What does it really mean? Karma comes from the Vedic system of religion, known as Hinduism. Karma means “action” or acts of the will in Sanskrit. The Hindu believe that Karma governs all action, vibration, thoughts, and all dimensions of time and space. For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. Cosmic Karma: Understanding Your Contract with the Universe by Marguerite Manning is good book covering Karmic Astrology.
There are three types of Karma. Sanchita, the vast unseen impression or inclinations of the Self. Agami or Kriyamana, what is currently in front of you, decisions or actions. Prarabhda, consequences already playing out. Karma and the Law of Cause and Effect is exactly the same as “what we reap so shall we sow”. Whatever you send out to the world, good or bad, joy or sorrow, it will come back to us.
Karma in our culture. Joseph Campbell, the world’s foremost authority on mythology had said, “…..the idea of Karma. Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.” In Buddhism, the meaning of Karma is structured as good Karma, bad karma, and liberating Karma. Which follows their belief of rebirth or reincarnation of the soul in an endless cycle to reach Deva. Try Campbell’s The Eastern Way, from The Joseph Campbell Audio Collection.
In the New Age movement, Karma was considered, as all good deeds done will bring back luck and prosperity tenfold. Likewise all harmful and dastardly behavior would result in misfortune and ill will. The clairvoyant Edgar Cayce spoke of Karma, he is best known as the sleeping prophet because of his amazing psychic readings. While giving a “life reading” of a person’s past life influences, Cayce discovered that Karma greatly affected people’s current life and that reincarnation gives insight to a soul’s purpose, and deeper understanding to the meaning of life. Karma never forgets, it is there as memory to resolve and to answer for actions done in the past. Cayce produced volumes of books from his visions and wrote about karma and rebirth in his book Reincarnation & Karma.
Karma for the average person. In Hinduism, there is no term as destiny and fate; on the contrary, only balance and harmony are being played out through Karma. The goal in Hinduism is to be free of Karma. Reducing negative Karma and gaining good Karma by our thoughts, actions, words, and consequences. Another interesting and detailed book is Karma: The Ancient Science of Cause and Effect by Jeffrey Armstrong.
Hinduism and Buddhism teaches that people should follow their Dharma in life, which means cosmic order or law, the moral and natural principles applied to everything, following their purpose. Everyone has a purpose in life. Finding your positive purpose in life helps to reduce Karma’s negative aspects and in so doing align yourself with the Law of Attraction. A great book covering the Dharma teachings is recorded down by Ajahn Chah, a Thai Forest Monk in his book Being Dharma: The Essence of the Buddha’s Teachings.
In conclusion, with regards to Karma, the soul’s perpetual journey and desire is to be free of Karma. To be debt free and break the proverbial bonds we have put upon ourselves. Because of experiences, and current conditions are inevitably shaping and effecting our lives, and conduct. By embracing the soul’s true nature of unconditional love, unlimited understanding and patients, and creativity, one will be liberated from Karma and closer to the creator of all things, God.