Karma as many people claim, what goes around comes aroundhas simply more than one view. This paper will go over three major religionsperspective on karma. The first religion being known as Hinduism, the secondbeing known as Jainism, and the third is known as Buddhism. All three of thesereligions belief in karma but, these religions also have their own conception onthe idea of karma. Early Hinduism had two views of karma one being extremethe other being less rigorous. The extreme point of view is, “One’s futureexistence is determined by a second new doctrine the Law of Karma… fixing one’slot in future existence”.
In other words,any deed an individual makes throughout his life will leave a permanent mark onthe beholders life making it a concrete item in the path of his/her destiny.The less rigorous view on Karma, is the simple law of what one reaps, what onesows. This less extreme view of Karma is a law of nature, there is no judgment.
In later Hinduism the followers of the religion got the way of the works.Hindus believed that sacrifices to the gods will give them favorable Karma,which allow them to pass in to heaven, better yet they could achieve the casteof Brahmin and union with Brahman. This not being compared to strict ways ofJainism. The Jainism view on karma was more of a form of matter. Karmadealing with an unusual relationship between souls and the physical world. The followersof the religion believed that karma was a sublet matter which formed in and on thesoul. The matter for bad desire or passion is a sticky substance that ways downon the beholders soul.
The soul will carry this sticky substance until the end ofits period. This sticky substance that weighs on one soul will be the impurity thatwill drag the soul down the caste ladder and maybe into the dungeon of hell, butwith only a tiny bit of the sticky matter it will be light enough to float intothe heavens becoming a god. Unlike in Hinduism where one may pay of bad karma bygiving to the gods. Jainism believe some bad karma will rid its simply by followingthe Law of Karma, “exerting effects and passing off” (Noss and Graangard 137).
Yetthe best way for one to clear him self from the sticky substance is to have an ethicallycorrect soul which will create new karma that is easily dissipated.