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Old 05-15-2007, 09:32 AM
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Everything in the universe seems to have it's equal opposite. Does Karma also have an opposite? They say that what goes around comes around. If that's Karma, then maybe Anti-Karma would be like nature. Nature abhors a vacuum. When you give something to one person, another goes without it. Also, the greater one persons success, the greater the envy from others. The more good you try to do, the stronger evil has to be to equal things out. Is there anything taught about Anti-Karma in the Dharmic Religions?
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Karma is merely a way of keeping your score while here on earth.

It accounts for your actions. Both good and bad. I've always compared it to a bank account. You have a good account and a bad account. For most, the bad account is a huge thing, gained from poor decisions over many lifetimes.

There is no limit to how karma can manifest itself. It is all based on your actions.

Karma can be realized quickly, or spread over many lifetimes. It is the latter which produces the dragging effect most people have to endure. It is the main reason bad things sometimes happen to good people.

The only way to escape karma is to pay it off. Knowing this, you will learn to not make any bad karma for yourself. In rare cases, karma can be forgiven by divine grace.

Karma exists only in the lower worlds. It has no meaning in the higher spiritual realms.



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I admit a limited understanding of Karma, but it seems to me the concept contains 'both sides' already. It's like an accounting entry where you have an asset offset by a liability or a debit by a credit. It's the very existence of the event and it's 'anti' that make up Karma in the first place, unless I have missed the point (always a strong possibility).
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Karma is merely a way of keeping your score while here on earth.

It accounts for your actions. Both good and bad. I've always compared it to a bank account. You have a good account and a bad account. For most, the bad account is a huge thing, gained from poor decisions over many lifetimes.

There is no limit to how karma can manifest itself. It is all based on your actions.

Karma can be realized quickly, or spread over many lifetimes. It is the latter which produces the dragging effect most people have to endure. It is the main reason bad things sometimes happen to good people.

The only way to escape karma is to pay it off. Knowing this, you will learn to not make any bad karma for yourself. In rare cases, karma can be forgiven by divine grace.

Karma exists only in the lower worlds. It has no meaning in the higher spiritual realms.



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This is a great response. re: divine grace - under what circumstances? or, how does this work?
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I admit a limited understanding of Karma, but it seems to me the concept contains 'both sides' already. It's like an accounting entry where you have an asset offset by a liability or a debit by a credit. It's the very existence of the event and it's 'anti' that make up Karma in the first place, unless I have missed the point (always a strong possibility).
If Karma is "what goes around comes around", then Anti-Karma is "what goes around stays around or goes away".
Money might be an example. You give and give money for bills and groceries and stuff and it makes a few people very rich. It doesn't come back around on it's own. Karma won't solve it unless you happen to be reincarnated as a rich person.
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Ah, OK, thanks. So do I understand correctly that you are really asking, "Does Karma sometimes not happen?"
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This is a great response. re: divine grace - under what circumstances? or, how does this work?
Sometimes, when you make a great effort to redeem yourself, even though you may flounder in the effort, it has not gone unnoticed.

In the master/disciple relationship, there are stories which a wayward diciple will do something that touches the heart strings of the master. In doing so, the master, out of great love and compassion may grant the disciple full awareness, as opposed to others which have have to struggle with it for many lifetimes.

In Christianity, the story of Saul into Paul is an excellent example. Despite his terrible past, he was able to go to the front of the line in the wink of an eye.

But for most, it is a long and dusty road ahead.



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Karma is action, the opposite is inaction (Sanskrit - Akarmanyata). Geeta says 'Ma Karma-phala Hetuh Bhu, Ma Sangostva Akarmani' (neither act in quest of gains, nor be attached to inaction). Act according to your duty (Dharma) without caring for consequences, do what is correct; and do not be an onlooker, act.
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"Does Karma sometimes not happen?"
What happens is chance and probability. It may not have connection with your action. You have prepared for a gala event, food is ready, the band is ready, the guests are in, and just at that moment, it rains.

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Just like there is no parrallel universe, the is no anti-karma, its a natural law, and natural law has no opposites.
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Is there anything taught about Anti-Karma in the Dharmic Religions?
I have never heard of a force that works towards "keeping it as it is".
However, it should be mentioned that once a person is enlightened, the sages actions become self-less and do not generate any karma, good or bad, at all.

Bad karma will create negative events in one life, but the way to avoid generating more bad karma is by approaching the situation in way that follows dharma, or your duty in life. In this way, you may either act without creating bad karma or generate good karma.

You want to die with no karma at all.
An enlightened person generates no bad karma, but burns off the bad karma by approaching the negative events in life dharma-ically and enjoying the good events without becoming attached to them.

In response to your question, however, I have not heard of such a balancing force. I hope this helps your understand of karma, though.
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