In Defense of the Notion of Karma When Someone Treats You Like Shit.

by Aranyakananda

I recently was given the opportunity, via Facebook, the modern forum for all things philosophical, to ponder the following quote:

“If someone treats you like shit, just remember there is something wrong with them, not you. Normal people don’t go around destroying other human beings.”

First things first: I strongly agree with this, on the surface. But it also reminded me what a sticky issue karma can be for those who have not fully grasped it. When people discover that I am Hindu and that I accept the notion of karma, I often hear “Oh so everything that happens to me is always my fault then, huh?”

Slow down.
I simply accept the notion.

And, while everyone in this material world has certain karma to contend with, it does not mean that those who deliver that karma into our lives are blameless. The person who has been “treated like shit” is not expected to just accept this treatment as their lot in life. And the person giving them poor treatment is creating karmic reflux for themselves.

By his or her own set of karma, the perpetrator in this drama may have been thrown onto the bike path of the victim’s life, like a large piece of gravel. But that does not make them blameless for how they played the part they were given (part they cultivated in previous lives).

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2 Responses to In Defense of the Notion of Karma When Someone Treats You Like Shit.

  1. Dhrishti says:

    I agree… although when someone comes to be asking if everything that happens to them is their fault, my very first answer is YES. I think our human minds naturally look for cause/effect relationships for better understanding, but since our human minds are feeble and emotion-filled much of the time our definition of cause is “fault.”

    Everything that happens to us IS our “fault” if that’s how one chooses to see it, but that’s only one side of the coin. The other side is that the effects are 100% within our control. This is what we forget. Someone might be treating someone else badly, but it can stop right there. Literally. The co-called victim (aka the person whose “fault” it is) STILL has all the power. What often (usually?) happens instead is our ego and emotion and Maya cloud our perspective and our sight of the truth, and suddenly we’re “victims.” But failing to remember your past actions, doesn’t exempt one from the coming results – regardless of how pleasant or not. We make our own bed, however aware we are or not of this action, and then we lay in it.

    Think of the tremendous power involved in the creation of karma – some of which will follow a person through many lifetimes. As the source of that power, we possess equal strength in how we face/react to it when it comes back to us.

  2. swabby429 says:

    Regardless of whether or not one accepts the Hindu or Buddhist concepts of Karma, the negative (or positive) action towards you can be taken as a lesson in the ongoing school of skillful living. How one reacts and copes with the insult or good action is a good time for mindfulness of thought and action.

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