Can the theory of Kama stand the test of reason? Can we not say that
this theory has retarded the progress of the Hindu society?
The theory of Karma is just an extension of the well known maxim:
'As you sow, so you reap', to the inner world of moral values. If
there is an effect, there must be a cause for it. If the experiences
of this life good or bad cannot be traced to tangible causes of this
life, the causes must have existed in a previous life. This is the
logic behind the theory of Karma. One is bound to reap the results
of one's actions at a future time if not today. This is unavoidable.
Our present life is the result of our
past actions. Our future life will be the result of our present
actions. This is the gist of the Karma theory. if
the theory of Karma and reincarnation is not accepted, it will be
difficult to explain logically, our happy or unhappy experiences
which apparently have no causes that can be attributed to this life
One has to accept that either God is
partial or is a heartless tyrant, or that there is no guiding power
like God at all and that things take place without any rhyme or
reason! This standpoint, of course, is not acceptable to any
intelligent being. Hence one has to accept that the theory of Karma
offers the most plausible explanation for the various incongruities
we come across in life.
If the theory of Karma is comprehended properly, Hindu
society will progress faster and not regress as alleged. If our
present deterioration is the result of our past neglect and
mistakes, we can make our future brighter and better, by putting
forth the necessary effort now. This should be our philosophy of
life. And, this is a philosophy of hope that places a great emphasis
on self effort! That the Hindu society has sometimes blocked its own
progress through fatalism is the direct result of perverted
understanding of the theory of Karma.