This word, which signifies action, is slung around far too easily and far too often, usually by people only familiar with the basic concept of the word and those who do not realise the true meaning.
What is ironic is that this word is often casually spat out with contempt and hope that it will cause some mental anguish to a ‘victim’. Often touted by devout Christians, who attend church every Sunday, they spread the word of their faith THEN use the word karma as though it is a life altering force.
Do they know this derives from Buddha? This is Buddha’s word, but to be fair, this word was prevalent in India (Hindu, Jain) before the Buddha. However, he did explain it and inserted it into a doctrine still in use today. Christians are totally against Buddhism, yet make use of the word karma as a powerful word full of meaning. Not serious Christians, they are well aware from where it is born and from which religion it derives its true meaning.
Karma, is an action, word or deed. A good deed, action, or word leads to future happiness. The direct opposite is also true for a bad word, action or deed and the theory is strongly associated with rebirth in some cultures.
One of the earliest forms of karma is from Hinduism,
Now as a man is like this or like that,
according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be;
a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad;
he becomes pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds;
And here they say that a person consists of desires,
and as is his desire, so is his will;
and as is his will, so is his deed;
and whatever deed he does, that he will reap.
—Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, 7th Century BC
It is strongly believed that when one commits an unfavourable, yet unintentional, act karmic action is neutral. If the intent, let us say, to harm or to help is present, karmic action comes into effect. Please realise you get good and bad karma. Do not confuse the general use of the word karma with a dilution of its impact. Karmic action combats negative thoughts and vibes, which can lead to negative action. It holds a powerful meaning only fully understood by Buddhists, Hindus, Asian cultures and a few Christians, who do not make use of it.