Quotes for
the Journey:

Karma

   
  
The Law of Karma is also called the
Law of Cause and Effect, Action and
Reaction, and:  as you sow,
so shall you reap.

Sham Hinduja

   

I feel very strongly that I am under the influence of things or questions which were left incomplete and unanswered by my parents and grandparents and more distant ancestors. It often seems as if there were an impersonal karma within a family which is passed on from parents to children. It has always seemed to me that I had to answer questions which fate had posed to my forefathers, and which had not yet been answered, or as if I had to complete, or perhaps continue, things which previous ages had left unfinished.     -Carl Jung

   
Due to having made karma, rebirth consciousness arises.  But we need not think of rebirth only in a future life.  We are in actual fact reborn every moment with new thoughts and feelings, and we bring with us the karma that we made in past moments.  If we were angry a moment ago, we are not going to feel good immediately.  If we were loving a minute ago, we would be feeling fine now.  Thus we live from moment to moment with the results of our karma.     -Ayya Khema
   
When you say "Wait a moment," you are bound by your own karma; when you say "Yes I will," you are free.     -Shunryu Suzuki
    
Itís not about how to achieve your dreams.  Itís about how to lead your life.  If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself.  The dreams will come to you.     -Randy Pausch
  
There is a destiny that makes us brothers: none goes his or her way alone,
All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.
-Edwin Markham

    
People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished.  That's not the idea at all.  The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn't understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you're given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further.     -Pema Chodron
  
People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become.  And they pay for it simply:  by the lives they lead.     -Edith Wharton
   
Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.     -Edwin Hubbel Chapin
  
Belief in karma ought to make the life pure, strong, serene, and glad.  Only our own deeds can hinder us; only our own will can fetter us.  Once let us recognize this truth, and the hour of our liberation has struck.  Nature cannot enslave the soul that by wisdom has gained power and uses both in love.     -Annie Besant
  
It is your karma to fight evil. It doesn't matter if the people that evil is being committed against don't fight back. It doesn't matter if the entire world chooses to look the other way. Always remember this.  You don't live with the consequences of other people's karma.  You live with the consequences of your own.     -Amish Tripathi, The Secret of the Nagas
  
Not only is there often a right and wrong, but what goes around does come around, Karma exists, chickens do come home to roost, and as my mother, Phyllis, liked to say, ďThere is always a day of reckoning.Ē  The good among the great understand that every choice we make adds to the strength or weakness of our spiritsóourselves, or to use an old fashioned word for the same idea, our souls. That is every humanís life work:  to construct an identity bit by bit, to walk a path step by step, to live a life that is worthy of something higher, lighter, more fulfilling, and maybe even everlasting.     -Donald Van de Mark, The Good Among the Great
  
There are the waves and there is the wind, seen and unseen forces.  Everyone has these same elements in their lives, the seen and unseen, karma and free will.     -Kuan Yin
  
My actions are my only true belongings.  I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.  My actions are the ground upon which I stand.     -Thich Nhat Hanh
  
  
Situations seem to happen to people, but in reality, they unfold from deeper karmic causes. The universe unfolds to itself, bringing to bear any cause that needs to be included. Donít take this process personally. The working out of cause and effect is eternal. You are part of this rising and falling that never ends, and only by riding the wave can you ensure that the waves donít drown you. The ego takes everything personally, leaving no room for higher guidance or purpose. If you can, realize that a cosmic plan is unfolding and appreciate the incredibly woven tapestry for what it is, a design of unparalleled marvel.     -Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets
   
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.     -Wayne W. Dyer
  
Karma is simply the law of cause and effect. If you plant an apple seed, you donít a get a mango tree.  If we practice hatred or greed, it becomes our way and the world responds accordingly.  If we practice awareness or loving-kindness, it becomes our way and the world responds accordingly.  We are heirs to the results of our actions, to the intentions we bring to every moment we initiate.  We make ripples upon the ocean of the universe through our very presence.     -Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield, Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart
  
If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control.  The more love you give away, the more love you will have.     -John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
  
Karma is a Sanskrit word meaning "action," though it's often used to refer to both an action and its results.  Many people think of karma as Newton's Third Law--"For every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction"--as it applies to the psychological or ethical domain.  Karma isn't luck or destiny--luck suggests randomness; destiny, a lack of choice.  Nor is it the voice of the gods trying to keep us in line.  Karma is a description of how moral law operates, not a prescription for good behavior.     -Joan Duncan Oliver, Good Karma
  
Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don't even notice it.     -Sakyong Mipham
  

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