The word karma is frequently heard spoken in the street, sung in popular songs and mentioned in mainstream media. It’s been taken out of its spiritual context, but everyone seems to think they know what it means—what goes around comes around. This is partly true, but the concept becomes more complex when rebirth is linked to one’s actions in this life.
Instant karma's gonna get you
Gonna knock you right on the head
You better get yourself together
Pretty soon you're gonna be dead
What in the world you thinking of
Laughing in the face of love
What on earth you tryin' to do
It's up to you, yeah you...
John Lennon’s song ‘Instant Karma’ mentions getting yourself together and not laughing in the face of love, but what does that mean in Buddhist and Hindu terms?
An understanding of karma is the most important issue for Buddhism and the modern world, according to Zen Buddhist teacher and professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, David Loy, because it has enormous implications for how we understand who we are and how we should be living with each other. He says that the most prevalent understanding today is a social Darwinist one, where you have to climb over the next person on your way to the top.
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