“Theo (cont): The saying of Jesus: “With what measure you mete it shall be measured to you again” (Matth. vii., 2), neither by expression nor implication points to any hope of future mercy or salvation by proxy.
This is why, recognizing as we do in our philosophy the justice of this statement, we cannot recommend too strongly mercy, charity, and forgiveness of mutual offenses.
Resist not evil, and render good for evil, are Buddhist precepts, and were first preached in view of the implacability of Karmic law. For man to take the law into his own hands is anyhow a sacrilegious presumption.
Human law may use restrictive not punitive measures; but a man who, believing in Karma, still revenges himself and refuses to forgive every injury, thereby rendering good for evil, is a criminal and only hurts himself.
As Karma is sure to punish the man who wronged him, by seeking to inflict an additional punishment on his enemy, he, who instead of leaving that punishment to the great Law adds to his own mite, only begets thereby a cause for the future reward of his own enemy and a future punishment for himself.
The unfailing Regulator affects in each incarnation the quality of its successor; and the sum of the merit or demerit in preceding ones determines it.
Enq: Are we then to infer a man’s past from his present?
Theo: Only so far as to believe that his present life is what it justly should be, to atone for the sins of the past life. Of course – seers and great adepts excepted – we cannot as average mortals know what those sins were.
From our paucity of data, it is impossible for us to even determine what an old man’s youth must have been;
neither can we, for like reasons, draw final conclusions merely from what we see in the life of some man, as to what his past life may have been.”
H. P. Blavatsky