You reap what you sow. It’s a spiritual law recognized from antiquity in order to develop harmony in the universe. And it’s taking a very long time. Why? Because the world is drawn to the pleasures of the flesh (with the two newest religions – Christianity and Islam – appealing to the pleasures of the flesh after one life, i.e., heaven) more than to the development of the spirit.
What you sow is what you reap. One word says it all = Karma.
Karma is a divine law, a spiritual law that most if not all religions of the world have taught. Even Jesus taught it. However, Christianity doesn’t like to believe that it has a lot in common with Buddhism, Hinduism, or anything outside the Big Three of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Yet Jesus taught this spiritual law.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Luke 6:37-39 NRSV)
The apostle Paul taught it exactly like earlier occults (see definition in the quote below) traditions:
“Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. (Galatians 6:7 NRSV)
In my blog last week I mentioned that I’m reading a book on reincarnation. The name of the book is Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery, compiled and edited by Joseph Head & S.L. Cranston. It’s an eye opener. The following quote resonated deeply with me and my belief in unity and harmony. [My definitions are in italics.]
Karma is a highly philosophical truth, a most divine noble expression of the primitive intuition of man concerning Deity. It is a doctrine which explains the origin of Evil, and ennobles our conceptions of what divine immutable Justice ought to be, instead of degrading the unknown and unknowable Deity by making it the whimsical, cruel tyrant, which we call Providence [GOD].
An Occultist [one who studies the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers – this includes those who believe in a God] or a philosopher will not speak of the goodness or cruelty of Providence [GOD]; but, identifying it with Karma-Nemesis [karmic retribution], he will teach that nevertheless it [karma] guards the good and watches over them in this life as in future lives; and that it [karma] punishes the evil-doer—aye, even to his seventh rebirth. So long as the effect of his having thrown into perturbation [distress] even smallest atom in the Infinite World of Harmony, has not been finally re-adjusted. For the only decree of Karma—an eternal and immutable decree—is absolute Harmony in the world of matter as it is in the world of Spirit. It is not, therefore, Karma that punishes, but it is we, who reward or punish ourselves according to whether we work with, through and along with nature, abiding by the laws on which that Harmony depends, or—break. them. (p. 520-21)
Religions who changed the philosophy of thousands of years away from the reincarnation of souls, have no good explanation for the justice of the soul who is evil (like someone who murders innocents into his/her old age, but on the last day “repents and confesses” the “truth” as defined by a conference of religious elites) – this person will go to heaven for eternity, never to suffer the consequences of his/her evil deeds. This is not just. Not to the victims. Not to a righteous (just) Diety whose intent is the unity of all creation.
Karma is a “just” philosophy that people of wisdom figured out long before Moses. Its design and intent is to bring everything back into harmony, everything and everyone working together for the common good. Contrary to the spiritual law, however, people began to assume they were the enforcers of karma. An eye for an eye, and I get to do it. They claimed the role of Deity when they turned karma into retribution and retaliation types of punishment.
Karma requires the concept of reincarnation to make things right. The developing spirit within (some define as the spirit of God within) needs more than one lifetime to improve. If you do good, good will come to you. If you hurt others, justice will be served. It’s a spiritual law.
I love this part:
For the only decree of Karma—an eternal and immutable decree—
is absolute Harmony in the world of matter as it is in the world of Spirit.
When you pursue harmony, you will be sowing the seeds of unity, of goodness, of kindness, of love. What religion can’t agree with this? It’s the only way harmony will return to the creation.
Harmony among all creation will take a long time. But things are getting better from the way they were 3000 years ago and much longer ago. And you play a part in the progress of the unification of the world by planting seeds of harmony that will bring good karma to you, more than likely in this life, and certainly in the next one (or two, or tenth, or hundredth, or thousandth).
What you sow is what you will reap.
Sow lots of seeds of harmony, and everyone will win.