Every effect has a cause and every cause has an effect.
That effect again becomes the cause of another effect, thus forming the continuous links of a constant chain of actions and reactions.
It’s called the ‘Never ending cycle of ‘Karma’.
There are mysteries I do not understand. Perhaps I will never understand. But when I look around carefully, I see proof that for every effect, there is a cause.
I put sugar in my coffee and it tastes sweet.
I put water in a pot and place it on a burning stove, it boils.
I place a tray of water in the freezer, it becomes ice.
I push a cart and it moves.
The same principal also works on the mental plane.
Mom is angry because the son did not do his homework.
Tom is upset because he lost his job.
Little Johnnie is sad because his cat died.
Parents are happy because their child graduated.
And so on.
When I see some effects and I am unable to determine the cause, my faith in reason and the theory of ‘Karma’ is shaken.
But when I start putting two and two together, I realize there must be a corresponding cause to every effect, even if I can’t see it.
Until few centuries ago, we did not know why the sun comes up every morning.
Now we know that the sun comes up because the world turns.
Now we know that there are reasons for eclipses and change of seasons; for storms and hurricanes; for floods and draughts.
There are still many mysteries that the science has not figured out yet.
But I find it reassuring that the science has also proved that no effect is possible without a cause and in turn, every cause must bring an effect.
This exactly is the ‘Theory of Karma’.
It helps us to cope with the situations.
It makes us understand that there is no one “up there” to take revenge on us or pulling some random strings, discriminating by doing favors to his favorites and destroying the others.
It makes us understand that whatever happened has happened because of a reason. Our reaction to what has happened will become the cause of further effect. This cycle does not stop but we can change the future effects by changing the reaction to the current effect.
The cycle of ‘Karma’ is the Destiny. It cannot be changed.
Our actions, and reactions to previous actions, make our destiny.
Ability to change the reaction to the current effect and thus changing the future is ‘Free will’.
Both, destiny and the Free-will are interconnected.
They cannot be separated.