Karma - if you are like me you have heard this word many times and wondered exactly where it came from. Karma seems to have come from several ancient religions but is most prevalent today in Buddhism and Hinduism. It also has generic roots in today’s culture with no religious implications. The natural consequences of an act - cause and effect. The primary difference in between the natural order and religious implications is that the religious believe that God has a direct involvement in the process.
I certainly don’t want to offend any Hindus or Buddhists and they are free to believe as they wish. My belief of karma just seems to be different from the religious views and no offense is intended. I believe that God gives man free will and man can therefore choose as they please. Some are good choices and some bad. The cause and effect of bad choices gives the term ‘what goes around, comes around’ its meaning. It is a cause and effect process that can have the reverse effect than the one originally intended.
Karma to me represents man's ability to make poor choices that tend to come back and bite him in the posterior. Much like the law of physics that says for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The word karma tends to reduce a law to a single word. God’s only involvement was in giving us free will to make choices. If anything, mankind needs divine intervention to avoid karma as we tend to often go astray. So the above helps define my concept of karma plus how it has influenced mankind over the years. We need protection from ourselves more than from other influences.
So this is not a religious definition but one that is the natural consequence of man's own actions in the natural order of how things have worked over the years and will continue to work in the future. Karma is an ancient word that goes back to BC, but still has significance today.