Karma literally means “action” and “deed” in Sanskrit. Karma is the Law of Cause and Effect, Action and Reaction, Sequence and Consequence. We are always setting causes in motion, every moment, through our every act, our every word, and even our every thought. For every cause set in motion, there is a corresponding and correlative effect which comes back. This is the way the universe maintains its harmony, balance, and equilibrium.
The Law of Karma is possible the most important factor which shapes our lifes. Master Choa Kok Sui has strongly emphasised the teachings of this law and this concept is introduced in the very first workshop that a student takes in the MCKS Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga system. So let’s try and understand what karma really means.
Understanding the Law of Karma
While the Law of Karma comes up in Hindu and Buddhist philosophy, the concept is universal and is taught is just about every tradition. t is important to note the emphasis on the word Law. In physics and science, a Law is a statement which is an expression of fact, deduced from observation, to the effect that a particular natural or scientific phenomenon always occurs if certain conditions are present. According to the ancient teachings, the Law of Karma is unbreakable. Moreover, every self-conscious being in the universe, without exception, is subject to the Law of Karma.
So how does the Law of Karma work? Let’s go in to a little detail. The best way to understand the Law of Karma is through the Biblical phase “You Reap What You Sow” (Galatians 6:7).
What seed would you plant if you want apples? The answer obviously is apple seeds. It is the Universal truth that what a man sows, is what he will reap. You may want mango, but apple is all that you will get if you plant an apple seed. If you want other fruits, then you need to plant different seeds.
Also, within this analogy lies another important concept. There is a multiplier effect. When you plant an apple seed then you get an apple tree which produces several apples. As MCKS taught “One grain of wheat sown may come back to you about 120 grains of wheat.” The important word the be emphasised here is the word may. While it may not be able to control how much comes back, but it is certain that there will be a multiplier effect.
Why is this important? If we are able to know and understand Karma properly we would be able to change and modify our destiny accordingly. Therefore, to get a specific result, we need to create actions that would inevitably lead us to our expectations. Take for example the following:
- If you want to be treated fairly, then you need to treat people fairly
- If you want people to be nice to you, then you need to be nice to other people
- If we want to be loved by others, we have to be loving and kind
- If you want to be respected, then you need to respect others
- If you want inner-peace, then try helping others around you be peaceful
Therefore, it is actually very important for us to decide what we are looking forward to in our life. Some of us are looking for higher education. Some are looking for success. Some are looking just for happiness. So how do we use Law of Karma and achieve what we want? MCKS has explained it in the easiest way possible. He said “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you”, also, “Do not do unto others what you would not have them to unto you.” This is actually what is called the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule is actually the spiritual technique to create your future and destiny.
The Golden Rule
The Golden Rule is also universally taught through many religions. It can be applied both positively (the yang form) and negatively (the yin form).
- The Law of Karma, when applied positively, manifests as the Yang Golden Rule – “Do unto others what you would have do unto you”. This rule can be applied to get what you want or desire. In other words, if you want to be helped in times of need, help others in need. If you want to be treated nicely, treat others nicely too. If you want your life to be blessed with prosperity and abundance, be charitable by helping people in need. If you want cordiality and harmony, then be cordial and courteous to others.
- The Law of Karma can also be used to avoid undesirable things or events when applied as the Yin Golden Rule – “Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you.” Hence, if you do not want to be cheated or swindled, then treat others honestly and fairly. If you do not want to get hurt, refrain from hurting others. If you do not want to be judged, do not judge. If you do not want to experience hunger, feed the poor. If you do not want your goods to be stolen, do not take what does not belong to you.
Application of the Golden Rule it will produce harmony and prosperity in your life, and protect you from the vissitudes of life. So, if we do not want people to lie to us, we need to be truthful to others. If we do not want people to cheat us, we need to be honest to others. If you want a better life, then practice the Meditation on Twin Hearts and bless others in the world with a better life. The similar rule applies on money and prosperity. If we want money, we have to give money first. We have to help the poor by donating a certain portion of our earning towards them. If we do not want to be hungry or to starve in our life, we need to feed the people who do not have food for themselves. We need to help people in time of disasters and calamities so that we get help from others in the time of our needs. Practice giving in order to receive. This is how you will plant the seed of good karma for the future and as per the golden rule this will be returned to us manifold in the future. As the law says, what you plant is what you will reap. Likewise, without being generous you cannot be rich and wealthy. If you do not plant how would you reap?
The Law of Karma is also the basis of the command given by Lord Christ to “love your enemy”. If someone returns anger with anger and hatred with hatred, things will only aggravate. But if a person returns hatred and anger with love and kindness, it will result in peace and harmony.
When the Law of Karma is applied positively, it will give us desired results and will make us happy and peaceful. If this universal law is used properly by individuals as well as nations, it can bring lasting world peace!
Does the law always apply?
There are many who raise pertinent questions about as “Why do bad things happen to good people?” and “Why do disasters happen?” and “Why do some people suffer?” and so forth.
The answer is like this. That “good person” will not always have been a good person, since none of us are perfect. At some point, either earlier in the present lifetime or in a preceding lifetime, the person must have behaved in an unpleasant, harmful, negative, or inappropriate way. For every action, there must be and always will be a corresponding reaction at some future point.
This brings us to another important concept that Karma and reincarnation are inextricably linked with each other. You can’t have one without the other. One single lifetime is by no means long enough to reap the full effects of each and every cause we may have set in motion during that lifetime.
Also some people have a one-sided view of Karma. Some people say things like, “Karma’s going to get that person who wronged me”. But in doing so they completely ignoring the fact that the person wouldn’t have been able to wrong them or harm them in the first place if it wasn’t for their OWN negative Karma. Karma is never one-sided. For every effect, there was a cause. For every cause, there will be an effect. According to Madam Blavatsky:
There is not an accident in our lives, not a misshapen day, or a misfortune, that could not be traced back to our own doings in this or in another life.
According to MCKS:
If you have worked out most of your negative karma and have not done anybody any harm, then you have nothing to fear. Nothing can harm you. The law of karma is unbreakable. This is the meaning behind the statement that “my righteousness is my shield.” Literally, nothing can harm such a person. A thousand or million people may fall beside this person but not even a single strand of hair will be touched!
So when bad things happen to us, it is somethings a good idea to pause and reflect to examine if we may have ourselves created the cause in the past and to refrain from creating those mistakes in the future.
How do I verify if Karma exists?
One of the hallmarks of the Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga system is that students are encouraged to verify and validate the principles and teachings before accepting it. Now, is it possible to verify and validate the existence of the Law of Karma? This is what MCKS himself had to say in his book The Ancient Art and Science of Pranic Healing:
You do not have to blindly accept my words. You can experiment by doing something not too negative and observe what happens. You can also try doing something positive, like tithing, and observe what happens. Very often the karmic effect is not on a lump sum basis but is done on a piecemeal or staggered basis, but still the negative karmic effects are devastating. I have personally experimented and experienced the immediate effects of both positive and negative karma.
Applying the Law of Karma
According to MCKS the Law of Karma can be used to have a better life. MCKS provided the following instructions:
- Generate good karma
- Avoid generating bad karma
- Neutralize past negative karma
While the first two steps are reasonably easy to understand, one may ask how we can neutralize the negative and bad karma from our past?
According to MCKS, it is possible to neutralize the negative karma by “learning the lesson that is to be learnt”, and utilizing the “Law of Mercy” and “Law of Forgiveness”. The Law of Mercy means that in order to receive mercy, one must always be merciful towards others. All forms of negative thoughts and emotions, injurious words and cruelty towards others must always be avoided. The Law of Forgiveness means that we should forgive and bless all those who have hurt us. It is necessary to forgive because it helps us to release all the pent-up negative emotions.
By working out and overcoming their negative karma one is purified and gains inner strength and wisdom.