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Thursday 10 May 2007


I got a text message from someone yesterday. It was by far the longest I've ever received...One word I read three times in this text message was 'Karma' 'Karma' 'Karma'.

I've always been curious about this word. KARMA! Alot of people seem to believe in it and it's law. THE LAW OF KARMA. What goes around, comes around.

But does Karma and it's law really exist or is it just a myth adopted centuries ago to keep people from doing evil deeds?

I've been reading alot about this word and one thing that is synonymous with it's meaning is that 'If we sow goodness, we will reap goodness; if we sow evil, we will reap evil'

'For every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause'.

'Karma is believed to be a sum of all that an individual has done, is currently doing and will do. And it's law is repercussion of that deed'

The advocates of this word say Karma is not about retribution, vengeance, punishment or reward; karma simply deals with what is: An extended expression or consequences of natural acts. The effects of all deeds actively create past, present and future experiences, thus making one responsible for one's own life, and the pain and joy it brings to others.

Karma is considered to be a spiritually originated law. Many people see God's direct involvement in this process, while others consider the natural laws of causation sufficient to explain the effects of karma.

I sincerely don't know if this theory has anything to do with God, maybe it does, but I have seen many occasions where people did good deeds and never had anything good happen to them. Someone said if one dies before he's been rewarded then that good deed passes onto their children or children's children. What about those who have a misfortune befall them when they didn't do anything wrong? Does it mean they are sowing what their parents of forefathers reaped? And if that is so, is that kind of law fair?

Law of Karma is almost sounding to me like 'If you work very hard, you will be successful'. This is a common saying but it's not always the case. Hard work does not guarantee success. Some people work extremely hard but don't see the fruits of their labour. That's where the word 'give up' emanated from. I remember something Richard Branson said in a book he wrote 'Success is not always about hard work, sometimes it's talent, luck, opportunities and having the right people around you'

Maybe Karma does exist, but my point is, it doesn't always happen in every situation, to everyone and in everyday life. It's not always the case.

So many people have gone unpunished for crimes they committed, just as so many people don't get rewarded for the good things they've done. If we all get punished or rewarded for something we've done, wouldn't life be a better or worse place to live?

If for instance you kill someone, does it mean you will get killed also? Or you dupe someone, will you get duped too? You train other people's children in school, when you're gone others will train your own children? You disrespect your elders, your junior ones will disrespect you? If you don't sleep with other women's husbands, no woman will sleep with yours? If you have a husband who beats you constantly, does it mean you did something in your past to warrant it? If you've slept around messed yourself up as a woman and you end up marrying a very responsible man who worships the ground you walk, and treats you like a princess, where's the karma in that? If one ends up locked up in jail for years for a crime one didn't commit, what evil deed is one reaping? India Amin lived to be 76 years old after killing thousands of youths in his country. Where was Karma?

Like I said earlier, what goes around does not always come around. Maybe karma chooses people it happens to?

Maybe I don't understand Karma very well, maybe I need to get educated. If you know more about this, share what you know and believe about karma with us.

General question, do you believe in Karma?


Anonymous said...

wow,im giving you a standing ovation for this piece.
ive always been intrigued by that word karma,and i think exactly the way you have written here.
life isnt mathematical.
because MR.A is a good man doesnt mean he will reap good things etc.
thats just life,however unfair and unjust it seems.to me karma is just a precautionary mental principle that people seem to sow in their/others minds to limit evil deeds etc.
i mean,look at it,fear of karma restrict us in a lot of ways,if there was no karma,i would definitely screw the married ex-president asking me out.but fear that if i screw a married man,ill be fucked in my own marriage holds me back.then again,my mum was a virgin when she met my dad(my dad used to boast of it)YET,my dad slept with half the women in lagos social circles.
so what did my mum do to deserve that being that she never slept with a man,let alone another womans husband b4 marriage.
to me karma sucks..
hmm,maybe ill call the ex-president sef.

i thought u were an air head linda,but i see you are a very very deep thinker.
im a convert now.
im loving you.

Linda Ikeji said...

@edosa.u tot i was an air head?girl I'll slap u lol.Nice to know ive been able to convert u.kisses girl!

Anonymous said...

I believe this earthly realm isn't all there is and if your rewards or punishment don't come on earth then one will still pay their dues somewhere in eternity. This is what I believe.

Anonymous said...

ur a very smart woman linda.everyday my respect for you rises.keep it up girl.about karma.sincerely i dont believe in it.too many people have wronged others are went scotfree.i have been cheated on severally when i hve never cheated in my life.i was abused when i never abused anyone in my life.my friend died while having abortion for her boyfriend.the guy is now married with 3kids.who do you know that has been blessed for rendering help?if karma existed i should be a very wealthy,happy woman.its only when a misfortune befalls an individual that people shout karma, when its just mere coincidence.pls

Anonymous said...

Nne, karma does exist. There are laws that govern this world. However there are ways to bye pass the karma effect (part of the laws that exist)
interesting right.


Meadows j. said...

Whoever texted karma to you, you shopuld text it back to them, end off!

Anonymous said...

@heyma...please expand on the laws to by pass karma's effects.

Anonymous said...

@anon; from my experience, such a classified knowledge is not what I'd want to display on the pages on the web.I'm very sorry, except we meet and that I'm convinced I won't suffer from you.
Listen, ask Leonardo da Vinci; there are some things he knew which he decided never to reveal, due to man's evil nature.
Believe me when I tell you that I have deep regrets in my life at the moment. How? People(especially some stupid european, because he's amazed at a black person knowing this much) got something(knowledge=Power) from me and are using it against me on a daily basis(well we live close to each other so he generally knows when I'm in or out and vice versa if I care).

Hey, do not be afraid; Live Life.


Anonymous said...

i dont believe in all that talk relatin to Karma. Sometimes i work so hard (naturally i always do) but i do not always get the reward expected, but i try to console myself with the knowledge that i worked my ass off on the task. But, i believe that the evil that people do always comes back to them. It may take some time but it always does.

Unknown said...

Karma is bloody bollocks made up to make us feel better about what is unfair in the world.

Life isn't fair. But it makes us feel better to think that somehow that 'bad' person is going to be repaid somehow.

Sorry folks. In fact, more often than not, it is the 'bad' people who most succeed...

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