Karma’s Universal Touch.
Regardless of our religious affiliation, belief, or disbelief, I think the universal principle of Karma holds sway. Before proceeding, it’s important to define what Karma is, at least to me the author.
Karma is the inevitable result of your manifest deeds, or the echo of your thoughts.
Karma is nothing – yet it surrounds us in an imperceptible haze that tarnishes everything, or a glow that brightens our lives. Best, or worst, of all – we’re the ones who make the choice of glow, or haze. Karma doesn’t care – it can’t be purchased, swayed with false promises of change, or crushed into submission by sheer power of will or economic might. Karma tracks each of us – ensuring that eventually, the scales balance, and we get our due.
Pretty simple, isn’t it? Phrased in another way… We do bad, we pay a price in suffering. As to doing good – well, that is its own reward.
Naturally, as with all conflicts, Theists and Atheists see things differently. Theists believe they can sway Karma from its course, through faith and prayer. Atheists believe this life is all they have, with death its ultimate end.
Karma, the impartial spectator in this sport, takes no sides, heeds no prayers, and cares nothing for your faith, or lack thereof. Karma is concerned only with you, and particularly, with your actions.
Theists who do ill, know their prayers don’t purchase passage to Heaven, oh no – for them, Karma greases that long downhill slide, into slippery, eternal despair. Some form of purgatory awaits, from which their faith won’t grant escape.
As for the wicked amongst the Atheists, for them Karma shines a bright light – into impending darkness. For them, frightening oblivion awaits… their science proves there is no escape.
Then, there are the good – Atheist and Theist alike, for Karma heeds no labels granted by man. For these, Karma grants a heart at peace – what better present reward? As for eternity… For the Theist, a place at their creator’s side, will not be denied – does Karma grant this, or their good deeds? For the Atheist, final oblivion will only dawn when their fellows forget their good deeds – might it be Karma, staying oblivion’s strike?
My personal beliefs? I once stated them in a Tweet, to me it remains true. You’ll find it on this page http://cgayling.com/malmaxa/t/
ABOUT C.G. AYLING
With children African, English and American, and myself born and raised in a country of five names, I consider myself… a citizen of the world.
My wife and four children think of me simply as a thorny old man – and thus my symbol…
One of the most influential people in my life was my Godfather. A man of absolute integrity, remarkable intellect, and fine character. He taught me tolerance, and intolerance, together. He showed me that every conflict has are two sides, if not more. It was thanks to time spent with him that I developed a guiding principle in my life, namely that the most fundamental sign of intelligence is the ability to change one’s mind. It is to honor him that I use his name as my pseudonym, yet I know my efforts fall far short of what he deserved.
In my memory, C.G.Ayling lives forever. Is that not as close as any man can come to immortality?
Visit his website at www.cgayling.com/malmaxa.