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Quotes #2: Trail of Diamonds in the Sand: Famous Quotes on Karma

We are All Karma Chameleons

More people in the world believe in karma than do not. Unfortunately, for those of us who live here, most people in the United States of America do not.

Yet, just in case, you believe that the only people who believe in the principles of karma and reincarnation live in the East, below are quotes from famous Westerners to show that "you are not alone".

Of course, to balance my karma, there are quotes from famous Easterners. For after all, most Easterners believe very firmly in the concepts of reincarnation and karma.

Trail of Diamonds in the Sand

Like a trail of diamonds in the sand, these quotes reveal the truth of our existence.

For as we journey through life, we learn tolerance. For we have been and will be all things... If you have any quotes to share about reincarnation, karma, or past lives, I invite you to send them to me so that I can share them here.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Karma:

Wisdom of the West: The Bible & Teachings of Jesus
Wisdom of the West: The Bible & Teachings of Prophets
Wisdom of the East: The Bhagavad Gita and Buddha
Wisdom of the East: The Upanishads and Others
Wisdom of the New Age: Modern Wisdom for Modern Times

From the Great: "Born Again, Begin Again… Not Quite"
From the Great: "Eye for an Eye, Tooth for a Tooth"
From the Great: "It is a Matter of Cause and Effect"
From the Great: "It is a Law Just Like Gravity"
From the Great: "Karma a Teacher, Not a Slave Driver"
From the Great: "Whither Thou Goest, God is There"

Wisdom of the West: The Bible - New Testament & the Teachings of Jesus

"Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
   -
Bible: Galatians (6:7)

"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
   -
Bible: Matthew (5:18)

"And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail."
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Bible: Luke (16:17)

"He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully."
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Bible: 2 Corinthians (9:6)

"For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever."
   -
Bible: 1 Peter (1:24-25)

"And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, 'Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?' Jesus answered, 'Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but the works of God should be made manifest in him'."
   -
Bible: John (9:1-3)
...... (the works of God in this case being the fulfillment of karma)

"Put not off from day to day and from cycle to cycle, is the belief that ye will succeed in obtaining the mysteries when ye return to the world in another cycle."
   -
Jesus Christ: Gnostic Gospels: Pistis (Knowledge) Sophia (Wisdom)

"The counterfeit of the spirit is stationed without the soul, watching over it and dogging it, and the rulers bind it to the soul with their seal and with their bonds, and force it to commit mischiefs unremittingly, that it may be their slave forever, and be under their subjection forever in the transmigration into bodies: And they seal this counterfeit to the soul, so that it may be in every kind of sin and all the desires of the world. It is because of this that I have brought the mysteries into the world, which break all the bonds of the counterfeit of the spirit, which make the soul free and ransom it from the hands of its parents, the rulers, and transform it into pure light, to bring it into the kingdom of the True Father, the first everlasting mystery."
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Jesus Christ: Gnostic Gospels: Pistis (Knowledge) Sophia (Wisdom)

"When you make the inner like the outer, and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower… When you make the male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male, and the female will not be female… then will you enter the Kingdom of God."
   -
Jesus Christ: Gnostic Gospels: Gospel of Thomas (Saying 22)

"And Amulek hath spoken plainly concerning death, and being raised from this mortality to a state of immortality, and being brought before the bar of God, to be judged according to our works."
   -
Book of Mormon (Alma 12:12)

Wisdom of the West: The Bible - Old Testament & Teachings of Prophets

"God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time for every purpose and for every work."
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Bible: Ecclesiastes (3:17)

"Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment."
   -
Bible: Ecclesiastes (11:9)

"For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind."
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Bible: Hosea (8:7)

"Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same."
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Bible: Job (4:8)

"Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him."
   - Bible: Proverbs (26:27)

"All souls are subject to revolution… but men do not know the ways of the Holy One… They are ignorant of the way they have been judged in all time, before they came into this world and when they have quitted it."
   -
Zohar (Kabbalah)

"I am a sorcerer. Everything I see I create. I have created and will continue to create my own world."
   -
The New Living Qabalah (Kabbalah as arranged by Will Parfitt)

"The knowledge of the commandments of the Lord is the doctrine of life: and they that do things that please him shall receive the fruit of the tree of immortality."
   -
Apocrypha (Sirach 19:19)

"For after death shall the judgment come, when we shall live again: and then shall the names of the righteous be manifest and the works of the ungodly declared."
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Apocrypha (2 Esdras 14:35)

"In all things that thou hast brought upon us… thou hast executed true judgment: for according to truth and judgment didst thou bring all these things upon us because of our sins. For we have sinned and committed iniquity, departing from thee.. and not obeyed thy commandments, nor kept them, neither done as thou hast commanded us, that it might go well with us. Wherefore all that thou hast brought upon us, and all that thou hast done to us, thou hast done in true judgment."
   -
Apocrypha (Prayer of Azariah 5-8)

"Every soul... comes into the world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its' previous life. Its' place in this world as a vessel appointed to honor or dishonor, is determined by its' previous merits or demerits. Its' work in this world determines its' place in the world which is to follow this."
   -
Origen

"She cries when the season comes for corn plants to dry out, signifying the death of her grandsons, and rejoices when they sprout again, signifying rebirth… The ground bone thrown into the river… becomes the substance for the rebirth…"
   -
Mayan Popol Vuh

"In other worlds I lingered through the length of many nights;
And God alone can ever know how great the sorrow of soul I saw -
In Brooksvalin, where souls are subject to the cosmic cause of judgment."
   -
Scandinavian "Song of Olaf Ostensen"

Wisdom of the East: The Bhagavad Gita and Buddha

"The immediate source of a mind… must be a mind which existed before the conception took place; the mind must have a continuity from a previous mind. This we hold to prove the existence of a past life."
   -
The Dalai Lama

"He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity; he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword." ( Note the similarity to the Western phrase is "Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword")
   -
Bhagavad Gita (Song Celestial: 4)

"The embodied one within the body of everyone, Bharata, is ever undestroyable. Therefore you should not grieve for any being…. (It) is as when one layeth his worn-out robes away… taking new ones, sayeth, 'These will I wear to-day!' so putteth by the spirit lightly its garb of flesh, and passeth to inherit a residence afresh."
   -
Bhagavad Gita (The Song Celestial: 2)

"Therefore, thou noblest child of Bharata!
Govern thy heart! Constrain thy entangled sense!
Resist the false, soft sinfulness which saps knowledge and judgment!
Yea, the world is strong. But what discerns it stronger, and the mind.
Strongest; and high o'er all the ruling Soul.
Wherefore, perceiving Him who reigns supreme,
put forth full force of Soul in thy own soul!
Fight! vanquish foes and doubts, dear Hero!
Slay what haunts thee in fond shapes, and would betray!
   -
Bhagavad Gita (The Song Celestial: 3)

"A man who sees action in inaction and inaction in action has understanding among men and discipline in all action he performs."
   -
Bhagavad Gita (The Song Celestial)

"The person whose mind is always free from attachment, who has subdued the mind and senses, and who is free from desires, attains the supreme perfection of freedom from Karma through renunciation."
   -
Bhagavad Gita (The Song Celestial)

"As the blazing fire reduces wood to ashes, similarly, the fire of Self-knowledge reduces all Karma to ashes."
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Bhagavad Gita (The Song Celestial)

"For, owners of their deeds (karma) are the beings, heirs of their deeds; their deeds are the womb from which they sprang; with their deeds they are bound up; their deeds are their refuge. Whatever deeds they do-good or evil-of such they will be the heirs. And wherever the beings spring into existence, there their deeds will ripen; and wherever their deeds ripen, there they will earn the fruits of those deeds, be it in this life, or be it in the next life, or be it in any other future life."
   -
Gautama Buddha

"Surely if living creatures saw the results of all their evil deeds, they would turn away from them in disgust. But selfhood blinds them, and they cling to their obnoxious desires. They crave pleasure for themselves and they cause pain to others; when death destroys their individuality, they find no peace; their thirst for existence abides and their selfhood reappears in new births. Thus they continue to move in the coil and can find no escape from the hell of their own making."
   -
Gautama Buddha

"Dependent Origination is the teaching… (that life) is not the mere play of blind chance, but has an existence that is dependent upon conditions. That, precisely with the removal of these conditions, those things that have arisen in dependence upon them-thus also all suffering-must perforce disappear and cease to be."
   -
Gautama Buddha

"The 'Craving for Eternal Existence' is intimately connected with the 'Eternity- Belief', ie, the belief in an absolute, eternal, Ego-entity persisting independently of our body… Verily, because beings, obstructed by Delusion, and ensnared by Craving, now here now there seek ever fresh delight, therefore such action comes to ever fresh Rebirth. And the action that is done out of greed, anger and delusion, that springs from them, has its source and origin there. This action ripens wherever one is reborn; and wherever this action ripens, there one experiences the fruits of this action, be it in this life, or the next life, or in some future life."
   -
Gautama Buddha

"When you lose, do not lose the lesson."
"When you realize you have made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it."
"Follow the 3 RES. RESpect for others. RESpect for yourself. RESponsibility for all your actions." [I would add RESpect for all life. - EM]
"All major religious traditions carry basically the same message; that is love, compassion, and forgiveness are the important things that should be part of our daily lives."
   -
Dalai Lama

"My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand."
   -
Thich Nhat Hanh

"The law of karma is the principle of cosmic justice that holds that all good actions will be rewarded and that all wicked actions will be punished. Sometime. Somehow. Somewhere."
   -
Chanju Mun (Buddhism and Peace)

"What is required is the finding of that Immovable Point within one's self, which is not shaken by any of those tempests which the Buddhists call 'the eight karmic winds': 1-fear of pain, 2-desire for pleasure; 3-fear of loss; 4-desire for gain; 5-fear of blame, 6-desire for praise; 7-fear of disgrace; [and] 8-desire for fame."
   -
Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts

"As men think so they are, both here and hereafter,
thoughts being things, the parent of all actions,
good and bad alike, and as the sowing has been, so will the harvest be."
   -
The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Wisdom of the East: The Upanishads and Others

"Ho! Ye who suffer! Know ye suffer from yourselves. None else compels."
   -
The Lords of Karma

"The individual self, augmented by its' aspirations, sense contact, visual impressions and delusion, assumes successive forms in accordance with it's actions… So it is that we live in accordance with our deep, driving desire. It is this desire at the time of death that determines what our next life is to be. We will come back to Earth to work out the satisfaction of that desire."
   -
Svetasvtara Upanishad

"What becomes of this man? Indeed, one becomes good by good action and bad by bad action."
   -
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (Sage Yajnavalkya)

"Disasters have spread throughout the land and sea, because of [the sins] the people have committed. [God] thus lets them taste the consequences of some of their works, that they may turn back [from evil]."
   -
Koran (30:41)

"We never made for any mortal before thee immortality… Every soul shall taste of death! We will test them with evil and good, as a trial; & unto us shall they return!"
   -
Koran (Prophets)

"A stone I died and rose again a plant,
A plant I died and rose as an animal,
I died an animal and was born a man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?"
   -
Jalalu'l-din Rumi

"The will is not free - it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will which is free."
   -
Vivekananda

"It is nature's kindness that we do not remember past births. Life would be a burden if we carried such a tremendous load of memories."
   -
Mohandas K. Gandhi

"The natural laws of the universe are inviolable… what you say and do determines what happens in your life… You are the master of your life and death.
What you do is what you are."
   -
Lao Tse (Hua Hu Ch'ing: 40)

"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."
   -
Confucius

Wisdom of the New Age: Modern Wisdom for Modern Times

"If the karma of man has brought him nothing more than a capacity to love, then he has not lived in vain for a thousand past lives. It is this love which makes the most humble of Souls so great that it lifts him beyond all life into the worlds of God."
   -
Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad (Eckankar: Book 2)

"Karma applies itself in the most exacting and clever of ways. If we deprived another human being of freedom in a previous life, we'd have our freedom curtailed in this life. This experience would give us time to... learn the Law of Love."
   -
Eckankar: Ancient Wisdom for Today

"Karma differs from fate or destiny because it encourages us to take an active role in life. The Law of Karma requires the seeker to follow the highest code of ethics."
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Eckankar: Ancient Wisdom for Today

"God is immanent in every atom, all-pervading, all-sustaining, all-evolving; He is its source and its end, its cause and its object, its centre and circumference; it is built on Him as its sure foundation, it breathes in Him as its encircling space; He is in everything and everything in Him."
   -
Annie Besant (The Ancient Wisdom)

"The Soul which is approaching its' liberation, as it looks back over past lives... down the vistas of the centuries along which it has slowly been climbing,... is able to see there the way in which the bonds were made, the causes which set it in motion. It is able to see how many of those causes have worked themselves out and... how many... are still working themselves out."
   -
Annie Besant

"Karma brings us ever back to rebirth, binds us to the wheel of births and deaths. Good karma drags us back as relentlessly as bad, and the chain which is wrought out of our virtues holds us as firmly and as closely as that forged from our vices."
   -
Annie Besant

"'Nature is conquered by obedience' - and her resistless energies are at our bidding, as soon as we, by knowledge, work with them and not against them. We can choose out of her boundless stores the forces that serve our purpose in momentum, in direction, and so on, and their very invariability becomes the guarantee of our success."
   -
Annie Besant

"Belief in karma ought to make the life pure, strong, serene, and glad. Only our own deeds can hinder us; only our own will can fetter us. Once let men recognize this truth, and the hour of their liberation has struck. Nature cannot enslave the soul that by wisdom has gained power and uses both in love."
   -
Annie Besant

"Man peoples his current living space with a world of his own, crowded with the offspring of his fancies, desires, impulses, and passions."
   -
Annie Besant

"As no cause remains without its due effect from greatest to least, from a cosmic disturbance down to the movement of your hand, and as like produces like, Karma is that unseen and unknown law which adjusts wisely, intelligently, and equitably each effect to its cause, tracing the latter back to its producer."
   -
Helena Blavatsky (Key to Theosophy)

"Karma is not fate, for man acts with free will, creating his own destiny. The Vedas tell us, if we sow goodness, we will reap goodness; if we sow evil, we will reap evil. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and previous lives, all of which determines our future."
   -
Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Dancing With Siva)

"One has to reap the fruits of his karma. The law of karma is inevitable and is accepted by all the great philosophies of the world: 'As you sow, so shall you reap.'"
   -
Rama (Living with the Himalayan Masters)

"Everyone is engaged in action. The law of karma means that there are reactions to every action and that a person must endure the reactions to his actions."
   -
(Siddhaswarupananda "Sayings")

"A person may desire to live for hundreds of years if he works according to this truth (karma yoga: devotional service) because that sort of work will not bind him to the law of karma. And there is no alternative to this way for man."
   -
(Ishopanishad, Mantra Two)

From the Great and Near Great: "Born Again, Begin Again… Not Quite"

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
   -
George Santayana

"…as I apprehend the Buddhist doctrine of karma, I agree in principle with that."
   -
William James

"Just as an age was ready to receive the Copernican theory of the universe, so is our own age ready for the ideas of reincarnation and karma to be brought into the general consciousness of humanity. And what is destined to happen in the course of evolution will happen no matter what powers rise up against it."
   -
Rudolf Steiner

"Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box."
   -
Italian Proverb

"Forgetfulness of the past may be one of the conditions of an entrance upon a new stage of existence. The body, which is the organ of sense-perception, may be quite as much a hindrance as a help to remembrance. In that case, casual gleams of memory, giving us sudden, abrupt, momentary revelations of the past, are precisely the phenomena we would expect to meet with."
   -
William Knight

"There is no argument so cogent not only in demonstrating, the indestructibility of the soul, but also in showing that it always preserves in its nature traces of all its preceding states with a practical remembrance which can always be aroused. Since it has the consciousness of or knows in itself what each one calls his me. This renders it open to moral qualities, to chastisement and to recompense even after this life, for immortality without remembrance would be of no value."
   -
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

"You are everything you have ever been - right now."
   -
Hazel Denning, Association for Past Life Research and Therapy

"You have inherited (the) most from yourself, not from your family! The family is only a river through which Soul flows."
   -
Edgar Cayce

"We meet no Stranger, but Ourself."
   -
Emily Dickinson

"The endless legacy of the past to the present is the secret source of human genius."
   -
Honore de Balzac

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
   -
Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Still seems it strange, that thou shouldst live forever?
Is it less strange, that thou shouldst live at all?
This is a miracle; and that no more."
   -
Edward Young

"Karma chameleon: we come and go, we come and go…"
   -
Boy George

From Great and Near Great: "An Eye for an Eye, A Tooth for a Tooth"

"God is in the details… and it's all details."
   -
Anonymous

"Though the mills of the God grind slowly, yet they grind exceedingly small: though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness He grinds them all."
   -
Friedrich von Logan

"...the counsels of the Divine Mind had some glimpse of truth when they said that men are born in order to suffer the penalty for sins committed in a former life."
   -
Cicero (Treatise on Glory)

"A dogma recognized throughout antiquity... (that) the soul expiates its sins in the darkness of the infernal regions and... afterwards... passes into new bodies, there to undergo new trials."
   -
Plotinus (Second Ennead)

"O youth or young man, who fancy that you are neglected by the Gods, know that if you become worse, you shall go to worse souls, or if better to the better… In every succession of life and death, you will do and suffer what like may fitly suffer at the hands of like. This is the justice of heaven."
   -
Plato

"Since karma is meeting self, we acquire karma as we meet self in our many attitudes and emotions; when we serve in loving kindness and patience or hold resentful malicious thoughts… What we do to our fellow man we do to our Maker… our karma or problem is within self."
   -
Edgar Cayce

"Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds."
   -
George Eliot

"There is a destiny that makes us brothers: none goes his way alone,
All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own."
   -
Edwin Markham

"Men's minds do not die with their bodies but are made more happy or miserable after this life according to their actions."
   -
Benjamin Franklin

"I believe ... that the soul of man is immortal and will be treated with justice in another life, respecting its conduct in this."
   -
Benjamin Franklin

"Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven."
   -
Mary Baker Eddy

"Thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges."
   -
William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)

"Are not all things which have opposites generated out of their opposites?"
   -
Socrates

"Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity."
   -
Edwin Hubbel Chapin

"Who hath a prospect of the different state of perfect happiness or misery that attends all men after this life, depending on their behavior, the measures of good and evil that govern his choice are mightily changed."
   -
John Locke

"I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime."
   -
Dr. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

"Nobody is ever a victim without cause."
   -
Dr. Edith Fiore

"Many people think there's nothing they can do to change their karma - it's preordained so why bother trying to change their situation? This is what scares people. These folks think that to accept the reality of karma one must be passive. It simply isn't true. Karma is active. We can - in the blink of an eye - make decisions that will shape our futures and transform the parts of our lives that are causing us unhappiness."
   -
Mary T. Browne (The Power of Karma)

"In America, karma is best expressed in popular phrases like "what goes around, comes around" and "what you sow, you will reap." Karma has also been referred to as having a "boomerang effect" where the thoughts and actions that you send out into the world turn around and come back at you... Jesus says, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Karma goes a step further and dictates that "What you do unto others will come back to you." I think Jesus and the Hindus really had the same idea. Think about that the next time you want to say or do something nasty to someone else!"
   -
Carmen Harra (Everyday Karma)

From the Great & Near Great: "It is a Matter of Cause and Effect"

"Karma moves in two directions. If we act virtuously, the seed we plant will result in happiness. If we act non-virtuously, suffering results."
   -
Sakyong Mipham

"Karma, ahhh. We sow what we reap... We reap what we sow! The law of cause and effect. And we are all under this law. As long as karma exists, the world changes. There will always be karma to be taken care of."
   -
Nina Hagen

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
"Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you."
"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
"When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself."
   -
Wayne Dyer

"I'm a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it's bad or good."
   -
Sandra Bullock

"I believe in Karma. If the good is sown, the good is collected. When positive things are made, that returns well."
   -
Yannick Noah

"Karma is not just about the troubles, but also about surmounting them."
   -
Rick Springfield

"According to the karma of past actions, one's destiny unfolds... As one has planted, so does one harvest; such is the field of karma."
   -
Granth Sahib

Those who "commit all sorts of evil deeds, claim karma does not exist. They erroneously maintain that since everything is empty, committing evil is not wrong. Such persons fall into a hell of endless darkness with no hope of release. Those who are wise hold no such conception."
   -
Bohidharma

"Such is the moral construction of the world that no national crime passes unpunished in the long run... Were present oppressors to reflect on the same truth, they would spare to their own countries the penalties on their present wrongs which will be inflicted on them in future times. The seeds of hatred and revenge which they sow with a large hand will not fail to produce their fruits in time. Like their brother robbers on the highway, they suppose the escape of the moment a final escape and deem infamy and future risk countervailed by present gain."
   -
Thomas Jefferson

"Karma is the universal law of cause and effect. You reap what you sow. You get what you earn... If you give love, you get love. Revenge returns itself upon the avenger. What goes around comes around... Karma is justice. It does not reward or punish. It shows no favoritism because we have to earn all that we receive. Karma doesn't predestine anyone or anything. We create our own causes, and karma adjusts the effects with perfect balance."
   -
Mary T. Browne (The Power of Karma)

"The law of karma is neither fatalistic nor punitive; nor is man a hapless, helpless victim in its bonds. God has blessed each one of us with reason, intellect and discrimination, as well as the sovereign free will. Even when our past karma inclines us toward evil, we can consciously tune our inclination towards detachment and ego-free action, thus lightening the karmic load... When we begin to understand the concept of Karma we will never ever blame God for anything that happens to us. We will realise that we are responsible for all that happens to us. As we sow, so shall we reap. Rich or poor, saint or sinner, miser or philanthropist, learned or illiterate... This is the Universal Law that applies to individuals, to whole communities, societies, nations and races. As we sow, so shall we reap."
   -
J. P. Vaswani (About Karma)

"Karma directly demonstrates God, for it can but be the eternal expression of infinite Will: and through this: a revealed aspect of the divine... Karma, or the law of Cause and Effect; for this is all that Karma is... that each cause is inevitably followed by its appropriate effect. Our very familiarity with this law has blinded us to its majesty; we lightly assign it as an explanation for the most inscrutable mysteries, because it is such an absolutely necessary corollary to all we conceive of life or nature, without recognizing that it itself is beyond all comprehension. Yet it contains the beginning and the end of all philosophical speculation; it demonstrates a causal relation between the Infinite and the finite, for Karma is that Infinite Power which adjusts each effect to its originating cause."
   -
Jerome A. Anderson (Law of Cause and Effect)

"There is good Karma, there is bad Karma, and as the wheel of life moves on, old Karma is exhausted and again fresh Karma is accumulated... Karma is twofold, hidden and manifest, Karma is the man that is, Karma is his action. True that each action is a cause from which evolves the countless ramifications of effect in time and space... To the worldy man Karma is a stern Nemesis, to the spiritual man Karma unfolds itself in harmony with his highest aspirations."
   - William Q. Judge (The Path)

"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature [karma] that the three things we crave most in life - happiness, freedom, and peace - are always attained by giving them to someone else."
   - Peyton Conway March

"Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself."
   - Felix Adler

"The conscious process is reflected in the imagination; the unconscious process is expressed as karma, the generation of actions divorced from thinking and alienated from feeling."
   - William Irwin Thompson

"Men are not punished for their sins, but by them."
   - Elbert Hubbard

"Everybody comes from the same source. If you hate another human being, you are hating part of yourself."
   - Elvis Presley

"Karma is intricate, too vast. You would, with your limited human senses, consider it too unfair. But you have tools to really, truly love. ...love everyone as you would love your children."
   - Kuan Yin

"Realize that everything connects to everything else."
   - Leonardo DaVinci

"Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must certainly pay for all they get."
   - Frederick Douglas

"People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead."
   - Edith Wharton

"Do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good."
   - William Penn

From the Great & Near Great: "It is a Law Just Like Gravity"

"Your believing or not believing in karma has no effect on its existence, nor on its consequences to you. Just as a refusal to believe in the ocean would not prevent you from drowning."
   - F. Paul Wilson (The Tomb)

"For the keynote of the law of Karma is equilibrium, and nature is always working to restore that equilibrium whenever through man's acts it is disturbed."
   - Christmas Humphreys (Karma and Rebirth)

"Karma isn't fate. Nor is it a punishment imposed on us by some external agent. We create our own karma. Karma is the result of the choices that we make every moment of every day."
   - Tulku Thondup (Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth)

"You can't escape karma ... It is what it is. It doesn't judge, it's neither good nor bad like most people think. It's the result of all the actions, positive and negative - a constant balancing act of events - cause and effect - tit for tat - reaping and sowing - what goes around comes around..."
   - Alyson Noel (Shadowland)

"The law of karma basically states that every action has a reaction and whatever you do to others will later return to you, either in this life or a future life... ignorance of the law is no excuse. We are still accountable for everything we do, regardless of whether we understand it or not. We cannot escape it, even if we do not believe it. Therefore, the best thing is to learn how it works. If everyone understood the law of karma, we would all be living a happier life in a brighter world."
   - Stephen Knapp (Reincarnation and Karma)

"Debts that must be paid ... that sums up the concept of karma. But I would add that karma is not a burden that you have to carry. It is also an opportunity to learn, a chance to practice love and forgiveness, a chance to learn lessons that are valuable to us. Karma offers us the chance to wipe our dirty slate clean, to erase the wrong doings of the past."
   - J. P. Vaswani (About Karma)

"Karma is the record of services. Karma is the term used in Buddhist teaching. Taoists use the term te. Christians us the term "deed." Many other spiritual beings use the term "virtue." Karma, te, deed, and virtue are the same thing but in different words. To understand karma is to understand all of these words... Karma is the root cause of success and failure in every aspect of life."
   - Zhi Gang Sha (The Power of Soul)

"Karma is like the vine that gathers strength through uninterrupted years, and which fastens its tendrils so closely that it is as strong as the structure to which it adheres. There is no way to destroy its power except by the separation of the parts, these parts renew themselves in other forms of life, but the structure is freed when its root is destroyed."
   - William Q. Judge (The Path)

"Karma is not simply the belief that everyone should get an equal taste of the hardships and enjoyments of life. It also has to do with cosmic punishment and reward for good and evil actions... A deeper purpose of karma is to give people the opportunity to develop spiritual mastery of the pains and pleasures involved with life. Once you come to terms with what life has to offer and grow to see things as they are, then you're ready to move on to a higher level of existence."
   - Jay Stevenson (Guide to Eastern Philosophy)

"The holistic doctrine of Karma gives us a reason for everything and everything for a reason. Karma, as a philosophy, maintains hope in the midst of hopelessness and provides us with the courage to continue our personal evolution... Karma is a key that we may use to organize our lives, rather than endlessly agonizing over the seemingly unexplainable and often unexpected events forming the fabric of our lives... Karma is not about fate, fatalism, or destiny; nothing is pre-ordained - rather everything is a sequential happening emerging logically from antecedents. Karma is a way of viewing existence that brings about a harmony of fatalism and free will."
   - Jonn Mumford (Karma Manual)

"The view that retiring from the world amounts to renouncing Karma is also wrong. Karma is not an overt act, it is the inner intention. When the desire to act exists, lack of overt activity is not Sanyasa but hypocrisy. The classification of Karma should be based not on the overt act, but on the doer's state of mind."
   - Sriranga (Quest for Wisdom)

"Contrary to popular misconception, karma has nothing to do with punishment and reward. It exists as part of our holographic universe's binary or dualistic operating system only to teach us responsibility for our creations - and all things we experience are our creations."
   - Sol Luckman

From the Great & Near Great: "Karma is a Teacher, Not a Slave Driver"

"'Perfect justice rules the world' for the Powers that are superior to us know the whole life of the Soul and all its' former lives."
   -
Iamblichus

"The law of karma, blessed ones, is not intended to act as a lash, to tear apart the souls of men. The law of karma is intended to instruct and to cause mankind to approach the throne of grace without fear, with the clearness of mind and being that will render them able to receive the pure vibratory action of Almighty God."
   - Annice Booth (Path to Your Ascension)

"We are where centuries only count as seconds, and after a thousand lives, our eyes begin to open."
   -
Eugene O'Neill

"Or ever the knightly years were gone, with the old world to the grave,
I was a King in Babylon and you were a Christian Slave.
I saw, I took, I cast you by, I bent and broke your pride…
And a myriad suns have set and shone, since then upon the grave,
Decreed by the King in Babylon, to her that had been his slave.
The pride I trampled is now my scathe, for it tramples me again.
The old remnant lasts like death for you love, yet you refrain.
I break my heart on your hard unfaith, and I break my heart in vain."
   -
William Ernest Henley

"Actually, we have no problems: we have opportunities for which we should give thanks… An error we refuse to correct has many lives. It takes courage to face one's own shortcomings and wisdom to do something about them."
   -
Edgar Cayce

"There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness."
   -
Rudolf Steiner

"If the soul be pure, then shall she obtain favor and rejoice in the latter day; but if she hath been defiled, then shall she wander for a time in pain and despair."
   -
Josephus

"The virtues we acquire, which develop slowly within us, are the invisible links that bind each one of our existences to the others - existences which the spirit alone remembers, for Matter has no memory for spiritual things."
   -
Honore Balzac

"The past situation has just occurred and the future situation has not yet manifested itself so there is a gap between the two. This is basically the bardo (life between life) experience." [This is the place where your life is reviewed - where you get another chance to let life teach you and end the cycle of pain. -EM]
   -
Chogyam Trungpa

"There is none that is more powerful in leading feeble minds astray from the straight path of virtue than the supposition that the soul of the brutes is of the same nature with our own. And consequently that after this life we have nothing to hope for or fear, more than flies and ants. In place of which, when we know how far they differ we much better comprehend the reasons which establish that the soul is of a nature wholly independent of the body. And that consequently it is not liable to die with the latter; and, finally, because no other causes are observed capable of destroying it, we are naturally led thence to judge that it is immortal."
   -
Rene Descartes

"God does not deal our karma to us as a punishment. Karma is a manifestation of an impersonal law as well as a personal one. The purpose of our bearing our karma is that karma is our teacher. We must learn the lessons of how and why we misused the energy of life. Until that day comes when we recognize the Law of God as a Law of Love, we will probably encounter difficulties. But if we will only hasten that day's coming into our own life, we will recognize that karma is actually grace and beauty and joy." [and love and awareness and hope! -EM]
   -
Mark & Elizabeth Clare Prophet (Path to Attainment)

"Karma is not punishment or retribution but simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts. The effects experienced are also able to be mitigated by actions and are not necessarily fated. That is to say, a particular action now is not binding to some particular, pre-determined future experience or reaction; it is not a simple, one-to-one correspondence of reward or punishment... Karma is not a theory that says you do this, you will get that, whether good or bad. It says do good work, I'll decide when you'll get good results, when you need it, and not when you want it." [but when it is in your highest good. - EM]
   -
Parvesh Singla (The Manual of Life)

"What brings the karmic result from the patterns of our actions is not our action alone. As we intend and then act, we create [our] karma: so another key to understanding the creation of karma is becoming aware of intention. The heart is our garden, and along with each action there is an intention that is planted like a seed. The result of the patterns of our karma is the fruit of these seeds."
   -
Jack Kornfield (A Path with Heart)

"While we may judge things as good or bad, karma doesn't. It's a simple case of like gets like, the ultimate balancing act, nothing more, nothing less. And if you're determined to fix every situation you deem as bad, or difficult, or somehow unsavory, then you rob the person of their own chance to fix it, learn from it, or even grow from it. Some things, no matter how painful, happen for a reason. A reason you or I may not be able to grasp at first sight, not without knowing a person's entire life story - their cumulative past. And to just barge in and interfere, no matter how well-intentioned, would be akin to robbing them of their journey. Something that's better not done."
   -
Alyson Noel (Shadowland)

There is a "...point in the path where one develops a direct knowledge of the workings of karma... At this level, one achieves a definitive realization of the single nature of all phenomena beyond good and bad. At the same time, as a result of that realization, there is also a direct perception of the working of karma, which is called 'the manifestation of interdependence'."
   -
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche (Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma)

"There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny."
   -
Friedrich Schiller

"Live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law."
   -
Immanuel Kant

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice…" (to reduce karma!- EM)
   -
Meister Eckhart

From Great & Near Great: "Whither Thou Goest, God is Always There"

"The centre of the soul is God; and, when the soul has attained to Him according to the whole capacity of its being, which is the strength and virtue of the soul, it will have reached the last and the deep centre of the soul, which will be when with all its powers it loves and understands and enjoys God."
   -
St. John of the Cross (Living Flame of Love)

"God says to man: 'Be thou thyself, and I shall be thine.'"
   -
Nicolaus of Cusa

"Yet through all, we know this tangled skein is in the hands of One,
Who sees the end from the beginning: He shall unravel all."
   -
Alexander Smith

"...each human being is the center of the universe, for God lives equally in all."
   -
Irving S. Cooper (Reincarnation: A Hope of the World)

"Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time."
   -
Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"Love - is anterior to Life - Posterior - to Death - Initial of Creation, and The Exponent of Earth."
   -
Emily Dickinson

"What thou seest, that thou be'st: dust if thous seest dust, God if thou seest God."
   -
Edgar Cayce

"…a healer's heritage is as much Christ and Krishna as it is Freud and Jung… therefore a healer's capacity to help is limited only by his spirit which is limitless…"
   -
Krishan Bir MA PhD

"The journey of Soul… by the lessons gained in the physical experience… it may take (its) place in the realms of soul activity in an infinite world among others that have passed through the various realms… which first called every soul and body into experience."
   -
Edgar Cayce

"For we have come by different ways to this place… I can tell by the natural ease with which you wear fine clothes and the way your mouth moves when you speak with waiters in good restaurants. You have come the way of castles and cathedrals, of elegance and empire."
   -
Robert James Waller

"Karma is not something pessimistic. If you think of karma as something wrong, you are seeing karma only according to what happened in the past... So you should also look at karma in the present and future. Then karma becomes something very wide and really alive. Through karma you can understand what your destiny is... it's something you can create. You can create your life. That is why we study karma."
   -
Dainin Katagiri (Each Moment Is the Universe)

"Many times man lives and dies between his two eternities:
that of race and that of Soul…
A brief parting from those dear is the worst man has to fear…
Though grave diggers' toil is long…
They but thrust their buried men back in the human mind again."
   -
W. B. Yeats

"World War II showed it was not gods that must be placated, but something inside the heart of man that lets him to destroy with savage intensity and on a grand scale those of his own kind who have offended him."
   -
Helen Wambach (Life Before Life)

"It is not enough to know about reincarnation; we must live it."
   -
Guenther Wachsmuth

"When we cross the gates of death, our karma is all we take with us. Everything else that we enjoyed in this life we leave behind... Our karma is the only thing that will count in determining our rebirth, for our next life is nothing but the effects of our karmic tendencies that materialize in our perception."
   -
Tulku Thondup (Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth)

"Once I leave this earth, I know I've done something that continues to help others."
   -
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

"The most important thing in the world is to hold your soul aloft."
   -
Gustave Flaubert

"Karma is the destiny man weaves for himself."
   -
L. H. Leslie-Smith (Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony)

"Those who declare they are 'free of karma' are really full of bulls---."
   -
Ellen Mogensen

"My karma ran over my dogma."
   -
American Proverbs

"What goes around, comes around."
   -
Willie Nelson

"Know that I am always with you…"
   -
The Mahanta, The Living ECK Master


 

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