Farmers understand the concept of reaping what you sow very well, and that is why if one wants mangoes they plant mangoes and not tomatoes. Similarly in life, whatever you sow is what you shall reap. If you sow hatred and bitterness, the same shall be your portion, but if you sow kindness and love, you will reap tons of it.
I came across a short story earlier today that I would like to share with us.... Read on.
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk.
He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”
She gently looked at him and replied, “You don’t owe me anything.Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”
He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.”
As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. Before that moment, he had been ready to give up and quit.
Year’s later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.
After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She began to read the following words:
“Paid in full with one glass of milk” ..... Signed, Dr. Howard Kelly.
At that point maybe she couldn't recall who Dr. Howard Kelly was, but I can only imagine that later on when she went to look for him to thank him she asked him what he meant by that note on her bill - if it was me that's what I would do. Can you imagine how things would have been if the woman had been rude to that little boy back then all those years ago? That one little act of kindness not only saved the young boy's life, but it also paid her hospital bill in full, way in advance.
Always remember that whatever you do to others today may not have repercussions immediately, but one time in this life it definitely will...(hopefully, it won't come back to haunt you or those you love.) It's never too late to be kind; you can decide to start a journey of kindness from today going forward. It may not be easy especially when the same people you are trying to be kind to are the same ones thinking and acting like you are the devil's twin; but be kind to them anyway.... a time will come when they will remember your deeds and regret their actions.
Let every day of your life be an opportunity for you to sow kindness; you never know who you might be helping, or more importantly, what your act of kindness is paying for in advance........
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.
If you role a stone, you know to hurt someone, it will turn and roll back on you all and so if you dig a pit for , someone, you will fall in it yourself. God is the great paymaster, we are His workmanship, we are the clay and He is the Potter so do something for the God who made you and He will not forget the things that you do but you shall receive your pay, good or bad.
The theory of Karma is spoken about in many of the sacred texts of all the 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 “accepted” the abuse because it possesses the strength to survive, learn and stop the cycle of abuse. Another more obtuse application of karma might be a young adult who finds him/herself bound to a wheelchair from a hit by a driver. Why did it happen? Perhaps in previous life, this soul was a corrupt judge who imprisoned those who would not bow to his corrupt ways. This unjust imprisonment of others has resulted in the seemingly unjust imprisonment of their body in their current incarnation. Not every tragedy we live through is the result of some terrible wrongs we did in our past life. A child who dies of an illness at an early age, for example, might simply have chosen to experience the birth and young adult stages of life before deciding what he wanted to do with his life as an adult in his next incarnation.
Karma 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 determines whether or not you bring your soul further into balance or create more 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 past 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 should 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 market place as well as in the timeless arena of human relationships. At every juncture, in all times, this theory of karma is well respected and well observed. Rightly said, “By some one, “Do good, find good”.