Laws of Karma Vs. Laws of Newton. Are we all governed by the Laws of Karma?



Karma means doing. It is an action. It is an initiation. It is a direction. Non-action also means doing. It is an act of not doing some act. It is an act of deciding not to do an act. Doing and non-doing is an action and a choice.

Let us look into the Laws of Karma.

First law of karma:

This is similar to Newton’s first law of motion which says, “Everything remains in a state of rest or motion unless an outside unbalanced force acts upon it”. This law is applicable to all material bodies in the universe.

The darkness of a room remains in darkness unless an outside candle of light is brought inside the dark room. Everybody remains in a state of ignorance unless an outside balanced force of wisdom acts upon him. Everybody remains in a state of Tamas unless an outside balanced force of Sattva acts upon him. Everybody remains in a state of Rajas unless an outside balanced force of Sattva acts upon him. This is the First Law of Karma. And this law is applicable to all human bodies in the universe.

Second Law of Karma:

This is similar to Newton’s second law of motion which says, “The force is equal to mass times the acceleration”. Mathematically it is expressed as F = ma. This means that the force of a body is directly proportional to its mass and acceleration. This means that the force is more when the mass is more. And the force is more when the acceleration is more. This law is applicable to all material bodies in the universe.

The force of Rajas is more powerful than the force of Tamas. The force of Sattva is more powerful than the force of Rajas and Tamas. A person in Sattva is more powerful than a person in Rajas and Tamas. This is the Second Law of Karma. And this law is applicable to all human bodies in the universe.

Third Law of Karma:

This is similar to Newton’s third law of motion which says, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. This law is applicable to all material bodies in the universe.

For every force of Tamas there is an equal and opposite force of Rajas. The force of Sattva creates a balance. In Tamas there is Karma and in Rajas also there is Karma. Because there is a doer in Tamas and and there is a doer in Rajas. But in Sattva there is nothing called the Karma. Because in Sattva the doer disappears in his doing. When the doer (Karta) disappears in his doing (Kratya) there is nothing called doing or Karma but only pure being. So in Sattva there is only a free will. And the doing of this pure being is called a play (Leela). So in Sattva we become part of the happening. This is the Third Law of Karma. And this law is available and accessible to all human beings in the universe.

Tamas means inertia or ignorance. Rajas means motion or passion. And Sattva means balance or equanimity or dynamic equilibrium or Samyama.

This is what Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita:

कर्मण: सुकृतस्याहु: सात्विकं निर्मलं फलम् | 
रजसस्तु फलं दु:खमज्ञानं तमस: फलम् || 14:16||

karmaṇaḥ sukṛitasyāhuḥ sāttvikaṁ nirmalaṁ phalam
rajasas tu phalaṁ duḥkham ajñānaṁ tamasaḥ phalam

karmaṇaḥ - of action; su-kṛitasya - pure; āhuḥ - is said; sāttvikam - mode of goodness; nirmalam - pure; phalam - result; rajasaḥ - mode of passion; tu - indeed; phalam - result; duḥkham - pain, misery; ajñānam - nonsense, stupidity, ignorance; tamasaḥ - mode of ignorance; phalam - result

The result of a right action is pure and emerges from the state of Sattva. The action done out of a state Rajas or passion results into misery. And the action done in a state of Tamas or ignorance brings unhappiness.


For every force of Tamas there is an equal and opposite force of Rajas. The force of Sattva creates a balance. In Tamas there is Karma and in Rajas also there is Karma. Because there is a doer in Tamas and and there is a doer in Rajas. But in Sattva there is nothing called the Karma. Because in Sattva the doer disappears in his doing. When the doer (Karta) disappears in his doing (Kratya) there is nothing called doing or Karma but only pure being. So, in Sattva there is only a free will. And the doing of this pure being is called a play (Leela). In Sattva we become part of the happening. This is the Third Law of Karma. And this law is available and accessible to all human beings in the universe.


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