In the writings of H.P. Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Movement, we find KARMA described as the very cornerstone of the Esoteric philosophy, the ultimate Law of the Universe, and even as the Power which controls the Universe.
Of all the many different spiritual topics and subjects that are included within the teachings of Theosophy, those of Karma and Reincarnation are the most important and it is the role and duty of all Theosophists to endeavour to do what they can to help put a clear and accurate understanding of these principles into the public consciousness.
A surprisingly high proportion of people nowadays readily admit that they believe in Karma and also in Reincarnation but the vast majority of them seem to have a rather hazy and unclear view of it and do not possess the necessary knowledge or understanding that would enable them to share and talk about these things freely and confidently with others.
If Karma is truly “the ultimate Law of the Universe,” then it’s certainly something worth knowing about and understanding!
There are only three possible explanations available to us as to why things are the way they are and why things happen the way they do.
Either everything is down to sheer chaotic chance and accident and has no actual reason, purpose, or cause behind it whatsoever…or everything is due to the will and whim of some “Big Man” up in the sky; some type of personal anthropomorphic God…or the universe and everything in it is governed by immutable Law; unfailing, unerring, impartial, impersonal, and ever just. This would be, as Madame Blavatsky put it, “the Great Adjuster,” ever adjusting cause to effect, in order to maintain the perfect harmony, balance, and equilibrium of all things including the universe itself.
None of these three theories are mutually compatible. If we stop and think about it we will readily see that it is impossible to hold to more than one of them. If we accept the Law of Karma then we cannot at the same time believe in a God who makes things happen and stops things from happening. For Theosophists, “Deity is Law and Law is Deity.”
The Master K.H., one of the Eastern Adepts behind the Theosophical Movement, spoke of the One Life, the One Law, the One Element. These are absolutely inseparable from one another. In their inseparable and eternal union, they are “The ONLY One,” other than which there nothing ever has been (to paraphrase from the Rig Veda). The One Life being Pure Eternal Spirit and the One Element being Pure Eternal Matter (primordial root-matter or Mulaprakriti in Sanskrit), the One Law which is vitally and eternally interconnected with the “Two-in-One” is the immutable Law of Karma.
Madame Blavatsky has said in “The Secret Doctrine” that it is only this teaching of the Law of Karma that will ever satisfy the mind and heart of the intelligent and thinking person who seeks answers to such pertinent questions as “Why do bad things happen to good people?” and “Why do disasters happen?” and “Why do some people suffer?” and so forth.
That “good person” will not always have been a good person, since none of us are perfect. At some point, either earlier in the present lifetime or in a preceding lifetime, the person must have behaved in an unpleasant, harmful, negative, or inappropriate way, and committed what Buddhist teachings call “non-virtuous actions.” For every action, there must be and always will be a corresponding reaction at some future point. What we sow is what we will reap. What we reap is what we have sown. Thus – in the words of HPB’s “The Voice of the Silence” – “rigid justice rules the world.”
There is no Divine Being behind this Law of Universal Balance, Harmony, and Equilibrium. It is simply LAW, uncreated, eternal, and immutable, the Law inherent in the Universe. It just simply is…and the sooner we learn it and accept it (since we can hardly deny it) the better for all of us.
* The above article is an excerpt from There is No Injustice which can be read by clicking on the link. The remainder of the original article is a compilation of insightful, inspiring, and sometimes challenging quotations on Karmic Law from Robert Crosbie, founder of the United Lodge of Theosophists.