Karma Quotes And Sayings - What Is Karma?

Karma is a complex and profound concept.

Here are some explainations of what karma is.

After that are two lists of great karma quotes which shed light
on a difficult but fascinating subject.


As she has planted, so does she harvest;
such is the field of karma.

- Sri Sahib
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The word karma is most often translated as meaning action. Your karma is an intentional act, something which you did on purpose. All your intentional thoughts and deeds create their own karma for which you alone are responsible.

You have thoughts or perform actions and these thoughts and actions have a powerful effect on your life. What you put out into the word, for good or bad, comes back on you.


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But karma may not always be so straight forward or easy to interpret.

When you commit an act you may not know the consequences of that act immediately. If you are experiencing bad karma in your life, there may be know way to know specifically what past behavior has lead you to this path.

Karma is present throughout your life. Or through your many lives, if you believe in the cycle of rebirth.

The experience of karma may be better explained in terms of planting seeds.

Your thoughts and actions are like a series of seeds which are planted and bloom throughout your life. You will not know how long it takes these seeds to grow, but they are always growing, and you are always planting new ones.

While you may think karma is 'out to get you,' karma is a reflection of your life - what you have already done or what you are doing right now.

Taking responsibility for your actions and striving to be a giving and compassionate person can help set you on a more positive path.

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

- Lao Tzu

According to the theory of karma, our fate is completely in our own hands. We must always be mindful of our words and deeds, for they become our character and our karma.



Crticism of Karma

Although karma can be a path for building a good and compasionate life, one criticism is that it unfairly blames people for such things as chronic illness or physical deformities.

If someone is severely injured in a car accident, how can you say that it is because of something they did in their past, maybe ten years ago, may twenty, who knows?

Traditional views of karma would say that illnesses and injuries do indeed spring from your past actions but that karma does not exist to judge these actions. However harsh karma is it ultimately serves as a means to break free.

My Thoughts on Karma

There are many interpretations of karma. Not everyone who believes in karma believes in the cycle of rebirth or that illness is a reflection of wrong behavior. I've tried to present a generally overview here, not a rigid definition.

I believe that our thoughts and our actions have a powerful effect on our lives. I believe that we are responsible for our lives and must guide them in the direction we want to go. And that if you lead your life in a positive manner, you will see positive results.

I also like to think (as many people do) that what goes around comes around. That if you treat people poorly, have a mean heart, or hurt others, bad things will come your way.Negativity is self-damaging and self-destroying by its nature.

I don't believe, however, that we are 100 % responsible for everything that happens to us. Sometimes things happen in life that are way beyond our control. Our responsiblilty lies in dealing with these events as best as we can and eventually moving forward in our lives inspite of tragedy, hardship, or loss.

These are my personal thoughts. I am not a buddhist and do not have a buddhist's understanding of karma. Whatever your personal beliefs are, I hope this article has sparked your interest.

Now for some very good karma quotes!

Karma Quotes - Karma Sayings - What Is Karma

All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.

- Edwin Markham


How people treat you is their karma. How you react is yours.

- Wayne Dyer


Every action alters the soul of the doer.

- Oswald Spengler


It's not about how to achieve your dreams. It's 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


Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don't even notice it.

- Sakyong Mipham


Do not take lightly small good deeds
Believing they can hardly help
For drops of water one by one
In time can fill a giant pot.

- Patrul Rinpoche


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


What I know for sure is that what you give comes back to you.

- Oprah Winfrey


They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.

- Hindu Proverb


Some day people will ask me what is the key to my success... and I will simply say, good Karma.

- K. Crumley


Karma Quotes - Karma Sayings - What Is Karma


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The real happiness of life is in doing 'karma.'

- Rig Veda


As long as karma exists, the world changes. There will always be karma to be taken care of.

- Nina Hagen


One way or another our karma will lead us to face ourselves. We can look our karma in the eye or we can wait for it to sneak up on us from behind. One way or another our karma will always find us.

- Grey's Anatomy TV Show - (George)


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


When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.

- Abraham Lincoln


If you create the drama,
you deserve the karma

- Uknown


The world is circular. Everything comes back to you.

- Unknown


When you plant a seed of love, it is you that blossoms.

- Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati


Life is like an echo! when you give something, it comes back to you many, many times.

- Choa Kok Sui


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


You are free to choose, but you are not free to alter the consequences of your choices.

- Ezra Taft Benson


The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with outstanding accuracy.

- Florence Schovel


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