Karma, Fate

Almost each of us experienced in his life at least once what a blow of fate is. It came suddenly and cruelly. One thought that it was unjust, undeserved and it was difficult to cope with it. The only relief capable of curing one's wounds was a thought that one it was a fate. One believed that no one is responsible for that because it had been determined from above - by a superior power.

Similarly, with only a tiny difference, the concept karma, generally known today, is explained. According to this concept, the originator of a blow of fate is neither a superior power nor God but man himself. The blow-affected people gave rise to a cause in some of their previous lives and its consequences they bear later even if they forgot about that. Thus, karma is connected with the reincarnation.

It is evident from the explanation of karma that the Indians from which this word was borrowed knew the Law of Reciprocal Action very well. They did not consider blows of fate as a reason for despair like here, in the Christian society. If man believes only in the fate he feels wrong at a blow because he does not understand its reason. He feels like he was deceived. According to karma the atonement of his faults in the same life in which they arose is easier because he knows for which he makes atonement. The hiding of his guilt and avoiding its redemption brings "unjust" and unexpected strokes.

Not all guilts come from bad intentions and actions. Man also atones for the unintended harm caused by ignorance or negligence. For example, if a woman does not know about healthy diet she may cause disease to herself and to the whole family. She may bear their consequences several lives as her own health troubles or a fatal illness. Her task is to understand the cause of these health troubles or an illness. Then, she will not do the mistakes like that.

Sometimes, man may be burdened by the karmic guilt so that one condemns somebody else for the action motive of which he does not know. Usually, it occurs in the politics and by popular persons where he only transfers somebody else's opinion thus not knowing the true reality. By this condemnation he does harm to the reputation of a given person and he gets burdened by the guilt which he must settle in such a way that he will live through a similar situation or he will be seemingly unjustly slandered. It is very difficult to recognise all causes of karma because they are manifold.