HERE IS THE
the basic building
block of creation, which is changeless and immortal. And here is a shape or
form, a limited entity. In between is a certain force called shakti—movement
or vibrations. Together, the Substance and shakti formulate matter. There
are three stages involved: the unchanging Substance or Spirit, the subtle
movement, and the gross movement of the form. When the matter of the form
dissolves—let’s say in death—if only the unchanging Substance remained, then
of course there would be no reincarnation and no karma left. But because of
the astral, subtle, intermediary vibrations, when the physical form dies or
disintegrates, it resides into this second stage, vibrations. This vibratory
body is kept together as a unit, a subtle astral personality. It keeps on
living with the unifying factor that we call ego or I-consciousness, which
we also call “mind.” When the body dies, the astral phenomena or vibrations
are not affected, with this one important exception: the impressions of the
physical body do remain on it. If someone dies by accident, for example, the
shock of that accident will remain as a seed in the astral personality. This
astral unit or mass is what reincarnates and carries with it the effects of
karma, the law of cause and effect.
Let’s say in the physical form we did good or bad, suffered or enjoyed;
these all leave their impressions on the vibrations as an astral record or
what is called an akashic record. In those vibrations are recorded: what you
did, what you didn’t do; what you liked, disliked, enjoyed, suffered; what
you hid and what you exposed; whether you denied things or accepted them.
Each and every word, each and every conscious or unconscious thought, even
in sleep and dreams—A to Z phenomena—every moment throughout the twenty-four
hours is recorded in this akashic record. If you were an expert you could
read volumes on any person in this record: each detail of each moment of
each day. This astral body retains the entire record of the cause and effect
sequence called karma. That is why you carry karma with you while you are
living and after you die.
The “I-ness” or ego is a very important factor as far as karma is concerned.
Let’s say your physical form is there; my physical form is here. You are
thinking inside; I am thinking inside. I am using the word I; you are using
the word I. That I you cannot see. You can see the physical body but the
person who is trying to communicate with you is not simply a body. There are
some other vibrations traveling to you. Who is doing this projection of
vibrations? “I.” This I, as a thought, an idea, a conception, projects to
you through the medium of speech or without speech. So this I-ness is what
is making me what I am and making you what you are. Karma theory is totally
dependent upon the identification of I-ness.