Why do bad things happen to good people?

When my cup of misery and self-pity is dangerously close to flowing over, the only option is to drink it, no matter how bitter it tastes. When I think “I don’t deserve this”. The ugly truth is, I probably do.

“That which we have done in a past life has become our destiny, our fate in this life”

Life is fair. Photo: https://za.pinterest.com/pin/127860076898222735/ Edited by: Lara Antonopoulos

During hard times, it is comforting to remember that everything which happens to you is a result of your actions in previous lives. It’s a lot to swallow, but in the end, it encourages us to always do actions of which we want to reap the desired results.

In The Master Answers, Maharaj Charan Singh says there are three types of karma:

Kriyaman karma is what we do in this life, and for which we will have to pay in the future.

Pralabdh karma is fate, in other words, the karma we face as a result of previous lives.

Sinchit karma is our reserve karma which has accumulated over thousands of lives because it is impossible to pay for what one has done in previous lives in one life only, therefore we have  Sinchit karma, a huge debt.

One of the main things you can do to lessen your karmic burden is to stop eating meat. One might ask why is what we eat a determiner of what good and bad things happen in our lives. The crucial thing about eating is the fact that you literally have a choice between life and death. Brian Hines, author of Life is Fair says the following about meat-eaters: “No matter how virtuous my actions are in other respects, no matter how devoted I am to my creator, I’m digging myself into a moral hole every time I sit down for a meal.”

It is strange that the murder of a fellow human being is seen as atrocious, but murdering thousands upon thousands of animals each year to satisfy the taste buds is seen as a normal lifestyle. When people say “I can’t live without meat,” they don’t consider that the suffering of animals is neither normal nor natural.

Not only does meat eating cause animals to suffer, but it also contributes to the suffering of humans in the form of diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Perhaps this is the karmic price to pay for eating meat.

Karma is a law of nature. Whether you believe in it or not, it is inescapable and infallible. Karma is a Sanskrit word which means “action”. It does not only refer to bad action. Karma can be good too. People whose lives seem too good to be true – they’re rich and successful, happy and good-looking – are reaping the fruits of the good actions which they sowed in previous lives. On the other hand, the trials and tribulations which another person might be experiencing is also a result of seeds sown in previous lives. You get what you give, whether it’s good or bad.

Bad things happen to good people, but bad things also happen to bad people. Someone who gets away with murder will pay for it in his next life. But by no means should you only be kind just because you fear karma. “If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” So be kind, just because.

 

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