Whenever anyone does something wrong, the Indian proverb goes, “at least be scared of God”. Which implies that even if you’re not scared of the implications of your actions while living in the world you’re in right now, you need to be scared of some God sitting upstairs in Heaven, possibly writing your receipt to Hell.
What’s the flaw in that, you ask?
Many people who believe in the law of cause and effect find their peace in the consolation that “karma will bite back”. And thus, we end up monitoring the wrongdoer’s life for a long time after the wrongdoing happened, to see if they’re miserable and regretful yet.
We can’t stand to see someone happy if that’s not our final experience with them.
Karma does come back to get everyone. But our idea of when is a little off.
Of course, you’ll question its existence if it isn’t making itself visible to you. Many people try to console themselves further, by believing that it’ll happen in the ‘afterlife’, that you’ll go to hell. That sounds off to me. Here’s why.
I like to look at Karma as finishing off what you started.
Which means, if you started an action on Earth, you need to be here to complete it. So in a way, your receipt to hell is just another round-trip to Earth with a more complicated life, harder lessons to learn.
Sounds less vicious, eh? So many times, we’re projected the image of a devil standing at the gate of doom, with blazing fire and screams. Not to break your agonizing bubble, but what would that even teach you? It’s nothing but a false, dramatic, and over-exaggerated notion of the true essence of Karma.
As much as you’d like to believe that God is vengeful (because that’s how we see humans on Earth), God is the personification of Ultimate Justice in the Universe. In other words, God, Justice, and Karma are all synonymous.
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And Karma isn’t about punishment. That’s just a fear-mongering way to look at it. It’s actually a very simple law – you do good, it comes back to you. You do bad – it also comes back to you.
The reasons that this law doesn’t always seem true are:
#1 – Karma isn’t always instantaneous.
Or at least it doesn’t seem so to us. A change of heart sometimes takes ages. And until the person really gets the importance of their actions, they will keep repeating their behavior – which means more Karma for them! And in turn, a heavier learning curve in the manifestation. Whether you as the reader believe it or not – sometimes our Karma carries over to another lifetime when left undealt.
#2 – Karma doesn’t necessarily come through the same door it went out of.
For example, if you did good for someone, you can’t expect that they’ll be the one returning the favor. Which is perhaps why the saying goes “don’t expect anything from anyone”. It’s not to break your heart but to assure you the universe will always compensate for the good you deserve.
Just don’t expect to know how it comes to you! This is called the law of Divine Compensation, one of the 10 Divine Laws of the Universe.
#3 – If somebody isn’t fighting for themselves, it’s their bad karma. But it’s yours, too.
The same goes for doing bad. Let’s say you’re mistreating somebody. It is their lesson to learn how to stand up for themselves, but it doesn’t mean you won’t pay back. It certainly doesn’t help you to keep feeding your own power by victimizing other people. Sure – they may never stand up to you, but you will have someone giving you a taste of your own medicine.
Given the simplicity with which the law works, visiting a haunted land of unceasing fire doesn’t make much sense. Our Heaven and Hell are all on this planet – it’s all in our mind’s experience.
It’s more practical to be here, reap what we sow, and finish what we started.
All that being said, why would you fear God? Isn’t it marvelous that something so fool-proof has been designed for us? That our spiritual learning is always under surveillance?
Essentially, life is about understanding the consequences of our actions through the experiences we have. Some like to call them ‘lessons’. And, once you have learned the lesson, you don’t need to suffer endlessly. There is always GRACE. RESPITE.
I also like the possibility of heaven and hell just being in our heads. The possibility that we have all ten states of existence in our very selves. Something I talk more about in this post.
The Universe is kind, and there’s a special place in Heaven for those who are consciously clearing their Karma. It moves with you when you take action for your betterment, it works for you.
When your lessons are learned, you are supported in moving forward to a better reality. To your own Heaven on Earth.
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