Karma and Harmony

Group Karma is but the specific working out of a more general aspect of karma that gets ignored or forgotten too easily. In the words of H.P. Blavatsky:

Nor would the ways of Karma be inscrutable were men to work in union and harmony, instead of disunion and strife.


The suppression of one single bad cause will suppress not one, but a variety of bad effects. And if a Brotherhood or even a number of Brotherhoods may not be able to prevent nations from occasionally cutting each other’s throats — still unity in thought and action, and philosophical research into the mysteries of being, will always prevent some, while trying to comprehend that which has hitherto remained to them a riddle, from creating additional causes in a world already so full of woe and evil. Knowledge of Karma gives the conviction that if —

. . . . virtue in distress, and vice in triumph
Make atheists of mankind, . . . — Dryden

it is only because that mankind has ever shut its eyes to the great truth that man is himself his own saviour as his own destroyer. That he need not accuse Heaven and the gods, Fates and Providence, of the apparent injustice that reigns in the midst of humanity.

This points to the fact that the law of karma should not make us ignore the more basic law of harmony. That law means simply that good karma spreads around and so does bad karma. I meant to use that as my title for this post. Because it is important to remember. Instead I will just repeat myself:

Good karma spreads around. Bad karma spreads around.

Those who change their lives for the better don’t just raise themselves up, but all those around them as well – if only a little bit. From a karmic perspective this is about morals. Those that raise themselves up morally raise up the people around them as well. By this I don’t mean people who preach to others about how they should act. I mean that a good example is generally followed – all the more if the person who gives that example does so honestly and genuinely. That is: if a change of lifestyle is based on genuine insight that this is what’s best – it is more likely that the people around will also change their lifestyle (though probably only partly).

Feeling this law is why many people find that when they try changing their life, the people around them will try and stop them. Whether consciously or not. This is because they feel the pull of the change.

This is a complicated topic. In 1955 someone else tried explaining karma – just and unjust as well…