According to the teachings of Buddhism, Karma is part environmental, part nature and nurture, and part hereditary. It is the result of how we conduct ourselves and of our own past actions.
Generally, we will do things without thinking about what we’re doing, but as far as Buddhism is concerned, nothing happens to a person that he doesn’t deserve. Karma knows us and will always work on the motives behind the deed.
But often, we will make decisions and fail to think about the consequences.
The cause of the visible effect may also not be confined to the present time. It may be traced to a proximate, or ‘remote past birth’, in other words, something that happened to us in a past life.
But to understand Karma we must ask ourselves these questions:
- What is the cause of the inequality that exists in the world?
- Why might one person be brought up in the lap of luxury and another in complete poverty?
- Why is someone born disabled?
- Why should one person be born with saintly tendencies and another with criminal?
The world is shrouded in inequality. Inequality is either purely accidental or has a cause. That said, no sensible person would consciously attribute such unevenness or inequality by accident or through blind chance.
In other words, we are part of the problem and we are part of the solution. We create our own heaven and hell. We are instrumental in our own lives. We are the architects of our own fate. We must act with compassion and tolerance. We must come together.
We must also be the change we want to see in the world. We must want to do and be better. We must all work together so we can make the world safer.
It’s not just for us, either. It is important and we must want to leave the world a better place for future generations to come.