Karma is a Sanskrit word that means "action." Karma has commonly been considered a punishment for past bad actions, but karma is neither judge nor jury. Rather, it is simply the universal law of cause and effect that says every thought, word and act carries energy into the world and affects our present reality. Karma can also refer to the "work" we have ahead of us, which includes lessons from both our past and present lives.
Karma is one of those topics that many people know a little about, but few understand. To start with, Newton's third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The law of karma basically states that every action has a reaction and whatever you do to others will later return to you. We are accountable for everything we do, regardless of whether we understand it or not.
Do you believe in karma? I do. I believe what goes around comes around and payback is right around the corner. If someone is speeding and cuts you off in traffic, then further down the road you see they've been pulled over by a cop...isn't that karma? Have you ever found yourself saying, "one day they'll get theirs"?
What creates good or bad karma is also the nature of the intent behind the action. If one uses things selfishly or out of anger, greed, hate, revenge, etc., then the nature of the act is of darkness. One will incur bad karma from it that will later manifest as reversals in life, painful events, disease or accidents. While things that are done for the benefit of others, out of kindness and love, with no thought of return, or for worshiping God, are all acts of goodness and piety, which will bring upliftment or good fortune to you.
However, if you do something bad that happens because of an accident or a mistake, without the intent to do any harm to others, the karma is not so heavy. Maybe you were meant to be an instrument in someone else’s karma, which is also yours. It will take into consideration your motivation. Yet the greater the intent or awareness of doing something wrong, the greater the degree of negative reaction there will be. So it is all based on the intent behind the action.
I believe how you live your life affects the kind of rewards you'll receive. Not to mention how good doing the right things in life make you feel. The sacrifices you make might help someone else but in the long run you benefit from them just as much.
If everyone understood the law of karma, we would all be living a happier life in a brighter world. Why? Because we could know how to adjust our lives so we would not be suffering the constant reactions of what we have done due to the false aims of life.
Have you had an experience where the thought crossed your mind that it might be karma?