I recently had a thought spring to mind just before I began working out the other day. What if karma could be explained in the future in terms of neuroscience? What if it turned out karma was a complex reward/punishment system your brain has developed to encourage you to improve your life quality (in the most Darwinian way possible).
It could just be a system sculptured part through genetics and part through experience that adjusts your emotional state based on what you subconsciously believe you deserve. Looking back I don’t recall moments that felt like good karma to be profoundly more opportunistic or fortunate, I just felt I deserved to feel a certain way like “karma was coming to cheer me up”.
I took my “good karma” almost as a gift from the ether. Also there’s been times when I felt profoundly down and it wasn’t always the worst circumstances that lead me to feel like that…
What if Karma is just a clever piece of evolution that we don’t have scientific language suitable to describe it yet and so like everything else… we surround it in a mysticism.
Maybe good karma is just feeling you deserve positive emotions… and bad karma is the opposite.
Just a thought… what’s your take on what karma really is?
Depends on what you take for Karma, if it’s for the new-age stuff or the buddhism one. If you believe in Karma as what really it was for the buddhist, it has to do more with a cycle of desire which lock you into the “reality” rather than good/bad moods.
Karma is a self-convincing belief used in the law of attraction to describe in a warning way that revenge is justice. I think revenge is good. It’s a comeback and retaliation. It promotes activity instead of passivity. Human beings are the only animal capable of being aggressive, cruel and hateful for no protective biological reason, but for the sake of aggression, cruelty and hatred alone. What similar beliefs and religions are ruling out is the reason for its existence. That is, fear of harm when harmlessness and harmfulness become a part of person’s neediness.
This is from a Muslim source about freedom from humiliation and neediness:
If you free yourself from the illusion that people have the ability to harm you, you would be saved.
– Obviously it doesn’t include the fact that you can still harm others, but maybe if they free themselves too you’d have an interesting harmless dialog with them. If they don’t, they’d blame you for harming them in the irrational side of Karma.
Neuroscience and psychology already explain fear-related consequences, but there are gaps, social, cultural and physiological, between explanations about fear stemming from beliefs and spirituality and rational organismic recognition of a threat. Most of the time the connection is invisible so it seems like a trick of the mind, because it’s on an instinctive level.
Some people believe that every action-reaction turn of events root from the instincts.
Maybe this could help: http://www.watnavaram.org/buddhism/4nobletruth.html
The Western view of what karma is is distorted and simplified Reece. Its not a simple reward/punishment mechanism as many assume. Like most ancient philosophies of the East, it goes much deeper than that, and cannot be explained in Darwinian terms.
does that make karma any less of what it considered to be? whether we can measure it with scientific study or not it still hold value to know you feel well when have done good. and if that was to be proven, wouldn’t that confirm the existence of a karmic order.
I was under the impression that karma is another word for the changes that happen as soon as you make a decision, and then the following decisions made as a result of those decisions, and so on… There are an infinite number of futures which are opened or closed, if you excuse the metaphor, by each of your choices. I have figured Karma is the word for the cumulative process across all individuals and experiences that make the current reality what it is and what it will be. Sorry for being so wordy in my explanation.