Welcome to Karma Economics (KE) 101. This exciting and emergent field studies karma investments and their expected returns. True, it is not a new field of study –Buddhism has been studying the issue for over 2000 years– but KE101 frames this knowledge in a way easily understood by the modern individual schooled in the capitalist worldview.
KE101 is an ongoing section, a category unto itself. Hot investment tips, big performers and up-and-coming game changers will be coming soon to help you build the karma portfolio of your dreams… of the good ones, hopefully.
Meanwhile, a short FAQ regarding KE101 will help outline the basic concepts driving these studies. If you are of the existential or nihilist mind frame, it would be pointless to continue reading, as a certain amount of mental flexibility is required to tackle KE101… even if it is tongue in cheek.
Why should I be even remotely interested in karma economics?
Because you’re invested in it whether you like it or not. In fact, if you’re reading this, you’ve probably been building a karma portfolio for many lives. That’s okay; becoming aware of this is the first step towards gaining control over your portfolio, which is going to be a lot more important to your future than any stock exchange. You see that neat picture above, borrowed from a recent blockbuster and used to depict the current state of the karma? Well, that’s why you really should be interested.
What is a karma portfolio anyway?
Karma can be thought of as an investment made by you with the Bank of the Universe. Your every thought, word and action is included in your individual karma portfolio and, proportionally, in the collective karma portfolio (to be discussed in a future post). According to the Buddhist tradition, the vast majority of life on Earth is in the karmic “red”; in fact, we are (repeatedly) born in the fourth dimension because our karma is still to dense to access higher vibrational states.
The good news is that bad karma can be cancelled on very favorable terms due to Bank of the Universe policy which assigns higher value to good karma, meaning that every unit can cancel numerous units of bad karma. The cancellation of all bad karma by accumulation of good karma is considered the ultimate purpose of life on Earth to Buddhists; once achieved, enlightment ensues and the material body –the physical manifestation of our karma at birth– becomes unnecessary.
Okay, so I have a karma portfolio. Let’s talk return on investment.
Karma investments invariably pay back in kind, following the principle of universal attraction. Low frequency bad karma resonates with (attracts) similar low frequencies, leading to situations of so-called “poetic justice”, “blowback”, “just desserts”, “divine retribution” or whatever one chooses to call it.
The terms and conditions of payback, however, are personal and unique for every individual and collective, and often depend on variables beyond the scope of a single lifetime. The fact that some tyrants die of old age does not mean karma is not keeping its eternal ledger, just that it’s working on a larger scale. The returns will arrive in time and in full, as they always do.
Can you remind me again why I’m interested in all this?
Precisely because karma doesn’t care if you care, any more than water cares whether you drink it or not. Its purpose is to help you understand you are the creator of your own good and bad. That your karma is your own responsibility, inasmuch as good karma can be generated as easily as bad karma; it is you who decides at every moment. A smile or a frown? A thank you or a muttered cuss?
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. Wayne Dyer