It gives everything a chance to work out its karma the law of action. Evolution and reincarnation are methods of propelling all creation toward final freedom in Spirit, held no longer under the natural law of death. Nor do you end desires by giving up everything and becoming a poor man. You have your own self-created destiny with its lessons to be learned, and you must play well that part for which you were sent here. If everybody on the stage wants to be a king or queen, there will be no play. An actor with even a minor part can ruin the entire production by a poor performance.

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Only on entering into My consciousness do they gain release from karmic bondage. If we get really excited, we will inevitably feel tired and depressed later. If we hurt someone, someone will later hurt us. Even our desires cause karma; they must eventually be satisfied or overcome.

However, if we hurt someone unintentionally or if what we desire is also the right thing, then there is a much smaller repercussion.

As long as we have unfulfilled desires and actions that have not yet been repaid good or bad , we we must reincarnate to neutralize them, which keeps us from merging completely in God.

The difficulty is that each time we come back to balance out our previous actions, we create even more karma. Before we know it we have lived millions of lifetimes and have a seemingly insurmountable store of karma. Of course there is free will, or how we choose to respond to a situation. If someone hurts you, and you hurt them back, then they hurt you back, this cycle of karma could go on indefinitely.

If you forgive them though, instead of getting angry, then you will not produce more karma with that person and that particular cycle will be ended. Because God is perfect, and the only way to merge with Him is to become perfect ourselves, by learning the lessons that karma gives us.

Once, we were all one with God. Then we came to Earth and got distracted by all the possibilities. We became greedy and selfish and created heaps of karma in order to feel more important and powerful. But now that we have lived out all those lives and faced some of the karma that came with them, we must realize that the only way to truly be happy is to merge with God.

And the only way to merge with God is…to learn from our karma! If you have ever been robbed, you know what a frightening experience it is. Maybe in one lifetime you were a robber, but now that you have seen what it is like to be robbed, you are very much against it, even though you may not remember robbing anyone. Some probably came from your parents and culture, but many are from lessons you have learned in other lives.

How to Be Free of Karma There are ways to speed up this process though. As I said earlier, how you respond makes a big difference. When you are acting with inner peace and love, rather than acting on your desires and attachments, there is no opposite consequence that follows that action, and so you avoid creating more karma. So how do you learn to always act in inner peace and be free of your desires? Spiritual practices, such as meditation.

The practice of Kriya Yoga is specifically designed to burn up karma and speed up our spiritual evolution. At this point we will no longer be creating karma, and will quickly finish up our last few lessons. Try This For the next few days, try to be especially aware of the consequences of your actions, thoughts, and desires. Paramhansa Yogananda said that even the desire for an ice cream cone can keep you from completely merging in God.

So the next time you feel a desire, try to detach yourself from the desire and remember that you are a soul. Further Study.


Karma and Reincarnation: Understanding Your Past to Improve Your Future

If we accept the principle of cause and effect in Nature, and of action and reaction in physics, how can we not believe that this natural law extends also to human beings? Once consciousness is understood as basic to everything the question begs to be asked: Do not humans, too, belong to the natural order? Such is the law of karma: As you sow, so shall you reap. And if you sow goodness, you will reap goodness in the form of inner joy. To understand karma, you must realize that thoughts are things. The very universe, in the final analysis, is composed not of matter but of consciousness. Matter responds, far more than most people realize, to the power of thought.


If one missed reading Autobiography of a Yogi, this slim volume is a small nugget of wisdom that introduces the reader to the ideas of Self and its connection to the divine. Karma is a much used word. We hear people complaining that this is their karma and so they cant escape it. Or sometimes karma is punishment.


It sets into motion the law of cause and effect. The action produces a result that binds itself to the doer until the cause is compensated by the appropriate effect, whether forthcoming immediately or carried over from one life to another. The habits you cultivated in past lives have substantially created your physical, mental, and emotional makeup in this life. You have forgotten those habits, but they have not forgotten you. Out of the crowded centuries of your experiences, your karma follows you. And whenever you are reborn, that karma, consisting of all your past thoughts and actions and habits, creates the kind of physical form you will have—not only your appearance, but your personality traits.

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