“Karma” is a Sanskrit term that literally means “deed” or “act” in the Buddhist tradition, refers to action driven by intention which leads to future consequences. It is a concept in Hinduism which explains karma through a system where beneficial effects are derived from past beneficial actions and harmful effects from past harmful actions, creating a system of actions and reactions throughout one’s life. The Bible does not talk about karma in the eastern mysticism sense, but there is a sense in which our actions toward others affect our own lives. Islam believes in facing the consequences of your actions in this life or the hereafter. “Reaping what one sows”, or tasting the fruits of one’s actions whether good or bad, is definitely a concept in Islam. It’s a comforting thought that our choices control our destiny as our actions have direct repercussions. No good fortune is unpredictable, and no tragedy is undeserved. We are blessed to have four of the best religions in the world to follow to overcome our Karma.
National Government is chasing a policy of good governance and it is clear harmful effects of ‘karma’ inherited from the past regime; too many to cover in a single posting in Northern Breeze is pulling it down from all sides.
Some of the key harmful effects of karma that requires urgent resolution for good governance is listed below:
- Overcome the exaggerated fears expressed by dissent legislators and their supporters intended to preserve disunity in this country for their own political reasons and for their own political advantage.
- Need to promote mutual respect and amity between the various religious and linguistic groups in the country and acquire social justice and for educating the youth on the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse.
- Bring solace to the several hundred thousands of displaced from their original places of residence in the North and the East during the period of the armed conflict that ended seven years ago.
- Release land occupied by the security forces as large numbers of families are prevented from returning to their own original homes still occupied by the forces in peace time.
- Release the Tamil prisoners discriminated and held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act continue to languish in prisons under law, while prisoners similarly held after southern uprisings have been released.
- Prepare a structured programme in consultation with the provincial councils to address the essential needs of the affected people to enable them to rebuild their lives by providing them with housing and livelihood support.
- Disengage the military from all economic activities that causes immense harm and deprivation to the civilian population in the North and East provinces.
- Remove and prejudice caused to the fishing community in the North and East Provinces indulging in their own livelihood activity by various extraneous factors, where fishermen from other districts and south India are engaging in unlawful fishing activity.
- Revise policies to recruit on merit to fill vacancies in government and other state agencies; for appointments to these positions are done purely on the basis of influence from political representatives at the center and as in the past local youth are continue to be ignored and discriminated against even to fill unskilled posts, when several thousands of locals remain unemployed.
- Mindset must be changed in the administration for there are several actions by the State and others with political influence, pertaining to civilian administration, land, to places of religious worship, to cultural places, to development activities and in other areas of importance to the affected Tamil people, harmful to genuine reconciliation and the future well-being of these people in territories which they have historically inhabited.
Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their related reactions, all of which determine our future. The conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate reaction. Some karmas rebound immediately while others accumulate and return unexpectedly. We human accumulate karma in four ways:
- through thoughts
- through right attitude words
- through actions that we perform ourselves
- through actions others perform under our instructions
The karma is said to be applicable not only to the material world but also to our thoughts, words, actions and actions that others do under our instructions.
The best way to free ourselves from harmful effects from past harmful actions in accumulated Karma and retain only the beneficial effects derived from past beneficial actions is to as Swami Cinmayananda has said:
Born a Buddhist ————————be a Buddhist
Born a Christian ————————be a Christian
Born a Hindu —————————– be a Hindu
Born a Muslim —————————be a Muslim
By this follow the teachings of your own religion and you will then be the first to encourage good governance and automatically will herald the Nation to prosperity.