This article tells you how to boost your positive karma in life. Good Karma is the belief that if you do something good, good things will happen to you.
All About Karma
Actions Repeatedly Done Create Powerful Karma
When the same action is repeated many times, be it good or bad, powerful karma gets created. Actions directed at powerful objects such as one’s parents, one’s spiritual teachers or at monks, nuns or temple priests also create powerful karma. This is true of even the smallest disrespectful act or the smallest virtuous action.
The karmic results of actions done to powerful objects can usually be experienced in this life. Suffering results come from negative actions while favorable results arise from virtuous actions. It thus follows that we should really be very mindful of our actions and the thoughts that accompany our actions, because it is from mindfulness that we can develop habits that lead to actions that create good karma.
1 Smile. Smiling makes people feel good about themselves and makes your workplace, school or home a more positive environment.
2 Help in little ways. Like, for example, holding the door open for someone behind you or picking up a dropped pencil. Help someone cross the road today or any day. See if you can find someone in need of your help – like an old lady needing help to cross the road. Take her by the hands and walk with her. This should be a conscious effort to practicing kindness and then it is full of merit.
3 Do the right thing even when no one is looking. They may not know, but karma always knows.
4 Donate to charity tins. You know, those tins at the cashier that donate to the children's hospital and such? Think of all the good that money does. If everyone donated their spare change to charity tins, the world would be a better place.
5 Take time to talk to different generations. Older and younger people know lots of cool stuff you probably don't, and you'll make them feel good too.
6 Recycle. You've seen that commercial. You can take them into most stores and they'll give you 5 cents a pop can. You can even give that money to a charity tin! Two good deeds in one day. Doesn't that make you feel better?
7 Listen. When people talk about their problems, it makes them feel better. Don't offer advice. Don't give opinions. Just listen.
8 Little things help a lot. If you simply say hello to that shy girl at the back of the class, if you are kind to those you aren't a huge fan of, if you let someone use some of your lunch money and not ask the next day for the money you lent, if you're at the store and see a $0.50 pin your friend would like and buy it: These are the things that help make you a good person. Not only will you get karma points, but you will have a better reputation.
9 Give compliments. It's like smiling with your voice. It makes people feel better and more confident. But don't just compliment - be thoughtful in finding something you truly appreciate or adore, and mean what you say.
10 Relax. Stress and tension can lead to illness - it's a proven fact. Relax, and acknowledge why your life is wonderful.
11 Love. Love life, love friends, love family, love yourself. Love makes the world go 'round.
12 Wisdom. Search for Wisdom. Through wisdom you make better decisions. Great decisions lead to great outcomes and thus an awesome life.
13 Do a good deed. One of the best ways to change your luck is to earn yourself some positive karma by doing good deeds. This is a way of repaying for any bad things you've done in this life or a previous one.
• Improve your karma by making a donation to charity, or by helping people in need, such as the homeless, elderly people or orphaned children.
14. Write Holy Words On A Stone
It is such good fun to create what are known as mani stones... and these are done by writing the holy mantra om mani padme hum on decorative rocks that are smoothed by having been in water for hundreds of years; the best stones are those found in holy rivers that flow from the Himalayan mountains – rivers such as the Bramaputra or the Ganges rivers. If you find it impossible to get your hands on these stones, then any rounded stone the size of a palm will do.
Write the holy words onto the stone first in black ink and then if you wish, use special glue to gold leaf these holy words. The act of doing this is said to bring much good merit. In Katmandu, it is easy to find mani stones written in stylish Tibetan script in the market stalls set up around the holy stupas of this Himalayan city.
Mani stone, Tibet.
15. Go On A Pilgrimage
Going on pilgrimage means embarking on a journey to visit the holy places of the world associated with the history of your religious faith. It does not matter if you are Christian, Muslim or Buddhist - these and other faiths have special destinations associated with their religion – thus for instance the Catholics have Rome where the Pope resides or Lourdes; the Muslims have Mecca and the Buddhists of course have Bodhgaya – the town in India where Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment and many other places.
The holy destinations of the world are where holy beings from some distant past created some special energy that touched the lives of many in a spiritual way and continue to touch many lives long after they have passed on. Energy of this kind is divine and long lasting, as many who have made the journey will tell you. Pilgrimage places cause us to experience something divine, thereby awakening our spirituality. Pilgrimages open our hearts and minds to the positive energy associated with spiritual realizations. Just bathing ourselves in the holy energy of these places awakens us to the compassionate potential within us.
16. Read A Spiritual Book There is great merit in reading the writings of highly realized people, which is one way of describing those who have deep knowledge of spirituality. It is even better, when the subject of the book has to do with training the mind to develop compassion with wisdom. Compassion is the deep-seated wish of wanting to benefit others. Increasing wisdom means enhancing your understanding of the true nature of reality, of existence, understanding terms such as emptiness and dependent arising. Good karma is created when one reads and thinks seriously about these main principles of the spiritual path. When compassion and wisdom become clearly understood principles of one’s life, that is when good karma gets created. When it reaches a point where they become overriding passions in one’s life, that is when one is said to be living a life of Dharma, and then good karma gets magnified and creating it becomes an everyday practice.
17. Practice Meditation Most people acknowledge there are benefits to meditation. Those who have tried it usually experience first-hand some positive effects. Over time, meditation will help you maintain a clear mind and a peaceful outlook on life.
When you sit down on a cushion with your legs crossed, your spine straight and your eyes slightly closed looking three feet in front of you, the first thing to do is to set your motivation. Tune into your mind and focus on why you are doing the meditation – to develop your mind to benefit all beings. Setting this altruistic motivation establishes the basis of meditation practices. And from then on you can meditate on any subject related to the development of your understanding of life. When you meditate this way lightly reflecting on how precious your life is, how lucky you are to have been born at all, to be alive and to be well … in time you will come to realize just how lucky you really are in just having a human life, having the ability to think, to analyze, to understand and yes, to philosophize. This is how meditation can lead to wisdom realizations and good karma.
18. Give Up Your Seat A spontaneous way of practicing the good heart is to give up your seat to someone who obviously needs it more than you. This can be a seat on a bus offered to an older lady, a place in a line given to someone in a hurry or on a plane for a couple inadvertently split up by the bureaucracies of a system gone awry – each deed done spontaneously and without having to think too deeply.
The best kind of good deed is often done in response to some inner voice, which makes the action come out seamlessly almost as if it were second nature. Usually people who perform acts of kindness this way reveal imprints of some past life spent in doing goodness and collecting good karma. For it is said that good or bad karmic actions will repeat themselves through many rebirths. It seems there is a multiplier effect in creating good karma. This is why it is so beneficial to do virtuous good actions. Better to accumulate good rather than bad karma.
19. Connect With A Spiritual Teacher Start by meditating on your path to ultimate happiness, the kind that is permanent rather than transient. Think through all the things that make you happy and slowly come to the realization that nothing makes us happy forever. All of life is in the nature of impermanence. The pathway to ultimate happiness is elusive and permanent happiness seems so impossible to attain, since in the end we all grow old and die … so unless we are able to grasp new attitudes and perspectives; new ways of rationalizing our existence, how can we find permanent happiness?
To see the light, we need to connect with a spiritual teacher who has affinity with us and who can open our eyes to a greater awareness of our own Buddha nature, our own spirituality, our own continuing consciousness which lives on from life to life. By generating the desire to meet a special teacher who can show us the way to think and meditate correctly, we are creating the cause for just such a sage to manifest in our life. The genuine and heartfelt inner expectation of wanting to connect with a higher spiritual being generates the karma for it to manifest. And then when you are ready, the right teacher for you, will come along.
20. Sponsor A Holy Text When you sponsor the publication of any holy text you will be doing something that benefits many people indeed. Holy texts contain the wonderful teachings of holy beings and they can be sutras, mantras or commentaries given by holy lamas that have survived through the centuries.
In Mahayana Buddhism there are many incredible teachings that have been carefully preserved and if ever the opportunity comes your way to help finance their translation or their printing do grab the opportunity to do so, because the good karmic merit created is simply amazing. You will find that doing something like this creates the cause for you to benefit enormously from spiritual advice that find its way to you.
21 Chant a Mantra
Chanting mantras is the easiest way of getting started on the road towards opening new horizons for the mind. To start with, it is a very powerful way to purify the negative karmic imprints we all bring into the world with us. Negative imprints linger on in every one’s consciousness, the mind-stream that we carry from one lifetime to the next. Start with the most famous mantra in the world, the mantra of the Compassionate Buddha:
Mantra Chanting Om mani Padme Hum (pronounced" ohm mah nee pahd may hum") is both a Hindu and a Buddhist mantra of compassion. Chanting it enhances your positive feeling toward all things.
This is a very popular mantra. It is wonderfully uplifting as it is the mantra of the Buddha of Compassion whom the Chinese know as the Goddess Kuan Yin. Reciting one mala of this mantra 108 times a day will awaken hidden yogic abilities within you. This mantra will calm your fears, soothe your concerns, heal your broken heart and answer all your prayers. Chant this mantra aloud, as you eat, as you bathe, as you make up your face or when you are waiting for someone or for something. You can chant it anytime anywhere. Chant it aloud or silently, inside your head, inside your mind. Asleep. Awake. Let this mantra permeate your being. Do not worry about the pronunciation. What is important is your motivation.
While reciting the mantra try to concentrate on its sound and allow it to penetrate deep within, into your inner consciousness and eventually, into your subconscious mind. Always chant it with the thought of benefiting others. It will not take you long to sense wonderful benefits permeating through your consciousness. In no time at all, you will feel yourself become kinder, more tolerant, and less prone to getting upset.
Many high lamas say that just reciting Om Mani Padme Hum can bring us all to Enlightenment, simple and easy though it is. This mantra is one of the ten most powerful mantras of all time.
• Doing something you know is wrong can lead to guilt and bad karma. So don't do it. Just go with the flow, man.
• Humor, nine times out of ten times humor makes people laugh, which improves the quality of your relationships and that's good karma, too.
• Unfortunately, there's no way to reverse the things that you've already done. The past is the past.
• All small good deeds are very important because nobody knows when past like karma will be cleared. Life becomes beautiful when you attract positive karma.
• When you're doing bad things in a relationship you almost just wait for something bad to happen because you feel guilty. When you're younger you don't realize how karma works. But as you get older and life happens you realize you are where you are due to the choices you've made in the past.
• How you make money can also come back and haunt you. If you earn your money as a stripper, prostitute, drugs or anything illegal, the money will come fast but you'll find yourself in financial struggles.
• Remember one thing: although you'll be rewarded if you behave well throughout this life, don't do it for the prize. Rather, do it for the immediate pleasure of doing the right thing and being a good person. Try it, it gives a warm fuzzy feeling.
How to Know What Creates Negative Karma
Many different religions and cultures contain the idea of karma, with slight differences in the exact meaning. The common idea is that your actions will affect others, either positively or negatively, and that eventually this energy will eventually return to you.
While it is easy to recognize actions that cause "good karma", it can be difficult to recognize what can cause "negative karma". Read on to learn more about what causes negative karma.
1 Recognize that nobody is perfect and everyone is affected by their current situation. Admittedly, "doing the right thing" sometimes seems all but impossible for many due to the forces of personal fate. People will behave in accordance with their level of awareness, usually without thinking about karmic consequences.
2 Understand that intent often counts as much as your actual actions.
Stop killing human beings and other animals
3 Learn which actions will almost certainly generate negative karma:
• murder, even if you are not caught, unless it's in self defense
• stealing, even if you are not caught and no matter how you justify it
• telling a lie that hurts someone else in any way, even if you are not caught and even if you believe your own lie
• intentionally hurting someone in any way
• not doing the "right thing," subsequently causing someone else to suffer in any way
• resenting someone; your anger may cause you to be confronted with similar circumstances in the future until you learn to forgive and if applicable, take responsibility for your part of the conflict
• incurring addiction, if it hurts you or anyone around you
• disrespecting yourself to the point of personal harm (such as being a martyr); while you can gain good karma by helping others through martyrdom, but you still may have to balance a lack of self-respect
• Confessing to a priest or praying for forgiveness will not excuse you from any negative karma you've created. Also, it's debatable whether or not practicing self-forgiveness will reduce negative karma, since your future karmic circumstances are determined by your soul, not your personality.
• Please remember that Karma does indeed exist. Those people who deny it are in fact escaping from the reality; maybe to get peace of mind after hurting others around them.