An A-Z of Techniques for Transformation: K is for Karma
“Problems or successes, they all are the results of our own actions. Karma. The philosophy of action is that no one else is the giver of peace or happiness. One’s own karma, one’s own actions are responsible to come to bring either happiness or success or whatever.”Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
At first glance, it may seem odd to include Karma as a technique for transformation, but technicalities aside, I feel this list would not be complete without this particular entry.
So if it isn’t a technique per se, then how is Karma actually relevant? What’s more, how is it actually defined? Ultimately, if one studies its origins in Indian religion, then it can be considered a spiritual principle which forms a key concept in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Taoism. It is because of its basis as a principle (or from some viewpoints a philosophy) that can be put into practice in everyday life that I have decided to include it within the context of this series.
With that covered, what exactly is Karma and what role can it play in your journey to transformation? Let’s take a closer look.
What is Karma?
For the purposes of this discussion, at the simplest level, Karma can be described as the principle of action and reaction. Every action carried out by man is combined with an intent, and the nature or both action and intent – good or bad – bring about related consequences. Therefore, A good action creates good karma, as does good intent. A bad action creates bad karma, as does bad intent. Needless to say, it follows that a seemingly good action done with dishonest or malicious intent will be ‘rewarded’ accordingly.
Why is Karma important?
It is a general law of the universe that one reaps what one sows. It follows that in order to receive the gift of a happy, prosperous and fulfilled life, one must make a conscious decision to act in a positive manner, taking intentional actions that are driven good intent. We must be motivated by a desire to do right towards others and contribute to enriching their lives. Before we can receive that which we desire, we need to be willing to give of ourselves freely and without expectation of anything in return.
“Happiness comes due to good actions, suffering results from evil actions,
by actions, all things are obtained, by inaction, nothing whatsoever is enjoyed.”Mahabharata
Just as this is true at a purely personal level, it is also true of entrepreneurship and business.
How can I receive good Karma?
In order to enjoy the benefits of good Karma, you must make a commitment to embrace the principle in your daily life, in every interaction you have with others – starting with yourself.
It may seem counter-intuitive at first glance, however before we can begin to treat others with respect, love and dignity we have to learn to accept and love ourselves. Forgiving yourself and finding peace in who you are, exactly as you are, is key to shifting your thoughts and actions towards others you encounter. This journey of self-discovery is by no means an easy task for anybody to undertake, but is key to becoming the person that you wish to be.
Love and forgive others
Once you have found a place of balance within yourself, you can open yourself to accept others as they are and treat them with respect and compassion regardless of their actions or intentions towards you or others. As you become more in tune with yourself, you will find yourself strong enough to offer help and support to those who need it from you.
In entrepreneurship, Karma means striving to do responsible business, embracing integrity and honesty as fundamental values that define how you act towards customers, employees and anybody else that your business affects – which means that your responsibilities also extend to concern for the environment.
The cycle of Karma is not something that occurs overnight, nor is it something that can be done as a ‘shortcut’ or magic formula to achieving a goal or objective. But if you are willing to adopt it as a fundamental guiding principle, you will see certainly the benefits gradually make their way into your life.