THE LAW OF KARMA
THE LAW OF KARMA
Lecture 9 of the Youth Occult Class Given by the Master Beinsa Douno
April 26, 1922 – Wednesday, 19.00 local time, Sofia
Next time write on the topic “The Place of Beauty in Nature”.
I am going to speak now about the law of karma. If you want to learn more, read what is written in the foreign literature – German, French, English, Italian. I will treat this topic from the standpoint of the Divine science.
The karmic law originates from the very exit of the human being from God. And the action or manifestation of this law begins with the polarization of the human being, i.e. with the emergence of two poles in the world. The polarization means a division of the human consciousness into positive and negative, ascending and descending, or in the highest terms: awareness of Love and awareness of Wisdom. These are the two poles in the human being.
You ask, “What is the reason for the division of the human consciousness?” It occurred because the wish to appropriate and master things was introduced into each individual, into each human self. These two poles, developing separately from one another, went into different directions and forgot that they were sides of one whole. Therefore, once they were divided, they felt the inner impulse to obsess one another in a mechanical way. And where mechanical possession of things exists, violence is created. a. In contrast to this situation comes Nature that requires a voluntary sacrifice from human beings. Nature says, “Humans are brothers and they should sacrifice for one another voluntarily, out of Love.”
I will give you now a definition of the word “sacrifice” from a spiritual point of view. Sacrifice means a “law of proper growth and development”. Why? Because only entities that grow, blossom and give fruit, are able to make sacrifices.
Let us return to the question of karma. How did this law appear? When the first consciousness in the world limited the second one, conditions for karma had already appeared. I will clarify this idea with the following example: suppose that Nature has placed two people, equally rich and intelligent, to trade together. They needed one another, but nevertheless each of them wanted to take possession of the wealth of the other one. At last, one of them succeeded and the other was left without means. What would he do? He would become a servant of the person, who managed to take everything. Therefore, one became a master and the other – a servant. In this sense, masters in the world represent the first consciousness that gained supremacy in power over the second consciousness. And servants represent the category of those people, whose consciousness submitted to the influence of the first consciousness. But servants have still preserved their wish to become masters and to rule others. So, when a master has many servants, soon they begin to unite and organize themselves against him, acting to overthrow him. One day they will catch him and beat him well. After that they will become masters and he will become a servant. Thus, the two parts of the human consciousness exchange their places and parts.
When I am speaking about the karmic law now, do not think that you will comprehend it at once in its fullness. I ask, how can evil appear amongst the disciples of a spiritual school? It will come, if one of them wishes to become a master, to dispose with others’ knowledge. Evil will also come, if one of them wants to impose one’s own will on others: i.e. this one has an idea, which he wants to convey to everyone. Or one has a certain habit of behaviour or certain powers, which this one wants to carry out among others by all means. But disciples should know about the existence of a law, regulating the actions and manifestations of all living creatures. Nature has put limits or frames of development onto each power. Coming to its limit, it will raise the opposite actions. When people do not know your inner private intentions for some work, they are inclined to obey you, to submit to you. Once they get your objective and hidden intentions, they immediately start opposing you. This counteraction appears under the effect of the law for self-preservation and maintaining one’s own freedom.
Therefore, the law of karma can be regulated only when humans are ready to make sacrifices for others, to become their servants and to acknowledge the right of every living creature. You should give others the right you want for yourselves; you should send others the blessing you wish for yourselves. Everyone has the right to develop one’s mind and heart, to work for strengthening of one’s will, notwithstanding if uneducated or learned, poor or rich, servant or master. One’s riches are riches of all; one’s rights are rights of all. The difference is only in the way of using and applying these riches and rights in everyone’s Life.
Disciples may be submitted to a certain danger. It is the so-called vampirism, i.e. the ability to pull out one’s vital energies. Only those who know the occult laws can do it, but it is absolutely forbidden. In the School you have joined, parasitism is absolutely prohibited. Sponging one’s vital energies is nothing else but parasitism. Those who dare to do it will bear the consequences of their disobedience. That is why disciples should be highly enlightened, not to misuse the inner forces they have developed.
Many spiritual schools maintain the belief in their disciples that the power of human beings is hidden in thought. It is temporarily true, but in fact the power of the human being is neither in its thought nor in its feelings, nor in its will. These are just human manifestations, but they are not yet the source that brings power. It is the same as to think that each manifestation of love is real love, revealed in its completeness. Sometimes Love is revealed in its form, sometimes – in its substance or meaning, but these separate manifestations of love have not yet represented Love in its fullness. I will give you some examples, to get a clear idea about Love revealed in form, content and meaning. For example, when a worker passing by a river sees a drowning person, he goes into the water, catches this person by his hand and drags (?) him out of the water onto the bank. Then he says to the saved one: “Come on, go home!” This is an example of a physical manifestation of love – love revealed in its form.
A second example: a person who has not touched food for several days is walking down the street. A stranger meets this person and reads on his face that he is very hungry. The stranger stops and invites the hungry one to his home for refreshment. He gives him enough food and after satisfying his hunger, says: “Now you may go home.” It is a manifestation of the substance of Love.
A third example: you meet a young and studious person, who wants to study and acquire knowledge. You are a teacher in several specialties, so you offer him lessons. You teach him for one or two years and when you see that he has acquired some knowledge, you say to him: “Now you are able to continue your studies alone. Make an effort and you will succeed.” It is a manifestation of the meaning of Love.
I ask, do you think that if you help a drowning person or feed a hungry one or give knowledge to an uneducated one, you will manifest Life completely? No, Life and Love can be revealed completely only if you live in the Causal world, where all are living for one and one is living for all. In this world, the wellbeing of each one is a common wellbeing, and the common wellbeing is wellbeing of each one. On this basis the activities, joys and grief of every creature, nevertheless how small it is, should be sacred for you. It could be a fly, for example, but you should treat it in the way you treat a human being. Only in this situation God will rejoice. But only God may direct His attention to those small creatures and things. Humans pay much more attention to great enterprises.
Now, as you have come to this School to study, exclude lying from your life completely – not the slightest trace shall remain of it. It is the only thing that is not forgiven to the disciples of this School. All other errors may be excused, but lying – never! If the lie comes, protect yourself from it as if it was fire! Falsehood is a principle that will bring you into the contradictions of Life, from which you can hardly get free. When one falls into a difficult or helpless situation, this person immediately resorts to lying, saying: “It is impossible to live without lying!” No, it is impossible to live without Truth, but you can certainly live without lies.
Therefore, write the following sentences, which are valuable rules of living:
It is impossible to live without Love, but one can live without hatred.
It is impossible to live without Wisdom, but one can live without foolishness.
It is impossible to live without Truth, but one can live without lies.
If you say the opposite – that it is impossible without telling lies, it will turn out, that falsehood generates Truth, which it is not true. If you say that it is impossible to live without foolishness, it will appear that foolishness generates Wisdom, which is not true either.
When we speak about the karmic law, we have in mind different types of relationships. For example, relationships of servants and masters, students and teachers, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, all these are karmic relationships. Mothers and fathers represent one of the moderating circumstances of the karmic law. According to the karmic law, all beings are placed in close or distant relationships to one another, in order to pay their debts. Contemporary people should know this law, so that they can liquidate their negative karmic in the right way. Otherwise, if they do not know the karmic law and its requirements, they will create new karmic relationships between themselves that should be settled in the future. For example, if a master treats his servants badly, he will become a servant in some future life and his present servants will be his masters. He should serve them for a long time until he pays off his debt. That is why if you ask yourself why you should serve someone, the cause is hidden in your past, when you tried to submit the will of some people, making them your servants. But this is absolutely forbidden! To submit one’s consciousness means to submit the Divine in someone to yourself, trying to make it your servant. But it is the single impossible thing in the world: to submit the Divine to humans.
The liquidation of the karmic debts supposes inner work for the transformation of one’s thoughts and feelings in order to be reformed. The theosophists speak about the human high and low manas, high and low mind, spiritual and material nature, or the two poles in the human being. Your work on yourself is expressed mainly in this: to move from one pole to the other, mostly from the low pole to the ascending one. And it is true that if you want to appropriate something in emotional way, by your feelings, you will create negative karma for yourself. And you will liquidate this negative karma, when you let people be free. If you demand from a friend of yours to love you and to show you his love, he will put a halter on your head, he will goad you from behind and ask you if you agree to be loved in this way. It is the way of creating karma between two people. The law of karma is an awful thing! The karmic relationship may start even with one bitter word said to someone in some unfavourable coincidence. This word could be pronounced in a fictitious way, kindly, with a smile, but if it is bitter, it will produce its negative effect. No matter how a word is said, if it is bitter, it will bring thousands of evil things. Therefore, be cautious with each feeling and thought of yours. Before you let them out, filter them carefully to avoid impurities falling down together with them. How will you do it? Use the suitable filters for this.
From a spiritual point of view the human heart, mind and will are like filters that purify human feelings, thoughts and actions. Each thought, feeling and action should pass through the human mind, heart and will, in order to be filtrated. And only after their filtration they can be planted in the garden of the soul.
One should not be a clairvoyant at all to see how the karma between two people was created. Without any clairvoyance, one can understand how and when a karmic relationship has emerged. Even the slightest violations of the law of Love lead to the polarization of the human brain: it happens when more energy is gathered in one of the hemispheres of the brain in comparison with the other, so a person gets angry and starts offending his friends. If more energy is gathered in the left hemisphere of the brain, a person becomes very kind and polite, but not as a natural behaviour. It is noticed in such a case that the muscles of the right side of one’s face begin to contract and shrink. And then you see some specific disharmonic tics on the face of that person, caused by his disharmonic thoughts, feelings and actions. If these unconscious facial motions continue for a longer time, it may happen that the mouth becomes warped, because the muscles on one side of the face shrink, while on the other facial side, they are enlarged.
The karmic law will lay its seal on one’s face, eyes or some other place of the body in a short period of time. For example, if a person often tells lies, some of his muscles shrink and the ray coming from his eyes goes down, to the centre of the Earth. If this person looks in a mirror and sees the ray of his eyes, directed to the Earth, he himself will not like his appearance.
Now, when you will write about Beauty, you should know that Beauty comes from the inner harmony of the human being. One should be absolutely pure in order to attain and to maintain this beauty within oneself!
Now, write one more rule of life that is as follows:
Introduce Truth into your souls,
Light – into your minds,
Purity – into your hearts.
So, write this rule and every time when you go to bed ask yourself whether Truth is in your soul, Light – in your mind and Purity – in your heart. How will you know this? If Truth is in your soul, it will make you free. If Truth is in your soul, you will carry off things with vigour, giving freedom to yourself and to your neighbours. If Light is in your mind, it will bring you knowledge. Light is the conductor of knowledge. If Purity is in your heart, you will be strong in any aspect. Sometimes, when you see errors and wrong feelings in your neighbours, you are ready to judge them. No, according to the karmic law you should yourself correct whatever error you have found in your neighbour. Try to correct even the slightest mistake, which you see in your friend.
You ask, “How can we correct the mistakes of others?” I will give you an example that will show you a method of correction. A young person from the town of Varna went to an Evangelical librarian to buy some books. When the librarian saw him, he said, “A few weeks ago a friend of yours borrowed some money from me. I did him a favour, but he has not come yet to return his loan. What a friend you have!” – “How much is his loan?” – “Such and such an amount.” – “Here you are, take this money and consider the account settled. I am one with my friend.” With this act the young person had proved, that he and his friend were honest people. This is a noble character.
Therefore, if you hear bad things about your friends, pay for them and say: “I am one with my friends!” How will someone behave who has not got this moral? Hearing some bad words about his friend, he will answer: “Yes, it is true that my friend has this weakness, he is somehow neglectful, but I will speak to him and tell him to pay.” There is no need to speak. The School you have joined does not allow speaking in such cases. Disciples are required to pay for their friends and to arrange their debts. And when you meet your friends later on, do not mention anything to them. If you apply this method, you will see its good results.
The above method is for those who are ready to pay for their good friends, but not for those who have the possibility to pay, but nevertheless, leave their friends to settle their debts for them. This is violence and misuse of the people’s conscience and it will result in negative karma. One day such persons will lose their good friends and will have to pay by themselves. If you have good friends and let them settle your debts, you are on the wrong way. One day the Providence will place you in the same position – you should pay even double, together with the interest. Those who think that they can outwit the karmic law, mislead themselves. The Bulgarian proverb “The old fox walks straight into the trap” is just for such people. You should not play with your karma. It is the creditor. It does not admit any delay, not even half a day. It does not accept any excuses – you will pay your debt exactly, together with the interest. So, it does not remit even the interest. The karmic law is strict. It will let you free only when you have settled everything.
You should know that all good thoughts and wishes of humans polarize in one or another direction. Knowing about the law of polarization, you will see that everything in Life is polarized. You say, for example, a new and an old teaching. May the old teaching function in the roots and the new teaching - in the branches. The old teaching will serve to fertilize the tree that will grow, will bear fruit and from it the new tree – the New teaching - will develop. And according to the New teaching, the karmic law will not be frightening for humans. Why? Because of the knowledge that karma likes brave people. Be brave enough to receive your karma well – as a dear guest paying a visit to you. If you try to escape from it, it will reach you with the stick and fight you out. Karma possesses some nobleness. It will fight you, spit on you, but at the end it will go without doing you any harm. Karma possesses a bearish character. When it wants to attack someone, it goes around him, strokes its hair, pretending that it does not see him. Its hair becomes soft, but this person’s hair goes up. If karma does not want to attack someone, it passes by him, bristles, gets its back up, spits on him and goes away. In this case the person gets off with a whole skin, but he has experienced a real fright. Karma is like a bristled bear for brave people: it will pass by them, getting its back up and it will spit on them, but then it will go away with the words: “All right, I’ll leave you.” You should thank karma that it has not touched you, nevertheless that it has frightened you, but you are all right after all.
Knowing this, you will solve the tasks of your life accordingly. If you come to a big disaster, say, “My beloved karma has bristled up, it is spitting on me, but it will not do anything else.”
You ask, “What shall we do and how shall we live to avoid the creation of karmic relationships between people?” I will give you an example and you will draw your own conclusions. Visualize two parallel railways with trains going in two opposite directions – East and West. Suppose that a hundred trains go East and they are located along one of the railways in equal distances. If the trains maintain one and the same speed, there is not a danger of crashing. But if the speed of the trains is different, crashes will occur by all means. Therefore, according to the karmic law it is not important if the trains go East or West, but the speed of the trains is of vital importance. The speed of the moving trains should be equal. Consequently, when two people go in one and the same direction with different speeds, they will surely face a collision. If the speed of a train is a hundred kilometres per hour and the speed of another train is eighty kilometres per hour, no danger of collision exists. But if the speed of the first train is eighty kilometres per hour and of the second train is a hundred kilometres per hour, there is a probability of collision, especially at night. In order to avoid the collision, the second train should reduce its speed to become at least equal to the speed of the first train and obligatorily it should keep some distance from the first train.
Now, as you live amongst people, you should be neither too smart nor too silly. Why? Both foolishness and intelligence are karmic laws. If you are too smart, you will go very fast and you will collide with those who are slow. If you are too foolish, you will go very slowly and you will crash with those who are fast. You will have the same results in both cases. How should you behave then? You should be as intelligent or foolish as those around you. You ask, “When and how should we manifest our intelligence?” You should keep your forces for better times. For example, if a slow train goes before you, you should reduce your speed. If your way is clear, i.e. if there is no other train before you, you may go then even with your cruising speed.
In two weeks from now, make a summary of everything that has been spoken about here up to now. Next time write on the topic: “Application of Karma in Life”. Today I outlined some ideas about karma, so that you could develop your themes and I am going to treat this question further on. When your works are ready, each one may read his work and the rest will discuss it. Any critical remarks should comply with the rules of the New teaching. To criticize means to say only true things, with which you are absolutely sure. Criticizing implies presenting things as they exist in Nature.
You are supposed to spend not more than one hour daily for working on the lectures and to write your themes. As far as the themes are concerned, ten minutes is enough. When you write your works on karma, consider these thoughts: if you are in front, move faster! If you are at the back, move slower! This theme gives an answer to some ideas from the new philosophy. But these ideas solve the problems only partially. Why? The situation will be different, if there is a second and a third train behind you. In this case you will take into consideration the following rules: if someone goes in front of you, give him way and possibility to go as fast as he wants! If you are behind, go slower! These are four significant positions in Life that should be always observed. Therefore, I say, when the disciples want to go faster, the Master cannot give them the right to go with a greater speed. While you are disciples in this School, go slowly! After you have finished this School, activate all your powers and go as fast as you can. If there is someone ahead of you, do not hurry up, but reduce your speed. Whoever is at the back should go slower.
These are symbols, which you should transfer into living deeds. What does the fast speed correspond to? It corresponds to Virtue. Therefore, be fast in Good, i.e. go in front! Be slow in evil, i.e. go to the back! It is an interpretation of the events in Life and Nature. In other words, the phenomena of the physical world should be translated into the language of the Spiritual world. And on the opposite – the phenomena of the Spiritual world should be translated in the language of the physical world. Only then things will become clear. So, the high speed represents Good and the low speed – evil. If you get angry often, you should know that you will move in the rear and will advance slowly.
If any issues of vital importance emerge amongst you in the future, you may write them and we will spend some time discussing them.
Petar Deunov (Beinsa Douno)