Before I expound on the Law of Karma, here is a story I want you to read.

Once upon a time, there was a scientist called Theordy. He had a theory behind every phenomenon. He was exceptional at logic, trigonometry, and physics. He could solve complex equations in his head, he could look at the shadow of a tall structure and ascertain its height in a matter of seconds, and he understood the whys and hows behind the complex workings of things.

One day, he visited his friend who was an artist. His friend showed him his recent works of art, they were beautiful pictures of flora and fauna, of landscapes, of sunrises, and sunsets.

Theordy was gripped with awe, with inexplicable joy looking at those paintings. He asked his friend how he could draw such magnificent paintings, how he managed to express emotions using lines and colors, and, what the logic was, the scientific basis, behind his amazing work.

The artist explained to Theordy that it took him years of practice, that he simply painted onto the canvas the beauty he saw outside, the feelings he felt inside. There was no more logic to it than that. Theordy argued that if one mixed the same quantity of red and yellow, it would produce the same orange every time. He suggested that if one drew straight lines at certain angles, they would always take the same shape.

He gave other intelligent reasons to his friend and ultimately arrived at the conclusion that there must be some theory and logic behind his artwork, an explanation, he felt, that was outside the comprehension of the artist.

His friend told him that art was a matter of expression and not an argument, a work of heart and not mathematical calculation, that surely there was some scientific basis but that art always took a different form, beyond equations and logic. Theordy remained unconvinced, and his friend, unmoved.

I am addressing an important subject today: Karma. My inbox is inundated with questions around it, seekers wanting to know about the Law of Karma; why did the Jews go through the suffering they did? What is the fault of those who die in a natural calamity? Why are some children born disabled? Why do some die early? and so forth. Painful questions. You may want to read about your karmic account and the law of karma.

I believe in rebirth, and this belief is based on my direct experiences in a deep meditative state. Could my experiences be subjective? Of course, they are. All experiences are subjective and interdependent.

I believe in the Law of Karma and I believe that not even in a million years is the slightest of karma 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, then nature, Earth, the planets, and the universe would not be what they are today.

Math could not measure the universe, so they labeled it infinite, they discover one particle today and name it the God particle, and twenty years later they will discover another entity and they may label it the Supreme God particle or whatever. I do not deny the contribution of science towards material progress, and I am certainly not labeling it good or bad either.

So, the question is not why bad things happen to good people or the other way around, the question is why must there be a universal theory to provide an answer that will fit your frame of understanding, of comprehension, of conditioning?

We are looking for absoluteness, we are looking for absolute proof, we want just one answer, it feels easy that way. Theordy will keep searching for logic in art. Why must Nature operate on mathematical equations? Consider the following:

Two identical seeds are sown in the ground. They are nurtured the same way. One sprouts and the other one perishes. Why? The other seed may have perished at face value, but has it really? The decomposing seed is actually food for millions of microorganisms, it is making the ground fertile, and it is supporting an ecosystem just as ably as the one that sprouted, albeit in a different manner.

Duality arises when we label the decomposition of a seed as a failure and the sprouting of one as a success.

I believe in God, in Nature, in that mystical dimension. It is outrageously beautiful and profound. I have experienced it first-hand, that is the basis of my belief. Yes, He can have a form based on your own beliefs; I have seen it multiple times so I believe it.

However, I do not believe that God is up there carving some cunning design or executing some sinister plans to harm or benefit a certain set of people, that, there is a God who gets upset if you do not follow a certain religion, or that He will grace you with the riches of the world if He is pleased with you.

He would no longer be God if He was partial and biased. I believe in Grace but I do not believe that it is based on the mere performance of rituals or adherence to a certain religion. It may not be without cause and effect, it mostly remains a work of art though.

Should we then reject, the Law of Karma, and see the karmic law as outdated, outlandish, and fantastical? No. That will be the equal side of foolishness, of short-sightedness. I shall try and elucidate the theory of the karmic account and how it applies to individuals in the near future, if not in the next post. But, please do not apply theories of microeconomics to make sense of macro-phenomena. If we persist with any proposition, we will arrive at some conclusion obviously.

It is a folly to accept that conclusion just because it offers you some consolation, some justification. Theordy’s ability to find an equation in a painting does not mean he has figured out the work of art.

To understand certain aspects, you have to be an artist, to comprehend others, you need to be a scientist. Whether you are drawing landscapes or erecting buildings, just as long as you are at peace, you must be doing something noble. How would you lead your life if no one ever told you anything about God or religion or the Law of Karma?

Imagine that a group of a thousand infants is dropped onto another uninhabited planet with provisions and many somehow survive. How would they grow up, what would their beliefs be, their morals, their religion?

I could have expounded on the word of certain scriptures to address your question, I could have offered you some convincing theory, a lofty philosophy, a logical explanation, some fitting thesis, on the Law of Karma, but that is not the way of Swami. I am committed to truth above everything else. I would rather have you ask the right questions through self-inquiry than accept my answers through secondary analysis.

The act of turning inward is the art of breaking free of the layers of conditioning, it is the science of understanding one’s true nature, experiencing your primordial state. It helps you transcend all labels. Your realization is going to come from contemplation and not conditioning, reflection, and not rituals, practice, and not preaching. Whether you are Theordy or the artist, be at peace, be yourself, be fearless.

Understanding without experience is dry and experience without understanding is blind. Go on, discover your own truth! That alone will set you free.

Peace.
Swami


Editorial Note

People’s karma is determined by how they treat you; yours is determined by how you react.

Individuals have come up with many various ways to talk about the form of cosmic justice that claims people are fated to get what they deserve—good or bad. Karma is thought to be a supernatural source of justice in which actions result in morally consistent results.

We all believe in karma. But how to get rid of bad karma? Identify your karma and implement a few tactics to break free from your existing karma and create a new world.

Calculate your karmic debt

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is Karma real? If yes, how can I clear my past life Karma?

Is Karma real?

This is a question that many of us have. We attract many kinds of individuals in our lives, some of them are karmic creditors who work as debt collectors.

That is not to argue that we cannot let go of our history. We all appear to have said or done things we wish we hadn’t out of ignorance or arrogance. Doing bad karma, on the other hand, does not automatically make one bad. 

Good people frequently wind up doing bad things, and bad people do a lot of good as well. You are not lesser because of a single negative idea or deed. Instead, it demonstrates a lack of consciousness when we lack the fortitude to confess, “Yes, I messed up, and I’m sorry.” To shred your past, believe that karma is real, and create good karma.


What does karma mean? Does it help in boosting our spiritual savings?

Do you know what karma means?

Karma quotes

Just as you save money bit by bit and every penny adds up, so does every small act of kindness. Every modest act of kindness increases your spiritual savings.

Because that is exactly what generosity is: your spiritual savings account. You use this account when you need tranquility and inner strength. It is the location where your positive karma is recorded. 

Karma will help us increase our spiritual wealth by doing good deeds.


What is karma’s role when it comes to treating other people? Are we only responsible for our karma?

In an immensely fast-paced world where trust is rapidly vanishing like the Arctic glaciers, every one of us must do our part to make the world a more patient, tolerant, and compassionate place.

Just take a look around and you’ll see that most individuals are not only in a hurry but are also becoming increasingly restless. We may waste hours on our devices doing pointless things but not a single minute on someone who needs us.

This is when we need a time for karma. It starts with respecting yourself and others, practicing loving-kindness, and being humble.


What is bad karma? Does astrology have solutions, using which I can clear off some of my bad karma?

If you want to change your fate, you must first work on yourself.

Then everything comes into place. Time cannot be changed by gems and stones, totems and trinkets, and so forth. 

If your marriage is in trouble, both spouses must attempt to repair it. If you are in debt, you must reduce your spending while increasing your income. Wearing a certain stone or pacifying a specific planet, in my opinion, is not the solution.

Only you are capable of resolving your bad karma.


Do bad things happen in my life because of my karma? How does Karma actually work?

I spent a long time in profound meditation reflecting on the subject, “How does karma work?” in order to discover an answer, some insight.

The truth is that there is no solution, no insight other than the fact that we have almost no control over anything. We have little control over anything but a few parts of our own life.

While Nature functions on a magnificent scale with ruthless precision, what occurs to us and around us has a perplexing, even terrifying, randomness to it. I’m not saying there’s no reality to the law of karma, but as I previously stated, it’s not the be-all and end-all in my opinion. It is not the panacea for all ills.

Not everything that occurs to us in life is due to something we did wrong (or well) to deserve it. There isn’t a why or a why not. Every day, bad things happen to good people. Crooks rise to power. Saints are reviled, while sinners are adorned.

However, karma will get you.


If everything is fate or destiny, what is karma then?

An action is made up of five different parts. 

Karma’s execution is not exclusively based on one aspect. The five factors are support (or approach or motive or influence or environment), doer, resources, effort, and destiny.

Destiny does have a role, although it is only around 20% of the time. If you function in the correct atmosphere, one that is conducive to your karma, tap into the resources needed to carry out your plan, and remain persistent, your goals will come to fruition sooner or later. 

Believe in Karma as well as yourself.


What are the different types of Karma? Is karma one different from the other?

Karma is classified into three types: physical, verbal, and mental. 

Every action has an aftereffect. Physical deeds leave a physical trail, but verbal and mental karma leave psychic impressions.

If you examine the path of any karma, you may be astonished to see how it may decrease but never totally disappear. You are conditioned by the residue of each karma. That is the law of karma. 

Any action you take or idea you have leaves an impression on your mind. These impressions serve as the foundation for emotions.


I am most honest and lead a very spiritual life. Still, the troubles in my life never cease. Is it because of my past life karma? Is past life karma real?

The law of attraction and the law of karma may coexist, yet it is conceivable to have bad karma while excelling at attracting pleasant things. 

The opposite is also true: one might be a lovely person and still attract bad things in life. That, for better or worse, does not rid him of his karmic due; it is not written off. 

Nature deals with it individually. It is for this reason that some people, whom you may label as terrible, continue to thrive till their last breath. They have the ability to attract the things they seek in life.

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re riding; it all leads to your karmic account.