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THE PATH BEYOND SORROW

Chapter 10: The Law Of Karma And Reincarnation

5.The Law of Karma and God’s Justice

 

 

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There are two or three questions about the cosmic form of this law and about the individual operation of it which I will answer now. One is: “What is the relation between God and the experiences and actions of individuals upon this earth?” We have said that God does not create the experiences of the individual, but that his experiences are determined by the particular nature that he has acquired.

Now, all life is brought forth on the surface of this earth by the falling of rain, and so we may say, in one way (and rightly), that it is rain that causes all life. Now it also happens that when rain, the universal common factor as it were, falls and sets life into growth, the life that springs forth is not all of the same kind. Wheat sprouts up as wheat, corn sprouts up as corn, and grass sprouts up as grass—the rain did not have anything to do with it. Within each seed there is an inherent nature which sets a different pattern in growth, though the rain is common and impartial over the whole of the earth. In the same way, it is the seed within one’s own nature, implicit in the thoughts that one thinks and the actions that one engages in, which determines the experiences one will have. According to the mind is the nature of the person determined at birth and, according to this nature are the fresh impressions of life to be received.

The second question I would like to answer is: “In the operation of the Law, is there justice?” Even though it seems that a doer of good deeds is not reaping happiness and that an evil-doer is very well off, one must know that there is not necessarily any causal connection between the type of life one leads and the type of experiences one undergoes. Effects are not immediately produced from causes; and the activity in which man is presently engaged may be considered as the fresh seeds he is sowing, whereas the experiences he is undergoing may be considered as the harvest of a previous sowing. There seems to be a contradiction, but actually there is no contradiction. A compassionate and holy person may give succour and refuge to a fleeing criminal and because he gave shelter to the fugitive, may himself be arrested and sentenced, notwithstanding all his protestations of innocence. People will inevitably jump to the conclusion that this man who acted like a true Christian, giving refuge to a fellow human being in distress out of compassion and charity, was yet made to suffer for his charity. It looks as though his sentence were the direct outcome of his sheltering the criminal. In fact, the police will tell you, the judiciary will tell you, and even death will tell you that because this man harboured a criminal he was condemned, but if we look below the surface, we will find that the juxtaposition of action and experience is only apparent and not real. The kind and compassionate action will be rewarded with blessedness in the future, and the sentence will serve as the reaction from some Karma brought forward from the past. The Law is very mysterious and we cannot immediately understand all its operations. Its simplest statement is: “As you sow, so shall you reap”. Every cause has an effect; every action has a reaction which is of a like nature. This law is universal. This law operates in all human experiences. Therefore, live wisely in the alert awareness of this law and walk along the path of righteousness, the path of goodness. Lead an ideal life and reap a future of peace and bliss.

 

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Chapter 10

 

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 10: The Law Of Karma And Reincarnation
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 10: The Law Of Karma And Reincarnation, Glorious Immortal Atman! The subject of Karma and Reincarnation is one that merits the careful consideration and the intelligent perusal of everyone, for herein lies an exposition of a law which governs our existence in this universe. People are often apt to make loose reference to this subject as the Indian theory of Karma or the Hindu theory of reincarnation. This is a misnomer. It is not the evolution of a theory with which we are concerned, but the revelation of a law. It is interesting to note that this law is not the especial possession of the people of the East, but is at the very origin of all religions, and is commonly held by practically every religion of the world. Therefore, it is not a Hindu law in the same way that the law of gravity is not Newtons law at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 10: The Law Of Karma And Reincarnation , 1.The Law and Its Implications
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 10: The Law Of Karma And Reincarnation , 1.The Law and Its Implications, The statement of this Law of Karma and Reincarnation is not a startling one, either. It does not require any special effort to be understood or accepted. Even now, this law is being recognized and accepted in deep conviction by great scientists and has been defined in terms which have been made familiar to everyone. According to their interpretation of the law, restricted to the plane of physical matter, every action has a corresponding reaction and every cause has an inevitable effect. Every chemist, every physicist, believes that this law operates in the external universe governing physical matter at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 10: The Law Of Karma And Reincarnation, 2.The Threefold Karma
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 10: The Law Of Karma And Reincarnation, 2.The Threefold Karma, The actions that operate in the life of every individual according to this law have been divided into three categories. By applying the scientific law of cause and effect to the first category, it is seen that in a persons life-time some activities have effect immediately, some have effect after a few years, but some perhaps have no effect at all in this life-time. What happens to an action whose effect has not been worked out in this life? The potencies of such actionsthe potencies of reactivity, as it were, of unresolved causesgo on accumulating in each individuals storehouse of Karma. That is one category of seeds of Karma at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 10: The Law Of Karma And Reincarnation, 3.ManThe Builder of His Destiny
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 10: The Law Of Karma And Reincarnation, 3.ManThe Builder of His Destiny, Is this great law a curse or a blessing? It is mixed. Ultimately, it is a great blessedness. People have a tendency to look at it from only one particular angle, and that angle is, that as long as a human being is bound to the wheel of this law, there is no happiness for him and he is miserable and he weeps. In this view, Karma will always plague man and the Law of Karma, like the hammer of God, will descend upon his head and inflict perennial suffering upon him. But, is it not clear that this Law of Karma is not actually just a law of retribution or punishment? There is another view, a glorious view, to be taken of it. Just as man cannot escape the results of his activity which are bad (for this, he has to reap tears and suffering), in the same way, he cannot escape his reward. The whole world cannot rob him of his deserved reward. The good actions of a person will follow him anywhere and will overcome for him the greatest difficulty and the greatest sorrow and give him the harvest of joy at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 10: The Law Of Karma And Reincarnation, 4.Breaking the Bondage of Karma
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 10: The Law Of Karma And Reincarnation, 4.Breaking the Bondage of Karma, Thus the law ultimately implies that man can free himself from this wheel of birth and death by consciously avoiding all that brings him back into incarnation and by filling his life with ideal activities to refine his nature more highly, until ultimately a lofty stage is reached where the over-all goodness in his life bestows upon him the knowledge of his real Self; and once he attains to this knowledge, the Law of Karma comes to a halt. Bondage is broken. Why? Through their deep insight into the workings of the Law, the Hindus discovered that is was inoperative in the realm of the Soul. It is only in the realm of the mind and the body that this law operates at energyenhancement.org

  • Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 10: The Law Of Karma And Reincarnation, 5.The Law of Karma and Gods Justice
    Sri Swami Sivananda, The Path Beyond Sorrow Chapter 10: The Law Of Karma And Reincarnation, 5.The Law of Karma and Gods Justice, There are two or three questions about the cosmic form of this law and about the individual operation of it which I will answer now. One is: What is the relation between God and the experiences and actions of individuals upon this earth? We have said that God does not create the experiences of the individual, but that his experiences are determined by the particular nature that he has acquired at energyenhancement.org

 

 

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