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The Law of Karma:
« on: December 29, 2015, 05:05:42 PM »
(The editorial of Mountain Path, Jan.-March. 2015)

The law of karma should not be mistaken for retribution.  The law in principle describes the impersonal
forces of action and their results.  Acton is infinitely varied.  No two actions, no two moments in time
are the same.  Each moment is unique.  What is consistent throughout each and every action is the
indubitable fact there will be a consequence, whether it is sooner or later is secondary to the primary
act.  The law is meant to give us guidelines, not deliberately punish us. 

The universe is a mixture of three catalysts called gunas, sattva, rajas, and tamas, which describe
the mechanics of karma.  Sattva uplifts our consciousness; rajas institutes actions per se and is neutral
while tamas invites ignorance and weakens our consciousness.

We have a choice between patterns of behavior and thought and feeling, between habits that lead to
happiness and understanding or misery and enslavement to the whims of an ignorant mind and heart.
Happiness is the result of a pure mind that cultivates peace and harmony, it lets go of negativity and
resentment.  Misery moves in the opposite direction; it nurtures antipathy and anger.  It corrupts
the mind and the heart.


Arunachala Siva.