THEOSOPHY, Vol. 33, No. 12, October,
THREE great fundamental principles underlie the doctrine of reincarnation:
ONE absolute source of all things.
ABSOLUTE, unerring law.
The first and third have been explained heretofore. The question
of Law, which is crucial, is now to be unfolded. Every effort of
a living being is based upon the fact, developed by experience,
that a certain act brings a dependable result. We do not say "unvarying"
result, as yet -- though that is really the case -- because a large
proportion of results in human life do not seem to follow an absolute
law. Nevertheless, unless that principle were preponderantly and
practically operative, there would be no human society today; in
fact, no human, or even animal, life. We wish to introduce into
the mind of the inquirer the possibility that given a high enough
intelligence, the dependability of law is seen to approach absoluteness.
Hence, that its apparent failures are merely due to ignorance and
shortsightedness on the part of the beholder.
A strong logical indication of this lies in the fact that the further one gets away from purely personal human affairs, as in any branch of science, the more demonstrably rigid becomes the reign of law. Is it not clear, then, that given the right road to understanding, the confusions in human life would clear up, just as the seeming confusion in the operations of nature clears up, in the mind of one who studies it scientifically? It merely requires a deeper and more comprehensive science.
The description of law absolute, given by the ancients, is simply this: "An undeviating tendency in the Universe to restore equilibrium." This follows inevitably from the proposition of ONE source, which necessarily exists in a state of perpetual balance. Good in one direction, evil in another; light against darkness, dying universes against universes being born; pleasure here, pain there. Any action upsets equilibrium; if of a beneficent nature, it sets going outward-rolling waves of "good," which, ultimately rebounding to their source, bring back a like experience to that which was sent forth. Maleficent action, conversely.
Thus it is impossible for any center of action to escape the ultimate absorption, in either pleasure or pain, of the results of its own actions. But as nature is both infinite time and infinite space, the cycles are sometimes vast. A man may and does create good or evil causes in his lifetime for whose due recompense nature in that lifetime has no opportunity. It is at this point that the wisdom of the ancients splices logically and unbreakably with the strict scientific reasoning of today; it is from here, that, having shown the scientific logic of reincarnation, we turn over the leaf to expose the corollary spiritual reasoning, which is just the obverse side of the material -- its opposite, but inseparable from it as the opposite poles of a magnet are inseparable.