© 2018, By Prashant S. Shah, http://spiritual-living.in
Everything that we do has consequences. We are often free to act; but once we have acted we are not free from the consequences of our actions. The consequences happen according to the ‘Law of Karma’.
The law says that whenever our actions are inappropriate or unjust, we incur a debt. And this debt has to be paid up. However, the causes and effects pass through many stages in the system. So the causes take a long time to return to us as effects or debt that have to be paid up. It is precisely this ‘time lag’ that deceives us into believing that we can escape the consequences.
Karmic accounts are preserved in nature’s archives, so nobody escapes anything!
The implications of the law of Karma:
- Most of our ‘present life events’ are the results of our past karma. The debts are not literally awarded as punishments. More often they arise in the form of bad habits and false beliefs. We are born with certain predisposition and we allow them to make most of our decisions. Hence, we don’t make them our decisions consciously or with sufficient awareness. Thus, many things are decided for us; and the events that are happening in our life are more like the consequences that are arriving. We feel that we are either lucky or helpless.
- However, all our actions do not arise from our predispositions and, in the same way everything is not pre-decided for us. Some events are still open to influences. At the inner level there is a play of forces; and there are many factors at work. Hence, the destiny is in the making; many possibilities exist; and what happens will depend on what we do and on the actions of others who are connected with the event.
- Besides this, there are intelligences in inner world that decide some events in the outer world. Hence, some events are arriving; some expected events may not happen; and something unexpected may arise.
- So, where exactly do we fit into these happenings? To succeed in the world that is open to possibilities, we must do two things correctly:
We have to work for the events that are actually trying to happen and not for some imaginary events. (If we go against the trend we have to work harder, and yet we may not succeed).
And we have to take up the work in which we have some personal advantage over the other players. (Otherwise we may not get the work or we cannot hold on to it).
The importance of choosing correctly:
In every case, however, we remain responsible for our actions.
Our choice is limited to this: Either we act (or do our present karma) intelligently; or we follow our predispositions (our ignorance, false beliefs and tendencies) mechanically.
Thus, the results we get will depend on how we choose to act.
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