If you’re like most people, you’ve probably been wronged at some point in your life. A friend did you dirty, or an ex-lover caused you a lot of pain and heartbreak. Most people would need to seek revenge against the person that harmed them or did them wrong in some way. But a better option is letting karma do all the work.
Karma is an intense force in the universe, and strong people let karma do their dirty work for them. Because people who have it coming will always get their karmic retribution. But why would someone so strong do nothing?
“Figure out what you’re good at and start helping other people with it; give it away. Pay it forward. Karma sort of works because people are very consistent. On a long enough timescale, you will attract what you project.” – Naval Ravikant
What Is Karma?
Karma is a central concept in many Eastern religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The term “karma” comes from the Sanskrit word for action, which refers to the idea that our actions have consequences. According to the law of karma, every action we take has a corresponding result, either in this life or in future lives. Positive actions lead to positive consequences, while negative actions lead to negative consequences. This means that our past actions determine our present circumstances, and our present actions will determine our future circumstances.
Karma is closely related to rebirth, which is the idea that after we die, we are reborn into a new body. In this view, the quality of our rebirth is determined by our karma from past lives. Positive karma leads to a better rebirth, while negative karma leads to a worse rebirth. This cycle of birth, death, and rebirth is known as samsara, and the ultimate goal is to break free from this cycle and achieve liberation, or moksha.
In addition to individual karma, there is also collective karma, which refers to the actions and consequences of a group or society. In this view, the actions of a group can have consequences that affect the entire group, either positively or negatively. For example, a society that values kindness and compassion will experience positive collective karma, while a society that values violence and greed will experience negative collective karma.
While karma is often associated with Eastern religions, it has also been embraced by people in the West to understand the consequences of their actions. By recognizing that every action has a consequence, we can become more mindful of our behavior and make choices that lead to positive outcomes. In this way, karma can be seen as a personal growth and self-improvement tool.
Here Are Five Reasons Strong People Let Karma Take Over
These things prove you should let Karma, the Universe, or whatever you call it, do the dirty work for you.
1 – Revenge doesn’t feel good
It might feel like it does in the moment or just before … but revenge doesn’t feel all that great. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” And it’s true. According to author and director/owner of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Center Karyn Hall, Ph.D., “Researchers and theorists believe that revenge is a form of establishing justice and that the threat of revenge may serve as a form of protection, a kind of enforcement of social cooperation.”
For a brief moment, you’ll feel better, but it doesn’t stop or erase what has happened to you. Strong people often feel more deeply than others. And revenge may only show a strong person’s sympathy or empathy for the person they got revenge against. And that’s only going to make them feel worse. So, in the end, seeking revenge against someone isn’t worth it. Letting karma do all the work, however, is.
2 – Revenge can get you in trouble
If your partner cheated on you, the tempting thing to do is give them the Carrie Underwood treatment and key their car. Sure, it’ll feel great, but … Carrie Underwood’s song doesn’t talk about the real, tangible consequences of letting your emotions seek out revenge for you.
There’s no reason to get your hands dirty. Karma will make sure that your ex partner’s car gets rear-ended, or they get a flat tire on the way to an extremely important job interview or meeting. Stay out of trouble and let karma do the rest for you.
3 – You can’t face off with everyone
If we were to try and seek revenge against every person who had ever wronged us, we would be spending more time doing that than moving on with our lives! And that’s not good. “Revenge is the desire to get even when someone does you wrong. It’s natural to feel angry… However, revenge reduces you to your worst self, puts you on the same level with those spiteful people we claim to abhor,” says Judith Orloff, M.D., author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People.
A strong person knows when to walk away, even if frustrating. But a strong person also knows that karma will come back around to whoever has done them wrong. Moving forward and healing from a bad situation is always better than trying to seek revenge against another person. After all, karma doesn’t have a time limit. Karma can go down the list of people who have wronged you – one by one.
4 – Karma comes back around
You might not want to seek revenge against someone who’s harmed you because karma … will come back and bite you in the butt, too! Strong people know this. They know that even if the other person deserves it, it isn’t worth having karma come after them, too. Even if it’s tempting to seek revenge against them, it isn’t worth putting that bad energy into the universe. This strength in the universe is incredibly powerful. There’s no need to get on karma’s wrong side. Just hold your head up and walk away.
Remember, “what goes around, comes around.”
5 – The best karma is success
Nothing will get under someone’s skin like seeing you succeed, especially if they did everything in their power to try and make that not happen. A strong person knows that the best karma in the world is simply picking yourself up and moving forward with your life. Healing, succeeding, and reaching all of your goals are going to be the most fantastic karma. Karma isn’t just for bad people, either. While the person who harmed you will be stuck where they are karma has given you that extra boost you need to succeed.
Final Thoughts on Letting Karma Dish Out the Punishment
Some people aren’t big believers in karma, and that’s okay. Even if you don’t believe that karma will come and get the people who wronged you, it’s still a good practice to keep your head high and focus on succeeding rather than getting revenge. You’re not going to be able to control what another person does, but you’ll always be able to control yourself. There is no better revenge than succeeding in the face of people who wanted you to fail.