Karma Made Visible

Imagine, for a moment, a clock. The hands of a clock are visible, while the clockwork mechanism is hidden behind a case. The “case” of karma is the crudity of mind and matter on the physical and astral planes of existence. We generally cannot see through this case, which act more like a one-way mirror: The power on the other side is directly in touch with all that occurs here, but we are ignorant of what is happening there.
Mystics grappling with the impossibility of describing spiritual reality have tried to talk about the workings of karma in language that we can understand.

St. Paul, in the Bible said, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Mohammad Said,” He who does a good dead will receive ten times its worth; and he who does evil will be required to an equal degree; and no one will be wronged. Each soul earns for itself, and no man shall bear another’s burden.”

Buddha Said,” Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Sufferings follow an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draw it.”

It seems evident that each of these quotations is referring to the same universal law, even though the teachings of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism otherwise differs in many respects.

Deep inside every world religion is a common core of mystical truth that takes some digging to be found. “Karma” definitely is part of the Perennial Philosophy- ageless and changeless principles of spiritual science.

We live in scientific times, and many people yearn for a scientific approach to spirituality, as well as morality. A clear understanding of karmic law will go a long way toward fulfilling that yearning. What follows, then, is an attempt to communicate the essence of that universal law in a modern format: an imaginary representation of a “fairness machine.”    


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