Karma

When thinking about reflections of reality, there is another talked about phenomena which is implicit in some other, specially Buddhist and Hindu cultures, that does only really make sense if we do live multiple lives. I am talking about the theory of karma. This involves both the theory of moral causation and a belief in re-incarnation.

Karma
There are many slight cultural variations, but generally the thought is that we will be born again after physical death. The nature of this  subsequent life will generally be determined by how we have lived and behaved in this current  one.

Consequences of Karma
Also the theory is that past actions in previous lives can affect us now. Each person is rewarded or punished in this life, according to their previous deeds in others. We often, in our culture, jokingly talk about an action having good karma or bad karma.

Certainly, from my experience, I have observed that people who behave badly do almost always suffer the consequences long term. Even if short term they do seem to get away with it. Vice-versa also seems to apply. It is even more interesting if we are punished or rewarded not in this life but the next. Multiple lives, multiple types of life, rich or poor, lucky or unlucky, male or female. If we believe in re-incarnation, then karma does make sense. It is a method of learning across many lifetimes, and it may indicate why some people seem to have particularly bad or good lives without seeming to particularly deserve them.

Reflections of reality.
The existence of the concept of karma does imply an involved big picture plan of existence.
It also accepts that we live more than once, that part of us goes on after physical death.
It can be seen to challenge though, not the existence of God, but to the concepts of punishment or reward in an afterlife only. It is also a totally different concept from that of the Christian idea of redemption and forgiveness through prayer alone

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