices we make are causes, whether they are conscious or unconscious, and will produce corresponding outcomes or effects. The Law works the same for everyone at all times. Peter Jordaan
  • We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among these fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects. Herman Melville
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This law of cause and effect is what karma is all about …

  • Karma is the universal law of cause and effect. You reap what you sow. You get what you earn. You are what you eat. If you give love, you get love. Revenge returns itself upon the avenger. What goes around comes around. Mary T. Browne
  • Karma is simply the law of cause and effect. If you plant an apple seed, you don’t a get a mango tree. If we practice hatred or greed, it becomes our way and the world responds accordingly. If we practice awareness or loving-kindness, it becomes our way and the world responds accordingly. We are heirs to the results of our actions, to the intentions we bring to every moment we initiate. We make ripples upon the ocean of the universe through our very presence. Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield
  • As no cause remains without its due effect from greatest to least, from a cosmic disturbance down to the movement of your hand, and as like produces like, Karma is that unseen and unknown law which adjusts wisely, intelligently, and equitably each effect to its cause, tracing the latter back to its producer. P. Blavatsky
  • Karma is justice. It does not reward or punish. It shows no favoritism because we have to earn all that we receive. Karma doesn’t predestine anyone or anything. We create our own causes, and karma adjusts the effects with perfect balance. Mary T. Browne
  • The Law of Cause and Effect states that what you do comes back to you. Many spiritual traditions have taught this universal wisdom in various ways. The most well known “You reap what you sow” or “karma”. If you are passionate and driven in positive ways you will put forth powerful energy and actions that will return to you in the form of rewards. On the other hand, if you are negative and hurtful towards yourself and others, this returns to you as well in the form of consequences. Christin Sander
  • You can’t escape karma … It is what it is. It doesn’t judge, it’s neither good nor bad like most people think. It’s the result of all the actions, positive and negative–a constant balancing act of events–cause and effect–tit for tat–reaping and sowing–what goes around comes around … However you phrase it, it’s the same in the end. Alyson Noël
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… a law that is universal and applies whether you believe in it or not

  • Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don’t even notice it. Sakyong Mipham
  • There are universal laws at work, even here. The Law of Attraction; the Law of Correspondence; and the Law of Karma. That is: like attracts like; as within, so without; and what goes around comes around. M. Forester
  • Your believing or not believing in karma has no effect on its existence, nor on its consequences to you. Just as a refusal to believe in the ocean would not prevent you from drowning. Paul Wilson
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Karma is about consequences

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Karma is about consequences rather than reward and punishment

  • In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences. Robert Green Ingersoll
  • Karma is not an inviolate engine of cosmic punishment. Rather, it is a neutral sequence of acts, results, and consequences. Vera Nazarian
  • There are no rewards or punishments — only consequences. R. Inge
  • Happiness is not a reward, it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment, it is a result. Robert Green Ingersoll
  • Men are not punished for their sins, but by them. Elbert Hubbard
  • Karma is justice. It does not reward or punish. It shows no favoritism because we have to earn all that we receive. Karma doesn’t predestine anyone or anything. We create our own causes, and karma adjusts the effects with perfect balance. Mary T. Browne
  • Karma is not punishment or retribution but simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts. The effects experienced are also able to be mitigated by actions and are not necessarily fated. That is to say, a particular action now is not binding to some particular, pre-determined future experience or reaction; it is not a simple, one-to-one correspondence of reward or punishment…. Karma is not a theory that says you do this, you will get that, whether good or bad. It says do good work, I’ll decide when you’ll get good results, when you need it, and not when you want it. Parvesh Singla
  • Karma is not an inviolate engine of cosmic punishment. Rather, it is a neutral sequence of acts, results, and consequences. Receiving misfortune does not necessarily indicate that one has committed evil. But it is a sufficient indicator of something else. And that something else can be anything, as long as it is a logical consequence of what has come before. Vera Nazarian
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Everything we say, think or do has consequences

  • A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences. Norman Cousins
  • Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences. Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt. Norman Cousins
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Karma says that you reap what you sow …

  • As she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma. Sri Guru Granth Sahib
  • Karma is simply the law of cause and effect. If you plant an apple seed, you don’t a get a mango tree. If we practice hatred or greed, it becomes our way and the world responds accordingly. If we practice awareness or loving-kindness, it becomes our way and the world responds accordingly. We are heirs to the results of our actions, to the intentions we bring to every moment we initiate. We make ripples upon the ocean of the universe through our very presence.  Christina Feldman & Jack Kornfield
  • The Law of Karma is also called the Law of Cause and Effect, Action and Reaction and: as you sow, so shall you reap. Sham Hinduja
  • Karma moves in two directions. If we act virtuously, the seed we plant will result in happiness. If we act non- virtuously, suffering results. Sakyong Mipham
  • One has to reap the fruits of his karma. The law of karma is inevitable and is accepted by all the great philosophies of the world: ‘As you sow, so shall you reap.’ Swami Rama
  • Karma, ahhh. We sow what we reap… We reap what we sow! We reap what we sow. The law of cause and effect. And we are all under this law. Nina Hagen
  • Karma is like the fruit of a mango tree. The mango will yield the tree and the tree will yield the mango and the cycle continues. Niruben Amin
  • Through the law of cause and effect we choose our destiny. Moreover, we are our own prophets for we constantly project our future state by the seeds we plant in the present. Cheryl Canfield
  • Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Bible
  • Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end pre- exists in the means, the fruit in the seed. You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong.  Ralph W. Emerson
  • Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature. Steve Maraboli
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… that your words, thoughts and deeds boomerang back to you …

  • You REAP what You SOW: Life is like a boomerang. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy. Grant M. Bright
  • In America karma is best expressed in popular phrases like, “what goes around, comes around” and “what you sow, you will reap.” Karma has also been referred to as having a “boomerang effect” where the thoughts and actions that you send out into the world turn around and come back at you. In the New Testament, Jesus says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Karma goes a step further and dictates that “What you do unto others will come back to you.” I think Jesus and the Hindus really had the same idea. Think about that the next time you want to say or do something nasty to someone else! Carmen Harra
  • Given the unity of all minds, what we do to others, and what we think about others, boomerangs back to us. If we wish to feel peace, then we must wish peace for others.  And whatever punishment we wish upon others, we subconsciously attract to ourselves.  Marianne Williamson
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… that if you do wrong, you’ll tend to suffer wrong …

  • But men never violate the laws of God without suffering the consequences sooner or later. Lydia M. Child
  • Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end pre- exists in the means, the fruit in the seed. You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong.  Ralph W. Emerson
  • Everyone will experience the consequences of his own acts. If his act are right, he’ll get good consequences; if they’re not, he’ll suffer for it. Harry Brown
  • Whatever our creed, we feel that no good deed can by any possibility go unrewarded, no evil deed unpunished. Orison Swett Marden
  • Consequences are unpitying. George Eliot
  • Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven. Mary Baker Eddy
  • It is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others. This perspective is at the heart of Buddhist teachings. Daisaku Ikeda
  • Karma comes after everyone eventually. You can’t get away with screwing people over your whole life, I don’t care who you are. What goes around comes around. That’s how it works. Sooner or later the universe will serve you the revenge that you deserve. Jessica Brody
  • The law is simple. Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time. Ben Okri
  • Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another. Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Live by the sword, die by the sword. Gospel of Matthew
  • Who so diggeth a pit shall fall therein. Proverbs
  • Thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges. William Shakespeare
  • Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein. Proverb
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… whereas good and virtuous deeds will tend to reward you

  • Every act of virtue is an ingredient unto reward. Jeremy Taylor
  • Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you. James Freeman Clarke
  • Do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good. William Penn
  • There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.  Peyton Conway March
  • I’m coming to believe more and more in the truth that everything we do has consequences. A good deed doesn’t just evaporate and disappear.  Desmond Tutu
  • Who soweth good seed shall surely reap; The year grows rich as it groweth old, And life’s latest sands are its sands of gold! Julia C.R. Dorr
  • Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature. Steve Maraboli
  • In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us. Flora Edwards
  • He that does good to another does good also to himself. Seneca
  • Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions. The Dalai Lama
  • No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives is left long without proper reward. Booker T. Washington
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Karma says you get what you give out

  • I’m a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it’s bad or good. Sandra Bullock
  • Karma is not something you can control, something you can turn on and off. It’s not what you do; it’s who you are. Karma extends throughout our entire life experience. If you are pleasant and give off positive energy, others will pick on that, and feed off that. If you’re a grouch who is always upset, always complaining, always wishing for something to be different, be better, then you will for the rest of your life find yourself in situations that could be different, be better. You will never be satisfied, just frustrated and angry. Kevin Chappell
  • Practicing the Law of Giving is actually very simple; if you want joy, give joy to others; if you want love, learn to give love; if you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention and appreciation; if you want material affluence, help others to become materially affluent. In fact, the easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want. Deepak Chopra
  • Be the source. If you want joy, give joy to others. If you want love, learn to give love. The easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want. Deepak Chopra
  • There is a destiny that makes us brothers: none goes his way alone, all that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own. Edwin Markham
  • If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have. John O’Donohue
  • There is a wonderful, mystical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.  Peyton Conway March
  • The more we give of anything, the more we shall get back. Grace Speare
  • If you want love and abundance in your life, give it away. Mark Twain
  • If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it. Sir John Templeton
  • Give out what you most want to come back. Robin S. Sharma
  • The science is simple: When you give the world love and respect, the world will give you love and respect back. Russell Simmons
  • I am a big believer that eventually everything comes back to you. You get back what you give out. Nancy Reagan
  • We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold in them. Elbert Hubbard
  • Many times, the very thing we want from those we are with for example, respect, patience, or just a little tenderness- is the very thing that we ourselves either lack at the moment or otherwise are somehow withholding from them. Guy Finley
  • You’ll never get what you really want. All you can do is give what you really want! David Deida
  • When you plant a seed of love, it is you that blossoms. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
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Karma says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction …

  • Karma is a Sanskrit word meaning “action,” though it’s often used to refer to both an action and its results. Many people think of karma as Newton’s Third Law–“For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction”–as it applies to the psychological or ethical domain.  Karma isn’t luck or destiny– luck suggests randomness; destiny, a lack of choice.  Nor is it the voice of the gods trying to keep us in line.  Karma is a description of how moral law operates, not a prescription for good behavior.  Joan Duncan Oliver
  • Karma is one of those topics that many people know a little about, but it is often more complex than most people realize. The second law of thermodynamics is that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. On the universal scale, this is the law of karma. The law of karma basically states that every action has a reaction and whatever you do to others will later return to you, either in this life or a future life. Furthermore, ignorance of the law is no excuse. We are still accountable for everything we do, regardless of whether we understand it or not. We cannot escape it, even if we do not believe it. Therefore, the best thing is to learn how it works. If everyone understood the law of karma, we would all be living a happier life in a brighter world. Stephen Knapp
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… and that all your actions carry consequences …

  • When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. When you desire a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it. Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Actions always have consequences! Joel Coen
  • Our actions are like ships which we may watch set out to sea, and not know when or with what cargo they will return to port. Iris Murdoch
  • Everyone will experience the consequences of his own acts. If his act are right, he’ll get good consequences; if they’re not, he’ll suffer for it. Harry Brown
  • My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.  My actions are the ground upon which I stand.  Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Whatever we do lays a seed in our deepest consciousness, and one day that seed will grow. Sakyong Mipham
  • People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.  Edith Wharton
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… leading to the unfolding of your destiny

  • According to the karma of past actions, one’s destiny unfolds, even though everyone wants to be so lucky. Sri Guru Granth Sahib
  • Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds. George Eliot
  • Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. Edwin Hubbel Chapin
  • Karma is the destiny man weaves for himself. H. Leslie-Smith
  • Through the law of cause and effect we choose our destiny. Moreover, we are our own prophets for we constantly project our future state by the seeds we plant in the present. Cheryl Canfield
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You are free to choose your actions, but not the consequences of your actions

  • While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions. Stephen Covey
  • You cannot control the results, only your actions. Allan Lokos
  • We are free to choose our paths, but we can’t choose the consequences that come with them. Sean Covey
  • We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality. Ayn Rand
  • It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. Josiah Stamp
  • Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel. John Quincy
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Karma is the result of intentions, actions and thoughts

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Karma is not just about your actions, but your intentions behind your actions

  • What brings the karmic result from the patterns of our actions is not our action alone. As we intend and then act, we create karma. So another key to understanding the creation of karma is becoming aware of intention. The heart is our garden, and along with each action there is an intention that is planted like a seed. The result of the patterns of our karma is the fruit of these seeds.  Jack Kornfield
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Karma is not just about your actions, but your thoughts too

  • Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit. James Allen
  • You are now in the additional business of mental gardening: choosing the seeds or imprints you want to put in your mind by studying which imprints create the things you want to achieve—consciously planting those seeds, and then sitting back to enjoy the extraordinary success that will come to you. Geshe Michael Roach
  • Every thought-seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own, blossoming sooner or later into act, and bearing its own fruitage of opportunity and circumstance. Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit. James Allen
  • My mind is a garden. My thoughts are the seeds. My harvest will be either flower or weeds. Mel Weldon
  • Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious. Bill Meyer
  • Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny. Tryon Edwards
  • Given the unity of all minds, what we do to others, and what we think about others, boomerangs back to us. If we wish to feel peace, then we must wish peace for others.  And whatever punishment we wish upon others, we subconsciously attract to ourselves.  Marianne Williamson
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The rewards of a belief in Karma

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A belief in karma can be liberating and empowering …

  • Belief in karma ought to make the life pure, strong, serene, and glad. Only our own deeds can hinder us; only our own will can fetter us.  Once let men recognize this truth, and the hour of their liberation has struck.  Nature cannot enslave the soul that by wisdom has gained power and uses both in love.  Annie Besant
  • The holistic doctrine of Karma gives us a reason for everything and everything for a reason. Karma, as a philosophy, maintains hope in the midst of hopelessness and provides us with the courage to continue our personal evolution. Jonn Mumford
  • The recognition of the law of the cause and effect, also known as karma, is a fundamental key to understand how you’ve created your world, with actions of your body, speech and mind. When you truly understand karma, then you realize you are responsible for everything in your life. It is incredibly empowering to know that your future is in your hands. Keanu Reeves
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… for karma is not about fatalism but about exercising free will

  • Karma is a key that we may use to organize our lives, rather than endlessly agonizing over the seemingly unexplainable and often unexpected events forming the fabric of our lives…. Karma is not about fate, fatalism, or destiny; nothing is pre-ordained– rather everything is a sequential happening emerging logically from antecedents. Karma is a way of viewing existence that brings about a harmony of both fatalism and free will, resulting in increased mental health and self-responsibility. Jonn Mumford
  • There are the waves and there is the wind, seen and unseen forces. Everyone has these same elements in their lives, the seen and unseen, karma and free will.  Kuan Yin
  • Karma is not fate, for man acts with free will, creating his own destiny. The Vedas tell us, 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. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
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Karma is about taking an active role in creating your destiny through your actions and choices

  • Karma differs from fate or destiny because it encourages us to take an active role in life. The Law of Karma requires the spiritual seeker to follow the highest code of ethics. Todd Cramer
  • Karma is not something pessimistic. If you think of karma as something wrong, you are seeing karma only according to what happened in the past. You look at the past and karma becomes a monster. So you should also look at karma in the present and future. Then karma becomes something very wide and really alive. Through karma you can understand what your destiny is. Destiny itself has no solid form; it’s something you can create. You can create your life. That is why we study karma. Dainin Katagiri
  • Karma isn’t fate. Nor is it a punishment imposed on us by some external agent. We create our own karma. Karma is the result of the choices that we make every moment of every day. Tulku Thondup
  • Many people think there’s nothing they can do to change their karma–it’s preordained so why bother trying to change their situation? This is what scares people. These folks think that to accept the reality of karma one must be passive. It simply isn’t true. Karma is active. We can–in the blink of an eye– make decisions that will shape our futures and transform the parts of our lives that are causing us unhappiness. Mary T. Browne
  • The law of karma is neither fatalistic nor punitive; nor is man a hapless, helpless victim in its bonds. God has blessed each one of us with reason, intellect and discrimination, as well as the sovereign free will. Even when our past karma inclines us toward evil, we can consciously tune our inclination towards detachment and ego-free action, thus lightening the karmic load. J. P. Vaswani
  • There is good Karma, there is bad Karma, and as the wheel of life moves on, old Karma is exhausted and again fresh Karma is accumulated. Although at first it may appear that nothing can be more fatalistic than this doctrine, yet a little consideration will show that in reality this is not the case. Karma is twofold, hidden and manifest, Karma is the man that is, Karma is his action. True that each action is a cause from which evolves the countless ramifications of effect in time and space. William Q. Judge
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Karma is an opportunity to learn valuable lessons

  • God does not deal our karma to us as a punishment. Karma is a manifestation of an impersonal law as well as a personal one. The purpose of our bearing our karma is that karma is our teacher. We must learn the lessons of how and why we misused the energy of life. Until that day comes when we recognize the Law of God as a Law of love, we will probably encounter difficulties. But if we will only hasten that day’s coming into our own life, we will recognize that karma is actually grace and beauty and joy. Mark l. Prophet & Elizabeth Clare Prophet
  • Debts that must be paid … that sums up the concept of karma. But I would add that karma is not a burden that you have to carry. It is also an opportunity to learn, a chance to practice love and forgiveness, a chance to learn lessons that are valuable to us. Karma offers us the chance to wipe our dirty slate clean, to erase the wrong doings of the past. P. Vaswani
  • A deeper purpose of karma is to give people the opportunity to develop spiritual mastery of the pains and pleasures involved with life. Once you come to terms with what life has to offer and grow to see things as they are, then you’re ready to move on to a higher level of existence. Jay Stevenson
  • Karma is our teacher. It teaches us to refine our behavior–hopefully sooner rather than later. One way to tell a young soul from an old soul is to observe how quickly he learns karma’s lessons in life.
  • People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That’s not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn’t understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you’re given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further. Pema Chodron
  • Karma applies itself in the most exacting and clever of ways. If we deprived another human being of freedom in a previous life, we’d probably have our freedom curtailed in this life. This experience would give us time to reconsider our views and learn the Law of Love. Todd Cramer
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Karma is an opportunity to erase wrong doings of the past

  • Bad karma is the spiritual debt one has accumulated for one’s mistakes from all previous lives and this life. It includes killing, harming, taking advantage, cheating, stealing, and more. On Mother Earth, when you buy a house, you take out a mortgage from a bank. This mortgage is your debt to the bank. You pay every month for fifteen, twenty, or thirty years to clear your financial debt. In the spiritual realm, if you have bad karma, you may have to pay for many lifetimes to clear your spiritual debt. Zhi Gang Sha
  • The burden of Karma is heavy. All alike have heavy debts to pay. Yet none, so the Wisdom teaches, is ever faced with more than he can bear. Whether or not we can grin, we must bear it, and it is folly to attempt to run away. Christmas Humphreys
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Karma is an opportunity to take responsibility

  • When we begin to understand the concept of Karma we will never ever blame God for anything that happens to us. We will realise that we are responsible for all that happens to us. As we sow, so shall we reap. Rich or poor, saint or sinner, miser or philanthropist, learned or illiterate … This is the Universal Law that applies to individuals, to whole communities, societies, nations and races. As we sow, so shall we reap. P. Vaswani
  • It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. Josiah Stamp
  • When you truly understand karma, then you realize you are responsible for everything in your life. It is incredibly empowering to know that your future is in your hands. Keanu Reeves
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Karma is an opportunity to surmount troubles

  • Karma is not just about the troubles, but also about surmounting them. Rick Springfield
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Karma allows you to appreciate the unfolding of a deeper cosmic plan and appreciate that all events are a woven tapestry

  • Situations seem to happen to people, but in reality, they unfold from deeper karmic causes. The universe unfolds to itself, bringing to bear any cause that needs to be included. Don’t take this process personally. The working out of cause and effect is eternal. You are part of this rising and falling that never ends, and only by riding the wave can you ensure that the waves don’t drown you. The ego takes everything personally, leaving no room for higher guidance or purpose. If you can, realize that a cosmic plan is unfolding and appreciate the incredibly woven tapestry for what it is, a design of unparalleled marvel. Deepak Chopra
  • Even chance meetings are the result of karma… Things in life are fated by our previous lives. That even in the smallest events there’s no such thing as coincidence. Haruki Murakami
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Let karma influence how you live your life

  • How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. Wayne Dyer
  • It’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life.  If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.   Randy Pausch
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Give others the space to learn from their own karma

  • While we may judge things as good or bad, karma doesn’t. It’s a simple case of like gets like, the ultimate balancing act, nothing more, nothing less. And if you’re determined to fix every situation you deem as bad, or difficult, or somehow unsavory, then you rob the person of their own chance to fix it, learn from it, or even grow from it. Some things, no matter how painful, happen for a reason. A reason you or I may not be able to grasp at first sight, not without knowing a person’s entire life story– their cumulative past. And to just barge in and interfere, no matter how well-intentioned, would be akin to robbing them of their journey. Something that’s better not done. Alyson Noël
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Reducing negative karma

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There are things you can do reduce negative karma

  • As the blazing fire reduces wood to ashes, similarly, the fire of Self-knowledge reduces all Karma to ashes. Bhagavad Gita
  • By this attitude of complete renunciation you shall be freed from the bondage, good and bad, of Karma. You shall be liberated, and come to Me. Bhagavad Gita
  • Love conquers everything even karma. Mettrie L.
  • Meditate and listen to the Name of the Lord, and give it to everyone. In this way, the filth of lifetimes of karma shall be removed, and egotistical pride shall vanish from your mind. Sri Guru Granth Sahib
  • The person whose mind is always free from attachment, who has subdued the mind and senses, and who is free from desires, attains the supreme perfection of freedom from Karma through renunciation. Bhagavad Gita
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Suffering purifies negative karma

  • As Shantideva says, suffering has many good qualities because it purifies our negative karma, increases our renunciation and compassion, reduces our pride, and helps us to overcome our bad mental habits. If we think in this way, we will feel that difficult circumstances are our best friends. When our mind is balanced in this way it becomes as stable as Mount Meru, and nothing can cause it to shake. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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Karma and reincarnation

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In some spiritual walks, karma is linked with the concept of reincarnation

  • When we cross the gates of death, our karma is all we take with us. Everything else that we enjoyed in this life we leave behind…. Our karma is the only thing that will count in determining our rebirth, for our next life is nothing but the effects of our karmic tendencies that materialize in our perception. Tulku Thondup
  • Has it occurred to you that transmigration is at once an explanation and a justification of the evil of the world? If the evils we suffer are the result of sins committed in our past lives, we can bear them with resignation and hope that if in this one we strive toward virtue out future lives will be less afflicted. William Somerset Maugham
  • I have been told that Reincarnation is a very gloomy religion; that the law of karma leaves life without hope. I can answer this by saying that Reincarnation has nothing to do with religion. Reincarnation is a natural law in operation, a penetration into the laws of cause and effect. Science has taught us (in the physical world) that nothing can die, for nothing is ever totally extinguished. When one form of animation leaves the body, another is switched on. The body which is alive in all its cells begin to function in another direction. It fertilizes life, which life in turn fertilizes other life. Gervee Baronte
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Final thoughts

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Karma can happen from moment to moment

  • Due to having made karma, rebirth consciousness arises. But we need not think of rebirth only in a future life. We are in actual fact reborn every moment with new thoughts and feelings, and we bring with us the karma that we made in past moments. If we were angry a moment ago, we are not going to feel good immediately. If we were loving a minute ago, we would be feeling fine now. Thus, we live from moment to moment with the results of our karma. Ayya Khema
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Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven

  • All human sin seems so much worse in its consequences than in its intentions. Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Men are not punished for their sins, but by them. Elbert Hubbard
  • Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven. Mary Baker Eddy
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Think about karma as a bank

  • Think about karma as a bank. The Karma Bank is an impartial, honorable, incorruptible, infallible solid establishment. Every single person in the whole universe has an account in this colossal depository. Each time you perform a positive action, you add good karma to your account. Every negative action that you perform produces bad karma. The ultimate goal is to have your account in perfect balance. When this is achieved, you will have mastered your karma. Mary T. Browne
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On a lighter note

  • Dear Karma, I really hate you right now, you made your point. Ottilie Weber
  • If you’re really a mean person you’re going to come back as a fly and eat poop. Kurt Cobain
  • Karma is God’s girlfriend. Allan Williams
  • My karma ran over your dogma.
  • Karma: Justice without the feeling of satisfaction.
  • Treat people as you would like to be treated. Karma’s only a bitch if you are.
  • The Buddhist Mafia is called Karma.
  • Karma takes too long, I’d rather beat the shit out of you just now.
  • Karma is like 69. You get what you give.
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