WHATEVER WE do comes back to us. It may not come back
from the same side, it may come from another side. But how
does it come? Suppose we speak very badly to a servant,
we insult him, we hurt his feelings. We think, 'I am quite
safe; he cannot do me any harm'. But subconsciously our
mind is impressed by the insult, the unkindness and that
impression we take with us; we take it before whomever we
meet and it calls forth the insulting tendency, the unkindness
of him with whom we come in contact. The element attracts
the same element, our coldness attracts his unkindness.
We may meet many people who cannot insult us: their situation
makes it impossible for them. But when we meet someone who
can do so, our superior for instance, he will insult us,
he will hurt our feelings.
If we do someone a kindness we ourselves are impressed
by kindness and this impression draws out kindness from
those before whom we come. The cruel will not be so very
cruel with us because of this impression of kindness, and
when we meet someone who is kind his kindness towards us
will be increased a thousand times.
A sin without its reaction is just like a drop of poison
in one's system which awaits its chance until it is developed
enough to break out throughout one's life as a disease arising
in time from that one drop. And such is the case with virtue,
but an unanswered flame of virtue may enlighten one's whole
life so that the world may see the illumination.
We make sins and virtues according to our idealization.
What we have been taught from our childhood as good, we
think good. What we have been taught from our childhood
as bad, we think bad. It is not that God, from there, without
the experience of manifestation, has made certain things
virtues and others sins. It is God who sees with our eyes,
who hears with our ears.
Every thing we do, every little good deed or bad deed
has its effect upon every soul. It has always been said,
'If you wish to see your children happy, do good deeds,
give to the poor, be charitable. If you wish to see your
fathers, your ancestors happy in the life beyond, do good
actions, because the effect of your deeds will reach them,
is felt by them.'