Karma Sutra: How ‘group karmas’ affect our lives

We may entirely disagree with others, or agree to disagree, but as long as we continue our association with the group, we also become a part of the effect of actions performed by the group - good or bad.

Written by Ritu S | New Delhi | Published: July 14, 2015 12:53:10 pm
We may entirely disagree with others, or agree to disagree, but as long as we continue our association with the group, we also become a part of the effect of actions performed by the group - good or bad. We may entirely disagree with others, or agree to disagree, but as long as we continue our association with the group, we also become a part of the effect of actions performed by the group – good or bad. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

When we are a part of a unit, be it a couple, a family, a company, a group, an organization or an institution, there is a common thread that binds us. This common denominator is a value system that we believe in or choose to be a part of.

However our material, physical or financial constraints may not always afford us the luxury of walking out of any of the above mentioned associations. We may entirely disagree with others, or agree to disagree, but as long as we continue our association with the group, we also become a part of the effect of actions performed by the group – good or bad. This is called group karma.

Hence apart from our individual karmas, we are also accountable for the karmas done by us as a part of a group. It is by virtue of ‘Group Karma’ that we see individuals from different walks of life gather together to suffer or reap the benefits from a particular occasion or event, such as a plane crash or a monetary windfall in the stock market.

These group karmas also individually affect our lives. We may have lived an exemplary life as an individual but if we are a part of a group that was engaged in unethical practices, we will have to bear the brunt of it in our life. Hence no individual life is perfect. Each one of us has an Achilles heel, no matter how stylish the twirl, just as every Titanic has its iceberg.

Other than the good and the bad phases, life in itself has little to offer. The human conditions, that is childhood, youth, old age and eventually death are inescapable. Everything that we take pride in recedes, is transient in nature.

No matter what we do to hold on to it, it fades away, perishes, leaving the mightiest of the mighty defeated at its hand. All that remains is – “a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing”. (Shakespeare)

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