Karma is a wonderful system of justice.
The Supreme System
One can cheat one’s friends, one’s relatives, one’s community, one’s nation and one can cheat one self but one cannot cheat God.
The Bible says, “be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Epistle to the Galatians 6.7).
Law of Karma
The law of karma ensures that one will have to pay for the wrongdoing to one self and/or others. This system also ensures that everyone is responsible for their own actions.
Karma is summarised in the Bhagavd Gita (4.17), as “karma (action), vikarma (forbidden action) and akarma (inaction)” and also as the “art of all work – karmasu kausalam” (BG 2.50) is to work for the Supreme Lord.
The Law of Karma states that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” (Newton’s third law of motion)
How Karma Works?
Karma is a Sanskrit word that means ‘action’ or, more specifically, any material action that brings a reaction binding one to the material world. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, either in this life or in the future live(s).
Basically, good actions (piety) bring good results and bad actions (impiety) bring bad results. To enjoy the results of pious actions one may be promoted to heavenly planets and to suffer from impious actions one may be put into hellish planets.
Different Stages of Karmic Reactions
The Padma Purana that “there are different stages of dormant reactions to sinful activities to be observed in a sinful life. Sinful reactions may be just waiting to take effect [phalonmukha], reactions may be still further dormant [kuta], or the reactions may be in a seedlike state [bija]…”
How to Stop Karmic Reactions?
The Padma Purana state that “all types of sinful reactions are vanquished one after another if a person engages in the devotional service of Lord Visnu.” Lord Krishna, while concluding the Bhagavad Gita, states :
Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear. (BG 18.66)