We have all long heard about the law of karma: “What goes around, comes around”, or “As you sow, so shall you reap” – By all of us being subject to the same [Cosmic] laws, life remains in balance. This is taught as a tenet of faith in all religions and is also a key spiritual principle.
Yet it often appears on the surface of life that those who transgress against us, and others, pay no penalty for it. Even so, we can also see that such challenges to us are an appropriate component of our journey to enlighten ourselves, and others, even the entire world.
I have long been aware of life’s innate balance and that we all are balanced by it, according to the Cosmic schedule. Progress for all life carries forward no matter what. It is obvious in the big picture.
Though personally, just as I am glad for another’s well-deserved good fortune, I have wanted one who hurts me or others, to also encounter such an appropriate karmic result.
Accepting this on faith alone was difficult, without seeing evidence of such a process in action. Also on a simpler level, we all enjoy those stories depicted in the movies and even in scripture, where the bad guys get their due at the hands of the good guys.
Faith can move mountains but personal satisfaction, without incurring any negative karma is also important. It is not retribution or revenge we seek, it is completion, so that we can let go, and continue on. Balance endures.
Our satisfaction comes through purification and knowledge. By this I mean the dynamics of action become clearer in whatever situation we are curious about. For example, I have shared previously about taking on the toll of the last twenty years in order to resolve the family karma of my pedophile father-in-law – I wanted God to take care of the remainder after his passing, and to no longer be bound by the experience. Soon after that, as a result of my fluency in the three worlds [Heaven, Earth, and Hell] I was able to see his karma come due, reborn into muskrat life for awhile.
Because of the revelation of this new knowledge, I was able to fully let go of this long-term challenging experience, and even come to absolutely forgive my antagonist, seeing more deeply into his life’s journey, and the horrific abuse he had suffered as a child. Nonetheless, he propagated much suffering in his inability to deal with it, and after his passing, was demoted from human life to serve his appropriate sentence.
Without this clear experience “beneath the surface of life”, my long-term struggle would’ve probably overshadowed me for a long time, perhaps even defined who I think I am. However, seeing the entire sequence in its totality and completion, it educated me instead. Rather than being a barrier to progress, this significant slice of my life was transformed into a massive gift towards full enlightenment, with any accompanying pain and anguish fast receding in the rear-view mirror.
True, life is all Lila, a Divine play as viewed from our Cosmic immortal perspective – our surrender to Mother Divine – and at the same time we must immerse ourselves in our karmic burdens and results without holding back, and as if our progress depends on it, because it does.
We gain the full benefit of arduous experiences not by avoiding them, or obsessing on them, but by dealing with them in the context of Totality, of Brahman. Resolution is then complete, and we move on clearly and confidently, traveling without baggage, to whatever is next required of us. 🙂