There is no Innocence under The Law of Karma

As the world and humanity gets more and more shaken up by the filtering process we are experiencing that we call 'the Armageddon,' there will be a natural human reaction to qualify how it affects us. This qualifying will in some cases have its home in the term 'innocence', and other such-like expressions. Generally speaking, when someone who has led a good life is murdered or run down randomly on the street, he or she is called innocent to the crime. An earthquake or tsunami happens and the news reads that thousands of innocent people were killed. Children, also, are often referred to as innocent, and even more so when they are treated cruelly or caught in an accident. Basically "innocence" is the bedfellow of a certain type of human suffering, for many people judge circumstances of these natures by effects rather than true causes.

The dictionary gives the definition to the word "innocence" as "...free from sin, or moral wrong.", yet a sin is essentially an ACTION. So to be innocent is the same as saying to be free of CAUSE. The Ancient Wisdom teaches us that action begets reaction, cause begets effect, sequence begets consequence, and religions too have their notable reflections upon this. The Master Jesus told people that they reap as they sow which implies he was fully acquainted with this philosophy. In today's world it is now almost universally known by the Sanskrit term Karma which translates as: act, action, or performance. The Ancient Wisdom also teaches us that the whole universe operates by this law and that we are intrinsically an evolutionary product of that law. It teaches us also that Karma is impersonal and it works through and upon the good and bad alike irrespective of any moral codes they build their society on.

As stated above, it is fairly safe to say that most people are familiar with Karma, but for the most part (except in the more philosophically or spiritually-minded) it is simply a convenient spiritual pop-phrase used to casually explain some circumstances or another, but the truth is that the world of causes is complicated and so much is hidden from the sight of the uninitiated. It is basically easier for human beings to personalize than to im personalize life experiences, which is why Karma is popularly addressed as being either "good" or "bad". But people should be taught that Karma itself is neither good nor bad and that the argument of Karma should stand on the merit of its own reality as opposed to the values we place on it. This Great Law essentially teaches us that whatever we do has a consequence, yet not necessarily a moral one. Whether we think something, feel something, or act something, there is a corresponding reaction. Karmic results are subjective and are based on a cosmic principle that each individual comes to and understand and realize as part of their true sense of self. You can of course advise a person that by the Law of Karma their actions (good or bad) will react upon themselves at some future date and one path will lead to further suffering and another will lead to further happiness (subjectively-speaking), but until people stop taking things personally then there will always be a sense of 'judgment' about Karma which can easily lead to misconception.

The root of this problem is that the mind has a habit of separating itself from nature and uses intellectual reason and logic to uphold its standpoint. It often creates terms such as "innocence" because it cannot see the beginning of all things and so applies other terms such as "good luck", or "bad luck" to placate troublesome existential conundrums. Yet the un-regarded appeal of Karma is its certainty. Good Luck is never certain because otherwise if it was people wouldn't perhaps feel the need to wish it on anyone. They would know that as certain as the sun rises each day so too is some kind of good luck inevitable, and to wish for it would be a fairly useless occupation. But to most people time is short and their needs, wants, and opinions weigh heavy upon their minds and that this carries over as a judgemental and finger-pointing mentality is regrettable. Reason and logic always have their place but one should be mindful of their use and the circumstances involved.

Generally speaking, the term "innocence" is conveniently used for those who basically think there is only one life. How can that elderly lady who went to church all her life and never said "boo" to a goose get assaulted and beaten up so badly in her own home? There doesn't seem to be anything that she has done in this life to warrant such an outrage. But the Karmic Law implies that this is not entirely true. Granted, in this life she has done no harm to anyone and so will reap the benefits of that (at some stage), but by that very same law she is reaping the results of a past action which may have entailed her doing the very same thing to someone else beyond the memory of this particular life. Is she then really innocent in this case? Sadly, because all too few people can actually remember their past lives this idea seems naturally preposterous. So be it. Everyone must arrive at their own conclusions. Some will say that she was an innocent victim, or that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yet from the viewpoint of her own soul (and that soul's karma) she was exactly where she was supposed to be and nowhere besides.

In order to make sense of this one must often look farther back than this current life to see where things were set in motion. Some of history's best thinkers such as Paracelsus, and Socrates believed in Causes beyond human perception (most philosophers do), and yet in today's modern and impatient mindset the cause must be apparent, if not then even made-up to suit the needs. It is a hard thing to say that if a child is beaten up and abused by his father or mother then he is simply reaping the results from a previous (and largely untraceable) existence, and this because of the preponderance to place children in an idealistic light. This is not to say that there should be no action taken when such a thing happens- all children should be protected and cared for with gentleness, love, patience and understanding, and past life karma should never be a mental default setting when the obvious is staring you in the face.

Mistreated children are often called innocent because they are seen to not have violated earthly laws, and have yet to form discernment. But innocent children can become not-so-innocent adults so how can a being become something without having some relation to the cause? Some would say it is simply because they were mistreated by their parents and this is true up to a point, but then there are plenty of cases where children who actually have had loving and good-natured parents and friends and still go off the track. The response to that is usually that, well, the child must just be a rotten apple. So again, on the one hand the child grows up with poor character because of the irrefutable evidence that he or she was poorly treated whilst young and still developing, or on the other hand, the child turns out bad simply by sheer fluke! Truly there is an abundance of often inconsistent and unreflecting excuses to explain something that could easily have light shed upon it by the ancient wisdom.

The criminally inclined person is never seen as innocent because their outward actions show that they have wilfully violated societal laws. Anything bad that happens to them is instantly translated as them getting their just desserts. But if he escapes the law and nothing happens they say that that criminal must have good luck! According to that mindset the individual is either subject to a true and unalterable law or his avoidance of that law is complete chance. This point of view stems mostly from inconsistencies in the public way of thinking- how can there be permanent, immutable laws and random chance existing at the same time? Well, most people want to see justice done immediately because to them it is somewhat gratifying. But if people truly believed in Karma then they wouldn't waste any angst on whether or not someone got their just desserts or not. They would know that sooner or later a person's actions come back them irrespective of human impatience. But to have a perpetual wish of justice (though in reality it's usually revenge) done to some criminal is practically the same as carrying out the act of vengeance oneself. Hoping (and even praying ) that someone will get their just deserts in no way excludes a person from the ultimate manifestation of that karmic rebalance.

The Ancient Wisdom again teaches us that societal laws are but mirrored reflections of greater cosmic laws, some distorted, others as true a reflection as they can be- given the times we are in. On earth right now we can easily see that the legal and justice system is corrupt because it has been manipulated for so long. People are getting away with murder (literally in many cases) and very few seem to want to take responsibility for their ACTIONS. This naturally makes many people feel there is no justice at all. Some folk will ask how can God let the sorts of things that are going on these days happen, but it isn't a case of "let" at all. Everything that we have on earth, good or bad, lawful or unlawful, is there because of Karma. These bewildered people feel God must really be cruel or unkind to let these things happen because cruelty and unkindness are human qualities and God is often personalized to suit our own ideas. Illogically, the concrete mind would probably rather accept the notion of good and bad luck than accept the notion of immutable cosmic principles which are certain. Much that is going on in the world is a karmic redressing of past actions of humanity and we have materialism and corruption because whether individually or collectively we have allowed it to happen. Plato once said: "The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men". This pretty much sums up the state of affairs today, and can anyone really call themselves innocent because of indifference?

The same goes for these catastrophes which shock people every once in a while. A well known actress recently got into some trouble when she made some comments about the devastating earthquake in China in 2008. She basically said that it was China reaping the karma for what it was doing to Tibet and various other social issues. This was pretty much an ignorant thing to say because only those who can truly see the threads that link one set of circumstances with another can make any such kind of remarks with authority. The earth changes and so-called catastrophes that will occur over the next century or so will no doubt really shock and disturb people to the limit, but one must strive to understand that there is nothing personal in this.

What this article is attempting to do is deflate the popular concept of innocence, for attachment to form leads to wrongly qualified values of life seeing as terms such as 'innocence' hardly solves the riddles of life, more it bolsters the idea that there is such a thing as universal error. "Life" may be sacred, but it's not stupid. There is light, and then there is greater light and if truth be told, the light of the ancient wisdom is of greater comfort to the questioning mind in the long run as long as people are willing to de-personalize life's experiences. See everything as either a personal attack or reward and you restrict the philosophical heights that the mind is capable of soaring to. Study life and the universe as a WHOLE through your very own self and see that even the so-called 'wronged' are learning through spiritual law.

In days to come there will be a lot of questioning and personalizing events as the Armageddon yields more upheavals. There will be some people who will say that God is punishing mankind for sinning. Cosmic realities reveal there is no "punishment", just plain old cause and effect. They also teach that none of us are really "innocent" as the modern justice systems see it, and one day, when humanity is ready to see beyond the immediate and the apparent, the realm of Causes will be opened before us again, and knowledge of Divine Justice will temper the flow of the ignorant catch-phrases of the day. As always, the Ancient Wisdom serves as a portal to the underlying truths of these times, and the door remains open to those who are willing to make the transition from the particular to the whole.

Matthew Hartdegen
Sanctus Germanus Foundation