Our lives are bound together by the universal law of Karma. This bondage does not only affect humans but also plant life, animals and minerals (including crystals). This fact makes our world a giant house with a large family and, like all families, ongoing complications are a regular occurrence.

As long as we are all relatives in this large Earthly family, we will all be subject to the law of relativity (revealed by Albert Einstein) which states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This is the scientific and logical law of Karma which can cause us pain but which helps and builds us to understand the effect of our actions, developing the soul by teaching us love and upliftment and aiding in our eventual spiritual maturity.

The law of Karma is simple: if we punish, hurt or deprive another being of their freedom (human or animal), then in our next lifetime we will be subjected to the same, or a similar (equal) experience. Once we understand and accept this universal law, then we can be liberated and we can avoid becoming ‘victims of karma’. This law of karma directs us to follow the higher spiritual code of ethics making the journey to spirituality not a passive path to God, but a very active one. Try to finish your mission in this life by doing what is right, correct and good so that you don’t have to come back to this plane, unless to teach, guide and serve others. Maintain a pure spiritual consciousness throughout your lifetime because there is always a chance of losing it, thereby slowing your journey towards God-consciousness.

Remember, what you are going through is not punishment but experiences to wash away past karma. You must be responsible in this lifetime, earning your perfect state of consciousness. You are reaping what you have sown in past lifetimes.

Swami Shankarananda