In the Vedas is explains that this law of Karma is very intricate. The law of Karna is so intricate that it’s beyond figuring out what’s going to happen next. Because a person’s Karma is not just from this lifetime but it’s from up to a hundred births in the past and in six different layers which is described.
1. There are those Karmas which are away in a back burner, they are not even manifest, pre-seed stage.
2. Then it come in to the seed stage. From a seed it starts to get ready to sprout.
3. Then it starts to sprout, just starting.
4. Then it fully sprouts. Just like coming out of the ground now.
5. Like a seed in the ground is sprout and it’s just starting to come up.
6. Then it’s a fully grown plant with the fruits hanging off.
These are the six layers. Of course when the plant dies, the Karma is finished.
Example: This happened in India; somebody from the western world sent adulterated rapeseed oil to the third world at a good price, but it was really bad stuff. And so it caused a lot of people to get sick over there. But part of the people who were importing and people who were exporting knew it was bad and paid off the customs people and they got it through. But later on some people got blinded, a lot of people got stomach diseases because it was really bad rapeseed oil, was adulterated or something, kind of rejected oil.
So they found out and they put the person in jail. Immediately he got the Karma right there. He is free.
But say that someone didn’t get caught, but because they got the money from it and they enjoyed, but as a result of that fifty to hundred people got blinded , got cancer from eating this adulterated oil.
So then that get put in his overall Karma situation and somewhere down the line, one birth, ten births, twenty-five births away this Karma starts to grow, starts to move up. And then all of a sudden, he starts to see something in his life, he starts to see change…had a good run everything was going great, but all of a sudden he gets aids and he wonders why? Doesn’t see any reason for getting it.”I didn’t do anything wrong in this life!”
HH Jayapataka Swami From the Book ‘Taking Shelter of Krishna’ Courtesy: Mathuradesh Publications