Understanding more about the principle of karma changed my life quickly at age 36. I’m sure the concept is with me every day and makes my life as a senior enjoyable.
The Christian phrase as per my childhood milieu and as per Google didn’t hit me as strongly as the word karma did:
… from the New Testament of the Bible, Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
I had heard the Christian version of the teaching since my childhood. Ministers mentioned it once or twice a year. No one talked about it except the farmers I knew who talked about their actual oat and wheat crops. They didn’t talk about their happiness or horrors in terms of sowing and reaping thoughts, words or deeds.
At age 35 I was involved in a close knit study group who lived and worked together. We talked about our good and bad karma almost every day. That awareness of sowing and reaping of thoughts, words, values and deeds made sense then and makes sense now.
So daily I consider: What am I sowing? What will I reap? Those exact questions aren’t actually in my thought processes. However, my body (Subby/sub—consciousness) responds instantly with peace and joy and contentment when I’ve sown (said or done) something beautiful. And my body responds with guilt, sorrow and unrest if I’ve sown (said or done) something horrid, unfair or unkind. And I quickly work to make amends with whomever I’ve offended and forgive myself.
Here is a Hindu and Buddhist definition of karma: the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
My goal is to personally sow a garden of peace, joy, truth, harmony, beauty and enlightenment personally and to inspire others to do the same.