How are people who don’t follow spirituality still successful?
Wondering how those who don't take too much an effort into their spiritual still do well, when spiritual practices market themselves as life changing?
Karma (which I understand as behavioral tendency) is always there in one’s life. You may be tapping into changing it or not (which is spirituality). Spirituality only helps transform karma to improve our life from its existing level/quality, but if its already good, then that’s great too. So these individuals primarily have a good work karma.
We practice spirituality to improve our lives, in whatever it is we’re challenging- temperament, hard work, relationships or whatever.
Also, spirituality entails much more than success in one’s work. It entails a feeling of well being and joy.
This also answers the question as to why bad people get good things. That’s because their karma (skill, ability) in that particular area which is being referred to as “good” here may be good and their karma in other things must be “bad” or insufficient to deal with their problems.
Their work karma may be good so they get good in work but relationship or health karma may be suffering. Your karma and phala is individual with individual situations.
Even in a psychology experiment, raising a student’s “global” (overall) self esteem didn’t help enhance his/her grades, but when his/her specific challenge related self esteem was raised, he/she did end up doing well in that.