According to the doctrine of karma, for every morally determinate thought, word, or action, there will be corresponding karmic compensation, if not in this life, then in some future life. As a man sows, so shall he reap.
- K. L. Sheshagiri Rao
"The natural laws of the universe are inviolable… what you say and do determines what happens in your life… You are the master of your life and death.
What you do is what you are."
- Lao Tse
We come to the plane of existence over and over again for two reasons: to learn lessons and to transmute Karma. I use the word Karma because it is a descriptive word that many understand to a degree. It is the Universal Law that states what goes around comes around. We have to pay for what we do wrong. We are rewarded for what we do right. In the Bible, it says “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Man has subverted this from its true meaning. Man has turned it into an excuse for revenge, which is so the exact opposite of what it really means: it is the Universal Karmic Law that what we do, we must pay for. It is our eye that will be plucked out for every eye that we injure. It is our tooth that will be lost for every tooth that we knock out of someone else. There are consequences for our every action. Knowing this, will you change the way to react to someone harming you? All of the great Spiritual Leaders who have come here to teach us right from wrong, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, White Buffalo Calf Woman, Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., all of them have stated that when harmed, we need to turn the other cheek. That is because of Karma. Strike back, and you have the Karma to deal with one way or another, one lifetime or another.
Here are some sites and articles about Karma. They will open in a new window:
an article about Karma and reincarnation
an article about the laws of Karma
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to be love;
For it is giving that we receive-
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is dying that we are born to eternal life.
"For it is giving that we receive-"
St. Francis of Assisi