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32. Chaos and Order – The Beginning/ Karma – 1

Living organisms, be it single-cellular, multicellular or even viruses, exhibit some dependency on their surroundings.

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By surroundings, we don’t just mean the environment an organism dwells in, but also the other organisms that coexist with it. This relationship between organisms and their environments can be symbiotic or parasitic or may involve mutualism or even be competitive.

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Any action done by one organism has an effect on its environment and its cohabitants. There are numerous examples for this, like the destruction of forest cover for human development resulting in the loss of habitat for other species, and hunting and poaching which started as survival mechanisms and ended up as profitable businesses for men, while a disaster for other species.

So far, we have studied the actions and their effects only at the physical levels. Almost all branches of sciences (and their researches) are concerned with the physical interaction between matter, living beings, humans, societies and cultures. But what happens at the soul level during the courses of actions (and their effects) has been grossly underestimated!

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The reason is simple. Science requires facts for analysis and facts are recorded from observation of the physical entities that are involved in the process. Observation and analysis of physical entities are done in the physical realm of reality, which is just matter. But we know that reality is not just filled with matter, but energy too.

Karma

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Sciences can only partially understand the interactions between living beings that are happening at the energy levels. The soul (energy) level interactions are felt by the individual perception of life, and the comparison of one’s observations with another’s can seldom show similar results. So, an individualistic approach is needed to study soul level interactions.

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The soul, as we know, is an energy field with its intensity varying with thoughts, emotions and actions. Any act done either by instincts (as in beings with up to 5 senses) or by thoughts and instincts (in case of humans) has an impact on the being’s surroundings and also its soul. This impact can either be positive or negative, and it depends on the intention of the living being performing the action. In Yogic and Siddha philosophies, this impact is described as Karma.

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In recent times, karma’s been misunderstood to be the negative results of negative actions alone, but actually, it includes both the positive and negative actions along with their effects. A man who helps people without expecting anything back from them will get back help when he doesn’t expect it. A man or a woman who hurts people around them (even through words) will always be hurt by the people they live with. In other words, what goes around comes around.

This is very similar to Sir Isaac Newton’s law of action and reaction; an action with a good intention results in a reaction with the same good intention, while an action with a bad intention will result in a reaction with the same bad intention.

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