We’ve all heard of karma, but have we truly seen its effects? Sir Issac Newton’s third law of motion tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, but with a reaction that is immediate. With karma though, reactions slowly build into the future with consequences that come about when we least expect. In many ways, karma plants a seed in your life and as you sow, so shall you reap.
It’s known that in physics, the law of equal and opposite reaction means when an object collides with a target, there is an equal force going into and away from the target at the same time. Going beyond any physical motion, karma generalizes such a rule to all areas of life. Meaning, if we exert an energy or force on another person, that energy and force will go into its intended target and return back to us. In the general idea of karma and its universe of effects, there are two varieties that man often finds himself in a pickle with: Good karma and bad karma.
Acts of kindness that spring forth from compassion, love and wisdom always reap a positive effect and result in eventual happiness for oneself and others. Conversely, bad karma presents the opposite result, causing suffering for oneself and others. In many ways, both types are judged by the future effect.
So, how does bad karma come about? Imagine a situation of someone who lies to another for their own selfish gain. Not only do they get what they want by manipulation, but they have just created bad karma for themselves. By deliberately harming someone, their intentions were bad. In that sense, it is intention that creates and invokes karma. We can all hide our intentions from others and those we’ve known for years and love, but we can never hide it from the Universe. After all, life is made up of destiny and fate, and bad karma bears the fruit of suffering and unhappiness. With unwholesome actions that include lying, slander, harsh speech, anger, and greed, there is much to understand about bad karma.
The karmic weight of bad intention and the duration of it yields seriously negative personal consequences and can spread throughout the years. From a moral perspective, some acts are so much more serious than others and therefore bring about more suffering, but equal out to the circumstances individuals have found themselves in. Basically, everything we say and do determines what’s going to happen to us in the future. We always assume when someone hurts us, misleads us or breaks our heart, that they get away with it—clean slate, tabula rasa. But according to karmic law, no one ever gets away with anything for long and the repercussions manifest slowly, springing up the day they are confronted with karmic justice and carry on throughout their lifetime and in every relationship.
It might sound like I’m saying karma is a scary thing that comes after you and hurts you, but really, if you’re smart about it, the cause of law and effect is more of a learning experience—an eye-opener to what you’re lacking in intention, and why you’ve done what you did. In many ways, what you refuse to accept, will continue for you with hopes of bringing forth humility. But that’s only if you’re smart. Not everyone is smart, trust me. People go four, five years, deceiving others because they want the best of both worlds. They want two lives where they can be what they want, when they want, however they want and all because daily expectations plague them and it’s mundane.
In the past few days, I have caught a glimpse of bad karma with someone whose intentions were not only to harm me for their own selfish gain through lies and seduction, but the effects poured onto others they cherished deeply, creating an adverse effect in their own future. In such a sense, what goes around, really does come back around. While I am not at all happy they got what they deserved, I am saddened they were so stupid to not be smart and communicative. This week has shown me that the consequences of one’s actions will always be dealt with eventually, no matter how hard we pray the ones we love don’t suffer. If their intentions are ill, no one can get in that way. We never know when, and we never know how, but eventually, everything comes back around.
It can be a vicious cycle, but it’s life, isn’t it? Though I’m not a huge fan of Justin Timberlake, his song, “What Goes Around…Comes Around” is the perfect song depicting karmic reactions. Simple (and always complex) story of cheating, the pain of being deceived, and how karma in all its glory with its guns blazing, will find its way to the person who wronged you.
Remember, nothing ever goes away until it has fully taught you what you need to know about yourself, your world, and those in your life. Your karma can be a blessing in disguise no matter the outcome.
Should’ve known better when you came around
That you were gonna make me cry
It’s breaking my heart to watch you run around
‘Cause I know that you’re living a lie
That’s okay baby ’cause in time you will find…
What goes around, goes around, goes around
Comes all the way back around