Lessons in Karma...
I love it when the world turns evenly on its axis and I get to see someone reaping the rewards of their own bad karma. A friend of mine calls it the Carousel Principle...what goes around, comes around. I call it schadenfreude.
Loosely translated, that word means taking heartfelt delight in the misfortune of others.
Philosopher and sociologist Theodor Adorno defined schadenfreude as “largely unanticipated delight in the suffering of another which is cognized as trivial and/or appropriate."
Translation: watching someone get what they so richly deserve.
The question is...who are we to decide what another person deserves?
I read an ancient story about a knight and his 12 year old son living in the time of King Arthur. They were sitting around the huge dinner table with the other knights of the castle having a bite to eat, when the father took a dislike to something the son said or did. With a huge mawl of a hand, he backhanded the young lad, sending him sprawling onto the rushes on the dirt floor. The son's nose was bloodied and began to swell immediately.
The child did not cry, did not make a sound.
He picked himself up, drew himself up to his full height with great dignity, returning to his place at the table.
He then turned to the knight seating on his other side, punched him a good one in the nose and then whispered to him, "Please pass it along, sir. It will get back to my father, soon enough!"
I love this story.
Karma has a funny way of returning again and again to the sender.
Sometimes it takes the long road home, but make no mistake about it, it always gets there.
That's one of the reasons that I do my very best to give out kind and loving energy to most people I meet.
It is said that karma returns tenfold to the sender.
If you give out good karma, you get it back tenfold.
If you give out bad karma...guess what you get back? Tenfold!
I would love to have that kind and loving energy returned tenfold to me, and I live in hope that it does.
I would not want to be standing within a country mile of those folks who send out dark karma when it is returned tenfold to them. I want to be on the other side of the Universe, so I don't get splashed with the tidal wave of their toxic backwash.
The Carousel Principle.
A very good principle, indeed!
My favorite inspirational Irish blessing seems to fit perfectly with this post...
May those that love us, love us.
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping.
"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
~ Wayne Dyer