Partial understanding

Partial understanding

Britain like most countries is multicultural, this means that influences from other cultures become part of the host culture to greater or lesser degrees. Theoretically that enriches the culture;  but that is dependant on the stuff that is being integrated being understood by the recipient.

I frequently hear people saying “I believe in Karma” usually when something has happened that appears to right a wrong, when someone who has done a “Bad” thing   has something “Bad” happen to them.

Having started to read a  book by     Satish Kumar  I am getting a slightly deeper understanding of Karma  and have also  discovered something called Dharma. 


Understanding the two changes  the attitude to Karma a bit  so that perhaps when you know that difference you will want to adjust your thinking too.

Karma works for people with a mindset  typical to the western world --- the  “See a problem solve it”  or a demand retribution culture

Karma comes from an aggressive start point—the “What goes around comes around” , payback for actions thinking. For Karma to exist there has to be a bad event first that is addressed by Karma ( Retribution) from a western viewpoint. Though this misses the point that good actions result in good being fed back.


For a moment accept that there are various ways of being a person--- one is the goal setting, progress noting, striving for success mode while another is the Observing, , compassionate, accepting appreciating  non striving type.

One has objectives to be fulfilled while the other  accepts that they are part of an on-going process and that  their role is to be part of everything but not striving for personal / individual goals.


Both ways of being  are valid  but different and sometimes there is mis-understanding between these two and others. The point I am making is subtle but important—Dharma lets you notice things, be aware of their value or threat, allows you to approach things as a curious observer first rather than the storming Rambo character that quite possibly leaps to wrong conclusions, makes assumptions and thereby makes things worse not better.


 So you see Karma requires you to have a combative, aggressive, retribution orientated approach to life. For your own well being that may not be as good as you first assume. It leads you to think that everything has to be solved, that everything has a beginning middle and end, that someone is to blame and someone is a victim. Thinking in that way means that you constantly feel under pressure to “Do something about “it”.  “


Speaking generally and broadly much of life takes care of itself, without us as individuals needing to “Stick our noses in” We busy ourselves in issues where we have limited knowledge, less understanding and no compassion. There is a desire to see one side as right and the other as wrong.


Wars come about because two or more sides think they are right when actually those two or more sides are wrong.

So the point of this piece is simply to say Karma and Dharma are part of the same cultural  system,  cherry picking bits and pieces to integrate into our lives doesn’t make us culturally diverse it means that we are creating our own personal culture that amalgamates things that support our own personal standpoint, I make no judgement on that just observe that it is so.



1234© Martin Williams 2015