What Geshela (an endearment name students often call their Geshe) said was Karma was not at all what people in the U.S. thought it was. Karma is not really mechanistic like a clock ticking. It depends upon a lot of variables sort of like where seeds are thrown (both good and bad an neutral seeds thrown out into the world.
He said that what if seed were thrown upon cement and received no sun or water, they would die and not come to fruition good, bad or neutral?
"What if seeds were thrown upon dry land and never received water and died from no water?"
"What if seeds were thrown upon good farmland without water?"
So, unless the good, bad or neutral seeds of karma have water, sun, and good soil they never come to fruition with good or bad or neutral karma which I thought is a whole new way for at least me to see karma.
For example, Paramahanza Yogananda said as a young man his karma was to get married and to have a family. However, he superceded his karma through practice and instead came to the U.S. in 1914 and founded Self Realization Fellowship which is very big still in Southern California all these years later in it's teachings.
So, with these thoughts I give you the Wikipedia interpretation of Karma:
- kar·maKarma (Sanskrit: कर्म; IPA: [ˈkərmə] ( listen); Pali: kamma) means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).