I’ve been reading a lot about philosophy and meditation, in particular about Jainism, which is an ancient religion from India that teaches that the way to liberation and bliss is to live a life of harmlessness and renunciation. In particular, Jains live a life of non-violence and try not to cause any harm to other living creatures. Much of the philosophy resonates with me and learning about this religion has been fascinating!
Over the last several years, I’ve become a big believer in Karma. I’ve always been a spiritual person, and yes, I believe in God, but more than anything, I believe that there is a Karma that rules the universe. Karma could essentially be God, or perhaps it’s God’s way of ruling the universe, but regardless, I believe it’s there.
I believe you reap what you sow.
I believe that eventually at some point in your life, all of the unfairnesses and injustices that you experience will balance out.
I believe that you have to be a good, kind person in order to have good, kind things happen for you. While watching the nightly news or reading the newspapers, it may feel sometimes like the selfish, greedy, unkind people are the ones who seem to reap all of the power and wealth. I don’t believe this is true, though. I’d be willing to bet that if you looked inside of these persons’ souls, they would be ill, lonely, sad, and bitter.
Most importantly, you have to have faith in Karma. It’s easy to get angry and frustrated with all of the evils and injustices in the world. There is an awful lot of unfair things that go on day after day. I’ve learned to have faith that things work out in the end.
Have you ever thought about how eating food that comes from pain and suffering can eventually come back to haunt you? While it’s true that the increased obesity rates, in addition to obesity-related diseases, in this country and frankly, around the world, are due to eating processed, fatty, sugary crap, I think it could also be argued that eating food that’s the result of animals living a short life of pain and suffering, only to end up in a slaughterhouse to become meat on someone’s plate, will eventually affect someone’s health. How can it not? Ingesting the toxicity and negativity that comes with the production of meat, dairy, and eggs on a regular basis has to affect us in some way.
At the very least, I think that people should at least know where that hamburger, glass of milk, or omelette originated from. Ignorance is not bliss. Wearing blinders and choosing not to know does not remove the problem. Educate yourself, and if you can make peace with what you’re eating, despite where (and who) it came from, then just be aware of Karma.