I have talked about karma in this blog several times. But I don’t think that I have really talked about collective karma in depth. One reason I decided to write this is because of the emails that I received asking as to whose karma is it that my nephew passed away early on in life. I have answered it in a separate post but I thought I should write about collective karma for people to understand it fully.
Karma is a very complex subject. I believe one can write a book about it and still not yet fully covered it, and I doubt whether anyone really fully understands how karma works.
At any rate I will still try to explain what is collective karma.
Aside from our individual karma that we have to deal with we have collective karma. Basically, we all have collective karma with the people around us. First and foremost, we have collective karma with our immediate family and relatives. So you have collective karma with the members of your family. While you have karma of your own, there are things that you go through together as a family, and that is your collective karma. You have karmic relationships with your parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins. And if your family employs helpers at home or drivers or gardener, than you have collective karma with them also.
Now, how does it work? Basically, in your past lives, you have lived together and have done things that you are either reaping or paying for now. It doesn’t mean that all of you lived together at the same time, but you might have lived with each other at different times and are paying for karma at the moment at the same time. That’s the collective karma from past lives.
However, there is also a collective karma that is on the present. For example, the patriarch or the matriarch of the family deed some bad things, the whole family might pay for it. But this kind of collective karma usually happens only if it is the head of the family who did the bad act.
Recently, I met a person who has very good bazi chart. However, the bad acts of her parents are hindering her from achieving her full potential. And it is not only affecting her but also affecting her siblings. This is another kind of collective karma.
When my nephew passed away, one of the most common question of people is whether whose karma is it that he should die early in life. To answer that question, it is only his karma and his alone that he should passed away early in life. However, due to our collective karma, it has been destined that we should experience the pain of losing him at this time. Karmas like this are predestined and are so strong that it is quite difficult to change it. But can it be change?
To answer that question we have to consider a lot of factors. First, how strong was the imprint of that karma; how much of the imprint of that karma solely belongs to him or how much of that imprint belongs collectively to all those who are involve. And when I say to those who are involved, it refers to his family, friends, etc.
The truth is it is easier if the karma imprint that he is paying for solely belongs to him, because a strong and powerful amulet like the Vajrapani Ruel would have easily cured that karma. But if the strongest imprint is collective then it is more difficult to cure. Don’t get me wrong, why he died at that age is solely his karma, and no one else. Karma is not about you doing something and letting somebody fully pay for it, so his death was solely his karma. But the collective imprint might have made it other to cleanse this particular negative karma. But death is almost always karma from past life and not karma from the present life. But it is the collective karma of everybody that they should feel pain from this loss.
On my next post, I will discuss the other form of collective karma.
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