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Karma

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You reap what you sow, or what goes around comes around. Both sufficiently serve as colloquial definitions of karma, even if there's much more to the concept.

Karma refers to the positive and negative energies one accumulates through daily actions and thoughts. To severely paraphrase, unhappiness, suffering, a lack of opportunities, and even disabilities are all rewards for bad behavior. Meritorious acts provide the opposite.

However, it's somewhat more complicated than good and bad, positive and negative. Karma also links one's present life with actions from past lives. A reincarnated person experiences conditions determined by his previous life. For example, a person who lives in undesirable circumstances may do so to atone for wrongs.

It's important to note that a person maintains free will, able to affect his karma.


Preview the lesson material:

Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. Do you believe in reincarnation? Why/not?

Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions before/after your read the article.

  1. The article uses "severely" because the information is grim and harmful.  T / F
  2. From the text, we can infer that "meritorious" means good or positive.  T / F
  3. According to the article, past lives influence a person's present life.  T / F
  4. person has the power to affect his current karma with actions and thoughts.  T / F

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. What did you know about karma before the article? What opinions did you have?
  2. Based on the quality of your life now, what sort of person were you in the past?
  3. Following this article, will you make any changes in your life to gather positive karma?

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