Karma – It’s Not Just a Good Idea – It’s the Law

Via on Feb 1, 2011

This is an incredible time to be alive, unprecedented. The sum of human knowledge is at our fingertips, literally. All of the world’s great teachings and histories are available  for study. Here in the West that has  lead to an explosion of Eastern mysticism and concepts. Yoga, Buddhism, meditation and all sorts of  ancient, metaphysical practices are now part of our common culture. And of course, in typical Western fashion, En masse, we see many of these teachings modified according to “our” understanding, rather than adapting ourselves to “their” deeper purpose.

No concept is more misunderstood, in my opinion, than the concept of “karma”. We hear this word thrown around constantly. Fashioned according to our Western understanding and Judeo-Christian background. In this way, the law of karma is sort of like a system of “Cosmic Carrots and Sticks” wielded by the Creator. Many in the West do not think they are influenced by Judeo-Christian teachings, but most are. For example, the concept of God as all benevolent (as in the East) is completely lost on most Western minds.

That’s why there is another school of karma that completely rebels against this (good and bad) concept of karma. It sees the concept of karma as some oppressive, fatalistic and narrow way of looking at the world. Karma is a relic of our unenlightened,  simpleminded understanding. After all, we are not just “a victim of our karma”,  right? We also have “free will to change our fate”, right?

Wrong on both counts, because the fundamental premise is wrong. As an astrologer I hear this constantly. “But were not just our charts, we can rise above our charts, right?”. “Is our karma predetermined, or is there free will? These things are very subtle.

As the title of this article states, karma is a law, just like gravity. It is the all pervasive, self-governing law of the universe which insures that we will come to “experience” the truth of who we are in the form of the actions and circumstances that frame of our life at any given time. Karma comes to us in the form of our present circumstances.

The aggregate result of all of your past karma is exactly where you find yourself right now. There’s no punishment implied. There is nothing to “rise above” or defeat, except the mistakes you have made that leave you feeling unfulfilled right now. That on fulfillment, is the indicator to you that something more needs to be learned.

Just like the nature of fire to burn or the nature of gravity to pull things toward the Earth, karma is a law. We don’t say fire is good when it cooks our food and bad when it burns us. Only a fool would say that. We don’t say gravity is good because it keeps us on the Earth and bad when a baby plunges to its death falling off of a balcony. Only a fool would say that.

But unfortunately, many say that very thing. Many complain about the circumstances in their life, as if something is unfair. It is not. Your life and everyone’s life is a result of who they are. Again, this can be difficult for Westerners to grasp, especially because most Westerners do not  consider past-lives and other such things.

This lack of consideration for the continuum of the souls evolution through different lifetimes leads to the typical distaste with karma, “what about all the starving  or abused children, they didn’t choose that” – or “are we supposed to just sit by and not do anything about all the problems of the world because it’s their karma to suffer?”

The tragedies and victims of this world breaks everyone’s heart. From starving children, poverty and abuse, anyone with the feeling heart is affected. But no one knows or understands how and why any of us were born into the circumstances of this lifetime. And if you do, please explain it to the rest of us. The law of karma encompasses these childhood circumstances, as the continuation/resolution of our past life. Also, understanding the law of karma sensitizes us to the plight of others. We are not meant to sit idly by watching others suffer. Of course not.

That’s why every great spiritual teacher and tradition encourages service to the poor and needy, because it is a challenge to us and our karma to help others in need. Failure to do so shows the truth of who we are in this matter, and may lead to similar suffering in a future life, who knows? No one understands the cosmic mind.

Once we understand the law of karma, it is most liberating. It’s the law that ensures everything in your life is within your control, and created by you. It is the result of your level of understanding of who you truly are (a divine being). God/karma doesn’t punish you more than someone else, because they don’t like you, any more than fire burns you more than someone else, or gravity affects you more.

Your life is completely in your hands. The law of karma ensures that. There simply the law and a universe of divine order that insurers there will be no lawbreakers.

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Here is a short video where I explain the law of karma in a way that can help you:
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About Sam Geppi

Sam Geppi is a Vedic astrologer, and teacher. He is the author of "The Ascendant-108 Planets of Vedic Astrology." You can learn more about the universe and why astrology makes sense by checking out his Free Astrology Class CD, his Facebook and his Membership Website.

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5 Responses to “Karma – It’s Not Just a Good Idea – It’s the Law”

  1. Suparna says:

    “But no one knows or understands how and why any of us were born into the circumstances of this lifetime. And if you do, please explain it to the rest of us”

    Each and everything in our lives, every moment of our lives, are controlled by Sri Krishna. If he does not help us to see we do not have the capability on our own to see or hear or feel or understand. All the capabilities that we have come from Him, and we think we are the ones who are doing the actions.

    God is in each and every particle in this world. This whole universe is His manifestation, his play ground or “Leela Kshetra”. The world had been functioning this way from ages and will function this way down the ages. Since God is in each and every atom, particle, beings (animate or inanimate) then all human beings should have been Godward souls and all would attain emancipation. But that is not the case. Some are theist and some atheist.
    How or why is it so? Since this is His Lila Bhoomi, if all human beings attained self attainment, then shrishti would stop and there will not be any cycle of birth and death and rebirth.

    Since we all are Trigunatmak bodies – Sattwa, Raja and Tama has an effect on us and our actions all the time. These three gunas have come from Lord Krishna but he is not affected by it. It affects the living beings.

    If we are the creators of our Karma, then we should be God himself, which we are not. Then we would be creating only good karma and not bad ones. Why is it that at times we do good deeds and at times bad? We remain the same person during both good and bad deeds. What compels us to do those deeds? If God does not pull the invisible string who does?

    The circumstances in this life help us go through the processes where we can attain oneness with God. When a beautiful ornament is made with gold its shaped and beaten to attain the beauty. So also it is with our lives. We are here to attain Moksha and that can only be attained through a human body. When God clouds our mind with material pleasures and wants, he keeps us away from Moksha. When the time is right for us to be near him, we become devout and spiritual. It is his Leela. This has been continuing and will continue down the yugas of Satya, Treta, Dwapar and Kali.

  2. Maria says:

    @ Suparna:
    You write, "God is in each and every particle in this world," and then later you write, "If we are the creators of our Karma, then we should be God himself, which we are not." These seem to be contradictory statements.

    I agree with your first statement about God in each and every particle in this world. So, I believe that we are already one with God. I believe in the concept of maya, the illusion; we have "forgotten" that we are God, and, equally important, we have forgotten that God is in each and everyone else.

    @Sam:
    Well written. Yes, I agree karma is misunderstood/misinterpreted. Thank you for explaining "karmic law" with clarity and wisdom.

  3. samgeppi says:

    Hi Maria,
    You're welcome.

    I agree with your statements above..

    Suparna,
    Your statements illustrate the points I am making pretty well.. The "good and bad" is the play of the gunas in our mind, not te eternal wisdom beyond.. the God consciousness in us..

    From The Bhagavad Gita:
    "Sattva or goodness, Rajas or activity, and Tamas or inertia;
    These three Gunas of mind bind
    The imperishable soul to the body, O Arjuna."

    The he describes how to be one with "him" (the imperishable Soul – the maker of Karma, etc.)

    Suparna, what if Krishna is none other than the divine being in your heart? What is Krishna is not JUST something outside for you to worship?

    Surely this is not a new concept for you.

    • Suparna says:

      Sam,

      Krishna is very much the divine being in my heart and in everyone else's too. The real concept is to see Him in each and every being and in every thing around us.

      @Maria,

      What I meant to say was, we are not the creators of our karma. It is He who leads us to do the work that we do in life whether good or bad.

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