The Concept of Karma

A fundamental premise of Eastern philosophy is that our Karma, or the cause and effect of our actions, is a way or a tool by which we shape our current journey of life and all other journeys to follow.  There is no escape from this simple, yet powerful and guiding, rule of life. Christianity and all other religions, in one form or another, preach the same concept: What you sow you will reap.
Unfortunately, the concept of Karma, is widely misunderstood. It is often considered a fatalistic view of life. In other words, some interpret Karma to mean that each of us comes to this earth with a pre-written script based on actions from our previous lives and therefore we have no say in what happens in our life. This is a serious misconception. Karma is a very action-oriented concept. Far from being fatalistic, it encourages us to understand that all our actions have consequences not only in this life, but that the "rewards" of our actions or the "punishment" for our evil doing, will follow us for subsequent lives. It prods us to think, on a moment by moment basis, who we are and what we stand for. It encourages us to think before we act. It reminds us that a score is being kept, even if we cannot see it on the football field of our lives. Karma is a means to fulfilling your life’s purpose with courage and a way to freedom from the circle of life and death.

About Dr. Gupta

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the Founder and President of STEM.SMART, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the pipeline of U.S students interested in STEM careers. In addition, she is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student recruitment services that serves as an extension to the recruitment offices of U.S. universities.

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