As you Sow, so shall you Reap
This quotation, taken from the Bible contains a universal truth. It means that the result of anything will be in accordance with its action. Now, a farmer sows corn, he cannot expect to reap carrots! In the same way, you cannot expect to stand first in the races if you haven’t run at all during the year.
This tenet holds good in every field of life. If you are friendly, kind, cheerful and helpful, you will be liked by others and will have plenty of friends. If, on the other hand, you are unfriendly, moody, haughty, and unhelpful, you are not going to be popular. If you lead an honest and good life, it naturally follows that you will have great peace of mind. However, if you sow seeds of evil, then that is exactly what you will reap.
No effort in the right direction ever goes to waste. Sooner or later you will get your reward. So work hard, obey your elders and try to do your duty as best as you can — only then will you reap the benefits of your perseverance in the form of success and happiness.
As You Sow So Shall You Reap
In other words, you shall harvest what you plant, spiritual or natural, as God said he was not mocked, for if you sow the flesh, you shall the flesh, reap corruption, but if you sow the spirit of love for all, you shall reap life everlasting. The theory of karma is spoken about in many of the sacred texts of all religions in the world and is implied in the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The implication as you treat others, so you will be treated. What is difficult to grasp about Karma is when it is actually playing a role in your life. The survivor of abuse, who may not have ever hurt anyone in his/her life, may wonder what she/he did to deserve such treatment. Perhaps in a previous life, the same soul was the perpetrator of abuse. Then the promise of karma would be in force. On the other hand, perhaps the soul is “accepted” because it keeps the strength to survive, learn, and stop the cycle of abuse.
Sometimes a student who does not study his books may come out with flying colors through his examinations. Sometimes a person may get success without working for it. But such cases are very rare. The normal rule is that you reap good or bad fruit according to your good or bad actions. Jesus told his followers to have hope, faith, and charity,. Those who exhibit these virtues get a rich harvest of joyful feelings. A lazy person must go down in the race of life. On the other hand, one who works hard must rise in life. Really we reap the fruit of our own actions. So, we should act our part in life nobly.
Karmas is inescapable. Your actions do return to you. It may not be in this lifetime, but it certainly will return in some way. How you deal with the return of this karmic energy that must be dealt with at a later stage. If you seek to learn from the seeming injustices in your life, chances are that you will be balancing your karmic books rather than increasing your karmic debt.
It is helpful to look at karma as a sort of credit card. Each time we do something in our lives motivated by love, we are “paying off” some of the karmic debt we have built up over our many lifetimes. Each time we act in selfish interest, we are charging something else to our credit card. The goal is not to have a credit due to us because in doing so it would mean that someone, somewhere still owed some debt. The goal is to get our balance to zero. To pay off our karmic credit card and make no more charges on it. Then we will have reached our goal and there will be no need to return to this physical plane and we will once again be reunited with the Divine.
Karma is often thought about as being some debt we are repaying from a part of life. But karma can be “paid” in the same lifetime it is created. We can read in many sacred texts that what you sow is what you reap, what you give comes back to you three times over as you do so it shall be done to you. All of these are speaking of karma. Even Jesus spoke of “Karma when he said we should do unto others as we would have it done unto us since that is exactly what will happen.”
“As you sow, so shall you reap” has relevance in today’s competitive marketplace as well as in the timeless arena of human relationships. At every juncture, at all times, this theory of karmas is well respected and well observed. Rightly said, By someone, “Do good, find good.”
The Inchcape Rock
Once a sea-robber noticed a bell tied to a dangerous rock called the Inchcape Rock.
“What’s it for?” he enquired of a man who lived on the seashore.
“It’s for warning the ships,” replied the man. “It’s rung in case of danger. It has already saved many a ship from striking against the Inchcape Rock in foggy weather.”
Now the sea-robber was always bent on mischief. So an evil thought crossed his mind. He cut off the chain of the bell as soon as he got a chance. Down went the bell into the depths of the sea. Nobody replaced it.
As a result, some ships struck against the rock one after the other and were ruined. Every time the robber felt happy. One day he was travelling in those parts of the sea. Sudden foggy weather prevented him from seeing the rock. Had there been a bell, he would have received a warning. But now his ship struck against the rock and perished. He himself died a miserable death.
Moral: As you sow, so shall your reap.