I ran into a store to buy a mini muffin pan and stopped first at the 70% off sale table. I didn't see anything I "needed" and as I began to move on a word caught my eye. Karma. I picked up the box to see a purple plastic creation called Karma Kitty. She apparently is like a modern day 8 Ball, but with three modes. Her kitty talk mode allows you to record your voice and hear it back as the voice of a cat; similar, I suppose, to that old talking parrot toy from the past. And then her MASH mode, which allows you to give three answers t a question. It then takes those answers and "combines them into a fun outlook". Lastly, there is a crystal ball function which "offers exciting predictions about your future by answering your questions."
Such an interesting misuse of the word karma, I thought. Karma does not need a fortune teller. Karma is too obvious for that. You have bad thoughts or bad actions, that's what arrives. You have good thoughts and actions...good arrives. It is not because karma is punitive or a big evil hand that sweeps in to punish those who do bad things; karma simply exists like a balanced scale. Someone doing a bad thing means they are, at that time, operating from a bad place- they are already punishing themselves. Karma comes from within. It is the summation of our thoughts, actions and words. Where it may get confusing for some to grasp is that karma is not just about this lifetime. You carry your balance from life to life.
THE DEBT OF KARMA
by Yogi Amrit Desai
Every soul is charged with an evolutionary mission
To realize its inborn divine potential.
Life is a perpetual therapeutic irritation.
It provides a compelling force to drive us
Toward the completion of our mission.
When we deny a painful experience,
It goes underground as a pending debt of unfinished karma.
When you block pain, you may feel temporary relief,
But your karmic account is not closed.
The collection agency will present the lesson
Again and again, in various forms.
Through apparently unrelated events.
Every event that is not faced fully and consciously comes back
As irritation, emotion, resistance or denial.
Habitual ways of reacting and reliving the same event
All lessons will be repeated until they are learned.
The debt of karma is paved in consciousness.