As we know, today karma is not only a term for Buddhists, but Non-Buddhists use the word “karma” in their religion too. The result is many people misunderstood what karma is. It may also become a colloquial expression. Some people think karma is fate and karma is always bad. For example if someone suffers they always say ‘well this is karma.’ If someone has a poor family, disabilities, and if everything he does becomes a disaster, he may think maybe this is his fate, maybe this is because of his past life, and this is his karma.” An important issue for other religion and indeed for all people is what the basic principle of karma is. Those who understand the laws of karma and practice it are more likely to receive good karma than those who are not aware of these specific rules.
Generally speaking about religion, karma in Catholicism believed there is no past life in this world. If there is a past life in this life, so the burdens of their past deeds can be left at the Confessional. The one thing that is good about Catholicism is they know that God's Providence rules everything. As a Catholic, they think they are not responsible for their bad actions in their lives, because they are truly believed in their God through His providence and mercy will answer everything. However in Buddhism, we are responsible to our own deeds. We are responsible for our own happiness and misery. We create our own heaven and hell.
Furthermore, there are some Christians today that believe in karma. They always viewed the doctrine of Karma as a great evil. In Galatians 6:7, the bible said "whatsoever a man sowed, that shall he also reap" is very closely related to idea of the retribution of positive and negative karma. They think the law of karma does not allow for the possibility of forgiveness. But in Buddhism, karma teaches us to have forgiveness in our heart. To forgive ourselves for all we did in the past, to forgive our parents, friends, etc. With knowing forgiveness, it will fill you and envelop you with a sense of warmth and ease.
Karma in Islamism, they believe in karma. There is a hadith (a tradition based on reports of the sayings and activities of Muhammad and his companions) which Mohammed S.A.Wasallam says "Innamal a'maalu bin niyaath". This means "Every human action is based on his thinking of his mind...". But still the Quran says, they still claim that Allah guides whomever He wants and guides not whomever He wills. In this matter, karma in Buddhism and Islamism is similar to each other.
First of all let’s look at the explanation of karma from the Buddhist point of view. Karma is not always bad; doing something with intention is karma. Karma is not always about acts but in our mind too. Acts committed with the mind is called karma through the mind; acts committed with the greeting are called karma through the words, acts, and deeds done through the body is called karma. We can change the karma itself by cultivating virtue in our words, thoughts, and our actions. (For example, if someone used to be live poorly; when she/he keeps practicing his/her mind to think positively. Now he/she can live better than before. Or else, who used to be live happily; when she/he keeps practicing his/her acts to do something good. Now he/she can live happier than before. It can change our way of life. There are two things that we get from karma itself, we will get good things when we do something good, and we will get bad things when we do something bad.
The second explanation from the Buddhist point of view about karma is about how to control our mind from bad things. As we know, we always think negatively with our mind, and it is very hard to control it. We must think first before we do something. How do we make our mind not think bad things? The easiest way to do that is to develop positive thoughts all the time, and fill ourselves with good thoughts. There is one good way to fill a good thought to our mind is to get used to...
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