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Aphorisms on Karma

Feb 04, 1996 12:00 PM
by Nicholas Weeks

                                  APHORISMS ON KARMA

         The following, among others not yet used, were given to me by
         Teachers, among them being H.P. Blavatsky. Some were written, others
         communicated in other ways. To me they were declared to be from
         manuscripts not now accessible to the general public. Each one was
         submitted for my judgment and reason; and just as they, aside from
         any authority, approved themselves to my reason after serious
         consideration of them, so I hope they will gain the approval of
         those my fellow workers to whom I now publish them.

         William Q. Judge

        1. There is no Karma unless there is a being to make it or feel its

        2. Karma is the adjustment of effects flowing from causes, during
           which the being upon whom and through whom that adjustment is
           effected experiences pain or pleasure.

        3. Karma is an undeviating and unerring tendency in the Universe to
           restore equilibrium, and it operates incessantly.

        4. The apparent stoppage of this restoration to equilibrium is due to
           the necessary adjustment of disturbance at some other spot, place,
           or focus which is visible only to the Yogi, to the Sage, or the
           perfect Seer: there is therefore no stoppage, but only a hiding
           from view.

        5. Karma operates on all things and beings from the minutest
           conceivable atom up to Brahma. Proceeding in the three worlds of
           men, gods, and the elemental beings, no spot in the manifested
           universe is exempt from its sway.

        6. Karma is not subject to time, and therefore he who knows what is
           the ultimate division of time in this Universe knows Karma.

        7. For all other men Karma is in its essential nature unknown and

        8. But its action may be known by calculation from cause to effect;
           and this calculation is possible because the effect is wrapped up
           in and is not succedent to the cause.

        9. The Karma of this earth is the combination of the acts and
           thoughts of all beings of every grade which were concerned in the
           preceding Manvantara or evolutionary stream from which ours flows.

       10. And as those beings include Lords of Power and Holy Men, as well
           as weak and wicked ones, the period of the earth's duration is
           greater than that of any entity or race upon it.

       11. Because the Karma of this earth and its races began in a past too
           far back for human minds to reach, an inquiry into its beginning
           is useless and profitless.

       12. Karmic causes already set in motion must be allowed to sweep on
           until exhausted, but this permits no man to refuse to help his
           fellows and every sentient being.

       13. The effects may be counteracted or mitigated by the thoughts and
           acts of oneself or of another, and then the resulting effects
           represent the combination and interaction of the whole number of
           causes involved in producing the effects.

       14. In the life of worlds, races, nations, and individuals, Karma
           cannot act unless there is an appropriate instrument provided for
           its action.

       15. And until such appropriate instrument is found, that Karma related
           to it remains unexpended.

       16. While a man is experiencing Karma in the instrument provided, his
           other unexpended Karma is not exhausted through other beings or
           means, but is held reserved for future operation; and lapse of
           time during which no operation of that Karma is felt causes no
           deterioration in its force or change in its nature.

       17. The appropriateness of an instrument for the operation of Karma
           consists in the exact connection and relation of the Karma with
           the body, mind, intellectual and psychical nature acquired for use
           by the Ego in any life.

       18. Every instrument used by any Ego in any life is appropriate to the
           Karma operating through it.

       19. Changes may occur in the instrument during one life so as to make
           it appropriate for a new class of Karma, and this may take place
           in two ways: (a) through intensity of thought and the power of a
           vow, and (b) through natural alterations due to complete
           exhaustion of old causes.

       20. As body and mind and soul have each a power of independent action,
           any one of these may exhaust, independently of the others, some
           Karmic causes more remote from or nearer to the time of their
           inception than those operating through other channels.

       21. Karma is both merciful and just. Mercy and Justice are only
           opposite poles of a single whole; and Mercy without Justice is not
           possible in the operations of Karma. That which man calls Mercy
           and Justice is defective, errant, and impure.

       22. Karma may be of three sorts: (a) presently operative in this life
           through the appropriate instruments; (b) that which is being made
           or stored up to be exhausted in the future; (c) Karma held over
           from past life or lives and not operating yet because inhibited by
           inappropriateness of the instrument in use by the Ego, or by the
           force of Karma now operating.

       23. Three fields of operation are used in each being by Karma: (a) the
           body and the circumstances; (b) the mind and intellect. (c) the
           psychic and astral planes.

       24. Held-over Karma or present Karma may each, or both at once,
           operate in all of the three fields of Karmic operation at once, or
           in either of those fields a different class of Karma from that
           using the others may operate at the same time.

       25. Birth into any sort of body and to obtain the fruits of any sort
           of Karma is due to the preponderance of the line of Karmic

       26. The sway of Karmic tendency will influence the incarnation of an
           Ego, or any family of Egos, for three lives at least, when
           measures of repression, elimination, or counteraction are not

       27. Measures taken by an Ego to repress tendency, eliminate defects,
           and to counteract by setting up different causes, will alter the
           sway of Karmic tendency and shorten its influence in accordance
           with the strength or weakness of the efforts expended in carrying
           out the measures adopted.

       28. No man but a sage or true seer can judge another's Karma. Hence
           while each receives his deserts, appearances may deceive, and
           birth into poverty or heavy trial may not be punishment for bad
           Karma, for Egos continually incarnate into poor surroundings where
           they experience difficulties and trials which are for the
           discipline of the Ego and result in strength, fortitude, and

       29. Race-Karma influences each unit in the race through the law of
           Distribution. National Karma operates on the members of the nation
           by the same law more concentrated. Family Karma governs only with
           a nation where families have been kept pure and distinct; for in
           any nation where there is a mixture of family -- as obtains in
           each Kaliyuga period -- family Karma is in general distributed
           over a nation. But even at such periods some families remain
           coherent for long periods, and then the members feel the sway of
           family Karma. The word 'family' may include several smaller

       30. Karma operates to produce cataclysms of nature by concatenation
           through the mental and astral planes of being. A cataclysm may be
           traced to an immediate physical cause such as internal fire and
           atmospheric disturbance, but these have been brought on by the
           disturbance created through the dynamic power of human thought.

       31. Egos who have no Karmic connection with a portion of the globe
           where a cataclysm is coming on are kept without the latter's
           operation in two ways: (a) by repulsion acting on their inner
           nature, and (b) by being called and warned by those who watch the
           progress of the world.

       The Path, March 1893 W.Q. Judge

Nicholas <> <> Los Angeles
	Men must learn to love the truth before they thoroughly believe it.
		HP Blavatsky

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