Karma is the beginning of knowledge. Next is patience.

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“Karma is the beginning of knowledge. Next is patience. Patience is very important. The strong are the patient ones, Anjin-san*. Patience means holding back your inclination to the seven emotions: hate, adoration, joy, anxiety, anger, grief, fear. If you don’t give way to the seven, you’re patient, then you’ll soon understand all manner of things and be in harmony with Eternity.”
— James Clavell, Shōgun

*Anjin-san, translates as Pilot, and was the name given to the principal character in the story.

The image of a lotus flower often associated with the idea of karma, is by Nevit Dilmen [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

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