|Therefore the Law
of Karma, far from filling us with despair, as some people think, fills us with hope. It
teaches us that in the moral world there is nothing arbitrary. Just as a savage, who
dreads storm or an eclipse as a sign of the anger of the gods, ceases to dread it
when he comes to know the laws of Nature, so when we come to know the Law of Karma we
cease to dread the arbitrariness of chance, accident and luck in the realm of character.
In a lawless universe our efforts would be futile.
in a realm where law prevails we feel secure and guide ourselves with the help of our
knowledge. When we know that sin entails suffering, that what we are is the result of what
we have done, that as we sow we shall reap and that our entire future wil not be
decided by what we do or fail to do in a single life, but that we shall be given as many
chances to improve ourselves as we want, we are filled with hope.
When we know that we are the architects of our own fortune and
that it is never too late to amend, we feel strong and secure. We are glad we are not at
the mercy of any capricious god. We are glad that we are not pre-destined to either
eternal misery or eternal happiness by the arbitrary decree of an over ruling Providence
irrespective of what we do here. If we do something wrong we have always the freedom to
repent and retrace our footsteps.