Karma

The Law Of Cause And Effect


Glossary entry for karma: "The word "karma" means action, and the derived meaning is "action, and the appropriate result of action". This concept is very important in Hinduism and Buddhism. As applied to the moral sphere it is the Law of Ethical Causation, through the operation of which a person reaps what he sows; builds his character, makes his destiny, and works out his salvation.

"Karma: "action," law that all deeds and thoughts, according to one's intentions, will have set consequences."
Sacred Paths

"But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."
Luke 6:35-38


"Whenever even two people start giving to each other and working for each other, these qualities and rewards immediately appear—greater mutual benefit, greater ease, and greater individual development at the same time … . By mutual giving with those around us, we begin to make a kind of local Utopia where the benefits are so obvious."
John Platt - Aquarian Conspiracy Page 215


"Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."
2 Corinthians 9:6


"And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

"Use hospitality one to another without grudging."
1. Peter 4:2-4, 8-9


"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap."
Galatians 6:7


"If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they."
Ecclesiastes 5:8


"Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face."
Psalms 89:14


"Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate."
Psalms 7:14-16


"Here we have someone who has carried a conflict to the bitter end and has triumphed. He is granted a decoration, but his happiness does not last. He is attacked again and again, and the result is conflict without end."

[Commentaries - Page 420] "To attain distinction through conflict is, after all, nothing to command respect … only the strong top line carries the conflict through to the end … it triumphs and receives a distinction. Yet the line is analogous to the top line—"arrogant dragon"—of the hexagram Ch'ien. It will have cause to rue the matter. What is won by force is wrested away by force."
I Ching # 6 Line 6

"The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands."
Psalms 9:15-16


"They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves."
Psalms 57:6


"Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

"Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. "
Proverbs 26:26-27


" … the inferior man's wickedness is visited upon himself. His house is split apart. A law of nature is at work here. Evil is not destructive to the good alone but inevitably destroys itself as well. For evil, which lives solely by negation, cannot continue to exist on its own strength alone. The inferior man himself fares best when held under control by a superior man."
I Ching # 23 Line 6


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Karma. The Law of Cause and Effect.


The law of cause and effect is universal; each man must carry his burden of sin, and must go along to its retribution. The same law of cause and effect controls good deeds. Teachings of Buddha, p.194


You have to reap the rewards of your deeds. As you sow, so shall you reap. You are indeed fortunate to get the refuge of the Perfect Master who will guide you te perform righteous deeds and also protect you from doing evil deeds. Shanti Vachan Bhandar, 34.


Do not return evil for an evil. Otherwise, how do you differ from him? The maxim, "You shall reap what you sow" is an eternal truth. Shanti Vachan Bhandar, 220.


Ignore the faults of others and forget the good you have done for others. The sooner you do this your suffering will cease and happiness shall pervade your life. Shanti Vachan Bhandar, 224.


Nature does not take sides. Everyone has to face the consequences of his deeds. Hence always do noble deeds so that you may not have repent. Shanti Vachan Bhandar, 1928.


As you think, so you will become. Always harbour noble thoughts in your mind. Shanti Vachan Bhandar, 2123.


Every vicious thought will rebound, every thought of hatred which you have thought, even in a cave, is stored up and will one day come back to you with tremendous power in the form of some misery. (…) Vivekananda, quoted in: Nikhilananda, Vivekananda, A Biography, P.196.


Goswami Tulsidas said in his "Ram charita Manas": "The Lord Himself created the law of karma - as you sow, so you shall reap." Keeping this basic principle in mind, our main duty should be to spread the message of Karma Yoga in the world, we ourselves giving an example to all, by practicing it. Whenever true progress was made in the world, it was due to the hardworking individuals of a particular Age. (…) By karma alone can we become prosperous. We have to work to our last breath. Teachings of Babaji, P.63.


Crime follows crime. For that, the earth is withered. Everything that dwells on it languishes - beasts of the field and birds of the sky - even the fish of the sea perish. Hosea 4:1-3


(…) And when he (God, the Spirit) is seen in his immanence and transcendence, then the ties that have bound the heart are unloosened, the doubts of the mind vanish, and the law of Karma works no more. Katha Upanishad, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World Wisdom, P.16.


Samsara, the transmigration of life, takes place in one's own mind. Let one therefore keep the mind pure, for what a man thinks that he becomes: this is a mystery of Eternity. Maitri Upanishad, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World Wisdom, P.20.


Mind is indeed the source of bondage and also the source of liberation. To be bound to things of this world: this is bondage. To be free from them: this is liberation. Maitri Upanishad, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World Wisdom, P.20.


Conditioned by ignorance are the karma-formations; conditioned by karma-formations is consciousness; conditioned by consciouseness is mind-and-body; conditioned by mind-and-body are the six sense-fields; conditioned by the six sense-fields is sense impression; conditioned by sense-impression is feeling; conditioned by feeling is craving; conditioned by craving is grasping; conditioned by grasping is becoming; conditioned by becoming is birth; conditioned by birth there come into being ageing and dying, grief, sorrow, suffering, lamentation and despair. This is the origin of the whole mass of suffering. Ascribed to Buddha, quoted after Novak Philip, The World's Wisdom, P.69-70.


(…) every person in a family is an individual soul who brings his own distinctive traits from his past lives. (…) A man takes birth in a certain family, a particular social and national environment, owing to specific causes - his own past actions. (…) One can almost predict what he will be in his next life by analyzing his dominant interests and habits in this one. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.74.


Every desire consists of specific forces, either good or evil, or a mixture of both. And when you die, though your body is gone, those forces do not die. As mental tabloids they follow your soul wherever it goes, and when you are reborn, these tabloids manifest as behavioral tendencies. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.123.


Desires for wordly joys create the magnetic attraction that draws man back to earth, life after life. Reincarnation is no longer necessary for those who have fulfilled their desires in God. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.131.


Our good or bad traits determine whether, and by whom, we are liked or disliked. Evil attracts evil; good attracts good. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.140.


Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him. Proverbs 26:27. Quoted after: Miriam Bokser Caravella, The Holy Name. P.49.


We are all just like puppets who are dancing, and the strings are being pulled by Him according to our karmas. The realized and the unrealized souls are all dancing in the same way. The only difference is that the realized souls know that He is pulling the strings and the unrealized souls think they are dancing by their own effort. So we have to act in this world with detachment to our role in life, knowing that He is pulling the strings and whatever is to happen will happen, but all the same doing our best under all circumstances. Thus we make ourselves receptive and become good puppets in His hands. Maharaj Charan Singh. Quoted after: Miriam Bokser Caravella, The Holy Name. P.57-8.


To free yourself from karma that binds you to the lesser duties of life, develop wisdom and God-consciousness. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.228.


Any word, any action, any thought that produces an effect is called karma. Thus the law of karma means the law of causation, of inevitable cause and effect. Whatever we see or feel or do, whatever action there is anywhere in the universe, while being the effect of past work on the one hand, becomes, on the other, a cause in its turn and produces its own effect. Each one of us is the effect of an infinite past. (…) Each one of us is the maker of his own fate. Vivekananda, quoted in: Nikhilananda, Vivekananda, A Biography, P.200.


There is no other way to vindicate the glory and the liberty of the human soul and to reconcile the inequalities and the horrors of this world, than to place the whole burden upon the legitimate cause - our own independent actions, or karma. (…) Vivekananda, quoted in: Nikhilananda, Vivekananda, A Biography, P.200.