The word “karma” is from the Sanskrit language, and it just means “action”. This word has become pretty popular world over, and it’s usually used to indicate that your “past affects your present” – what you did in the past will come back to influence your present is what its conversational meaning seems to imply. The implication is that if you do a bad deed you will have something bad happening to you, in this lifetime or near next lifetime, and if you do a good deed then good things will happen to you. The focus being on the “deed” or “action”. The truth however is that life has no dictates, or standards, on what a good deed is or what a bad deed is, and hence to imply that you will be punished for a bad deed is to imply that life is judging you – but if you look deeper, it’s not life that’s judging you, it’s your brain that’s doing the judging. Your brain is the one that has the judgment on good and bad (based on its conditioning), and of course it’s easy to convince people to agree on certain standards by putting fear in them – but that does not mean that life has those standards, it’s just a brain created standard.
Getting over “holy ideas” about life
Life creates a lion as a physical expression, and the lion’s brain/body is designed to hunt. The lion predates the deer (the deer being another physical expression of life), kills it in chase, and rips into its flesh for a meal. A human watching this action feed on discovery channel may feel that the lion is the villain, that the lion did something bad, and may be cry at the brutality. But did the lion really do something bad? Did the lion really have a choice? The lion, like any physical form, is an intention in life, created by life, for a specific expression – and its hunting prowess is one of the intended expressions. So life as the lion, kills life as the deer, and it’s part of its play of physical experience – the very purpose of physical reality is so that life can experience the nuances of physicality, all nuances of it.
If you put yourself in life’s place, and not see things from the perspective of your personal ego, you will see the innocence of its play – if you were an invincible energy, that was eternal, unchangeable, “fun loving” and wise, with the ability to create anything you want through “thought”, and experience the creation, you would definitely want to have diverse experiences, even if it means the experience of being predated and killed. If you are not able to wrap your thoughts around this understanding, it just means your brain/ego just wants to cling to what it finds convenient (and have some naïve holy idea about life), and is not willing to look at life as it is.
No matter what your brain/ego thinks about physical life, from life’s perspective it’s just an unending adventure and play. If your brain has any narrow ideas about life judging good and bad deeds, just realize that the crocodile that snares, and eats, a calf is also an expression of this same life. Life is not judging the crocodile, because this crocodile is life-energy in a physical form (God in form, if you understand God as a label for life-energy), so is the calf, and its just life interplaying with itself for this experience. The crocodile does not earn “bad karma” for killing the calf, it’s just living its expression as intended by life.
Don’t we need standards for good and bad?
Humans are an unique expression of life, and the human brain is designed to think more deeply and hence is more “civilized” than animals. The human brain has the capacity to perceive the environment, and it creates some conclusions about what it feels is “bad” and what it feels is “good”. As humans, we’ve come up with an ordered way of living, called “civilization”, where it’s expected that people be civilized so that there is some law and order.
Civilization requires laws, and laws require the definitions of good and bad. So some choosen leaders, in the society, get together to create some standards for what is good, and what is bad, and they are passed on to the common people through the dictates of religion and dictates of law. Morality is the code dished out by religions, whereas Legality is the code dished out by law offices. Of course, fear is needed to control people, and hence most religions attribute these “human made” standards of morality to be commandments from God, citing that people not following these standards would carry “bad karma” and will be punished accordingly by this God (who is supposedly sitting up there keeping tab of your activities here). Hopefully people reading this blog have a deeper understanding than to be holding on to such fantasy based ideas.
We do need standards for good and bad, right and wrong, to have a functional society. Law and order is required to ensure that people can enjoy a sense of protection. However, these dictates are “human made”, they are not dictates given by life. So the idea of good and bad is created from human perception, not from life’s perception. Life is just creative energy, it’s not sitting in judgment of its own creation. Judgment requires hatred, and the natural vibration of life is pure positive akin love/joy, so it’s not capable of perceptions of hatred. The mind of course has the dimension of hatred (as part of its design) and hence has the capacity for judgment, and this mind tries to project its judgmental nature onto to life-energy or God, thus creating an idea of a punishing God.
So is there no such thing as bad karma?
Negativity is personal. Things that you feel negative about may not be the things your friends feel negative about. When you do something and feel negative about it, you are basically creating negative energy within you – this is what I would call a bad karmic load or negative karmic load. Though, I would not even call it “karmic” because it’s not your external action that created the negative energy but what you “thought” about the action, it’s your negative thinking that’s creating the negative energy – but then since thinking is also an action, so in that sense it can be called karma. As long as you understand that it’s your “thinking” that creates the negative energy, not the external action itself, you have a better perspective on karma. Also when you perceive in a negative manner, your thoughts create a negative energy in your body space, which get stored in your cells as cellular memory – this again is a “negative karmic load” that you carry, I would rather just called it momentum of negativity and stored-up negative energy.
The negative energy that gets stored up will pass on, through your cellular memory, to your progeny, because it’s stored up energy and it has no way of release unless it’s consciously released. For example, if you have a certain negative thought in your mind, and you keep believing in it, it becomes part of your cellular memory, and its essence is passed on (in the form of genetic/dna coding) to your progeny – by essence I mean the negative vibration/energy. So in that sense you can say your unreleased “negative karmic load” (created through your thinking) keeps getting passed on, unless it’s released consciously.
The way some dictates (like religions) use the word “karma” is to tell you that you need to do good deeds and keep away from bad deeds, and they give some standards of good and bad. The implication being that good actions win you brownie points with God and bad actions put you in his bad books. But life is not responding to your actions, it’s responding purely to your vibration – so if you feel negative about something you did, your negative thoughts about it create a negative vibration in you, which in turn attracts a negative reality, which you then call your bad karma. If you did not feel negative about what you did, you would not create a negative vibration in you, and hence will always be privy to well-being inherent to your life-stream.
You are not being judged by life
Follow your inner wisdom on what’s right and wrong for you, but also understand that you are not being judged by life, only by your own mind. Wisdom dictates that we don’t do something that would land us in trouble, and if you have access to your inner wisdom you would always avoid the wrong and align with the right, as governed by your wisdom for that situation. Your guilt creates more negative energy than any action you will ever take. If you can let go of being identified with negativity, you will automatically stop creating a negative energy load in you. There is no better way to attract a positive reality than to let go of creating a negative energy load in you, and release your past negative energy accumulation.
Stop living through conditioning meted out to you from the outside, and use your own wisdom to determine what feels right and wrong to you, and live out your expression in accordance with this inner wisdom. For example, there are people who believe that adultery is “wrong”, but it’s their perception and belief, you don’t have to use that as the guiding principle for how you live your life – but also remember that you can’t bluff yourself, so be clear/honest within yourself about what feels right and wrong to you, and be aligned with it. If something feels wrong for you, despite having an open mind about it, it’s a sure fire indication that it’s something you are better off not doing. If you ignore this wisdom and go ahead with doing it, there will be an inner conflict, and this inner conflict will create an external conflict. This is where it helps to have a strong/stable awareness so that you can be very clear about what feels aligned with you and what feels off to you, while also being free of the fear of , and being a prisoner to, an external dictate, moral code, belief, societal conditioning or commandment.
Just because someone has a high awareness and understanding of life doesn’t mean that they have no moral standards in them. For example, someone who is very awakened in their mind can still have a preference for being loyal to a relationship, of being monogamous, it’s purely their “principle” of living, as per their natural preference/makeup, even thought they understand that there is nothing “bad”, or wrong, about being polygamous. When you choose something from a place of self-knowing and alignment, rather than from a place of force, you are free of inner conflict and hence are not creating any negative energy within you. Live through wisdom but stop living in fear of being judged by some higher power, there is only life and you are that life, life is not judging life.