The five jewels of wisdom are a fundamental part of the path of awakening and the way of enlightenment. They provide a source of inspiration for people to draw upon and benefit from. You are not asked to believe, but rather to discover for yourself the truths outlined in these jewels of wisdom and how they can transform your life.
The jewel of karma contains a great and cleansing truth that can radically transform your life for the better. It is a truth that has been known for centuries yet its significance in the life of man is rarely understood and adopted. When you fully understand this truth then you can choose between suffering and freedom from suffering. In time you will discover that no one makes us suffer we make ourselves suffer by what we think, say and do.
Karma is the law of cause and effect and is also known as the law of reactivity. In science this is known as the law of action and reaction. This law of cause and effect is part of most philosophies and cultures, yet its practical implication in the lives of men and women is seldom taken onboard.
All religions have some understanding of the nature of karma. This knowledge has not been hidden from man, rather it has been disregarded by adopting a superficial attitude of, 'Oh yes, I know that'. But it's not enough just to know it; one must live in the acute awareness of this truth of karma. Only then can it become a jewel of cleansing in one's life.
Many people wonder how they can advance spiritually. What everyone can benefit from is to understand the nature of karma as it is worked out in one's daily life. By thinking and pondering on the concept of karma one will gain a theoretical understanding. From this understanding it is easy to discover that karma is a reality in everyone's life. If you can live with the awareness of karma then the process of cleansing will naturally occur. This is definitely part of the spiritual path that everyone can actively work at, irrespective of who or what you are.
So what is this truth, this dynamic jewel of cleansing?
It is simply this: Every thought that we think, every word that we speak and every deed that we do (good, bad and indifferent) will return to us in some form or other.
The consequences of this are that if we hurt someone physically, emotionally or mentally then someone, sooner or later, will hurt us also. If we love or show kindness then that love or kindness will also return to us in some form or other. It is as Jesus taught us, as we sow so shall we reap what we have sown. These were once words of real significance and they can still be for those who understand the nature of karma in their lives.
In this truth of karma the three areas of activity are clearly indicated as physical acts, words and thoughts. Moses gave the children of Israel a simply guide concerning their physical acts in the Ten Commandments. This is a basic and universal guide that should be adhered to by every Jew, Christian and Moslem (since all three are part of the same line of divine guidance). Yet sadly, even these simple commandments are mostly platitudes, just empty words in our modern day world. If it were not so, how could a Christian kill a Moslem or a Moslem kill a Jew. Have they forgotten the commandment, 'You shall not kill'?