12 laws of karma you should know

12 laws of karma you should know

You have often heard the saying, “karma is a bitch.” Well, it’s true, depending on how you choose to see it. However, this piece is not interested in the bitchiness of karma. It’s interesting in the term as an all-encompassing natural law of the universe.

There are many misconceptions about karma and how it affects our lives or things happening around us. For many, karma is a philosophy of good and bad. But it runs deeper than that. So, sit back and relax as we break down the 12 laws of karma and how they apply to our lives.

What is the law of karma?

Karma has both Western and Eastern definitions. It all depends on the point of view you choose. The Eastern definition based on Hinduism describes karma as the causality in which good thoughts, deeds, and words, may lead to beneficial effects, while bad thoughts, deeds, and words, may lead to harmful effects.

On the other hand, the Western definition, which has been adopted by most, describes karma in terms of good and bad. In other words, whatever you do returns to you. In computer terms, garbage in, garbage out. It’s as simple as that. However, both views agree that karma is a philosophy that helps us live our lives to become the best versions of ourselves and our desires.

Origin of the law of karma

Origin of the law of karma

According to the World History Encyclopedia, karma is a Sanskrit word that means “action.” The term first appeared in the oldest Hindu text, the Rigveda (before c. 1500 BCE). The term had a limited meaning of ritual action, which it continued to hold until it was extended in the Upanishads (c. 800-300 BCE).

The Upanishads then gave a simpler definition which gains more philosophical weight by attaching the consequences of our actions. Thus, karma has a moral and ethical tone that governs the universe.

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12 laws of karma you should know

laws of karma

The 12 laws of karma help to interpret how energy works in our universe. These laws help us understand how our actions affect us, others and the universe. Therefore, the 12 laws of karma have been listed and interpreted below.

1. The great law

It is also called the law of cause and effect. When most people talk about karma, they are most likely talking about the great law. According to this law, whatever energy you put out there, you get it back, whether good or bad. In other words, whatever you reap, you shall sow. This law was created to make one worthy of their desires because they have earned it by their actions.

2. The law of creation

The law of creation posits that life doesn’t happen to us out of the blue. If you want something, you have to go out there to get it. You can’t sit on your butt and get what you desire. You’re a creator and have been equipped with the talent, skill and intellect to go after what you want. So consider those gifts you have as your strengths and use them to create something that will benefit you and others.

3. The law of humility

The law of humility states that you must be humble enough to accept whatever circumstances you find yourself in due to your past actions. For instance, if you discover that your spouse is suddenly keeping secrets from you, you should accept that your past actions probably prompted him or her to adopt that attitude. In other words, you must own up to your actions and not blame others.

4. The law of growth

The law of growth is quite simple – growth starts from you. To make any impact, you must start with yourself. Your personal growth begins with what you can control, which is yourself. It’s only when you focus on making yourself a better person that you can begin to think of others. The law of growth also looks at things you cannot control and how you must accept reality. Ultimately, this law focuses on you alone.

5. The law of responsibility

This law holds you accountable for what you do in your life. You must take responsibility for whatever happens to you or whatever situation you find yourself in. This eliminates the possibility of pointing fingers at others for what has happened to you.

6. The law of connection

This law believes that everything that comes into your life is connected. This includes your past, present, and future. In other words, who you are today is a result of what you were in the past and who you will be in the future is a result of who you are today. See, everything in your life is connected.

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7. The law of focus

The law of focus encourages focusing on one thing at a time. Focusing on so many things at once will slow you down, and you may not be able to achieve anything in the end. Multitasking is good, but it creates distractions that may result in slower results. But when you focus on one thing, you’ll be able to achieve more.

8. The law of giving and hospitality

You have to give to receive. If you want peace, you have to give others peace. The energy you give is the energy you will receive. This law helps you understand the meaning of your actions which reflect your beliefs.

9. The law of the here and now

If you want to enjoy the present, you have to be in the present. This will help you have peace of mind. In other to achieve that, you have to let go of the negativities of the past. Dwelling in the past will not let us enjoy or appreciate the present.

10. The law of change

If you keep repeating the same thing, you continue to get the same result. But if you want change, you have to do things differently. This is what the law of change is all about. You can’t plant potatoes and expect to harvest yams, period. Change allows you to follow a new path and create a better life for yourself.

11. The law of patience and reward

This law looks at your consistency. It’s about not giving up on your goals but working hard and consistently to achieve them.  Achieving great things requires time and persistence, not giving up. Celebrate every little milestone you make during the journey.

12. The Law of Inspiration and Importance

We all have something to contribute to this world. They may seem small to us, but they will make a world of difference to someone else. This law states that every contribution you make will affect the world, no matter how small it may seem. You have been born with a specific gift, mission, and purpose, and only you can manifest them in your own unique way. This is why you exist.


Karma affects our lives and the lives of others. Understanding the concept that every action has its consequences will help you shape your life for the better.

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