Law of Karma

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The universe can be broadly categorized into Matter and Life. Every piece of matter is created in balance – example; Jupiter, moon and other things are programmed to function precisely, whereas humans are not, they have a choice to manage the balance for themselves.

Physical and metaphysical things follow certain laws; you reap what you sow, for every action, there is a reaction, the physicists say heat lost in one is gained by the other, the accountants say for every debit there is a credit, and there is always a giver for a receiver. In Hindi/Urdu language it is “Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni.” You are welcome to share your sayings in the comments below.

No one will escape this truth; it applies to individuals, communities, and nations.

Let me share a few examples; if you receive flowers, your first response is to thank the giver – then the transaction completes and both the giver and receiver feel good about it. When the giver gives you the flower it creates a social debt and it is offset by a thank you, and if you don’t say thanks, awkwardness looms on both sides creating an imbalance. You can go back and apologize for the delay and restore the balance.

If you curse someone, nothing may happen to the other, but something will happen to you, and you lose your own composure, even if you deny that nothing has happened to you. Without a doubt, your spirit is diminished and your capacity to function is lowered. If you keep piling these it will have an adverse effect on your health and a loss of your positive energy. It is like a warm cup of coffee in cold weather that loses its warmth quietly.

You can apply the rule to any situation and it works except a few situations where the criminal seems to get away with murders. That is not entirely true everyone pays for it one way or the other.  The Iraq war caused nearly a million deaths, 9/11 about 3,000 deaths, Hitler and Stalin caused over 10 million deaths… the list is big.  How do they pay for it, how is justice restored?

The only answer I know is what religions have proposed. All the religions say that God will punish them in a variety of ways –in reality, God does not punish anyone, he, she or it has set up a system of laws that operate in the form of the law of nature.

The Dharmic faiths (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and sometimes Sikhism) believe that you will be born again in the lower form of life and the Abrahamic (Judaism, Christianity, Islam),  Bahá’í and other earth-based traditions believe that there is a life after death and everyone’s actions will be accounted for and balanced out.

There is always a way out of it in this life – to repent, to forgive and to apologize. This offers two sets of answers –one is behavior modification and the other is the hope that justice will prevail. Every human seeks justice consciously or subconsciously.

Just remember to seek forgiveness and repent often. Whether it is your patient, doctor, consumer, vendor, boss, employee, contractor, brother, sister, kids or spouse, make a habit of clearing the air frequently. Don’t let the ego hold you down, free yourselves. Seeking forgiveness and forgiveness frees you. Tie the loose ends of life; there is a relief in it.

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About Mike Ghouse

Dr. Mike Ghouse is a public speaker and the Executive Director of the Center for Pluralism in Washington, DC. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. More about him at