“Those who seek to achieve things should show no mercy.”– Kautilya, Indian Philosopher, 3rd Century B.C.
I spent several years in India among the people of that country. I am well acquainted with the concept of karma and dharma. What is more important, I am familiar with it from the point of view of the culture of where they originated. Though I find that much of the Vedic texts have value, and the land, its people and culture are filled with treasures beyond our wildest imaginings, I find, however, for those outside of the belief system of Sanatana Dharma – or as it is called in the West, Hinduism, that the concept of karma becomes too often used as an excuse.
That is never more true than those who fancy themselves to be “Witches”. They claim to be ever so powerful, and yet they act as if they are afraid of themselves. They act as if they are afraid of their own shadows, afraid of their own Will. And then they make excuses for holding back. This fear stays their hand when the gold ring is there for the taking, it makes them cling to the precipice in abject fear, rather than taking to the wind and knowing that they, too, can fly – if not literally, certainly metaphorically.
There is a particularly inane term that is bandied about by more modern would-be Witches. They use this term as some sort of bastard child of karma and call it the “Three Fold Law”. Why not the one fold, or five, or ten or a thousand then? Power is never given, it’s taken. Take it if you want it. If you give your power over to a pre-determined destiny, and label it ‘karma’, you have not therefore exonerated yourself from the responsibility for your own life. If you cannot do something it is because you choose not to do it, not because of some erroneous idea that somehow you did some wrong in a past life – or this one that prevents you. How pathetic! How sad! To live such a life under such a safe term as if to somehow hide safely away from having to make something of your life, and not to take what it is that you want from your time here on Earth is a fate worse than death.
I AM the master of my fate!
I AM the captain of my soul!
There is another term; Maát. I prefer this idea, this term to the one of karma for it is far more immediate. It grants its adherents much more freedom than the idea of karma does. And yet, it also demands more responsibility. Maát is. It is the order of the Universe, of all realms of existence. It understands the scientific idea that for ever action there is an equal and opposite reaction. It essentially says, you may do whatever it is in your life that you want, as long as you are willing to live with the consequences of that. Your thoughts, your words, your deeds, they all effect your life and the world that you live in. Of course you may lie, cheat, steal, even kill. You may even get away with it. Then again – you very well might not. When you don’t, you have no one to blame but yourself for the predicament in which you find yourself. You cannot blame your parents, your past lives or even God. You, and only you are to blame.
Karma is a good idea for those who are willing to accept its limitations and lack of responsibility. For myself, it is simply not enough.
Muse: Fanny Fae
Fandom: Original Character / Folklore / Mythology
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