Friday, 6 January 2017

Karma—all that total of a soul

The Law of Karma performs much of its work on the Astral Plane, for there the sole material is plastic and non-resistant, the coarse sheaths of the body being absent. And this law is exact and unfailing in its operations—it always brings the seed to fruition and each seed brings forth only its own appropriate fruit

Karma—all that total of a soul
Which is the thing it did, the thoughts it had,
The self  it wove with woof of viewless time
Crossed on the warp invisible of acts.

Before beginning, and without an end,

As space eternal and as surety sure.
Is fixed a Power divine which moves to good,
Only its laws endure.

That which ye sow, ye reap. 

See yonder fields
The sesamum was sesamum, the corn was corn. 
The silence and the darkness knew;
So is a man's fate born.

He cometh, reaper of the things he sowed,

Sesamum, corn, so much cast in past birth;
And so much weed and poison stuff, which mar
Him and the aching earth.

If he labour rightly, rooting these,

And planting wholesome seedlings where they grew,
Fruitful and fair and clean the ground shall he,
And rich the harvest due.

Life Beyond Death, Yogi Ramacharaka, Yogi Publication Society, Chicago, 1912