Karma Demystified -Complex Systems,Precession and Spirituality!
Karma is widely misunderstood, and most of the definitions of Karma are anecdotal or spiritual mumbo-jumbo. There are many schools of thoughts around Karma, but, a more evolved meaning is developing thanks to recent research into the functioning of our world and individual mind. Karma is not a cruise missile that will accurately deliver a payback for past negative deeds sooner or later. Karma is more about potentiality and possibility. As humans, we create models of how the world functions around us. We feel anxious or uncomfortable when we do not have a socially accepted story behind the functioning of the complex world around us. The concept of Karma originated during a time when scientific explanations did not exist and did not matter. A small percentage of the population indulged in philosophical thinking and constructed models of how as per them the world interacts with its components given the complexity. Karma and religion was constructs of such obsolete thinking.
This new concept of Karma may be challenging for some to accept. My discussions around Karma evolved during intellectual and philosophical talks with an extremely well-educated Indian space scientist now employed by an American Space Research Institute, who also happened to be extremely religious. I was deputed on a project for few months to California and found myself bumping into him occasionally in the apartment complex. Being the only Indians in the complex, we started chatting up, and I noticed that he religiously visited Temples on every weekend and holidays. Once I politely turned down his invitations to join him, he became curious, and it led to discussions on religion, spirituality, and Karma. Basis my discussions, I have used some graphics to explain technical subjects at high-level. It may satisfy the intellectual curiosity of some while offending who feel closer to the original concepts of Karma. My explanation will also implicitly attempt the answer the fundamental question as to why some people remain so successful in spite of apparently accumulating bad Karma.
I was intrigued by the fact that a well-educated and well-traveled scientist never challenged the concept of religion, deities, God and Karma. The population clusters born in ancient civilization did not have access to scientific research, and information was controlled by the pseudo-superior clusters i.e., priests, astrologers, and pseudo-wise men. In our current time where science and scientific exploration is providing new insights, it is surprising that many have not challenged these concepts which have been passed on from generations to generations.
Origin of Civilization, Evolution of Remote Causation, Gods, and Karma
Human civilizations grew up on the banks of major rivers. The population clusters evolved from hunters to farmers which led to the origin of settlement in a fixed place as opposed to living an eternal nomadic life. Due to the easy access to water and fertile land, major population clusters developed along the rivers such as the Indus, the Tigris, the Euphrates, the Nile, the Ganges and the Yellow River. Long-term in-habitation at the same place meant that the population clusters became overdependent and sensitive to any local disruptions in the environment which included weather, a decrease in soil fertility, human and crop diseases, etc. The population clusters had to adapt to these disruptive events and make sense of them. A major flood or disease outbreak had to be rationalized so that adaptability could be improved. Moving to new locations was not an option in the farmer’s world. The society was not as advanced as our current society and priests, astrologers, tantrics and spell casting witches had led to the origin of superstition. The push to make sense of disruptive or windfall events (positive events with unexpectedly positive results) eventually resulted in the origination of remote causation beliefs.
Humans intuitively have always known that our world is interconnected and there is more to the world beyond what our sensory systems can capture. Our conscious brain indulges in cause-effect thinking to make sense of our world. Stretch thinking on the causes of disruptive events in population cluster gave rise to ancient philosophy, i.e., superstition. A hypothesis evolved where the cause of disruptive incidents, diseases, and even human suffering was attributed to a higher invisible force. The higher power or gods were considered responsible for creation and rebirth, good and inclement weather, fertility and onset of diseases and multitude of other concepts. Concepts always fight with each other for adoption as memes and the widely propagated concepts are accepted as truth. Concepts spread by ancient philosophers or influencers (Priests or Men/Women of God) are accepted much more readily. Thus, the origin of the existence of Gods or deities and a deep belief in remote causation i.e. an invisible force beyond our current comprehension that micromanages our lives. The idea further evolved where each population cluster construed their own concept of god, conceptualized different personalities of gods and attributed all good and bad events to the moods of the gods. Appeasement of gods and prayer evolved due to these deep-rooted beliefs.
As beliefs evolve, differing and variants beliefs surface. The Wind, Mountain, Storms, Rivers attained godlike status and were thought to be capable of immense harm or benevolent gains to the population clusters. The Nile river was predictable and calmer river, so, the population clusters developed a belief that they have a superior relationship with their gods. The Tigris and Euphrates, on the contrary, were stormy, unpredictable rivers that caused significant environmental disasters. It was assumed by population clusters living around Tigris and Euphrates that their gods were unhappy with them and needed further appeasement. This led to a master belief that humans clusters must be doing something wrong to offend the gods. The observation shifted from the negative effects of disasters on population clusters to the individual actions. Various theories cropped up around evil individual actions attracting curse for the clusters.
The population clusters were unable to attribute any local, observable phenomenon for these disasters and were searching for answers. Somewhere along the line, a deep-rooted belief was passed on from generations to generations that there may be remote, troublesome gods some of them disguised as rivers, mountains and weather. These gods, who also had their own personalities could potentially get annoyed by certain human actions and could wreak havoc on individuals or groups. As Daniel C. Dennett writes in his book “Breaking the Spell”, “wild” folk belief became “domesticated” dogma and thus religion was born. The concept of malevolent human action as the cause of suffering became deeply rooted in personal and cluster belief systems. Such beliefs also helped control the populace easily as remote causation triggered deep fear in people and helped alleviate the priests, astrologers, witchcraft practitioners to a superior position in society. Societal control using fear of local unethical actions is the same concept around which laws are created and enforced in the modern world. The concept of religion and Karma implicitly improved adherence to local ethics in the ancient environment.
When new concepts take root in our belief systems, which feed on powerful human emotions like fear, guilt, and greed, such ideas become powerful magnets for population clusters. Once such concepts are well rooted and established, peripheral ideas start taking shape explaining to the world why things happen in certain ways. As highlighted earlier, the idea of religion originated from the core beliefs of remote causation and the existence of powerful gods. Karma was one such peripheral concept that became deeply rooted. Karma is defined by Hinduism and Buddhism differently.
Karma originated in Hinduism and was given a slightly variant meaning by Buddhism. For those born in East Asian countries, the concept of Karma is deep rooted in day to day lives of families. However, Karma also led to modern revolution in the 1970’s when Karma got exported from India to the West and spiritual tourism industry evolved. In her book “Karma Cola”, Gita Mehta brilliantly tracked the Westerners including Beatles, Steve Jobs and others who were smitten by the Dharma trail. In an epitaph on “Spiritual Tourism”, she highlights how jaded Sadhus were teaching expatriate Hippies how to cleanse Karma from their previous incarnations and achieve Nirvana.
Karma, reincarnation, Nirvana and all things mystical have such a powerful magnetic effect on people leaving them spell bound. Once spellbound, it is rare to challenge our mental models. Before we can construct a more rational explanation of Karma based on Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS), Operation of the Intuitive Mind, Neuroscience, and Evolutionary framework, it is imperative to understand how the concept of Karma differed in Hinduism and Buddhism.
Origins of the term Karma and Kamma’
As per Wikipedia, One of the earliest association of karma to causality occurs in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad of Hinduism. The relationship of karma to causality is a central motif in all schools of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist thought.The theory of karma as causality holds that (1) executed actions of an individual affects the person and the life he or she lives, and (2) the intentions of a person affects the person and the life he or she lives. Disinterested actions, or unintentional actions do not have the same positive or negative karmic effect, as interested and intentional actions. For example, at 4.4.5-6, it states:
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 BCE
Karma was a Sanskrit word that is widely adopted world over. Karma has become a catchall word like Meditation and Mindfulness which attempts to define a comprehensive causative phenomenon. Ask anyone and they would relate Karma with fatalism i.e fate. Bad Fate leads to unpleasant experiences and good fate leads to pleasant experiences in life. Fate can be termed as an unchangeable and powerful force originating from our past which renders us powerless over the past influences on our existing life. If one is sick, it is due to past negative Karma, if one is happy and rich, it is due to past positive Karma. People with positively accumulated Karma are born into wealthy, healthy and pleasant families. In Hinduism, the concept of Karma is built on linearity, predictability and fatalism. Negatively accumulated Karma has to be offset by positively accumulated Karma and it will set one free from the cycle of reincarnation. It is not common in India for middle-aged individuals to retire into spiritualism, so that a connection with god can be strengthened. Rituals are designed to appease gods and it is even believed that a bath in the Ganga River can wash away individual sins.
There is a variant term of Karma called Kamma’ which originates from Pali’ language which Buddha referred to commonly in ancient texts. Karma in Buddhism utilizes a more non-fatalistic approach. As per the ancient origins of the world Kamma,the world around us is non-linear and has potentiality (possibility) inherently embedded with determinism (linearity and fatalism). Siddharta Gautam Buddha believed that Kamma’ is a result of feedback loops. In these feedback loops as explained in the article “How our Past creates Poverty”, our past is over-represented in our present and our present is creating our future. We can change the present and the future by being mindful in the moment and exert control over past influences (urges, motivations, desires). This even led to the birth of the mindfulness movement, which was initially structured around freedom from past Karma. Mindfulness has been known to an effective practice to cancel the causative effect of feedback loops i.e the potential of our past experiences negatively impacting our present. The practice may have enhanced the validation of belief that if past experiences in our current lifetime change our present and developing future, then past life actions may be causing our present life suffering.
Hinduism and Buddhism both subscribe to the concept of reincarnation of rebirth. While Hinduism believes that compensatory positive Karma will automatically lead to the end of the rebirth cycle, Buddhism believes in the twelve fold chain of causality predicated upon the existence of re-birth and offers some control over freeing oneself from such Karmic cycles. Buddhism like Hinduism proposes that all present suffering is caused by negative deeds in the past life. If we can somehow erase the cause, we can eliminate possible future suffering. Cause and Effect remain as the foundation of Karmic concepts.
Neuroscience, Decision Research and Complex Systems Slant
Cause and Effect is not how our world works. Cause and Effect is a limited, narrow bandwidth perception of the inner workings of the complex world. Recent advances in neuroscience, decision research, and complex systems seem to be pointing to a new definition of Karma. These are my assertions based on two decades of unique and intense study of Karma and Destiny which will be outlined in great detail in an upcoming book “Cluster Patterns”. I must also emphasize that these are not theories. I created a consulting practice around these concepts with corporates and individuals who wanted to solve complex problems. These processes are empirically validating themselves in the field of my practice around which I have created the “Outcomes as a Service” model.
Let us now build the argument towards a new concept of Karma.
A Primer in Complex Systems
Due to certain early life experiences, I was drawn towards a multitude of subjects including Buddhist Psychology, Complex Systems, Pattern Recognition and Cybernetics. Somewhere along the line, it dawned on me that Buddhism came very close to unraveling the working of our mind in this complex world, but fell short of its aim. Vacillating between denial of Karma as explained by Hinduism and partial acceptance of Kamma as explained by Buddhism, an intuitive insight led me to study of complex systems which was a developing research domain at the time. I now see world as a mix of fate and causality. Our early personality is shaped by our family of origin as well as country of origin. These frame of references or lens with which we perceive the world become unconsciously grounded in our brain’s right hemispheres. It requires a deep understanding of our past and unresolved traumas during childhood to break free from the feedback loops that create repetitive behaviors and outcomes in our lives.
We require a keener mind to understand the frames of references created by our cultures and countries.
Some of us are completely oblivious of our early frames of references and remain locked in repetitive fatalistic feedback loops. Very few can challenge our frames continuously and innovate our mental models. The world is indeed a mix of fate and causality. The more we can take advantage of causality and break free from the influence of fate (past influences), the more possibility that we can break free from the clutches of destiny.
Scientists initially believed that they could provide rational and scientifically tested explanations for the way our world worked. Akin to the ancient philosophers who were working with limited information, but came up with acceptable theories, the modern scientists were succeeding in explaining how our world works. Various mathematical models could easily predict the interconnected world. The unexplainable parts were just waiting for the right time to emerge. The world was mostly linear and causative, and a direct, and observable phenomenon could explain everything. The gap between science and spirituality was widening, when, the emergence of complexity theories and non-linearity stopped the developing hubris within the scientific community.
Complexity theory, chaos theory, non-linear dynamics and emergent systems were pointing to a disturbing fact that our world is not as predictable as we thought, and in the spectrum of chaos, direct cause and effect link gets broken.
The great French mathematician Henri Poincaré first noted that simple nonlinear deterministic systems can behave in an apparently unpredictable and chaotic manner. Although the theory was rejected by majority of scientists and took many more years to become widely accepted, it was the first theory to propose the following tenets of our complex world:
- A complex system is made of many interconnected parts called agents and the whole is more than the sum of its components. Emergent phenomenon within interconnected parts creates a superior unifying framework than a simple sum of parts can create. An emergent phenomenon is also unpredictable. To those who struggle with the concept of emergence, saltiness is an emergent property of sodium phosphate, but, neither sodium nor phosphate is salty in taste. Saltiness is an emergent property of mixing of sodium and phosphate. No mixing, no emergence. Likewise, robustness is an emergent property of how an appliance like washing machine or dryer is constructed. Robustness and Reliability cannot be directly constructed. Once has to design a system due to which an appliance becomes robust and reliable. Some of you may have been following news about Samsung Galaxy phones catching fire. This is an example of negative emergence. Samsung did not design phones to catch fire. As a matter of fact, they design phones not to catch fire or explode. However, how the design finally plays out as a result of interaction of components is extremely unpredictable. Only over time, one can evaluate the effects of emergence. They are difficult to predict using foresight except in few cases.
- Uncertainty and Ambiguity are fundamental properties of a complex system. The outcomes are not deterministic. Our world always moves between chaos and order. Once the order is attained in a system, it takes some effort to destabilize the order and create a new order. Order creates deterministic behaviour i.e outcomes can be predicted based on past patterns or precedence. Our behaviour is an example of deterministic order. Most of the time, we know how people will react when we behave in certain ways by recalling how they acted earlier. Our world is a mix of order, and chaos, and both are impermanent. They always change from one state to other.
- Cause and Effect get delinked in a complex system. In a world full of order, Cause and Effect seem related. We can quite accurately predict how one thing led to the other and build theories around it. In complex environments, cause and effect are not directly linked. The name was coined by Edward Lorenz for the effect from the metaphorical example of the details of a hurricane (exact time of formation, exact path taken) being influenced by minor perturbations such as the flapping of the wings of a distant butterfly several weeks earlier – Source – Wikipedia. In the complex world, the local space-time cause and effect breaks down and converts to indirect chain effect. One thing leads to other and send a forward ripple which may return as reactive ripple influencing the original ripple creator. Note that it is potential that the reverse ripple may impact the originator. If the originator takes evasive action, the reverse ripple may not impact the originator. There is no determinism here, only potentiality and possibility.
Peripheral Research in other Areas
Humans are agents in a complex adaptive world and consistently directly and indirectly influence each other. I wrote this post many days back and perhaps may be influencing your concept of Karma which may lead to related indirect actions. Emergence or unpredictable behavior arising out of the interconnected of parts is the fundamental property of complex systems. Economics, Consumer Behaviour, Weather Patterns, Spread of Infectious diseases have features of emergent conditions and can be challenging to predict. Recreation of the same outcomes is even more challenging. Before we can build a final argument of Karma, it will also help to discuss some interesting peripheral research.
- Mind as an Emergent Property of Brain and Nervous System -Recent advances in neuroscience, brain mapping, decision studies and consciousness research are pointing to the fact that mind is an emergent property of the physical brain and our nervous system. Without the brain and nervous system, the mind cannot exist. Few may term such a view reductionist, but, is apparently holistic as it relies on complex systems approach. Our mind experiences most of our suffering as negative, unpleasant feelings before it manifest as clinical or pathological illnesses.
- The Unconscious Root of Decisions – We have two systems in our mind which work together with each other. System 1 is Intuitive, and System 2 is Logical or Rational. The majority of our decisions are intuitive and taken from System 1 (System 1 is fast, automatic and unconscious while System 2 is slow, deliberate and conscious). Max Plank Institute and Benjamin Libet cited in their research that seconds or minutes before we become aware of our decisions taken automatically by System 2, the decision is already taken by our System 1 and creates an illusion that System 1 made the decision. We make a majority of our decisions unconsciously, and unconscious mind is an emergent property of the brain and nervous system. It is the brain and nervous system that created the evoked potentials that activated the decision. Karmic Actions are, therefore, repetitive and automated behaviours that we learned in our childhood. Out intuitive system (System 2) automatically takes decisions based on precedent behaviour patterns. System 1 creates determinism and System 2 can be used to break determinism and take a different action.
- Actions create Pleasant or Unpleasant Experiences – All pleasant and unpleasant experiences are caused by thoughts, emotions, and actions. No thoughts, emotions and actions and there is no SUBJECTIVE EXPERIENCE in our consciousness. When one is in Coma, there is no Subjective Experience. On this basis, the higher forces have to 24 X 7 know how to tinker with our nervous system and brain state to create present moment actions that will cause suffering. As this is unplausible, it is plausible that our brain and mind learns certain behaviour patterns and then repeats them during out lifetime creating the illusion of Karmic Locks or Fatalistic Karma.
Using the above components of our argument, if our past life actions are creating our current life suffering, then, the so-called FORCE should have the ability to make minute, complex changes in our brain and nervous system. Further, the external forces should be able to manipulate our brain and nervous system in a way that our emergent unconscious mind (System 1) will continue to take adverse decisions which will cause unpleasant experiences in our current or future moment. Our conscious emergent mind will then experience Those subjective experiences (System 2). Recent research has also empirically proved that using certain methods; we can break out childhood patterns or undesirable unconscious habit patterns. This makes it implausible that an external force is making changes of our decision system.
It is now more plausible that our brain and nervous system creates a learned action potential that causes suffering. As our System 1 is fully developed when we born while System 2 starts growing around 3 to 3.5 years of age, my argument is that we learn deep-rooted patterns from our early childhood family, culture and country of origin and then merely repeat them. We are more impacted by early childhood patterns from the clusters in which we are born rather than previous life Karmic influences. This insight led me to create an incredibly powerful programmed called “Mental Model Innovation” which has been successfully applied in many fields. It is thus less plausible that an outside force a.k.a GOD can minutely and always cause changes in our state which will lead to unpleasant experiences. It seems more convincing and plausible that suffering is what we are doing to ourselves as we live our life on auto-pilot and rely too much on untrained and repetitive System 1 rather than analyse it and fix it using System 2.
Complex System, Variety and Lock Downs
It is time to build a new argument for Karma utilizing the components discussed earlier.
Our world is a very complicated place with millions and billions of potential possibilities (variety) evolving and unfolding every moment. Our nervous system is a “Variety Reduction Machine” that uses our mind, body, and brain to reduce the complexity in our mind. Even with this reductionist filter switched on, our world retains significant complexity. There are millions and billions of possibilities in our world, and we can only tap into few of them. Inventors and Entrepreneurs can tap into this complex world and find opportunity spaces that others cannot. Let me explain with an example.
Apparent Problem – Let us say that you go to work everyday in a polluted city where you have to go through a long commute, changing trains and road transit. Let us also assume that the city is perennially raining during 9 months in a year. The long commute due to various switch zones, the overcrowded and polluted public transit systems and city is causing you great pain. The pain is being experienced by your brain, mind and body. This pain and suffering may be due to your previous life karmic reasons 🙂 or the fact that you were born in the wrong Lat/Long Zone due to the ant you killed in your past life accidently. It is however, more plausible that you were born in a developed city which has beautiful rainy weather all year long and the city is not bursting at its seams. If you believe in the Hindu concept of Karma, you accept it as fate and decide to write a long memoir after retiring about how your past life caused you to suffer pollution, overcrowdedness, long commute and misery. If you have a Buddhist slant, you note that this pain is non-optional, but, the suffering is optional. So, you smile while experiencing that misery by practising mindfulness in the transit during the journey resulting in some humour for fellow passengers thereby accumulating good Karma.
Most of us, even active practitioners of the above two spiritual practices do not fall into the above two categories. We may believe in Karma but believe that we can change things. Majority of us want to do something about this problem.
We have many options how to solve this problem. We can move to another city which is cleaner, leaner and get a job there. We can also relocate within our present city to a place that solves some of these problems. In problem-solving, we chose the path of least resistance, so, let’s say, we decide on the third option.
Apparent Solution – Buy a Car that has an Air-Conditioning System with HEPA filtration that keeps the pollution out. As the commute time is reduced by saving the switch over time in transit hub, the sleep time can be increased providing relief from sleep deficit. We have apparently solved a complex problem using simple method. However, our solution has led to new problems that we will be forced to solve i.e we have to learn how to drive safely to avoid liabilities, we have to prevent theft of our vehicle and we have to cater extra money for insurance and maintenance of our vehicle. Most of us are solving problems on a daily basis that are creating new problems that are forced to solve. To solve a problem created by our apparent negative Karma, we have created future negative Karma without realizing.
To some, it may seem like one is facing the Karma of their past deeds i.e past actions which can be seemingly fatalistic or non-fatalistic at the time. No external force forced us to take a decision that will cause a future problem. We did it to ourselves. Given the situation, we chose one possibilities out of millions of possibilities ranging from “acceptance of the situation” to “aiming to completely alter the experience”. As an avid researcher in Intuitive Decision Systems, I see it as more of a problem related to poor or short term decision making rather than Karma.
Taking the example forward, usually we are not solving one problem at a time but, are usually solving more such interconnected problems in life. The choices we make lock us down in a way that the further we go down the rabbit hole, the more trapped we feel by our past choices. We can only move forward, so cannot undo our decisions. I term the neuro-psychological lockdown we experience due to such actions of ours as Cascading and Nesting Lock Down.
A concept equivalence of this in ancient Hindu mythological stories was called Chakravyuha. In an ancient war between two sides Kauravas and Pandas in the famous Indian mythological war called “Mahabartha,” Dronacharya was one of the smartest tactical war strategist on the side of Kauravas. Dronacharya created a maze-like formation using men and cavalry in which the enemy combatant would self-trap themselves as they go deeper and deeper.
Using the above concepts, we, the mortal humans continually create Chakravyuhas or decision mazes for ourselves in which we self-trap ourself. Suffering is one of the most complex Chakravyuhas for humans, and Siddharta Gautam Buddha was motivated to invent a solution to it.
As one can see, leaving out the causative effect that early childhood patterns create for us, most of the pain experienced by us is due to the decisions we make. Our Intuitive Mind a.k.a System 1 creates the pain which is experienced by System 2 a.k.a Conscious Mind. We can blame it on the world, God or external forces, but, we did it to ourselves. In the graphic shown above, on the left side of the chain, there is more variety, i.e., more choices, but, on the right side, there are fewer choices. If you find yourself on the right side of the equation, you need to use inventive skills to break free of the Chakravyuha; you find yourself in.
Precession, Action and Opposite Reaction
We need to discuss one final component before we can bind our argument and create a more plausible and current understanding of Karma. We live in an interconnected world where everything we do impacts our ecology (people and systems around us). In turn, when people react to what we do directly or indirectly, their actions influence us. Even when we live in complete isolation, we impact our surrounding environment, and it influences us back. Leave garbage unattended for 3-4 days, and soon enough, the karmic insects will unleash themselves on your space. Interconnected forces us to consider the impact of what we do to others around us as well as how their reactions will impact us back. When we are going down the rabbit hole of Chakravyuha and experience cascading and nesting lock-downs due to our choices, every action that we take in turn creates a direct or indirect influence on us forcing us to adapt.
When we take actions, some of the impact is initially invisible to us. The effect that occurs at 90 degrees to our actions is most invisible to us. The far out we go, the impact becomes more invisible to us. But, we are always affecting the interconnected system directly or indirectly. The invisible impact or our actions was termed Precession by a noted philosopher, who was about to commit suicide after the loss of his young daughter and had epiphanies that his life had a purpose.
R. Buckminster Fuller, the philosopher and author of “Critical Path” termed Precession as “The effect of bodies in motion on other bodies in motion.”. He also believed that precession governs the inter-behaviors of all bodies in motion, and since human bodies are usually in motion, precession must govern all socioeconomic behaviors.
Taking an example, when we throw a stone in water, it creates ripples in the water at 90 degrees to the motion of the stone. Assuming that the water body is a closed loop system, the smaller the system is (cup of water,
When we throw a stone in water, it creates ripples in the water at 90 degrees to the motion of the stone. Assuming that the water body is a closed loop system, the smaller the system is (cup of water, a small pool of water, lake, etc.observable), the more visible the effect of stone’s throw to the observer. The bigger the system,noticeable stone’s throw impact. Precession’s impact may not be 90 degrees always but may be angular impact as well. For every impact there is an equal and opposite reaction usually at the same angle.
Precession is a property of complex adaptive systems. Our world like human body is a complex adaptive system. Our world is a very complex place where our actions leads to precessive impact at various angles which cause an equal and opposite reaction. Actually, our world is full of millions of billions of possibilities where we take actions at multiple angles and experience invisible or visible impact at various angles. Soon enough, the resultant impact of our choices and precessive impact can create Chakravyuhas for us. We get more and more trapped down the rabbit hole and tend to become gullible into the hands of pseudo-science practitioners who claim they can solve our problems. Only we can solve our problems by reflective and inventive thinking. Let us discuss another example of Precession.
A real life example is “Honey Bee” collecting nectar. A honey bee collects nectar to make honey and inadvertently cross-pollinates plants. The bee seemingly inadvertently contributes to life on earth. Research has shown that 70 out of 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food are pollinated by bees. Let us break it down in a simple way, but, if someone wants to see the impact of such an action, one can use complex differential equations to calculate non-linear outputs.
Action – Collect Nectar, Prepare Honey and Store Honey
Reaction – Humans and predators will harvest hives for consumption sometimes destroying hives and killing the bees.
Direct 90 Degree Impact (Invisible) – Cross Pollinate Plants
Indirect Impact (More Invisible) – Generate Food for Consumption by Living Species
Positive Reaction – Population Growth, More Flowers, More Bees and a Cyclical effect
Negative Reaction – Population Growth, More Flowers being Plucked and Harvested, Less Nectar to Collect, Less Bees and a cyclical negative effect
The honey bee does not know the indirect impact and the indirect reactions to its actions. It goes about life using its limited sensory apparatus to make sense of life. Likewise, our actions also create direct and indirect impact as well as positive and negative reactions at various angles. We remain blissfully unware of how we are impacting others. Our actions, the resultant
Our actions, the resultant impact and the reactions have a potential of increasing or decreasing our cascading lock downs potentially reducing or increasing the options available to us to solve our problems.The key here is “Potentiality and Possibility”. Due to the extreme complexity of the world, there is a possibility that our actions may create negative impact which may create negative reactions which may lock down our cascading and nesting variety zones trapping us further and further into the rabbit holes. Evolved Brain a.k.a Inventors can find a solution that may get them out of a perceptive lock down with minimal possible indirect negative impact and negative reaction. If you muddy the pool in which you live, you may eventually have to deal with the consequences. You may not have to deal with them if they do not come your way, but, there is always potential and possibility.
This is the concept of Karma.
The lock down zones created by our collective actions and collective precessive impact creates constraint boundaries in which we find ourself locked down. These constraint boundaries are what was meant by spiritual philosophers as the concept of Dharma. If a river bed forms a certain shape due to the persistent erosive impact of water that flows through it, the shape of the river bed is called Dharma and the water flow i.e our actions in it are called Karma. Some of the luck ones can creates new Dharmas in which their design Karmas can exist. For the rest, life will remain on autopilot believing in the concept of fatalistic Karma and deterministic destiny. Utilizing advanced concepts from studies of the Intuitive Mind, Cybernetics, Complex System and 26 other subjects, we have been able to create extremely powerful process that give the power back to the individual, unshackling them from the chains of destiny.
In summary, the space in which we find ourselves is a result of deterministic causes as well as due to free will choices we make. The more we remain aware of the cascading and nesting lock downs we are creating for ourselves and avoid them, the more free will we can experience in the future events. The more unconsciously we live on auto-pilot, the more deterministic the future events unfold into predictive cascades. The more processing reactions we experience, the further we may get locked down. Soon, we will experience multitudes of Chakravyuhas. Some corrupt people do not experience the effects of Karma are because the potentiality of a negative impact/negative action has not yet impacted their cascading and nesting zones or they are able to invent a way out of the problems they created for themselves. They are not automatically condemned to negative Karmic effects but are more exposed (potentiality) to negative influences as they live in an interconnected system.
If bad Karma comes you way, you do not need rebirth to experience the effect. You will face it in this life time. When I look at people who crafted solutions for themselves that created more problems, it is not hard to predict what is likely to happen further without looking into a crystal ball. As mind is an emergent property of the brain and nervous system, mind dies when we die. Karmic forces are nothing but forces created by the world of complexity in our existing life.