Karma is one of the most commonly known but poorly understood concepts
of Vedic Science. The term first occurs in the Vedas themselves which
refer to karma as the ritual we do in life. In the Vedic view all life
is a ritual; that is, all life is a repeated action which produces certain subtle or
occult results. It is these results which determine our future condition and the state of the world
we live in.
Each action has a certain effect which determines who we
are and what we will become. Our most constant and intended action, our daily
practice, thereby is the measure of the direction of the evolution of
our soul and our effect upon the world-soul. Whatever this may be, whether it is making money
or seeking truth, this is our worship or way of directing our energies in
life and must have certain consequences.
In the Upanishads this secret doctrine of karma and
rebirth is first explained in rational and philosophical terms.
Any sensitive person is struck by the amount of injustice there is in
the world. Most of the time we see those who are evil triumph over those who are good. We often see
the good man suffer in poverty or social rejection, while the man of
evil or mixed character is rewarded with money, fame and power.