After THE LAW OF GIVING, we are ready to discover the next chapter of the book which says The Law of “Karma” or Cause and Effect. Title of the chapter sounds very similar to Newton’s 3rd law of motion “every action has an equal and opposite reaction”. The author at the very start of the chapter is explaining very simply that if we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is the same for us.
He is explaining that karma not only consists of actions but also the consequence of that action. Every action of ours creates energy which comes back to us in the same form. He is telling that karma means the actions we do after our conscious choice making.
We already read in the Law of Pure Potentiality that we have all possibilities and access to infinite choices because we have pure potentiality. Out of all the boundless choices we have; some we make are conscious and some unconscious.
He makes a very well-meaning line when he says that whether we like it or not, everything that is happening to us is the outcome of nothing but our choices we made in the past.
The author is explaining further about the unconscious choices that we make and don’t consider them to be a choice while they actually are. He is saying that if somebody insults us we would likely to make a choice of being offended. if someone compliments us we would make a choice of being flattened and pleased. Though we never think about it before being offended or pleased, as it is instantaneous but it’s still a choice.
He says a very mind-boggling point that it’s up to us to get offended or to get pleased. We have inexhaustible choices to make so, it’s our choice to pick the response we want to give to any situation or any circumstance.
But still we are constantly triggered by people and circumstances and our behavior becomes very predictable for if someone insults us we would surely get offended even though we have a choice to not listen to the insult and move on for we know we can’t stop every barking mouth, but still we make wrong choices which lead to other wrong choices sometimes. We easily become prey to bounded conditions others place us in.
The author is saying that we behave exactly the way Pavlov demonstrated. When he gave a dog something to eat every time he rang a bell, soon the dog starts to salivate when we just ring the bell because now he has associated the stimulus with the other. Similarly, we have also become predictable in our reflexes.
Deepak is focusing here on how to make a conscious choice and he suggests some ways of doing that:
- ASK YOURSELF A QUESTION: “What will be the consequence of the choice that I will make?” “Will the choice I will make, bring happiness to me and to those around me?” By asking ourselves these question we might perform spontaneous right action i.e.right action at the right moment.
- We can even transform our karma to a more desirable experience by asking ourselves “What can I learn from this experience? Or what is the message the universe is giving to me? How can I make this experience helped people around me? Answers will help you not make another wrong choice and spoil further karmas.
- The next way to deal with the karma is to surpass it that is to become independent of it. He is saying that just like a dirty piece of cloth in a stream when washed a number of times, each time it removes some amount of stain and comes out cleaner. We can achieve this but by meditation where we practice constant moving and coming out of the space.
The author while explaining about this law makes a very beautiful illustration which I want to make a mention here. He says if while playing sports we break our leg, what can we learn from that experience or what is the message the universe wants to give. Possibly it wants to say that I need to be more careful and attentive. We can also ask ourselves, How this experience can be made useful for others? Either I decide to share what I have learned by writing a book about playing sports safely or I design a special shoe or leg support that can prevent further injury.
By doing so we haven’t actually got rid of our karma but we will be able to create new and positive karma out of it.
The author has very creatively explained how to improve our karma and how to make conscious choices.
There is just a simple saying I want to mention here after reading this chapter which the author explained so elaborately, it says:
What we sow is, What we reap.”
…..to be continued (Chapter 4 The Law of Least Effort)