What is the evidence that karma exists?
For those of you who believe in karma, how do you know it's real?
"The idea of karma was popularized in the Western world through the work of the Theosophical Society. In this conception, karma was a precursor to the
Neopagan law of return or Threefold Law, the idea that the beneficial or harmful effects one has on the world will return to oneself. Colloquially
this may be summed up as 'what goes around comes around.'
The Theosophist I. K. Taimni wrote that "Karma is nothing but the Law of Cause and Effect operating in the realm of human life and bringing about
adjustments between an individual and other individuals whom he has affected by his thoughts, emotions and actions." Theosophy also teaches that
when humans reincarnate they come back as humans only, not as animals or other organisms.
In the west, karma is often confused with concepts such as the soul, psychic energy, synchronicity (a concept originally from psychoanalyst Carl Jung,
which says that things that happen at the same time are related), and ideas from quantum or theoretical physics (which most physicists would not grant
as having any bearing on morality or codes of conduct, much less on supernatural notions). This mishmash of word associations is well illustrated by
the once-common bumper sticker "My karma ran over your dogma."
The modern view of karma, devoid of any spiritual exigencies, obviates the need for an acceptance of reincarnation in Judeochristian societies and
attempts to portray karma as a universal psychological phenomenon which behaves predictably, like other physical forces such as gravity.
Sakyong Mipham eloquently summed this up when he said;
Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don't even notice it.
This view of karma, as a universal and personally impacting emotional constant, correlates with Buddhist and Jungian understanding that volition (or
libido, created from personal and cultural biases) is the primary instigator of karma. Any conscious thought, word and/or action, arising from a
cognitively unresolved emotion (cognitive dissonance), results in karma." - Wikipedia
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