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Laws of Karma


Karma means doing. It is an action. It is an initiation. It is a direction. Non-action also means doing. It is an act of not doing some act. It is an act of deciding not to do an act. Doing and non-doing is an action and a choice

Let us look into the Laws of Karma. 

First law of karma: 
This is similar to Newton’s first law of motion which says, “Everything remains in a state of rest or motion unless an outside unbalanced force acts upon it”. This law is applicable to material bodies in the universe.

The darkness of a room remains in darkness unless an outside candle of light is brought inside the dark room. Everybody remains in a state of ignorance unless an outside balanced force of wisdom acts upon him. Everybody remains in a state of Tamas unless an outside balanced force of Sattva acts upon him. Everybody remains in a state of Rajas unless an outside balanced force of Satva acts upon him. This is the First Law of Karma. And this law is applicable to all human bodies in the universe. 

Second Law of Karma: 
This is similar to Newton’s second law of motion which says, “The force is equal to mass times the acceleration”. Mathematically it is expressed as F = ma. This means that the force of a body is directly proportional to its mass and acceleration. This means that the force is more when the mass is more. And the force is more when the acceleration is more. This law is applicable to all material bodies in the universe.

The force of Rajas is more powerful than the force of Tamas. The force of Satva is more powerful than the force of Rajas and Tamas. A person in Satva is more powerful than a person is Rajas and Tamas. This is the Second Law of Karma. And this law is applicable to all human bodies in the universe. 

Third Law of Karma: 
This is similar to Newton’s third law of motion which says, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. This law is applicable to all material bodies in the universe. 

For every force of Tamas there is an equal and opposite force of Rajas. The force of Satva creates a balance. In Tamas there is Karma and in Rajas also there Karma. Because there is a doer in Tamas and and there is a doer in Rajas. But in Satva there is nothing called the Karma. Because in Satva the doer disappears in his doing. When the doer (Karta) disappears in his doing (Kratya) there is nothing called doing or Karma but only pure BEING. And the doing of this pure being is called a play (Leela). This is the Third Law of Karma. And this law is applicable to all human bodies in the universe. 

Tamas means inertia or ignorance. Rajas means motion or passion. Sattva means balance or equanimity or dynamic equilibrium. 

This is what Krishna says in the Bhagavad Geeta

Karmanah Sukratasyahuh Sattvikam Nirmalam Phalam. 
Rajasastu Phalam Duhkhamjnanam Tamasah Phalam (14/16)

The result of a right action is pure and emerges from the state of Satva. The action done out of a state Rajas or passion results into misery. And the action done in a state of Tamas or ignorance brings unhappiness.

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