Karma: what you better know for a better life
He has no conscience. You don’t have favourites. No king, queen, pop star, rock star, movie star, sports star, celebrity, president, prince, princess, pauper, potentate, pope, minister, doctor, lawyer, educator, judge, janitor, man, woman , child, human, animal, bird, fish, insect or plant escapes him. Makes all brand trailer. He makes everyone bend to his will. He makes everything consistent. It cannot be bought, influenced, altered or changed. It does not perceive preferences or grant immunity on the basis of political correctness, power, position or prestige.
Govern, simply and in fact. Period. What is? It is Karma, the law of universal nature, fixed and immutable, the vehicle of absolute justice, the great law of sowing and reaping, cause and effect, action and reaction, choice and consequence. The word “karma” is an old Sanskrit word for action and reaction. Considered a concept by some, it is actually a natural law, operating on what the scientific community defines as cause and effect, describing what Sir Isaac Newton, arguably the greatest scientist of all time, states as his Third Law of Movement: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In other words, karma.
Karma is a very simple law, and most people are familiar with the phrase “sow and reap.” The issue is that few people believe it. Why do we know this? Because if people believed it, they wouldn’t do many of the things they do or make the kinds of decisions they do. Many people blindly and recklessly create actions without giving one bit of thought to what they are doing or the consequences of their actions. Although people may have heard of the karma theory, many do not believe it because they see what appears to be a world filled with injustice, as well as people committing crimes that seemingly go unpunished. This leads people to exclaim: “Justice! What justice?” The world is full of injustice. People do [sow] bad deeds but are not punished for them.” In other words, people feel that such violators do not reap the deeds of their sowing. Hence the confusion.
In fact, injustice may appear in the world, but actually there is no injustice in this world. There is a perfect justice, even if we do not understand it. In reality, those who commit bad deeds eventually get their punishment, although not necessarily in East lifetime. As the 20th century saint Sawan Singh states: The wicked… suffer heavy punishment for their sins in hell or in their future lives. Therefore, just because bad deeds seem to go unpunished, it does not mean that they escape sanctions for their behaviors. Everyone should pay for their bad deeds as San Sawan Singh states. It is simply a question of when, where and how, all of which is in the hands of God. Sewn seeds must germinate. Is the law.
Perfect Masters and Living Saints throughout time immemorial have taught this concept. Below are some spiritual quotes that testify to this great karmic law of sowing and reaping.
You reap what you yourself have sown. Guru Nanak, 15th/16th century.
The fruit of the action inevitably reaches the doer. Guru Ravidas, 15th/16th century.
If you fear pain, if you don’t like pain, don’t do a bad deed in public or in secret. If you are doing or will do a bad deed, you will not escape the pain: it will catch you even as you run away. Buddha.
Do not be disappointed; God cannot be mocked: for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Bible: Galatians 6:7.
What is it about karma that we better know if we want a better life? Answer: that karma is a law, not a philosophy, not a concept, not a belief. What we do comes back to us. What we put into the Circle of Life comes back around us without any consideration or sensitivity for our feelings, sentiments, beliefs, state of being or life condition. Therefore, if we lie, cheat, steal, deceive, betray, hurt, harm, endanger, vilify or take the life of a living being, the same will happen to us.
In the same way, if we help, support, love, inspire, encourage and give life to others, the same will eventually come back to us in this life or in a future life. Therefore, if we want to have a better life, we must align ourselves with this great law of creation: as we sow, so we will reap. If we sow darkness and hate, it is darkness and hate that we will get in return. If we love and light, it is love and light that we will ultimately experience. Simply put, having a better life means planting a better seed.
With every step we take, let it be known –
We reap the fruit of all that we have sown.
Neither innocent tear, nor painful crying,
There is no sad misfortune strolling.
We do the deed, we plant the seed;
The exact Law, we harvest the writing.
From life to life, from time to time,
It specifies our sentence, cruel or kind.
No soul escapes, no soul defies,
We wander the Wheel for countless lifetimes;
From birth to death, around we go
in Maze of Maya – tortured soul;
coming, going, infinite forms,
Blinded eyes, countless storms.
Our only great and saving grace –
Meeting a Master face to face;
To beg his mercy for our life,
To end the turmoil and strife;
To put an end to the difficult situation of suffering and nightmare;
To bathe us in resplendent Light;
To free us from the hell we wander,
To guide us, protect us and take us Home.
Copyright Richard Andrew King
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