“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 religious groups.
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 years.