On Karma and Right Action

On Karma
On Karma and Right Action

In The Universe In A Single Atom, the Dalai Lama offers this explanation of karma:

“Literally, karma means “action” and refers to the intentional acts of sentient beings.  Such acts may be physical, verbal or mental – even just thoughts or feelings – all of which have impacts upon the psyche of an individual, no matter how minute.  Intentions result in acts, which result in effects that condition the mind toward certain traits and propensities, all of which give rise to  further intentions and actions.”

We all experience the results of both our skillful and unskillful actions.

While reading “The Concise Yoga Vasistha” by Swami Venkatesananda, I came across a gem that strikes me as an antidote to “bad karma.”   When you’re reaping the fruits of unskillful action, remember this heartening piece of wisdom:

There is no power greater than right action in the present.

Which needs no further explanation.