One of the most misunderstood concept in Buddhism is karma.
When asked to explain karma, we usually sum it up as, good deeds beget good outcome and evil deeds brings horrible retributions.
This is a logically, politically and religiously right summary, but karma is more complicated than that.
Otherwise, why do some bad people get away with their evil deeds and seemed to be having a great time. Whereas some good honest people suffer a horrible illness or meet a terrible accident?
Many people who look upon Buddhism as a religion, carry a mental habit of blind belief.
They think that by believing hard enough, an invisible power is being invoked and it will manifest into a reality. Without realising it, they are thinking that they possess the power of a god. The power to will things or situation into existence.
Therefore when they believe in karma, they have this wishful thinking that the world will operate according to their fancy or according to their definition of justice. WISHFUL THINKING.
It’s amazing how creative they can be. For example, if someone is being nasty, they believe the power of karma will create a little misfortune to punish that person. Maybe trip and fall with a slight bruise would do great. Or perhaps a small episode of loose bowel will be delightful.
BUT, this is not what Buddha taught.
Yet, I have seen and heard people exclaim in delight, that karma had previal when they witness suffering of someone hateful. Especially in the office.
For a start, we are ignorant and unenlightened. We cannot define how karma works.
While we can be sure that we get an apple tree when we plant an apple seed, no one can tell the exact point in time whereby the seed will germinate or sprout. No one can tell how many branches or leaves or fruits will result consequently.
In the same manner, we do not know when the result of an action will bear fruits. Neither do we know how it will look like.
It is therefore wishful thinking on our part, if we believe that another person’s karmic reward or punishment will happen when we are there to witness it, or it will happen according to our fancy. That’s just super ego.
When we start giving karma a personality, we are becoming caveman again. Without wisdom, we imagine things beyond our comprehension by inferring it from our daily experience.
If we believe karma is a bitch, then we must be one too😉
So let’s stop giving karma a bad name.
May all be well and happy.