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  1. 1. The Law of Retribution *Dr.T.V.Rao MD Today we see a complex world, every one behaving totheir advantage, least concern for other co-humans andkilling spirit to become rich and powerful at the cost ofsuffering to co-humans. One wonders whether there is anylaw which rules the world. Many think just worshipping thealmighty can get away any possible mischief. However oneshould remember the universe is governed by law of actionand reaction i.e. Law of retribution,every wrong action orcrime brings its own punishment, in accordance with the lawof retribution. The Hindu doctrine is based on Law ofKarma,in Indian philosophy, the total effect of a personsactions, both mental and physical, on his or her existence; apersons present state, including health, is determined byactions from previous existence, and present actionsdetermine their destiny for future existence.The "Law ofKarma" is central in Indian religions. All living creatures areresponsible for their karma — their actions and the effects oftheir actions — and for their release from samsara. Theconcept can be traced back to the early Upanishads. Butwhat does karma actually mean? Karma, as defined byvarious spiritual writers is really based on the old proverb“you reap what you sow.” In other words, whatever you do
  2. 2. unto others, you will get back. Some believe that you willactually receive it back three to tenfold. As Sivananda hassaid the law of causation, the law of action and reaction, thelaw of compensation and the law of retribution-all theseoperate together. He who robs another man robs himself. Hewho hurts another man hurts himself first. He who cheatsanother cheats himself first. Every wrong action causespunishment first in the inner nature or soul and externally incircumstances in the form of pain, misery, loss, failure,misfortune, disease. Man can do and undo his destiny by hisown thoughts and character.Retribution is going to happento all of the people. We are going to face what we do toothers. If you do a good thing, a good thing happens to you.On the other hand, if you do a bad thing, a bad thing happensto you. That is the way of the world. There is no way to getaway from the retribution especially the retribution for anevil deed. We find the people being rich and poor, happyand miserable, the doctrine of Karma only can explain themysterious problem of good and evil in this world. Thedoctrine of Karma only can bring solace, contentment andstrength to the afflicted and the desperate. It solves ourdifficulties and problems of life. It gives encouragement tothe hopeless and the forlorn. It pushes a man to rightthinking, right speech and right action.During life there canbe many events and circumstances that seem to usimpossibly harsh and unfair. Whether it is a minor event suchas unjustified accusations and ensuing judgments, or a major
  3. 3. disaster involving major tragedies, the damage can be farreaching and deeply traumatic to the lives of more than justthe victim. A common man reacts to the circumstancesemotionally and thinks often that the world is a very unfairplace.Generally, immutable karma never fails to produce afixed result. The effect of mutable karma, however, is notabsolutely fixed. It is generally considered that heavy causes,whether positive or negative, produce fixed or immutablekarma, while lighter causes create mutable karma. Fromanother viewpoint, immutable karma may be thought of askarma whose effects are destined to appear at a particulartime, and mutable karma, as karma whose effects are notfixed to appear at any specific time. If one commitsexceptionally grave offences, that karma may carry over,causing that person to suffer in another lifetime, threelifetimes or even more. Exceptionally good karma, such asthat created through Buddhist practice, will also carry overfar beyond this lifetime.You may not see or understand whythey are going through what they are, and perhaps theydon’t either, but there is always a reason for what ishappening. It could be a debt that is owed from the past orthey may have chosen to help someone else pay their debtback in this life. Whatever it is, karma always has anembedded lesson for us to learn.Karma is not fate, for manacts with free will creating his own destiny. According to theVedas, if we sow goodness, we will reap goodness; ifwesowevil, we will reap evil. Karma refers to the totality of
  4. 4. our actions and their concomitant reactions in this andprevious lives, all of which determines our future. Theconquest of karma lies in intelligent action and dispassionateresponse. We see people around us become rich andpowerful by criminal methods if we follow the consequences,nobody can escape the consequences. Most teachings saythat for common mortals, being involved with karma is anunavoidable part of daily living. However, in light of theHindu philosophical school of Vedanta, as well as GautamaBuddhas teachings, one is advised to avoid, control orbecome mindful of the effects of desires and aversions as away to moderate or change ones karma (or, moreaccurately, ones karmic results or destiny).Many times weare disappointed what we desire we cannot become little ofthinking doctrine of Karma only can explain the mysteriousproblem of success and failures in this world. The doctrine ofKarma only can bring solace, contentment and strength tothe afflicted and the desperate. It solves our difficulties andproblems of life.We can bear the burden of Samsara andSociety with patience, endurance and strength of mind.There will not be any room for complaint when they seeinequalities in birth, fortune, intelligence and capacities. If webelieve in theory of Karma we will be happy to bear thecircumstances we live in, and create a better destiny.Email*