A simple definition of Karma is that it is the spiritual belief of cause and effect where the intentions and actions of a person influence their future. But Karma is more complex than the idea that if we do something good that good things will happen to us and that when we do something bad that bad things will happen to us. Intention is the key to understanding how it works. While not a core component of the Astrological system, Karma fits into the whole belief system of being who you were destined to be and making the right decisions based on your surroundings.

Buddhist By Nature: Principles of Karma

KarmaKarma is Buddhist principle spoken about by Buddha in which he made it plain that it wasn’t just our actions that mattered, but the reasoning behind those actions that mattered. Actions include speech, physical actions and our thoughts. It’s not just these actions, but why we are doing them that is Karma. Simply put, intention is Karma.

Buddha identified six intentions that are often our motivators for what we do, good-will or kindness, compassion, generosity, anger, cruelty and greed. Action that are based on the first three intentions are non-harmful. They are done with the intention of helping others and doing no harm. However the last three are obviously done with the intention of causing harm. This applies to all the actions, thought, speech and physical action. For example, you could shout “Stop!” at someone with the intention of stopping them from hitting a child in the street with their car, or you could yell stop with the intention of harming someone! Intention makes all the difference when it comes to Karma, not the actual outcome of the action. Another excellent example is a surgeon. They may hold a knife, but they do so with the intention of doing good, to heal a person either in kindness or compassion. Their patient, however, may die regardless of this. The death related to the base action of holding a knife is not what Karma is about, but rather the good intention of trying to heal the patient.

Using Good Karma To Improve Your Life

You can use Karmic energies as an excellent tool that can be used to sharpen our mind towards good deeds. If you’re constantly thinking about how to change your intentions into intentions that are good, it is easier then to do good things! If you think with compassion your actions will become compassionate. The key to achieving ‘good’ Karma, then, is to allow ourselves to incline towards non-harmful intentions, and then actions. We should first think about whether or not an action (thought, speech, or physical action) will cause harm to someone else. Remember, even our thoughts can be harmful in intention. They may not actually physically harm someone, but if we are what we think then thinking thoughts with harmful intention is a bad habit to get into. Instead we should try to think compassionate and kind thoughts about all other humans.

Living your life in this mindful way can be absolutely life-changing. Karma is more than a points system, it’s a way of life. You don’t do good deeds with the intention of racking up Karma ‘points’ to balance things out when you do something bad. Instead you work constantly at being in a Karma state of mind, committing all actions in a positive non-harmful way, rather than a harmful one.