The principles of karma is simple, but the details of how it operates are complex.
A simple example is that if someone were to get malaria, it is not possible for that person to trace the exact mosquito who had bitten them. Despite this, the symptoms are clear and now they have to take proper treatment.
We may not be able to trace the specific cause of our suffering, but we can ascertain that at some time we have acted in a way that sowed the seed that grew into our present condition. The seed may have been sown in this life or another, that doesn’t really matter. What matters is recognising our symptoms, taking the proper treatment now and being careful of reinfection in the future.
The philosophy of karma is not meant to induce depression or an unhealthy guilt; it is provided to help us grow emotionally and spiritually in whatever our situation is by taking responsibility for our choices and then gaining wisdom from whatever ensues. With this understanding, let’s briefly explore ways we can benefit from this vision.