Karma This sticky substance that weighs on one
Karma as many people claim, what goes around comes around
has simply more than one view. This paper will go over three major religions
perspective on karma. The first religion being known as Hinduism, the second
being known as Jainism, and the third is known as Buddhism. All three of these
religions belief in karma but, these religions also have their own conception on
the idea of karma.
Early Hinduism had two views of karma one being extreme
the other being less rigorous. The extreme point of view is, “One’s future
existence is determined by a second new doctrine the Law of Karma… fixing one’s
lot in future existence”. In other words,
any deed an individual makes throughout his life will leave a permanent mark on
the beholders life making it a concrete item in the path of his/her destiny.
The less rigorous view on Karma, is the simple law of what one reaps, what one
sows. This less extreme view of Karma is a law of nature, there is no judgment.
In later Hinduism the followers of the religion got the way of the works.
Hindus believed that sacrifices to the gods will give them favorable Karma,
which allow them to pass in to heaven, better yet they could achieve the caste
of Brahmin and union with Brahman. This not being compared to strict ways of
The Jainism view on karma was more of a form of matter. Karma
dealing with an unusual relationship between souls and the physical world. The followers
of the religion believed that karma was a sublet matter which formed in and on the
soul. The matter for bad desire or passion is a sticky substance that ways down
on the beholders soul. The soul will carry this sticky substance until the end of
its period. This sticky substance that weighs on one soul will be the impurity that
will drag the soul down the caste ladder and maybe into the dungeon of hell, but
with only a tiny bit of the sticky matter it will be light enough to float into
the heavens becoming a god. Unlike in Hinduism where one may pay of bad karma by
giving to the gods. Jainism believe some bad karma will rid its simply by following
the Law of Karma, “exerting effects and passing off” (Noss and Graangard 137). Yet
the best way for one to clear him self from the sticky substance is to have an ethically
correct soul which will create new karma that is easily dissipated.