Ego Consciousness Is the Problem
Karma’s unalterable decrees govern human destiny only as long as a man continues to live through his senses, in reaction to outer events.
For such person, moral reasoning is centered in ego consciousness. Scriptural learning is centered in ego consciousness. Self-pitying tears are centered in ego consciousness.
Ego consciousness is the problem.
The greater the ego’s hold on the mind, the greater karma’s hold on our lives.
Cosmic Law is no irrational tyrant, however. Its judgments are not inflicted mindlessly on a cowering and helpless humanity.
Every consequence ordained by Divine Law is right and just; it springs from deeper realities in human nature itself, and is meted out for deeds already committed.
Is it not reasonable indeed, that we reap the just results of our own actions?
Once the Ego Is Transcended, Karma Is Transcended
Once the ego has been transcended in soul consciousness, the realm of karmic law is transcended also. The soul remains forever unaffected, for karmic consequences accrue only to the ego.
They are dissipated when no centripetal vortex is left to bring them to a focus in the consciousness of “I” and “mine.”
In Self-realization, the soul is released at last from its bondage to karmic law.
When the ego is defeated, karma is defeated.
Excerpted from Karma and Reincarnation by Paramhansa Yogananda.