Colloquially we may say, a bad (unlawful) action gives us bad karma.
More rigorously, the bad (or otherwise) action is itself bad
or otherwise karma.
This notion is so central to oriental ideology and so far from Abrahamic that it is best to leave the word karma untranslated.
And remember this constellation of ideas orbiting around this word — results, consequences, cause, causality. And behind all these the fundamental scientific idea of law and lawfulness — mysteriously returning to the Judaic essence via a different route.
Karma can be obviously scientific and yet deeply metaphysical.
A man who smokes 6-packs-a-day dies of cancer — the karma is of the obvious variety.
But the man (or child) who did no such thing also dies!
How to explain??
For the Oriental the answer is axiomatic: There is a reason
, even if we don’t understand it.
(Then getting greatly expanded into “… because of past lives
Let us for now leave aside these elaborations and stay with the basic:
There is a reason even if this reason is not patent
How does the Christian (or Jew) answer these same riddles: It is the will of God!
Now a skeptical/secular type of person would find both these explanations similar and unsatisfactory enough to club them together as one: The typical religious crap and nonsense
[Parenthetically noting that the skeptic too has no better explanation(!!), we return to a more careful view of the choices]
- The idea of karma as a cause is at least in principle understandable even if not understandable with my current level of knowledge.
- The idea of “The will of God” is in principle beyond human understanding.
And so we reach the junction:
- The essence of Judeo Christianity is Conscience
- The essence of Hinduism and oriental philosophies is Karma
And each of these sides needs to appreciate the other
What this section I will stick with one direction: Why Judeo Christians need to understand karma?
In [other section] I will also address Why orientals need to awaken conscience
So we turn to actions like Angela Merkel killing Germany — too much good feeling
Not enough wise-dom
- is the wisdom of conscience
- is the feeling of karma