How many times have you heard people say, what goes around comes around?
A while ago, a touching story of a man was trending on the internet. This homeless man had risen from rags to riches after he had returned an engagement ring to a woman who had clumsily dropped it in his donation bucket while putting some change in. This woman was so grateful, she ran a drive to collect money for this honest, poor man. Eventually, she went back and asked him what he wanted. He said he needed some money to get his cycle fixed. She got his cycle fixed and also gave him the money she had collected. The homeless man was able to buy a house and still had more than enough to survive on. He couldn’t believe all this had happened only because he returned what wasn’t his.
While there are many ways of looking at such stories, one perspective that stands out is karmic. Was the man’s honest act his karma? Have you ever thought of your own life in this light? Ever contemplated your actions keeping the consequences in mind? In this sense, has it occurred to you that your present could have been shaped by your past choices and actions?
Conventional wisdom, at times, indicates that karma is the situation you helplessly end up in. On the contrary, it is your actions that lead you to that situation.
“Unlike animals who go through life maximising pleasure and minimising pain, humans have a conscience and can differentiate between right and wrong.”