If we had to find an English equivalent to the word Karma, it would be “as you sow, so you shall reap” or “what goes around, comes around.” Karma lingers as a concept through many cultures. It is our guiding light and our punching bag.
Having being brought up on a staple diet of the great dictator, Karma, I never thought to question it. Lately, I have begun to notice that it is a catchphrase for every action taking place. Everybody blames or attributes everything to karma. Almost everybody I know.
A cousin’s husband ran away with his secretary. It was her karma.
Mr So and So has won the lottery. It was his karma.
That celebrity’s dog is so pampered. It is his karma.
There is this businessman who has cheated many people of their hard earned money. He has declared bankruptcy but still travels in his speedboat to his beautiful holiday villa, while his investors are wiped out and weeping tears of blood. I questioned the karmic laws with a friend. Without a pause came the answer.
Friend: The businessman is creating his own karma. He will pay in his next birth.
Me: (protesting) What about those he has cheated? They are good people? How does his next birth bring them any comfort in this one?
Friend: (smugly) That is their karma, this suffering. It is a spillover from the sins of their past birth. They pay the price in this birth.
And on it goes. Karma works in all tenses, past, present and future. Does it really exist? Or is it just a carrot and the stick approach that conditions our actions or inactions, to some degree? There is way too much imbalance in the universe and it is time for Big Brother to step in.
@ karma Need to see some justice meted out, superhero Karma style.
Alisha “Priti” Kirpalani is the author of a “A Smattering Of Darkness: Short and Shorter Twisted Tales,” a collection of short stories of varying lengths encapsulating the grey shades of the human psyche. Her new novel will be released later this year.