Woody Allen said, âI believe in karma and reincarnation, because nothing else explains how I could get so far behind in just one life.â
Half the worldâs population believes in reincarnation, which obliges us to be reborn again and again, working on our soulâs multiple-life lessons, like some poor kid who canât get his college degree until he passes Ethics 101.
Karma and reincarnation are linked. According to Universal Law, every action generates consequences sooner or later. Therefore, actions in one life may carry over into consequences of subsequent lives, creating conditions of happiness or sorrow for reasons we donât understand.
Karma is pretty complicated, which is why Mahatma Gandhi said, âAfter inventing karma, God was finally able to retire.â And because God wasnât satisfied with just a âone-size-fits-allâ karma, He actually came up with four different models.
âSanchitaâ karma is accumulated, like an eternal biography in which all of your actions in all of your lives are recorded for posterity. If you were Cleopatra in a previous life, itâs written. If you were naughty or nice, itâs been noted.
âPrarabdhaâ karma is ripened, like fruit on a tree that falls when itâs now ready to be eaten. If your accumulated karma is a full deck of cards, your ripened karma is the hand youâre dealt, to play as best you can in this game of life.
âKriyamanaâ karma is action, the exercise of your free will. Perform good or bad deeds, chances are youâll be rewarded appropriately. If it happens in this life, we jokingly call it instant karma.
âAgamaâ karma is thought, whether you act on it or not. Although itâs a grey area, the Bible warns us that itâs almost as bad to commit a sin in your mindâ¦
Some peopleâs karma is âfixedâ and no matter how much they try, theyâre stuck with it. On the other hand, some karma is âflexibleâ, and if people exercise sufficient free will in performing right actions, they can rise above it.
Your astrological birth chart provides a map of your current lifeâs karma, which is why astrology is considered a divine science. But it takes training, experience and judgment to assess the balance between fate and free will, which is why the practice of astrology is considered a divine art.