When someone says to me, “Everything is perfect, everything is just as it should be”, I nearly always respond with some smart-crack like, “Tell that to the ninety-five percent of humanity that is either hungry or being tortured”. But what I have left unspoken in this statement is that what is perfect, and working perfectly at all times, is Divine Law.
The Sanskrit word for Divine Law is dharma, the way things really are in the Absolute, and the way things work in relative realm of this world. The main features of Divine Law are cause and effect and a few fundamental principles.
Acting harmoniously with Divine Law
is ‘obedience’ to God.
The principles of Divine Law, yama niyama (Ten Keys to Success), are descriptive of Truth, God, Spirit, the Absolute, and You as you really are. Knowing what these principles are and having a good understanding of them provides the knowledge necessary for making good choices in life. When your choices are in harmony with the principles of Divine Law, your life goes more smoothly, you experience more happiness, and the law of cause and effect works in your favor.
Cause and Effect – Karma
Every action has an equal and opposite re-action.
The choices you make govern the nature of your actions. Whether your choices are made consciously or not, when your choices are in harmony with Divine Law you will act in harmony with Divine Law. When you act in harmony with Divine Law, your life goes better and you don’t get negative re-actions (“bad karma”).
The law of cause and effect (karma) is consistently perfect
in its role with Divine Law (dharma).
As our karma plays out, we sometimes have difficulty recognizing what is going on in our lives and why—the “equal and opposite reaction” is often not what we would expect. When a ball is thrown against a wall and it bounces back, it doesn’t bounce back to the same exact place from which it was thrown. Similarly, when our actions come back around to us, they may not take the expected form. For example, a teacher once briefly touched his disciple’s shoulder with a hot coal to prevent him from dying in a fire as his karma would otherwise have dictated.
An Illustrative Story About Mary
Mary had a very difficult childhood and grew up with some very limiting and debilitating conditioning. She was consistently defeated on the cusp of success at every turn, no matter to what the success was related. She was painfully sensitive, not only in a general way, but to the pain and struggles of others everywhere in the world. And she had a very morose dark side that never made any sense to her because she was a “good person”. Mary wondered, if she was really was a good person, why so many bad things kept happening to her.
She went to one therapist after another who always took her back to her childhood and the inappropriate things her parents did to her. For a while, this made her very angry with her parents for destroying any chance of happiness in her life, but because she was sensitive she understood why they had acted as they had. What she didn’t understand was why she had these parents. Surely this must mean that she was fundamentally bad. But Mary didn’t really believe that anyone was fundamentally bad, so this remained a mystery to her.
Then one day she had a breakthrough. It arrived upon waking before any thinking had the opportunity to assert itself, and charged her with enormous energy and insight.
The insight made her weep.
With a bang, Mary realized that she had been placed with these particular parents to prevent the resurfacing of specific propensities of another lifetime. She wasn’t being punished—suffering hadn’t been the point—and she wasn’t bad. The parents she had and the traumas she had endured had made her the very opposite of the person she had been in that other life—an opposite re-action that neutralized negative karma created in that lifetime.
Once Mary’s breakthrough had taken root, she experienced genuine relief, and more and more connections began to surface to reveal the amazing accuracy and perfection of Divine Law and the law of cause and effect.
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Mary is currently enjoying contemplating the probability that this karma has been completely cancelled, and is looking forward to positive changes in her life.
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