Karma” literally means “deed” or “act”, and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, which Hindus believe governs all consciousness. Karma is not fate, for we act with what can be described as a conditioned free will creating our own destinies. According to the Vedas, if we sow goodness, we will reap goodness; if we sow evil, we will reap evil. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and previous lives, all of which determine our future. The conquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionate reaction. Not all karmas rebound immediately. Some accumulate and return unexpectedly in this or other lifetimes. Human beings are said to produce karma in four ways:
- through thoughts
- through words
- through actions that we perform ourselves
- through actions others perform under our instructions
The eastern religions teach us how damaging it is to hang on to negative emotions, and how corrosive these emotions become if they are pent up inside. Hate, jealousy, envy, guilt, anger, the desire for revenge – these are corrosive feelings that burn like acid within us.
Boris Johnson is sometimes criticised for being too humorous. Buddhists love humour and believe it is one of the best forms of teaching.
The Zen website Outsider Japan says: “While most religions have an antagonistic relationship with levity, Zen Buddhism embraces humor as an
instructional tool and mode of expressing enlightenment, or satori. The
Rinzai school of Zen teachings, the oldest Zen school in Japan, teaches that
enlightenment cannot be attained through rigorous, logical thought, but only in a sudden, transcendent understanding of the universe. In this way, achieving Zen enlightenment is something like understanding a joke.
Humor dies when it has to be explained; similarly, satori loses its power when one tries to rationalize it. It is understandable, then, that given the nature of Zen enlightenment, many Zen scholars use humor in their teachings to help their students realize satori for themselves.”
This beautiful explanation explains how powerfully humour impacts our lives and also why humorous people, like Boris Johnson are very powerful people. The great comedians, while making us laugh, are also imparting universal truth. They have the ability to convey their message strongly and succinctly while also sharing that most precious and enjoyable of occupations – making people laugh.