Karma is more than a rude b**ch. It’s like a stern teacher out to whack you with a ruler and tell you where you’re going wrong. But like with most things, karma too has its rules.
1. The Great Law Of Karma
“As you sow, so shall you reap.”
The most important and factual law of karma, this is something you need to keep in mind while taking important decisions in your life. For instance, say today, you don’t respect your parents. But it will come back to you when your own kids don’t respect you in the future. It’s karma. It works like a boomerang. So if you want to be happy, gain respect and live in peace, you need to spread happiness, respect others and be peaceful.
2. The Law of Creation
“Life doesn’t just happen. It requires our participation.”
You want to be a millionaire. You desperately want to be. Every time you look at Mark Zuckerberg, you take a long sigh and like each and every one of his posts on Facebook. But what else do you do? Do you work hard like Mark Zuckerberg did to build an empire? Or do you just dream of a million bucks falling off from the roof and landing in your lap? Well, that can happen only in movies. In a real world, you will have to sweat it out to earn each and every penny of the fortune you will make. You will need to participate. Miracles don’t happen by sitting at home watching Game of Thrones marathons.
3. The Law of Humility
“What you refuse to accept, will continue for you.”
For instance, you have a crush on someone. An intense, crazy and selfless crush. However, the person on whom you have a crush doesn’t feel the same way. You tell them about your feelings. But they say, “hey, sorry I don’t feel the same way.” But you still try to convince them on how you are the one for them and how you will love them endlessly, selflessly. That still doesn’t convince your crush. What do you do? Threaten to kill yourself? Even if you do, you cannot change a person’s view if you haven’t accepted it. Accept that they don’t like you, and move on. You really can’t do anything about it.
4. The Law of Growth
“For us to grow in spirit, it is we who must change – and not the people, places or things around us.”
Self-actualisation is the key to contentment. You cannot change people, nor can you change your surroundings. You will have to adapt yourself to the situations and change accordingly. That’s the ground rule of survival.
5. The Law of Responsibility
“We must take responsibility for what is in our life.”
You can’t just shrug responsibilities off your shoulders. If you do so, you will live a life of a coward who does nothing for himself and his society. Like habit, responsibilities also make a man. Therefore, take responsibilities of your mistakes and correct the wrong.
6. The Law of Connection
“Even if something we do seems inconsequential, it is very important that it gets done as everything in the universe is connected.”
Remember how Steve Jobs thought his calligraphy lessons were a waste, but the same lessons taught him a lot about font design 10 years later? In the same way, whatever you might be doing now is never really a waste because it will come to your aid some time later, if not now. You may be doing a sweeper’s job at a hotel now, but you will eventually learn something from it and apply it when you are promoted to the managerial role of housekeeping. Connecting the dots will take you a long way.
7. The Law of Focus
“You cannot think of two things at the same time.”
Multitasking is surely a great skill. However, there are chances of flaws in work when you multitask. You will get the work done. But the work will be satisfactory, and not exceptional. It is thus necessary to concentrate on one thing and give your best there, rather than not focusing on any of the two.
8. The Law of Giving and Hospitality
“If you believe something to be true, then sometime in your life you will be called upon to demonstrate that particular truth.”
It’s like a gang of friends crack opening a lie you’ve been harnessing. If you advocate anti-corruption, the world will want to know that you aren’t corrupt. Therefore, look before you advocate.
9. The Law of Here and Now
“Old thoughts, old patterns of behaviour, old dreams prevent us from having new ones.”
Unless you don’t embrace the new, you’re going to play the same old, tarnished record. It’s when you make changes and adapt to a new lifestyle that you see improvement in your life.
10. The Law of Change
“History repeats itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path.”
Learning from mistakes is an important skill, which we need to learn quickly the moment we make mistakes. Or else, we will keep making mistakes and life would be hell. On the other hand, learning from the mistakes of other people is also a smart move. You just need to observe and avoid doing things which someone else did.
11. The Law of Patience and Reward
“Rewards of lasting value require patient and persistent toil.”
In today’s instant world, results are expected to be served like instant coffee. However, if you want long results, you will have to take the long road and wait patiently. Haste will never give you long-lasting results.
12. The Law of Significance And Inspiration
“You get back from something whatever you have put into it.”
Same as the first and the sixth law, this law states the fundamental law of karma that – as you sow, so shall you reap. The message is simple. Your actions will decide the course of the reaction. Therefore, treat others how you’d want to be treated.
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