Consequences of Karma Theory
This, in short, is the bare outline of Jaina theory of
Karmas. Following are the direct logical consequences which flow from this
(1) Once you believe that universal phenomenon are
governed by the law of causation, you rule out the existence of any
outside agency to govern our fate.
(2) The theory is based on the premise that Karmic
forces which set the law of causation into motion are eternal and their
motivating force called Jiva is also, eternal and there is no need to
import the idea of a creator, sustainer and a destroyer.
(3) Theory of Karma rules out the propitiation of gods
for seeking their favour to save yourselves from calamities.
(4) On the contrary, the theory insists on self
reliance and asks us to develop our own moral character and increase our
spiritual power to save ourselves from evil effects of our own past
(5) You have to own your ethical responsibility for the
good and bad things and it is possible to discharge this responsibility
with equanimity and understanding.