ust before the turn of the 20th century, swami vivekananda, abrilliant
young Hindu monk fom India, eahed about the geat law of kama in the United States to all who dew nea. He exlained, “Any wod,any ation, any thought that odues an effet is alled
kama. Thus, the law of kama means the law of ausation, of inevitable ause and effet. Whateve we seeo feel o do, whateve ation thee is anywhee in the univese, while being the ef-fet of ast wok on the one hand, beomes on the othe, the ause in its tun andodues its own effet. Eah one of us is the effet of an innite ast. The hild isusheed into the wold not as something ashing fom the hands of natue, as oetsdelight so muh to deit, but he has the buden of an innite ast. Fo good oevil, he omes to wok out his own ast deeds. This makes the diffeentiation. Thisis the law of kama. Eah one of us is the make of his own fate.”
Throughtheripeningofthefruitsofhisactionshedoesnotattainanyrest,likeawormcaughtwithin awhirlpool.Thedesireforliberationarisesinhumanbeingsattheendofmanybirths,through theripeningoftheirpastvirtuousconduct.
yajur veda, paingala upanishad2.22
Insights from Swami Vivekananda onHow We Each Forge Our Own Destiny
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