Man receives only that which he gives. The Game of Life is a game of boomerangs. For example: A friend told me this story of herself, illustrating the law. I am often irritable at home, and one day, said to my aunt, who was talking to me during dinner. My friend is high in consciousness, so her Karma returns much more quickly than to one on the mental plane. The more man knows, the more he is responsible for, and a person with a knowledge of Spiritual Law, which he does not practice, suffers greatly, in consequence. It is the law which takes vengeance, not God.
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You may have some Karma to complete in your life, like all of us do, and it may be with one or more family members. We sometimes choose a family in which we feel unfairly treated or even abused or abandoned. Karma might be the cause of the treatment you experienced in childhood. Rather, it is the completion of a lesson our soul chose to learn. Most souls work on learning their big karmic lessons over many lifetimes. An example would be that of an unhappy marriage. Your next life may be a lifetime where you have an alcoholic parent or spouse because our soul wishes to learn about this situation from the other side. Your soul may want to learn how to work with the emotions and trauma the situation brings into your life in a clear and conscious way.
Subscribe now to read this article and get immediate access to everything else. Forgiveness may not be able to undo old bad karma, but it can prevent new bad karma from being done. This is especially true with the bad karma that in Pali is called vera. This attitude is what has no place in Buddhist practice. Forgiveness is what clears it out of the way. The Dhammapada , a popular collection of early Buddhist poems, speaks of vera in two contexts. In both cases, forgiveness is what puts an end to vera. You resolve not to settle the score, even if society grants you the right to do so, because you realize that, from the point of view of karma, the only real score in contests like this consists of more bad karma points for both sides.
Have you shackled yourself to the past and made yourself a prisoner of your future karma? If you are harboring anger, grudges, jealousy, vengeance, and housing hate in your heart; then the answer is a resounding Yes! Do not despair, however, because you have the key to free yourself of the karma that keeps you chained to the person or thing you despise- the key to your freedom is forgiveness. Yes, Forgiveness!