The concept of karma is very widespread today whereas a hundred years ago it was considered to be a concept associated primarily with religions and philosophies of the East. Much has changed during the last century and today karma has become a household word in most of the Western world. But it might be fair to say that many people who have not studied metaphysics, Theosophy, or Eastern philosophy may have a somewhat simplified notion as to what constitutes karma. Karma operates on many levels and is far more complex than a system of reward and punishment. 1989. 49 minutes.