I do believe in it. What goes around, comes around.
always treat people with courtesy even if you dont like them, you never know why a person is the way they are until you have walked in their shoes.
I don't believe in Karma as a religious concept i.e. we are reincarnated again and again and forced to live out this life as retribution or reward for past lives. I do, however, believe that what you reap is what you sow.
I prefer the Bible verse....
Galatians 6:7-8 (King James Version)
7) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8) For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
You don't need to believe in Karma, but if you don't believe then go and ram a police car and see what happens to you.
Seriously though, Karma is a very misunderstood concept. It occurs on many levels. And yes politics has used Karma for disreputable ends. The cast system (not a Buddhist concept) is more a Hindu ideal which was designed to control the masses.
The western concept of Karma is VERY limited.
Every action has a natural consequence. It is better to allow retribution to act out on it's on unstead of helping it. Otherwise you will become apart of a cycle.
Of course, nobody (except perhaps a philosopher or a saint) likes being taught a lesson and going through an uncomfortable time - so that's why they call karma by that name. But karma is really "consequences", and has to operate if we are ever to learn what works and what doesn't, in the realm of relationships particularly - relationships with all of Life.
Its a natural, logical, neutral Law of Life....
If people REALLY believed in the faultless operation of karma, and treated others as themselves, what a much more wonderful world it would be - don't you agree?
Why do people think that they are the exception to the rules, and could get away with this stuff that they do??? Eh? The only reason I can think of is that they are IGNORANT and going around in a daze...
The idea of "karma" as just retribution for past evil is what keeps the untouchable class down in India and Malaysia. The upper classes feel justified in marginalizing the lower classes based on the reasoning that the lower caste earned a life of squalor for past misdeeds, and are thereby unwilling to be charitible to their own. Karma is what it is; it doesn't need help from us mere mortals.
All I know for sure is that most things seem to have a way of working out. It's a little like the Stones song. You can't always get what you want, but if you try, you usually get what you need. I try to help it along by doing what I can and then waiting to see how the dice roll. So far it's worked out okay. And as for Karma, I try to keep on the credit side. If I don't control my karma, I may run over my dogma with it.