Is Karma Real? Do good things really happen when you serve?

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I had a couple of experiences recently that among others, continue to reinforce divine providence.  We aren’t just here on a rock having human experiences like an animal.  Not to say that even animals don’t have a purpose, because they do.  You can know for yourself that God, Yahweh, Allah, Brahma, the Surpreme being Father, or a higher power exists by simply following the principles contained in Karma or the Golden Rule as explained below.

Interesting enough, many atheists, also believe in a solid foundation of based on mutual respect, even scientific laws of physics nod to the idea.

Newton’s third law, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

I find that simply living these principles or laws you can also find God interacts with his children who serve him.  No better way of finding yourself than in losing yourself in service to others.

The first principal I have to say I firmly believe in is when you do good things, good things will happen to you.  If you help others you will be helped.  You will be blessed.  In many Asian cultures you’ll hear that those that do evil will generate evil around them, and visa versa.  As well, Buddhists believe that you will suffer for those things you’ve done that bring pain or take advantage of others.

I like the simplicity of how Karma is spelled out in Wikipedia.  These quotes below are from the Karma wikipedia article.  The word Karma is most often associated with Eastern traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and more.

“Karma is the law that brings back the results of actions to the person performing them.”

“Some traditions, believe that a supreme being plays some kind of role, for example, as the dispenser of the ‘fruits’ of karma.” Humans act with  free will creating their own destiny. According to the Vedas, if one sows goodness, one will reap goodness; if one sows evil, one will reap evil.”

The Christian world believes as well in the teachings that you should do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.  There are similar quotes in nearly all the world’s religions.  See more about the “Golden Rule.”  I have to agree that this is a true principal, and gospel and one that should be practiced outwardly.  We need to find the opportunity to help others.  Pass it forward!

Here’s a great list of quotes from world religions all supporting similar principles.

Baha’i: “Desire not for anyone the things that ye would not desire for yourselves.” Baha Ulla LXVI

Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Udana-Varga 5:18

Christianity: “Do for others what you want them to do for you.” Matthew 7:12

Confucianism: “Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you.” Analects 15:23

Hinduism: “Never do to others what would pain thyself.” Panchatantra 111.104

Islam: “Do unto all people as you would they should do unto you, and reject for others what you would reject for yourself.” Mishkat-el-Masabih

Jainism: “In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.” Lord Mahavira, 6th Century BC

Judaism: “What is hateful to you do not to your neighbour. That is the entire law..” Talmud, Shabbat 314

Native American: “Respect for all life is the foundation.” The Great Law of Peace

Sikhism: “Treat others as thou would be treated thyself.” Adi Granth

Taoism: “Regard your neighbour’s gain as your own gain and your neighbours loss as your own loss.” T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien

Unitarian: “We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and the interdependent web of all existence…”

Zoroanastrianism: “That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.” Dadistan-I-Dinik, 94:5

Today I had an incredible experience that definitely helps reinforce the principle.  A lot of what is important to understand is not just that you should do this or that, but that you will be blessed in this life and in the one to come based on the good you bring into the world.  You reap what you sow!  Law of the harvest, one of the oldest principles on the earth.  Now don’t be offended or hurt if you have a few weeds in your garden, or if a storm comes… don’t curse God.

people watch and few act

People Watch and Few Act

I was travelling from Central America today and while parting with a friend who I’d spent the last week with we were approached by a lady who was disheveled and distraught.  She said “Delta?”  I replied back, “Where are you going?”

We were in the International terminal, in Atlanta, the world’s busiest airport.  It was obvious to me that this poor lady was overwhelmed and needed help.  My friend asked to see her boarding card, and she pulled it out.  Pittsburg, I looked up on the board with hundreds of flights and saw there were 2 flights, and narrowed it down based on her flight number.  She was going to the first flight to Pittsburg, boarding in about 10 minutes and needed to get from Terminal E to Terminal A on the train, and then go all the way down to gate A2, the last gate in the terminal.  A Delta representative also happened on to the situation and rattled off the gate and pointed in the direction of the train and told her to turn right after going down the stairs.  I looked up my flight and saw I also going to A2 at a much later time.  I said my goodbyes to my friend and rushed down to the train.

After a couple of minutes I saw the lady arrive and say, “Aqui?” (Here)  “Si,” (Yes) I replied.  We both entered the train, and I watched from a couple people away.  I saw her eyes tear up.  She was visibly upset.  Knowing we were going to the same place, but not trying to freak her out, I pointed at her and myself and said, “Vamos.” (We go).  Each stop of the train she’d look over at me, and I’d gesture to stay onboard the train.  Finally it was our stop, we left the train together and walked up the huge escalator.

To break the ice a little, I replied “grande airopuerto.”  (Big Airport).  As we walked down the terminal toward the gate she struggled with her bags, and I’m sure all sorts of things were going through her head.  Who was this guy??  As we walked I explained I spoke “Un poquito Espanol.” (A little Spanish.) It was obvious to me, she didn’t speak very much english at all.

After another 10 minutes of walking we arrived at the gate.  The plane was already boarding.  She looked at me, to see if I thought it was ok to board.  Overhead I heard them say first class and executive.  I asked to see her boarding pass.  She was in Zone 3.  “Zone Tres.” I explained. I pointed at those boarding… Zone Uno. (Zone 1).  When it was her time to board, I shook her hand and said “Adios” (Goodbye.)  In the many words in Spanish she said, I heard “Gracias.”

Man it felt good.  As she got up to the ticket counter going through the extensive line, I saw a final turn to see if I was still there.  I waved.  A warm feeling came over me.  It felt awesome to help her out.  Having travelled to over 100 countries, I have rarely had the opportunitity to reciprocate all of the hundreds of impromptu assistance I’ve received.  Even in this last week I’m sure I must have had dozens of people that took time out of their days to hear my broken pigeon “spanglish,” (mix of English and Spanish) and I was the one in the group that spoke the best Spanish.  A few weeks ago I was in Spanish Morocco and got around with a driver who spoke no English.  I really loved the challenge of trying to get around with only Spanish learned in a year and a half of high school Spanish class, which I struggled to get a passing grade.  I did enjoy the course, but didn’t have a very good foundation.  Seemed like a lot of memorization, but what I’ve found is it’s the context and for me it’s more about experiences that help enforce and help me learn.

Pay it forward.  We will be blessed for doing good and helping others.  Find a way to serve.  There’s no better way to secure your place in the hereafter, and let me convince you… there is a life after this life.

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