Karma, Samsara, and Moksha By:Madison Wegener, LiriaDedivanaj, and Katie Conroy
Karma • Have you ever heard someone say “What goes around comes around”? Or “You reap what you sow”? • Both of these sayings mirror the Hindu concept of Karma. • Basically, Karma stands for the belief that a person experiences the affects of his or her actions-that every act or thought has consequences.
Living in a balanced universe, if an individual disturbs this order, he or she will suffer commensurately. But an ethical and moral life, with undisturbed dharma, will lead to happiness. • the Law of Karma in the moral sphere teaches that similar actions will lead to similar results and it is not just fate.
For Hindus.. • Good karma is usually produced by correctly performing the duties of one's caste, or social class. • If a person lives admirably and fulfills the responsibilities of the caste, the soul can be reborn into a higher caste. Hindus also believe that because karma is its own law, it requires no divine interference.
Samsara • Hindus believe the soul is trapped in a circle of birth and rebirth called samsara. • Until a person quells all desires and accepts that the individual soul is the same as the absolute soul, he or she must suffer in samsara and forgo moksha.
Samsara • The concept of Samsara in Buddhism teaches that human beings have the ultimate control over themselves. If people use the laws of Buddhism in daily living and practice kindness, they will eventually reach self-acceptance. This helps begin the journey to accepting others and to eventual enlightenment.
Moksha • Both Hinduism and Buddhism focus on liberation from the endless cycle of samsara - the endless cycle of birth and death, and the suffering that comes with that cycle. • In Hinduism, this liberation is known as "moksha." This term literally means "release" in the sense of "letting go." Moksha is the letting go of the repeated birth and death of the physical body - reincarnation.
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