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Karmic Scribes of the Physical Universe

“The Lipika, from the word lipi, ‘writing’, means literally the ‘Scribes.’ Mystically, these Divine Beings are connected with Karma, the Law of Retribution,for they are the recorders or Annalists who impress on the (to us) invisible tablets of the Astral Light, … a faithful record of every act, and even thought, of man, of all that was, is, or ever will be, in the phenomenal universe. … As it is the Lipika who project into objectivity from the passive Universal Mind the ideal plan of the universe, upon which the ‘builders’ reconstruct the Cosmos after every Pralaya, it is they who stand parallel to the Seven Angels of the Presence, who the Christians recognize in the seven ‘Planetary Spirits’ or the ‘Spirits of the Stars.’” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Karmic Scribes

Are the Lipika real? Are there really beings, angels perhaps, who have the job of recording everything that is said or done into the Akashic Records? That is debatable. My personal feeling is that they do not exist. They are an allegory for a process that is automatic. There is no need for some being to record our deeds. The deeds record themselves. There is no need for beings to write down our thoughts, thoughts record themselves. So the real karmic scribes are thoughts. Ours, and the thoughts of all other beings.

What this means is that there is no way to hide any thoughts or deeds from those karmic scribes since the thoughts themselves generate the Akashic Records. You can’t keep the thoughts to yourself. You can’t hide the deed from the scribes. Karma is always listening, always recording.

Phenomenal Universe

The physical universe, the universe of matter, is what Blavatsky is talking about. She says these karmic scribes record everything that happens in this universe. What about the spiritual realms? While she doesn’t mention them here, I think it is reasonable to assume that all thoughts on that level get recorded as well, though possibly to a different “library.” Continue reading “Karmic Scribes of the Physical Universe”


Destiny, Karma, and Offering Help

“A purely logical conception of karma would prohibit one from helping a man in adversity. But there, too such fatalism would be false. The help we give freely to another opens up a new era in his destiny. Our destinies are woven of these impulses, of these acts of grace. If we could accept the idea of individual help, may we not conceive that a far mightier Being could help, not one man alone, but all men, could give a new impulse to all humanity? … Through karma, the Act of Christ becomes cosmic law, and through the Christ-principle karma achieves its aim—the liberation of conscious souls and their identification with God. Karma is gradual redemption. Christ is the Redeemer.” ~Rudolf Steiner

The Enigma of Karma

It is true, as Steiner says, that logically, if we believe in karma, we shouldn’t help those who are having difficulties. Technically, we might argue, that would be interfering with karma doing it’s job. But that simply isn’t true. Karma expects to be interfered with. Sometimes, the lesson the person need to learn is to accept help from others. He can’t do that if we don’t offer to help. In which case, his karma is not doing it’s job. It may also be that the person needs to learn that karma is very real. Once the lesson is learned, however, the continuation of the adversity is unnecessary.

A New Destiny

Mr. Steiner says that when we help another we open a new era in that persons destiny. I’m not sure that is true, at least not always. For starters, not everything we do or experience is part of our destiny. Free will, what there is of it, prevents that. Second, the receiving of help may have been part of the persons destiny, so we have not changed it when we provide that help.

Destiny is a tricky think to deal with, and there are often many obstacles on our path to destiny. Some of those obstacles are due to karma, but many are not. Some are there simply because the demons and dark forces wish to prevent us from moving forward. It’s a kind of reverse karma,because the dark beings are punishing us for doing good and making progress on our spiritual path. For such events, there is no karmic interference involved when we offer to help. In fact, offering such help to each other gives us good karma, and may be the only way we can all make significant progress.

In Greek Mythology, Sisyphus is condemned to forever roll a large rock up a hill only to have it keep rolling back to the bottom. The proper ending for that tale should have been for one of those people he mistreated to see his plight, forgive him, and help Sisyphus push that rock to the top and anchor it there. Then both could continue growing. Continue reading “Destiny, Karma, and Offering Help”

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Redeemer doesn’t Cancel Laws of Karma

“Through karma. The Act of Christ becomes cosmic law, and through the Christ-Principle karma achieves its aim—the liberation of conscious souls and their identification with God. Karma is gradual redemption, Christ is the Redeemer.
“If men would steep themselves in these ideas, they would realize that they belong to one another; they would understand the law recognized in all true occult brotherhoods—namely that each individual suffers and lives for others. There will come a time in the future when outer redemption will coincide in each with the interior act of the Redeemer. It is not revelation but truth which makes men free” ‘You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.’” … When man has awakened in himself all those qualities which were prophetically manifest in the Christ, he will be a free being.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Karma and the Redeemer

Many think that the idea of a redeemer and the concept of karma are incompatible. “If a redeemer can forgive your sins,” they argue, “then haw can there be karma?”. The answer is that forgiving ones sins, mistakes, or evil acts doesn’t mean that the person does not have to repay the debt. Christ forgives, but doesn’t erase the need for restitution.

If you think about it, you will realize that if the Redeemer canceled out karma, the lesson of karma would be lost. As Steiner correctly points out, karma aims to liberate the soul that it may be once again united with God. But the soul of one who has committed murders, rape, arson and other heinous acts can not be allowed to join with God. Even one such soul would add a tiny bit of pollution to the Great Soul that is God. If hundreds, thousands, and eventually millions of such people were allowed to join with God, he would become evil as well. That obviously cannot be allowed to happen.

So the “stains” on these souls must be “washed off” and the “soap” that does that is Karma. So karma is not stopping spiritual progress, it is making it possible. We all make occasional mistakes, but if we pay off the debt, we can move on. Continue reading “Redeemer doesn’t Cancel Laws of Karma”


Confession to Men, Confession to God

“Men mistake in thinking that the only confession is that made with the voice before magistrates; there is another confession made in the life and conversation, by faith and works corresponding to the faith. The first confession may be made by a hypocrite; and it is one not required of all; … the other confession must be made by all. He who has first confessed in his disposition of heart will confess with his voice also when need shall arise and reason require.” ~Heracleon

Confession to Men

To the more materialistic person, or at least the Atheist, “confession” either means something you do in a courtroom, or to your parents, or to your spouse. To many other, you also confess to your priest, minister, guru, or congregation. The first type of confession is for those who have violated the laws of man and, as Heracleon points out, one can easily lie when doing so. One of the strangest things to me is when people will confess to crimes they didn’t actually commit in order to get publicity, but there are many more cases where the guilty will lie and claim innocence. It is often not quite so easy for a child to lie to his parents. They often develop a knack for recognizing when you are lying, or simply hiding something. And then there are the ego-boosting “confessions” that few people fall for: “Yes Jenny and I made out in the park last night,” or “Don’t listen to the experts, I’m worth $10 billion, not three.” The second confession is different. Continue reading “Confession to Men, Confession to God”