“You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.” This phrase which popped up on my Facebook “Home” selections two days ago is accurate. This is one of the best definitions of
karma that I have seen in recent years.
Karma was easy to discuss during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s because
the phrase “What goes around, comes around” was so popular. My European
students would look dumbfounded when I would first use that Eastern word—used equally by Buddhists and Hindus and I surmise by several other Eastern
In my meditation classroom I would usually have a bowl of flowers or a
burning candle on the floor in the center of the group. I pointed out that if I
rolled a bowling ball at the bowl of flowers or candle in the center of the
room, I would have to face my consequences and clean up the mess. That is
instant karma. Some karma is instant and some karma is slower in ripening.
For me studying karma is a way to clear up our messes. It is well
worth studying this Eastern concept to create a happy life of many carefree