The Law of Karma is quite different from the Western belief in a supreme being, who is watching over the universe and handing out punishments and rewards. Karma is seen as something that is self-regulating, based on natural laws of cause and effect. For those who are seeking spiritual awakening, maintaining good karma is seen as an important factor in allowing us to melt into oneness.
So what is considered good karma or bad karma? There are some things that are obvious, such as selfless deeds being good karma, and hurting others being bad karma. But there are many different systems of morality in the world, and some of them conflict with one another. So how do we decide how to act if there is a moral dilemma involved?
Personally, I see karma being more about integrity than morality. If I do something that has the effect of setting up an internal conflict within me, then I am not acting in integrity with myself. Since I’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand myself and the world, and like everyone have an innate sense of right and wrong, it’s more important for me to follow what feels right for me than to abide by any particular rules of society.
If I feel good within myself, then I feel that I’ve acted with good karma. If something that I do creates an inner dialogue with different parts of me taking different sides, then perhaps what I did was not good karma. Since I have a goal of oneness within myself and with the universe, that kind of bad karma is something that I’d like to avoid if possible.
I like the understanding of karma being something that takes care of itself, rather than involving a third-party law-giver. If we each act in integrity with ourselves, it leads to a greater sense of oneness, which paves the way for spiritual awakening to happen.