Karma Misconception: “Karma Is A Bitch”
Yes, I know I’m not supposed to get riled up about the small things but when I hear people say “Karma Is A Bitch” for some reason it gets under my skin. Not everyone understands karma, I understand this and identify with the ignorance, but why say something so silly?
About.com says this about karma:
Karma means “intentional action” and refers to the universal law of cause and effect. Karma is created not only by physical action but also by thoughts and words.
Just as action causes reaction, karma causes effects that come back to the original actor. Karma also tends to generate more karma that reaches out in all directions. We bear the consequences of the karma we create, but everyone around us is affected by our intentional acts as well, just as we are affected by theirs.
Buddhists do not think of karma as “destiny” or as some kind of cosmic retribution system. Although the fruits of “good” karma might be pleasant and beneficial, all karma keeps one entangled in the cycle of death and rebirth.
Actions free from desire, hate and delusion do not create karma. The enlightened being ceases to create karma and thus is liberated from rebirth.
The last thing I want to do is come off as a smart ass but I feel like going into a tirade with the people saying “Karma Is A Bitch”. It seems like I hear it everyday, if not twice or even thrice! I’ll work on the irritation it causes my mind but what can we do about people’s assumptions on what karma is?