What Do You Mean by Karma?

Karma implies, does it not, cause and effect - action based on cause,
producing a certain effect; action born out of conditioning, producing
further results. So karma implies cause and effect. And are cause and
effect static, are cause and effect ever fixed? Does not effect become
cause also? So there is no fixed cause or fixed effect. Today is a result
of yesterday, is it not? Today is the outcome of yesterday,
chronologically as well as psychologically; and today is the cause of tomorrow. So
cause is effect, and effect becomes cause - it is one continuous
movement: there is no fixed cause or fixed effect. If there were a fixed
cause and a fixed effect, there would be specialization; and is not
specialization death? Any species that specializes obviously comes to an end.
The greatness of man is that he cannot specialize. He may specialize
technically, but in structure he cannot specialize. An acorn seed is
specialized - it cannot be anything but what it is. But the human being
does not end completely. There is the possibility of constant renewal; he
is not limited by specialization. As long as we regard the cause, the
background, the conditioning, as unrelated to the effect, there must be
conflict between thought and the background. So the problem is much
more complex than whether to believe in reincarnation or not, because the
question is how to act, not whether you believe in reincarnation or in
karma. That is absolutely irrelevant.

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