The expression that there are two sides to just about anything applies, in many peoples’ anecdotal experience, to karma.
What is karma?
Stemming from east Asian religions, karma relates to the culmination of a person’s actions in life (potentially added to by one’s previous ‘states of existence’) impacting, or even deciding, one’s fate moving forward. More simply, karma = destiny, or fate, as influenced by one’s actions.
Thus, depending on behaviour to date, karma can be experienced either positively or negatively. Accordingly, the spectre of the Janus appears.
Janus was a mythical Roman god, representing beginnings and endings, as well as transitions, passages, and duality – usually depicted as two-faced, looking to both the past and the future.
If Janus represents parameters, karma characterizes action on the field of play.
Clearly, paying attention to karma is much more important to some than to others. There is a subliminal essence of spirituality, certainly belief, inherent in one’s relationship to karma.
These tangential concepts could lead to some unconventional speculations…
- If the two faces reversed direction, would that result in intimate Janus?
- Is there a ratio of karma required to achieve a given scale of results?
- Does one dose of bad karma cancel out an equal proportion of good karma?
- How does a Janus presence influence the mechanics of accumulating karma?
- How much should one’s present day karma be beholden to enduring traces from past lives?
- Can a seemingly strong buildup of karma be used to influence the sternness of the Janus’ directional gaze?
- Can a seemingly strong buildup of karma be packaged in smaller parcels to influence a range of concerns?
- If the manifestation of Janus is material and that of karma is metaphysical, can the twain ever truly meet?