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Karma: The all-pervasive law

Karma is a uniquely Hindu concept. But its basic tenets are reflected in many religions. Thus, the Bible tells us, “As you sow, so you reap.” And further, “God will render to every man according to his deeds.” Judaism says, “He who is liberal will be enriched, he who waters will himself be watered.”

It is neither fatalistic nor punitive; nor is man a hapless, helpless victim in its bond. God has blessed each one of us with reason, intellect and discrimination, as well as the sovereign free will. Even when our past karma inclines us towards evil, we can consciously tune our inclination towards detachment and ego-free action, thus lightening the karmic load.

The doctrine of karma is essentially one of hope and encouragement.


A recognition and full awareness of the law of karma can help us to face life with a positive outlook. It can evolve in us the spirit of willing acceptance, and thus help us evolve as masters, rather than as slaves of circumstances. Above all, we can take control of our own actions and thereby shape our own future positively.

The doctrine of karma is essentially one of hope and encouragement. It is the best motivation we can have for right thinking, right action and right living. If only we understood this law in its fullness, our lives would be beautiful indeed! We would learn the virtues of peace and contentment. We would bear the burdens of life with patience and acceptance. People would rejoice even in suffering.

Karma is an opportunity to learn; karma is an opportunity to evolve spiritually; karma is an opportunity to repay all outstanding debts, so that we may be free to move onward, Godward! When we begin to understand the concept of karma we will never ever blame God for anything that happens to us. We will realise that we are responsible for all that happens to us. Rich or poor, saint or sinner, miser or philanthropist, learned or illiterate—as you sow, so shall you reap. This is the universal law that applies to individuals, to whole communities, societies, nations, and races.

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