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Understanding Karma

What goes around, comes around.

Karma. This is the premise upon which the story and world of SPIRAL is based. It aligns with the very simplest definition of the term karma, which finds its roots in many eastern religions and philosophies. It means that our thoughts, words and actions will have repercussions and consequences in the future: our good actions will have positive consequences; our bad actions will have negative consequences. For those that believe in reincarnation, these consequences can play out in not just this life, but in future lives.

The idea of karma was brought to the west partially by the Theosophical Society of the late 19th century. Founder Helena Blavatsky originally shaped the group’s doctrines around her kabbalah beliefs, but a trip to India in 1879 steered her toward Hinduism and a more regimented understanding of karma. Today, the Theosophical Society defines karma as “a law of spiritual dynamics related to every act in daily life”.

The continuing popular appeal of karma seems to step from its feeling of ultimate justice, that good behaviour merits rewards and bad some kind of punishment. We hope that even the powerful will have to reckon with this karmic retribution and that this kind of judgment, in one way or another, awaits us all. It also gives people a feeling of empowerment, that your ultimate fate can be affected by the actions you take today. Of course, if you believe in reincarnation, then this ultimate fate may not come for many lifetimes and becomes a little less satisfactory.

If you want to learn more about the idea of karma, here are some places to start:

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