|The Great Philosopher, Emerson who is also my mentor and
teacher for the world of God said this in his essay on compensation.
"Ever since I was a boy I wished to write a discourse on
compensation, for it seemed to me when I was young that this subject
about life was ahead of theology and people knew more than the preachers
taught. The documents, too, from which the doctrine is to be
charmed my fancy by their endless variety and lay always before
me. Even in my sleep for they are the tools in our hands, the
bread in our basket, the transactions of the street, the farm and the
dwelling house, greeting, relations, debts and credits, the influence of
character, the nature and endowment of all men. It seemed to me
also that in it might be shown men, a ray of divinity, the present
action of the soul in this world, clean from all vestige of tradition
and so the heart of man might be bathed by an inundation of eternal
love, conversing with that which he knows was always, and always must be
because it really is now. It appeared moreover, that if this
doctrine could be stated in terms with any resemblance to those bright
intuitions in which this truth is sometimes revealed to us, it would be
a star in many dark hours and crooked passages in our journey that would
not suffer us to lose our way."
So it seems that long before the idea of Universal justice or Karmic law was to become more generally known or accepted in the Western world, the great philosopher Emerson was translating the ancient thought of the East into modern terms. Perhaps you may have wondered just why it is that human beings are drawn into life without any apparent measure of choice. Some are born under kindly stars and some under adverse conditions while still others are born into a life of mediocrity, ignorance, suffering or sorrow. Some ask are things that happen to man predestination? This theory or doctrine says that God has from the beginning of time, ordered or destined that which comes to pass. This doctrine is unscientific as it allows no freedom to men and denies the boundless love of God.
Lets look at karma and the New Testament. As Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from birth and his disciples asked him, saying, "master who did sin, this man or his parents, that he was born blind." Jesus answered, "Neither hath this man (the present human personality) sinned, nor his parents but he is this way that the works of God (the eternal law of karma or justice) should be made manifest in him."
Karma is the doctrine of
When you fully realize that no effort you make, no thought you think, no love you express or lavish on any of God's children is ever lost but is carefully placed, according to the nature of the act, upon either the merit or demerit side of your book of life, you will then gain that happy state that Jesus promises. "The peace that passeth under-standing."
The teachers of your soul explain why it is that people bring into this life certain inherent or latent qualities of character, abilities, mental traits, ideas or purpose. Why some are born with a genius ability for some art, music, literature, oratory, business, finance, physical strength or any of the varied activity of mankind. Thus the doctrine of karma can when properly understood, give us great hope and assurance. The Universe will never cheat us and we can only cheat ourselves.
Personally, I believe man is given no greater karma than he or she can safely bear. This is often why great souls, geniuses, saints, philosophers and great leaders of mankind are often born under adverse conditions and pass through a life of intense feeling, sorrow or hardship.
The presence of such unfavorable karma (from the standpoint of the world) is a spiritual evidence that "to whom much is given, much will be expected." The greater the soul the more difficult its initiations.
Karma we build now. This is being done by our thoughts and actions. Which we are creating for our future. The thoughts you think may be borrowed thoughts, though, is a living substance of force that you merely use. Your thinking gives to any particular thought a certain vitality or power, and you send it forth to influence countless others.
Old Karma generated through past acts and thoughts must be worked out. The stronger the thinker, the greater his personal responsibility for the effects of his thought upon others and the heavier his karma becomes. Remember this. To do unto others as you yourself desire to have done unto you.
Why are we born into certain conditions and families? This has to do with karma. One is born into a certain family and racial environment because that environment tends to furnish the particular circumstances for the growth of the soul and the working out of its karma.
It was Shakespeare who wrote "all the world's a stage" for all men are actors on this stage of life whether thy act in full consciousness of that truth or not. It is the immutable Law of karma that determines the nature of the part we must play and it is our duty to play that part well.