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(Meher Baba explained)

Although the whole universe is illusion, yet it is governed by a law, a definite law, and that law deals with every detail. We cannot escape from the Law of Karma. But when we transcend illusion, the law does not bind any longer. Every action that you do binds you-, every little action, whether good or bad. But there is one way to get liberated from these bindings, and that is through love.

The Law of Karma is impartial and inexorable. It knows no concessions, gives no preferences and makes no exceptions. It dispenses justice. By the divine law you are shielded from remembrance of past lives, for it would not help you in living your present life but would make it infinitely more complicated and confusing. The law of karma prevents the ego-mind from escaping the result created by its good or bad actions.

The world is a slave to needs. The need must become your slave. You must learn to use modern conveyances-not be used by them. I do not want you to give up your need, but I want you to be free from them.

“The successive incarnations with all their particulars are closely and unfailingly determined by rational law, so that it becomes possible for the individual soul to mould its future through wise and intelligent action. The action of the past lives determines the conditions and circumstances of the present life, and the actions of the present life have their share in determining the conditions and circumstances of future lives.

Karma persists as a connecting link and determining factor through the mental body, which remains a permanent and constant factor through all lives of the soul.

The carrying out of Karmic debts and dues will be endless but for the release of karmic bindings through activising grace of the Master.

People do not want to go through their karma. They do not want to be ill even though this is one the easiest way to work of karma

Every action binds you. If there is an ant, and suddenly someone kills it, of course, a binding is then created – the impression of the act of killing. You cannot be free from that binding. You are bound because you killed one ant. Every action that you do binds you – every action, every little action, whether good or bad. The good action also binds you, but you are bound then, let us say, by a chain of gold. And, if the actions are bad, then you are bound, say, by a chain of steel.

Good actions lead to good results, and bad actions lead to bad results. An individual will reap as he sows. If a person had done an evil to someone, he must accept the penalty for it and welcome the evil rebounding upon himself. What he does for another, he has also done for himself, although it may take time for him to realise that this is exactly so. The Law of karma is an expression of justice.

Broadly speaking, karma is of two kinds: that which binds and that which helps toward emancipation and Self-realization. Good as well as bad karma binds as long as it feeds the ego-mind through wrong understanding. But karma becomes a power for emancipation when it springs from right understanding and wears out the ego-mind. Right understanding in this respect is best imparted by the Perfect Masters, who know the soul in its true nature and destiny, along with the complications created by karmic laws.

The karma that truly counts comes into existence after a person has developed a sense of distinction between good and bad. During the first seven years of childhood, the impressions that are released for expression are very faint. They also entail a consciousness of the world correspondingly less responsive to the distinctions of the world. Therefore, the actions of children under seven years do not leave any strong or effective impressions on the ego-mind, and they do not play any important part in shaping their future. True and effective karma, which moulds the ego-mind and its future, begins after the individual develops a sense of responsibility. This sense of responsibility is dependent upon a sense of distinction between good and bad, which usually dawns fully after one has passed the first few years of childhood.

The ego-mind, seated in mental body, takes lower bodies according to the impressions stored in it. These impressions determine whether individual will die young or old; whether they will be beautiful or ugly; whether they will suffer from physical handicap, like blindness, or will enjoy general efficiency of the body; whether they will have a sharp or a dull intellect; whether they will be pure or impure of heart, fickle or steadfast in will; and whether they will be immersed in the pursuit of material gains or seek the inner light of the spirit.

By the divine law, you are shielded from remembrance of past lives, for it would not help you in living your present life but would make infinitely more complicated and confusing.