Originally posted by timetothink
But karma seems to be punishing the good while the bad go happily along. My mom always said we live in
the alternate world where greed is good and honesty etc is bad. I am beginning to believe her.
I feel EXACTLY this same way. At one point I was really heavy into researching principles like karma, dharma, moksa etc
If I recall and understand correctly, karma doesn't exactly enact its effects on this particular, current lifetime based on what we do in this
lifetime. Rather, karma is the culmination of many lifetimes and deeds. Some believe that if they do a good deed today it will be rewarded next week,
or at a time when they need good fortune. The sages have always insisted that karma's effects are beyond the scope of anyone to see and know. It is a
giant, woven tapestry in which no individual or deva (demi-god) can see its full picture.
I believe this "alternate universe" feeling is asking us to make a choice. We must choose goodness and righteousness without the benefit of being
rewarded for it. It eliminates any disingenuous efforts.
It is not in this lifetime that the good/evil deeds of this particular lifetime will be addressed. We are here to answer for the past, I think. What
we feel in this life is the result of past karmic effects. One must continue to choose righteousness no matter what the cost; that is the lesson, I
Otherwise we'd just end up finding ourselves doing good with expectation of fulfilling our personal, selfish desires.
The bad/evil have made their choice and see no immediate consequence. Likewise, the good make their choice and see no immediate reward. Karma will
work itself out, but it isn't really our business or privilege to see its full effects. Some view karma as a dynamic system that achieves equilibrium
when the lessons are learned and the wrongs are righted. Some view karma as a kind of bank account where good and bad deeds add up to a net gross
which accounts for our future experience.
I have been kicked around quite a bit in this life, but I still continue to believe that we must just be patient and continue to choose what we know
to be right in our hearts. Would you do evil if it was rewarded, or if it appeared to lack a consequence? Please answer, "No."
(sorry that I can't cite my sources here. Those books are numerous and tucked away in my bookshelf. Much of this post is blended with my own
speculation as well.)
edit on 4-12-2012 by NarcolepticBuddha because: (no reason given)