KARMA : Does that scare you ?

Oftentimes people are scared of the word “Karma” as they misunderstand it as a form of suffering attributed to the negative causes they may have created in the past, either in this lifetime or in the past several lives, and of which they are not aware of in their present life. Most often, when something unpleasant happens in one’s life, they tend to blame it to their “bad” karma and blame themselves for their situation, tending to feel powerless and reaching a very low state of life.

In the Buddhist realm, Karma shapes the manner in which we start our lives, from the moment of our birth, and continuing beyond our deaths. It forms our core personality over several lifetimes. It is not limited to those things that can be seen or measured but is more about the spiritual aspects of life wherein one experiences and feels different human emotions like happiness, anxiety, anger or calmness.

Karma is basically the cycle of cause and effect that we create in every moment of our lives through our “Thoughts, Words and Actions”. Since thoughts take the form of ideas that can be expressed through words and actions, it is of utmost importance to have pure and clear thoughts as a starting point to creating good karma (simultaneity of cause and effect as observed through a Lotus flower)!

Our Buddhist practice of chanting Nam-Myōhō-Renge-Kyō empowers us to transform our deepest karma thereby helping us to realize our innate Buddhahood and the extreme potential in this lifetime and beyond.

I would like to quote a famous Buddhist text, beautifully explaining the concept of “Karma” or “cause & effect”:

If you want to understand the causes that existed in the past, look at the results as they are manifested in the present. And if you want to understand what results will be manifested in the future, look at the causes that exist in the present”.

So it is all up to to us to design our present and future based on the choices we make in every single moment of our lives. We have the endless power of The Mystic Law, Nam-Myōhō-Renge-Kyō, to transform our deepest karma and empower ourselves with the wisdom, courage and compassion to lead lives in which “WE WIN” each and every challenge that life presents to us!


This article is inspired by information available on SGI’s official website but is not a replica of the same.

Shiti Gautam

Shiti Gautam is a member of Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) and an ex-member of Singapore Soka Association (SSA, an affiliate of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), Japan) since Dec 2013. Through this website, an Android app, TogetherWeChant (SGI Buddhism, NamMyohoRengeKyo) and social media handles, she aims to contribute to Worldwide Kosenrufu through the Online platform. With a Mission of "1M.1M", which aims to help 1 Million people connect globally & chant 1 Million Daimoku each, not only for their own victory but for the victory of others too!
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