Know Your Karma
Karma - Meaning and View in Hinduism , Buddhism and Jainism :
In traditional Indian religions Karma is regarded as part of the universal or Cosmic Law of Cause and effect. This means we reap the fruit ( Vipaka) of what we sow ( Karma). In actuality , in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism , it is Actually passing of Karma, rather than the rebirth of a soul, that assumes priority. Soul rebirth is primarily the vehicle of manifestation of Karma. Indeed even spiritual liberation is subordinate to Karma.
There is no concrete evidence FOR or AGAINST Karma is obtainable, therefore a belief in karma is ultimately on the basis of faith alone.
Karma and Justice :
There has been a long standing argument amongst traditional oriental religious system as how rigid or flexible Karma is. In Jainism karma is viewed as more or less inflexible or absolute, since it is considered to be a form similar to “ clay Particles”. For this the Jains believe instead of developing good or bad karma it should try to avoid creating any kind of new karma and getting rid of all past karma. In Jainism an action has more of a life of its own which means one must experience the vipaka (karmic consequences) of the action regardless of the intention .
In Hinduism and Buddhism it is intentions that count more than the action itself, which makes karma far more relative. To be subjected to vipaka for an action one does, there must have been conscious intent to perform that action followed by the consequence of the action. For example, killing in self defense the intentionality to kill was forced upon whereas; the revenge killing was entirely intentional.
Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism teach Free-will and technically opposed to western doctrine of determinism. This views Karma as a kind of lease tied to a pole in the ground by which one’s life is held. While one cannot breach the radius of the rope but has complete freedom to act within the radius.