Law of Action or Karma
The universe is governed by Natural Laws which are the natural tendencies or principles of life or creation. Some of the fundamental natural tendencies are Vibration, Attraction, Repulsion, Polarity, Action, and Evolution. These principles apply to both physical and metaphysical worlds and operate at every level of creation, from a photon to galaxies.
The Law of ‘Action’ or ‘Cause and Effect’ or ‘Karma’ is the natural tendency of creation which restores or regains the balance or rhythm or harmony of the creation whenever it is distorted. ‘Karma’ is a Sanskrit word that means ‘Action’ but generally used in place of ‘fate’ or ‘destiny’ or ‘give and take account’. As per this principle, for every action, be it benign or malignant, creative or destructive, there is an equal return or reaction. This principle ensures that ‘as you do is done unto you’ or ‘as you sow so shall you reap’. Through the mechanism of the Law of Karma, the soul is purified and evolves continuously, until it finally merges with the Universal Creator.
As with every natural law, this is an impersonal law that works everywhere and all the time. All great masters were aware of this law and hence they taught to ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. Newton’s third law of motion states that ‘for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction’ which explains the operation of this principle as far as the physical world is concerned. The Law of Action maintains the justice and order of the universe by giving a commensurate return for every action.
The Mechanism of this Law
At the fundamental level, everything is soul/photon which is a web of energy complexes. The mechanism of the Law of Action is that, every action whether a thought, word, or deed causes a certain change in the quantum and nature of the energy complexes of the soul. These changes also get recorded or stored as a memory in the soul, which ensures that at some point in time, a similar quantum and vibration of energy flows back to the user via another soul or circumstance.
This mechanism ensures that in every action the soul earns and later receives an equal return of peace and happiness or pain and suffering. Every positive thought or deed generates a ‘merit’ or a ‘blessing’ while every negative thought or deed generates a ‘demerit’ or a ‘curse’. Whenever one does a good deed, it is bound to give a positive return and whenever one does an evil deed, it is bound to give a negative return. Each time we forgive and love those who create trouble for us or inflict pain on us, we are using the energy positively that ensures a similar positive return to us. Similarly, each time we hate, inflict pain on others or seek retribution on those who persecute us, each time we punish and refuse to forgive, we are using the energy negatively that gives a similar negative return to us.
All our actions do have a return that is equivalent to the ‘quantum & vibration’ of energy we utilized in the action. The return and equivalence are based on the principle that holds us responsible for the energy we use in our actions. Because of the operation of this principle, all the choices we make and actions we do return to us like the swing of a pendulum. The Law of Action assigns results according to the quantum and vibration of energy we use. It is simply an immutable law that gives appropriate results to every action irrespective of who did what. In other words, under the Law of Action, there is a return for every ‘action’ deeded by us each moment.
As long as there is a debit or credit account, a balancing act needs to happen in due course because of the operation of this Law. Throughout our lives, we are either settling old accounts or creating new ones. When a settlement happens, the particular recording/ memory within the doer, that has attracted this energy, gets erased or released or balanced and one may say, the ‘karma is dissolved or balanced’. If the account cannot be settled in one incarnation, it is carried forward to the next incarnation. Though in most cases we may not be consciously aware of the give-and-take accounts that happened in a previous life, by analyzing the experiences we are going through and the lessons we are learning, we can figure out the type of karma we had created.
The Law of Action also ensures that all our subsequent actions correspond to what we have already earned or become. Therefore, a negative person attracts more negative thoughts from other sources which intensify his feelings/emotions leading to mistakes or errors in judgment. This happens because, under the influence of strong negative feelings/emotions, the dark deed is perceived by the individual as being good and he tends to justify his actions. The soul subconsciously allows it to happen so as to suffer the consequences which will provide opportunities for learning a certain lesson and experiencing resultant transformation. The recording of the changes in the quantum and vibration of energy within our soul is the compelling force that guides our thoughts and actions.
Because of the operation of the Law of Action, a person or society, by creating misery for others, invites misery into their own life. Similarly, any country that inflicts pain and suffering upon another country cannot escape the just consequence of its actions, when the time is ripe, when its cup of iniquity has become full. When darkness prevails over the majority of people on the planet or in a country or community, there will be mass sufferings, either through war or natural calamities or pandemic diseases. When an individual contract a disease or gets into painful situations, it is because of individual karma. Whereas a pandemic disease like Covid-19 or world war is consequent to the karma on a planetary level. Negative thinking and aggressive and abusive behavior towards each other and nature create disturbances in the energy vibrations of individuals and the planet and leads to events like diseases, wars, earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, floods, climate change, etc.
How to consciously align our life with this Law
We create our lives and we can only create those things that are in alignment with our inner state. Today’s circumstances are the result of yesterday’s choices and actions and tomorrow’s circumstances will be the result of today’s choices and actions. Further, today’s choice determines what type of choices will be available to us tomorrow. It may be true that we may not be able to pinpoint the ‘ultimate’ cause of most of the events in our life as every event is an effect of a previous cause, and that previous cause is also an effect of a cause still more remote. At the back of every action, we find some actions that lead us to the one that we may be considering now, but we cannot easily recognize what triggered those initial actions. However, a conscious person can see a pattern emerging from these events which correspond to certain behaviors or beliefs or thoughts.
Our environment (sorroundings and circumstances), especially people, acts as a mirror where we can see our reflection/image. They show us the mirror and help us to transform as we recognize many of our imbalances when we see them in others with whom we have close/regular interactions. This is all the more so with family members and other close relationships, who put the magnifying glass over our shortfalls or imbalances and allow us to balance them. Like everything else, we attract such people and circumstances to help us correct our imbalances. Our incarnation and life are preplanned and re-planned in such a way that we come across those people and circumstances with whom there are karmic accounts to be settled. This is the way our soul plans its evolution in each incarnation. These catalysts will continue in our life until we fully evolve/transform.
We can see a repeating pattern of these reflections or projections at multiple situations in our life. And it appears that we are forced to endure those situations as if we are stuck there. In most cases, whatever is the behavior/nature of these individuals/circumstances that bugs us or causes negative feelings/emotions in us, is an area which we are still struggling to balance or master. When we analyze or meditate on these catalysts then we can see that each of them is trying to teach us some virtue like patience, self-control, forgiveness, love, etc., which is the opposite of our struggles/imbalances.
Our feelings/emotions tell us whether we are in alignment with our true nature and purpose of life or not at any point in time. Positive feelings say we are in alignment and negative feelings say we are not in alignment. Negative feelings tell us to change whereas positive feelings tell us, it is where we need to be. These feelings/emotions guide us to be in alignment with our true nature and purpose. Further, our feelings/emotions determine our reality because we attract what we love, fear, hate, etc. If we are judgmental then we encounter judgmental people all around us. If we are nonjudgmental then we encounter nonjudgmental people in our day to day interactions. If we hate people/circumstances, then we come across lots of hateful people/circumstances and when we start loving others, we suddenly find a change in those people/circumstances towards us or we see those people/circumstances being replaced with loving ones. This means that when we get transformed or balanced, then we do not need certain lessons anymore and they just go away, and we avoid attracting such imbalanced people or circumstances in our life again.
In other words, our feelings/emotions determine our reality because we attract what we love, fear, hate, etc. If we are judgmental then we encounter judgmental people all around us. If we are nonjudgmental then we encounter nonjudgmental people in our day to day interactions. If we hate people/circumstances, then we come across lots of hateful people/circumstances and when we start loving others, we suddenly find a change in those people/circumstances towards us or we see those people/circumstances being replaced with loving ones. Our environment is just acting like a mirror and it cannot reflect a mango if an apple is held before it. As our inner state changes, our environment responds to it automatically. This means that when we get transformed or balanced, then we do not need certain experiences/lessons anymore and they just go away, and we avoid attracting such imbalanced people or circumstances in our life again. If we express love in all our acts, then over a period of time, we are cleansed of all negative feelings/emotional energy and are left with only positive vibrations within. And our environment, including the physical body, faithfully reflects or projects our inner state –the state of our soul.
We need to be watchful and mindful of those triggers or catalysts that cause negative feelings/emotions like fear, anger, lust, greed, impatience, restlessness, jealousy, hatred, etc. It is therefore important that we introspect or review our life regularly, at least once a day, to see where we need change or improvements. We should examine our lives to figure out what our external environment is trying to teach us by those circumstances and behaviors of other-selves and by the feelings they are creating in us. Furthermore, we should figure out why we did what we did and what were the mistakes we committed, and what would have been the ideal choice of action. Then we need to accept the day’s experience as it is and forgive other-selves and our self for the mistakes, if any and thank every participant for his attempt to teach us. We should also bless all those people whom we perceive have wronged us or have caused inconvenience or pain to us and should love them unconditionally. With this, we will be able to balance or transform our soul from any blockages or imbalances.
To further simplify this process, we can divide it into four steps.
- become conscious of the imbalances,
- accept them,
- forgive ourselves and others for these imbalances, and
- develop/ manifest the opposite of those imbalances/feelings/emotions and express unconditional love.
Self-analysis (introspection), meditation, intuition, and dreams are important tools we can use for clearing and balancing the energies of our soul and evolve. The key requirement for using these tools is a calm and focused mind. A calm state can be achieved by removing distractions in our life and focus can be achieved by training/discipline.
The Law of Action or Karma ensures that the aggregate of our past lives (of previous incarnations and the present life until now) determines our destiny. We can ignore the Law and suffer its consequences or consciously cooperate and enjoy peace and happiness. Until we are awake and attain a certain balance, we experience a roller coaster life because of the operation of this Law. It is an immutable Law and we cannot wish away the consequences of our actions. Nobody can escape this law – we are paid in the same coin that we give. This law helps us to be reminded that our environment and our situations today are the net result of what we thought and did in the past.
Everyone will receive according to what they give in thought, word, or action. And the receiving is faster now because our planet has moved into higher vibrations of its next phase of existence, that is fourth density. Though many do not understand the underlying mechanism of this principle, everyone, by experience has learned the relationship between cause and effect and hence avoids doing certain things that could give them unpleasant results, just like the child who attempted to touch the flame and burnt its fingers tries to keep a safe distance from it next time. This law does not put us in a hopeless situation, but it teaches us what is good and what is harmful. If we take time to reflect on our lives and take corrective actions, try to meditate, and think positively regularly, we can easily keep all our rays/chakras in a good condition and experience abundant health and happiness.