Author: Adisha
•Tuesday, August 19, 2008
How many times you say " Oh ! why is this happening to me ? ". Have you ever noticed how many times in our lifetimes we come across people who hurt someone and seem oblivious leaving you hoping that some day they realize their follies and see the light. And while you're busy fretting about what went wrong, a kind shoulder tells you to be patient, that everything will turn out okay.

Which brings us to Karma. Having recently seen a movie and read a book where people have to face their demons, for all the actions they take. And others who suffer through no fault of their own are rewarded with a better life in the future. This got me thinking whether it is really true we see Heaven and Hell in this life time itself or do we carry forward our good deeds and sins. Online karma is almost self explanatory as

"The philosophical explanation of karma can differ slightly between traditions, but the general concept is basically the same. Through the law of karma, the effects of all deeds actively create past, present, and future experiences, thus making one responsible for one's own life, and the pain and joy it brings to him/her and others. The results or 'fruits' of actions are called karma-phala. In religions that incorporate reincarnation, karma extends through one's present life and all past and future lives as well. "

Which brings forth some truth in all the cliches like " Everything happens for a reason. ". The kind of comfort thoughts people dole out to each other in times of crisis. Though I wonder how many of us, actually sit and try to add and subtract our good deeds, rewards, pain and sins and find out which of our actions lead to what consequences. When do we take responsibility for our actions and realize that in part, along with the Big Guy upstairs, we too are co-creators of our destiny.

From experience, twice in life I've found when I've gone above and beyond for someone else, I've been immediately rewarded. Being on the search for a number of reasons myself, I've finally found some of my answers at This point in life. Seeing a few others, I'm still stupefied but I think I can safely say in conclusion people who've been through pain for no fault of theirs, after some adaptations to the lessons they could learn, find their answers in their futures. Others who've hurt others, at some point or other face the same kinda pain or are hurt where it matters most to Them. Then there are a few others who remain stumped by their hard life day in and day out. And few others' who are pretty much living a rosy life. This I attribute to good deeds of past lives spent being saintly or devilishly. Though I yet have to be sold on the whole re incarnation bit because happiness like everything else is relative and open to speculation. In essence, good when hurt gets paid with a greater good and bad when at it's peak later on faces their worst fears. Which proves the theory of karma. Or even Newton's Law, that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

Which is why my mom always is behind me to do good, no matter what happens. Sometimes I feel her going on and on and feel that she's totally out of sync with this world where there is no good or bad anymore. There are just shades of gray and at times, we need to show someone the shade their standing on. But then again, I've always tried to live by her and Never intentionally hurt anyone, trying always to pacify and care as much as I can. Having many times bitten the dust in the process, when I didn't Know how to fight back, I found that Time played the role of my avenger. Having stood up on my own two feet, facing my fears, grudgingly learning the lessons life dealt out, I found that sometimes it's just better to go with the flow. Now I think I've almost found the balance between letting go and standing up for what I hold dear. I am aware that I still have a long way to go.

Which is why I'm no one to preach on others' actions (Though I am judgmental to a fault) . We can only try and understand others' intentions and motivations and hope that they are good. But maybe, just maybe if we all just stopped once in a while and took stock of our life and our unanswered questions, we'd realize the bigger picture is worth looking at. For it would surely bring us to Exactly to This point, which has us all to appreciating what we have, had or yet desire.

All said and done, I just find the thought comforting that at the end of the day, for all of us there is a weighing scale somewhere, somehow balancing everything out !!
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On August 21, 2008 at 4:37 PM , Sanika Chitari said...

Well Written Aditi.
To each his own. Lets hope that all gets balanced and leveled in this life itself, while we still remember it, and not be shocked in our next life. ;-)