…Or in the theory of “what goes around comes around?”
Due to some unfortunate circumstances in my current life, the cosmic principle of karma (often thought of as “what goes around comes around”) has been on my mind. More than ever, I find myself constantly wondering whether or not I believe in karma, and asking my close friends if they believe in it.
The mere possibility that karma exists is very comforting to me, despite the fact that I’m still not sure if I’m a believer. Interestingly (and maybe hypocritically), I do find solace in the fact that ALL of my friends have been giving me an absolute “YES!” in response to the question that I’ve been posing to them for many months…
”DO YOU BELIEVE IN KARMA?”
WHAT EXACTLY IS THIS THING WE CALL “KARMA?”
Although karma is a key concept in many religions with its origins in ancient India, it is most commonly recognized as a fundamental doctrine in Buddhism. Although the word “karma” means “action, word or deed,” it also refers to the law of moral causation where the intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual. In other words, good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.
Based upon what I’ve been reading, our karma affects much more than just the afterlife. Our actions and deeds also affect our happiness and misery in the “here and now.” The possibility that one might have the opportunity to watch karma work her “magic” in this lifetime, in ways both good and bad, is quite appealing to me.
Since I’m a vegan for ethical as well as health reasons, I can’t help but wonder if being a vegan helps my karma (if it really does exist). Not only do I abstain from eating and using animal products, but I’m concerned about the environmental issues surrounding veganism as well.
A few years ago I read an article in the Seattle Pi on the issue of karma and veganism. It was about “Jackass” star Steve O who claimed that he became a vegan to improve his karma after eating living things for so long.
The article quoted Steve O as saying…
“One time I did something particularly nasty – I tried to hurt someone’s feelings with a text message. I heard a voice in my right ear say ‘You’re going to have to answer for that.’ Later I came across a You Tube video where this Krishna consciousness guy in India was talking about how it’s difficult for Westerners to be saved because there’s such little respect for life on the planet….
“This guy said, ‘How can you expect to be saved if you eat meat?’ I put that together with the voices I was hearing and I became afraid of having some kind of spiritual punishment.”
I’m chuckling right now while thinking about a “Jackass” star showing this level of depth, and becoming vegan to place his life on a better path. Ha ha. But whatever gets you there, right? Go Steve O!
It’s my belief that the concept of karma crosses the minds of most people who choose a vegan lifestyle for ethical reasons. For me, I believe that abstaining from meat consumption and use of animal products adds to my personal level of inner peace, at the very least. I know that my dedication to a vegan lifestyle allows me to rest much easier when my head hits the pillow each and every night. Does this mean that I believe in karma? I don’t know.
What I do notice is that the word “karma” seems to show up in the names of many vegan businesses such as the “Good Karma Cafe” in Red Bank, New Jersey, or the hot new vegan food truck in Hamilton, Ontario called KarmaChaMEALeon. So the pairing of karma with veganism does appear to present itself quite often.
The theory of karma is central to many religions and cultures throughout the world, and the issues surrounding eating and exploiting animals seems to lie at the very heart of the matter. This can really get one thinking, can’t it?
So, after having read this little blog post, I’d love to know your thoughts…
Do you believe in karma?
And if you do, my friends, I hope you think about your karma the next time you throw that live lobster into a large pot of scalding hot water, catch a fish for dinner, or stick your fork into that bloody steak on your dinner plate.
This post is dedicated to my good friends, Sue and Debbie G., who always give me my favorite “answers” concerning the theory of karma. Thank you my friends!
Click here to read about the Karma ChaMEALeon food truck.
Click here to read the Seattle Pi Article About Steve O Going Vegan.
Click here to ready post James Cameron: A Vegan For The Environment.
Click here to find out Why Going Vegan Helps The Environment.
Click here to read Life Of Pi Through My Vegan Eyes
Click here to go to website of Good Karma Cafe in New Jersey.