Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2005 No. 3
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The Universal Law of Karma and the Age of Aquarius
People generally regard karma as punishment, but the great law should not be limited in that way. The law acts in the name of equilibrium, and the damage done by the violation of balance cannot be judged by earthly measures. Only from higher planes can it be seen how a crime expands in its effect, once committed. We speak of a drop of poison, but one small word can be equally poisonous.1
We can only remind you about the law, but free will must choose its way.2

The Great Law of Karma is known by many names such as the Law of Retribution, the Law of Responsibility, the Law of Cause and Effect, the Law of Ethical Causation as well as the Law of Divine Justice or just the Law of Justice and finally, it has also been referred to as the one Universal Law.

This subject of karma is inextricably connected with cosmic energies and cosmic purpose. It is a complex theme and one that is not easily understood. The Law of Karma is expounded in many esoteric texts including the Mahabharata written thousands of years ago. Among the many designated categories, the Ageless Wisdom refers, for example, to not only individual karma, but to group karma, national karma, world karma and cosmic karma—all of which are interrelated.

Karma, it is said, is contained in each cell. The Theosophical Glossary refers to karma as the power that controls all things. Contrary to what is often understood, karma neither punishes nor rewards. Rather, karma "guides unerringly, and so, to say, blindly all other laws productive of certain effects along the grooves of their respective causations."

At death, there remains nothing of the personal life except the causes produced by that life—causes which are undying and which cannot be eliminated from the Universe until replaced by their inevitable effects. Unless compensated with adequate effects, during the life of the person who produced them, the causes will follow the reincarnated Ego, and reach it in its subsequent reincarnation until a harmony between effects and causes is fully reestablished.

Among the various cited categories of karma, it is individual karma that is fundamental and determinative. It can influence, for ill or good, the creation of all other types of karma.

In the fourth volume of the book, Supemundane, the Agni Yoga wisdom also affirms this truth: "Man cannot say that he suffers without cause. It is man himself who at some point in the past introduced poison into the cosmic fabric…it is understood that every thought, every word expressed by man is engraved on indestructible tablets." (Par. 754) And, additionally, "little by little people are beginning to understand that their sufferings are not accidental. People are beginning to reflect upon the destinies of entire nations. It is not easy for them to understand which deeds have been the decisive ones….Not a few undisclosed crimes remain in the world, nonetheless, this karma saturates the world." (356)

Carried over from one incarnation to the next, the individual thoughts, words and actions that are the creators of karma have been likened to the minutest filaments of cotton: hundreds may be blown away by a single breath, yet "when closely packed and twisted together form a rope, so heavy and strong that it can be used to pull elephants and even huge ships." (The Theosophist, Vol. VII, October 1885-September 1886, p. 60)

In the above-mentioned book, Supermundane, we read that a burdensome karma is made up not only of sins of commission, it is also the result of sins of omission: "It must not be thought that a burdensome karma is the product only of horrible crimes. It is formed gradually, out of actions of laziness, coarseness, ingratitude and many aspects of ignorance." (815)

Just as there is a karma of demerit, there is also a karma of merit. Thus, while the individual's role in the determination of the karma affecting groups, nations and the world underlines the great responsibility that each person carries, it also provides a sense of hope, indicating as it does that one person's striving, one person's application of will and energy can indeed affect change. As each individual thought, word or action that is contrary to the Plan of Love and Light is redeemed, so will the karma of merit increasingly reveal the Solar Angel of Light and Love in the individual and the collective life of humanity. The spiritual energies of this evolving Age of Aquarius will facilitate this redemptive opportunity, if we but seek to work with them.

1 Supemundane I (242), Agni Yoga Society.
2 Supemundane I (229), Agni Yoga Society.