of Reincarnation: Part Two
There is a
conflict (for some, it can be called a battle) that wages within
most of us. The conflict is between that which we desire and that
which we need. This conflict is termed the kama-manasic
conflict, from two words coined by early Theosophists: kama,
meaning desire; and manas, meaning mind or need. The
purpose of our many lives upon the Earth plane is to transcend from
a state where we react very strongly to the desires of the personality,
to a state where we respond completely to the higher aspects of
the soul and spirit. Little by little, we chip away at the illusory
desires, and we begin revealing more and more of our spirit.
Law of Karma
If we consider
what we have said thus far, we can see that we are involved in a
marvelous system of life. We are given every opportunity to become
all that we already are. Again, we have a paradox. Why should we
strive to become something we already are? The answer is profoundly
simple: we do not believe that we are what we are! We have convinced
ourselves that we are the body, or at least the personality. We
very carefully categorize and label people, based upon color, creed,
religion, and sex. We constantly refer to and judge others as more
or less spiritual than we, when, in effect, we are all plainly and
simply spiritual. We even go so far as to argue whether God is male
or female; perhaps the most ludicrous argument of all. All this
categorizing and polarizing has created a dichotomy of the soul and caused us to forget, or not truly believe, that we are all spirit!
Chapter 1, Verse 9, it says, "There is no new thing under
the sun." This is true of the spiritual quest. Our journey
is not so much one of discovery, but rather one of rediscovery;
rediscovering the hidden mysteries of the soul, the hidden mysteries
of life and of God. Besides rediscovering that which already is,
we are constantly creating and changing. Although there is nothing
new under the sun, that which is not new is constantly in a state
of growth and expansion. As God expands and evolves (in a manner
incomprehensible to any of us), so do we; and vice versa. Thus,
life is a cycle. We are not traveling home; we are traveling back
home. Jews refer to this as Teshuvah, a return back
to the Source; a turning and returning.
with God, we are bestowed with a most wonderful gift: freedom of
choice. We have the freedom to choose whether we shall live by God's
plan or in opposition to it. This is our greatest gift. Along with
this wonderful gift comes responsibility, and this responsibility
is manifested in one universal and eternal law: the great Law of
Karma or Cause and Effect. In a nutshell, the Law of Karma states
that we must sow, now or in the future, that which we reap. We are
responsible for our actions and our thoughts. Everything that we
do, say, and think has some effect, and we are obligated to deal
with that effect. How we deal with it is determined by each of us,
but deal with it we must. This is the law! Apart from explaining
why there is evil within a loving creation, the Law of Karma guarantees
justice; not through punishment, but through consequence. Please
pay particular attention to this statement.
is not a law of punishment or revenge; it is a law of natural
consequence. No one escapes the effects of the Law of Karma.
many myths surrounding karma. Let us now dispel a few of them.
not a form of divine punishment. Karma is simply the law. There
is no punishment here, nor is there reward; there is merely
consequence. How we live our lives today will determine, to
a great degree, what our future will be like; it is as simple
must never look at karma as retribution for the deeds of the
past. To do so would be to look at life in a very negative way.
If errors need to be corrected, we should attempt to correct
them. This is the responsibility which comes with freedom of
not be equated to negativity. People love talking about their
bad karma and how they are suffering, today, for the deeds of
the past. Again, karma is the law. There is neither good karma
nor bad karma; there is only karma! The consequences of our
past deeds may be very unpleasant, or they may be very rewarding.
We determine that, not karma. Karma is what makes it all come
about. Karma can be equated to atomic energy. In its raw state,
atomic energy has great, but silent, potential. Once we tap
into it, we can use it either to solve our energy problems or
to destroy the planet upon which we live. So it is with karma.
In itself, it is neutral; once we engage it, it takes on character,
and we usually label it as good or bad.
never be looked at in terms of "an eye for and eye and a tooth
for a tooth." If we injure an individual, we do not necessarily
have to be injured by that same person. We must deal with the
fact that we injured another soul. How we deal with that is
up to us. Those involved will very likely work out a strategy
of karmic compensation. But karma should not be looked at as
a means of revenge for the injustices committed by others. This
perverted attitude concerning karma results only in one thing:
a continuation of a vicious cycle of inflicting one injustice
upon another because of what a person may have done to us. This
between people are complex and involve many different aspects, more
than we generally realize. The problem arises when we constantly
look at the people with whom we are involved and ask: what karma
am I working out with you? You may not be working out any karma
with that person. The question to ask is: what can I do to make
myself a better and more loving person? If we worry too much about
the "karma" of things, we fall victim to living our lives under
the assumption that if we do all the right things, we shall free
ourselves from karma's debt. This can be a selfish and self-centered
What are we
attempting to say here? Very simply this: we should be fully aware
of karma and its many implications and then leave it at that. We
should strive to live our lives in light, love, and goodness, not
because it will help wipe out karmic debts, but because we know
that this is the way we should be. If we do selfless things for
selfish reasons, our motives becomes selfish, and there will be
karmic consequences to this.
must never judge another person based on his or her life. Too often,
we tend to look at the "lowly" and downtrodden as people who are
having to suffer because of past deeds. Why a person chooses a particular
earthly life is between that person and God and should not be subject
to judgment. We must never equate bodily health and material comfort
as indications of spiritual growth or achievement.
souls, we are subject to varying degrees of karma:
KARMA is that which involves us as individuals; that which we
are dealing with and working through on a personal level.
KARMA involves the family with which we grow up. We come to
the Earth plane with certain parents and siblings; not by accident,
but because we have chosen to live and work with these people
for a number of reasons.
involves the over-all group to which we may belong. This can
be based upon sex, color, ethnic heritage, religion, etc. Today
there is a definite evolution of understanding between the sexes.
A person chooses to come onto the earth as a male or female
for specific reasons, but his or her life will also be influenced
by whatever his or her sexual group does. So it is with racial,
ethnic, religious, and other groups.
KARMA influences those living within a certain country. Nations
are subject to the laws of karma, as are people. United States
citizens are influenced by the karma of this country. So it
is with citizens of all countries.
involves the karma of the human family as a whole. As members
of the human race, we are each subject to that which influences
this great group of spirits. The general human struggle affects
each of us, and it is unwise to feel that the actions of a group
of people thousands of miles away have no bearing upon us. We
are all members of the human family, and we affect each other
on many levels.
we can see that karma, together with its implications and influences
upon our lives, is a bit more complex than we might think. We are
subject to varying influences, from varying sources. Once again,
we repeat: the secret to successful living is to live our lives
as loving and caring people. Peace on earth begins by achieving
peace within the individual. Harmony on earth begins with inner
harmony. Racial, sexual, and ethnic barriers begin to break down
with the breaking down of barriers from within. It all starts with
the individual. From there, it expands outward, gradually encompassing
more and more of the whole.
clarification on the difference between Spirit and Soul, you may
wish to read an article on the Spirit-Soul-Body
of this series: The Process of Rebirth.
on this and other related subjects on the Journey
of Your Soul and Spirit is available.
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