Understanding and assimilating the law of karma has the following advantages: 1 – The law of karma alone explains the disparities in the living beings from birth. We wonder why often innocent children are born handicapped. The law of karma attributes this to the negative actions or deeds in previous janmas. Physical or mental disparities can be explained only through this law. If it is not accepted, life becomes a mere accident. 2 – Even though I have not done any mistakes, why do I suffer in this janma? – this question is always asked. I tend to blame the Lord. The law of karma tells me that I have to accept my suffering because I have acquired such an “invisible result” (called adhrshta phalam) by my misdeeds in the past janmas. I learn to accept the problems without blaming others. 3 – Now, I can take charge of my future. If my present situation is because of my past, the future situation in my life will be determined by my present actions. As a “doer”, I can direct the course of my life. I learn that neither the world nor God determines my future, but my own actions alone determine my future. Therefore, I accept a free will. The present which is determined by the past is called Fate. But the future which is determined by the present is governed by my free will. As a “doer”, I have a choice to determine my future; though as an “enjoyer” I have no choice over my present. 4 – The universal question ”why do good people suffer and bad people enjoy” is answered. Corrupt people are enjoying wealth today as a result of the fructification of their past good actions or deeds. But they will definitely pay the price in future for their present corrupt practices. The same way, we can argue for the good people suffering. Without the law of karma, our society will be rid of all morals and youngsters might conclude that dharma does not pay and adharma alone pays. Thus this law is necessary to teach and ensure morals in the society. We must accept Lord, who is mercy personified, is never unjust. I realise sufferings as an exhaustion of my negative deeds. I am becoming more and more pure since they are removed . Thus acceptance of this law reinforces my faith in the Lord, strengthens my respect for dharma, explains my difficult situations and gives me hopes for my future. Only if you accept the Laws of Karma, faith in God will be restored. In the assimilation of this law alone, we understand that the Lord can never be unjust. If a devotee suffers, he is paying the price for the actions done in the past. His punya-karmas will help him to get a better future. He learns to accept sufferings as an exhaustion of his papam. As he suffers, his papams are washed off. Thus, we conclude, every action produces results. According to Hindu religion, man cannot escape re-birth since he has to experience the fruit of his actions. Hence the Law of Karma is inexorable (unrelenting) and immutable (not subject or susceptible to change). Accepting this law, my devotion to the Lord will remain intact. It reinforces my faith in Him, strengthens my respect for dharma, explains my difficult situations and gives me hope for my future. So, we realise that the whole universe is based on an invisible moral order. This is called Adhrshtam , literally meaning, “that which cannot be seen”. Without a cause, there can never be an effect. Just because the cause is not known, it does not mean it is non-existent. Thus the acceptance and assimilation of the law of karma is a boon. Love, Chithra.