It is but human nature to believe everything that happens on this planet should have some kind of answer. Whenever something undesired happens, we are conditioned to question God or look for answers in religious texts, astrology, and the likes. Here is one perspective on the role of the law of karma in mass destruction.
A few readers wrote to me with similar questions. They wanted to know the role of karma, what place it has in the events of mass destruction and natural calamities like earthquakes, tsunami, hurricanes, in war, in genocide, in plane crashes, in the case of massacres and so forth. Let me share my point of view on this.
As I wrote earlier, I do not believe that the law of karma is your answer to everything, every occurrence. It is possible to retrofit theories, to force a square peg in a round hole and cover the gaps with some adhesive creating the illusion of a perfect fit, it will only offer temporary consolation, short-lived solace.
Before I address your question, it is important to remember that it is conditioned mind alone that asks questions, the conscious mind coated by conditioning, it rejoices in calculations, in analysis, in exploration, it thrives on curiosity, it feeds on inquisitiveness. Not that anything is wrong with that, in fact, it is this very human trait that helped our race to surprise ourselves, to amaze ourselves, to rule all the other races, whether that is good or bad, is up to individual interpretation. Consider the following:
1. The Questioning Mind
Imagine, on the one side, having a mind that is endlessly asking questions, the same mind is addressing them, fielding them, dodging and answering them. That is probably how human intellect has developed over millions of years.
It is like giving clay to a child, he keeps on creating different forms till the charm remains and then he molds all figurines back into a ball and leaves it aside. He may repeat the process till he grows out of it, till he is fascinated no more, till he gets another toy. Similarly, your conscious mind keeps you busy, it wants to keep you fascinated, keep you engaged. It gets tiring after a while.
Just like physical matter, mental matter can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only ever be transformed. Intellectual satisfaction from one theory today may give way to another philosophy tomorrow. Einstein put it aptly, “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”
2. The Quiet Mind
Now, on the other side, imagine a mind that is diving in an infinite ocean of bliss, it has gone quiet. It is alert, conscious, superconscious in fact, but it is not bogging you down with endless questions about some philosophy, some abstract theory you want to plug into a tangible thesis; instead, it keeps you focused, your energies channelized, escalating your awareness to an entirely new level.
Your most profound answers will emerge from a state of quietude. In a state of quiescence, you start to understand what is important to know versus what is more relevant, your answers will no longer produce more questions, and more answers and more questions and so on. It will come to a stop. You have to experience that state to know what I mean.
I can only show the path, your deliverance depends on you alone. It does not come from scavenging second-hand knowledge, it comes from a dawning of inner wisdom, it is the outcome of quieting your mind so you may see the real you. It is easier to see what lies beneath the clear water when it is still.
I encourage you to tread the path of attaining quietude to experience a constant flow of bliss, you will get all the answers, more importantly, you will get all the right questions.
Onto your question now; let me segregate it into two parts:
1. Natural Calamities
Our planet has developed its own coping mechanism, an evolving ecosystem, a sustentative cycle, it is not dependent on the human race for its sustenance, and as such, does not see us any more important than an ant. It does not reason like us, if it did, we would be long gone.
Acts of nature are simply corrective measures it takes to maintain its existence. Whether that involves spewing fire by erupting mountains through volcanic actions, or earthquakes or mass destruction to cast off the anomalies, it does so indiscriminately. Like the dog that shakes off water after a bath, like a snake that sheds its old skin, Nature renews, realigns, rejuvenates itself.
There is a natural order to most things when butter is brought next to heat, it melts, wonderful it is, it is not an act of grace or grief. For example, there may be no media coverage on mass destruction, no sense of loss, if a hurricane hits an abandoned island and no one is hurt, for, no one lived there. Explorers may seek answers, reasons, from an ecological, geological perspective, it is highly unlikely anyone will approach it through some esoteric philosophy, religion, through arcane laws.
Predominantly because, a sense of attachment is missing. However, if the same incident takes place in a densely populated coastal area causing casualties, mass destruction, we start searching for an answer in religion, in philosophy, in divination, and so forth. You may agree to disagree, but all religions, bar none, are mere philosophies; actionable items are called rituals. Great spiritual leaders passed on their wisdom and followers shaped it into religions.
2. Handmade Disasters
If I have my facts straight, every minute, more than two hundred fifty people die on earth. It is accepted as normal, it is the standard mortality rate, they say.
However, when a couple of hundred die in mass destruction, such as in a plane crash, or, lot many in war, in crimes against humanity, we label this as abnormal; absolutely, it is.
Yet, just because the scale is bigger, or because the act is concentrated, it does not mean there is an all-encompassing intellectual proposition to feed a satisfactory explanation. Searching for answers in a religious theory or some cosmopolitan philosophy is just as abnormal.
Behind most wars, mass destruction, most crimes, lies the misguided human spirit of competition, of misplaced emotions, of misdirected energies, such heinous acts remain eternally hideous, driven by greed for power, for lucre, for a position, they are commissioned to satisfy ego, lust, they are murky acts of glorified ignorance, unmistakable signs of a barbaric mind.
Since, we have an evolved intellect, how flattering, we like to give ourselves importance, somehow we feel that Nature, God, others, the world, must owe us something. We believe everything must have a meaning, our life, our death, every incident, every phase, every occurrence, has to be supported by some intelligent answer to appease the insatiable curiosity of the conditioned mind.
There may be theories, scientific basis, cause-and-effect, and what have you, that does not mean there is an absolute reason. Whenever anything undesirable happens, we want an answer, because most of us have been conditioned to believe that if you worship God if you pray, nothing bad can happen; you derive your own truth from that. You can read-Does prayers change things? How does God answer?
So, where does that leave us in terms of praying, divine grace, and God? Do they mean anything? Of course, they do. Can they help you? You bet. I will cover it in the near future, if not in the next post.
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Let us further explore the law of karma and how it applies in our everyday life, relationships, and more…
What is the universal law of karma?
I believe in the law of karma and I believe that not even in a million years the slightest of karma is lost.
However, I do not believe in pansophy, an absolute philosophy, I do not believe that one theory could be the answer to everything. If it was all mathematical, nature, earth, planets, the universe would not be what it is today. Read more here. Furthermore, you can also watch a video discourse on: What is destiny vs. how much of it do we control in terms of karma?
What does the law of karma say about daily life?
Here, I shall go over the four types of karma as captured in various Vedic texts in Hinduism. The classification hereunder is of four types. It is about the realization of such imprints. As follows:
1. Prarabdha, matured, Karma
2. Sanchita, stored, Karma
3. Agami, forthcoming, Karma
4. Vartamana, present, Karma
Read more on each of the karma types here.
Help me understand the philosophy of life and what happens if I follow the law of karma?
The answer to this question is in the form of an insightful discourse full of wisdom by Om Swami on the philosophy of life and the application of the law of karma.
To listen to this discourse go here.
How does the law of karma apply to me?
If you have accumulated a certain debt, it is you alone who has to pay it back. That’s your karmic account. Let us say, a certain bank manager is your best friend and you need chips. You cannot approach him with the argument that he has millions in his bank and therefore he should lend you some money, from someone’s account, from anyone’s account. Even if he wants, he cannot do it.
Nature cannot give you what you have not earned just like it cannot take away from you what is rightfully parked in your karmic account. It is impartial. You need to deposit before you can withdraw. What you do with your life, your actions is entirely your own responsibility. Each individual has a separate karmic account, it is immaculately maintained, there are no mistakes there.
What does the law of karma or law of attraction say about love?
If you have ever been in the mountains, you may have experienced the echo phenomenon. Whatever you say out loud, it is said back to you multiple times.
The more you shout, the louder it gets back to you. This is the law, the fundamental principle. If you shout me, me, me, the universe shouts back at you me-me-me-me-me… If you say, I want money, it says I-want-money, I-want-money, I-want-money… If you shout give me love, it echoes back give-me-love, give-me-love, and so forth. Nature’s magnitude is much greater than yours. By shouting, you cannot win. The more you want, the more it wants too.
Once you start to give, it starts to give you back. When you start to say, I want to give, it says back I-want-to-give multiple times, when you shout I am grateful, it shouts back I-am-grateful…
Read more here.
What does the law of karma say about the feeling of revenge?
Can I tell you something? If it is revenge you seek, be prepared to slide down the spiritual path faster than the speed of light. And, there is no justification for revenge for the very basis of this emotion is not merely punishing the other person but hurting them. What’s even worse is that you experience a sense of relief and joy when you feel that they have been taught a lesson. No matter how terrible they may be, feeling a sense of joy at someone’s loss does not befit a sincere seeker.
At the same time, I know that my words are unlikely to soothe an angry heart reeling in revenge. I can’t recall the last time I could convince anyone to fill their heart with love towards the person they resented.
Read more here.
What does the law of karma say about karmic relationships?
The objective of this article is to help you see how all karma has a residual trail. Karma is of three types, namely, physical, verbal, and mental. Every action leaves behind an imprint. Physical actions may produce tangible residue whereas verbal and mental karma creates psychic imprints. If you analyze the trail of any karma, you may be surprised how it may wane but never gets destroyed completely. It is the residue of each karma that conditions you.
Read more here.
What does Bhagavad Gita say about the law of karma?
Krishna instructs Arjuna on the Karma of three types:
First, that is sātvika, the one done in the mode of goodness,
Second, rājasī, performed in the mode of passion and
Third, tāmasī, the one done in the mode of ignorance.
Read more on the three types of karma as per Bhagavad Gita
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Why me - How would the law of karma work when someone has hurt me and cheated on me?
Even with all the right karma, intentions, and choices, you can end up on a hijacked plane that’s going to turn into ashes in the next few minutes, or you could be in the building working sincerely where it’s going to crash. You could find yourself in the clutches of an abuser, a rapist, or a robber. A drunk driver could ram into your new car you were driving carefully, following all the rules, leaving you injured beyond recovery. A car you’d bought with your hard-earned money, a body you cared for all these years. Damaged. Beyond repair.
I’m not saying that there’s no truth to the law of karma, but as I mentioned earlier too, it’s not be-all-end-all in my view. It’s not the answer to everything. Not everything that happens to us in our life is because we did something wrong (or right) to deserve it. There’s no why or why not. Bad things happen to good people all the time. Crooks become leaders. Saints are abused and sinners are garlanded.
Most of what we go through is no doubt affected by our choices and actions, but sometimes somethings just happen randomly.
Read more here.