Question 1: A guy hits his hand on the firm surface of a table. Do you think his hand will get hurt too?
Question 2: A child is sitting with his parents and eating a sandwich. A guy enters the room and throws the child’s lunch box on the floor. The kid starts crying. Do you think that there would be some negative consequences for this guy?
Question 3: The child is now sitting in an empty room (with no one around). The guy throws the child’s lunch box on the floor. The kid starts crying. Do you still think that the event would somehow affect the guy in the future?
(Skip the questions below if you said No to Question 3.)
Question 4: A guy sees a child eating a sandwich and gets irritated for no reason. Rather than throwing the child’s lunch box or saying anything to the child, he starts cursing the innocent child in his own mind. Do think that Nature would still teach the guy a few things about kindness?
Question 5: Do you think that if the guy in Question 3 did not learn the significance of kindness in the present lifetime, Nature would get back to him in the next lifetime?
If you said Yes to Question 1, you believe in the well-established scientific law that is often worded similarly to the karmic law.
If you said Yes to Question 2, you believe that negative consequences follow a wrong action, at least when human observers are present.
If you said Yes to Question 3, you believe in the karmic law; you probably believe that Nature is always watching everyone’s actions.
If you said Yes to Question 4, you believe in the karmic law and believe that karma includes all thought processes.
If you said Yes to Question 5, you believe in the karmic law and the reincarnation principle, which work together in Hinduism.
Disclaimer: It is better to trust the Divine than a human understanding of any spiritual law. Also, the final aim of Hindu life is to transcend karma.