“Enq: Does this hold equally of ourselves as of others?
Theo: Equally. As just said, the same limited vision exists for all, except those who have reached in the present incarnation the acme of spiritual vision and clairvoyance.
We can only perceive that, if things with us ought to have been different, they would have been different; that we are what we have made ourselves, and have only what we have earned for ourselves.
Enq: I am afraid such a conception would only embitter us.
Theo: I believe it is precisely the reverse. It is disbelief in the just law of retribution that is more likely to awaken every combative feeling in man.
A child, as much as a man, resents a punishment, or even a reproof he believes to be unmerited, far more than he does a severer punishment, if he feels that it is merited.
Belief in Karma is the highest reason for reconcilement to one’s lot in this life, and the very strongest incentive towards effort to better the succeeding rebirth.
Both of these, indeed, would be destroyed if we supposed that our lot was the result of anything but strict Law, or that destiny was in any other hands than our own.
Enq: You have just asserted that this system of Re-incarnation under Karmic law commended itself to reason, justice, and the moral sense. But, if so, is it not at some sacrifice of the gentler qualities of sympathy and pity, and thus a hardening of the finer instincts of human nature?
Theo: Only apparently, not really. No man can receive more or less than his deserts without a corresponding injustice or partially to others; and a law which could be averted through compassion would bring about more misery than it saved, more irritation and curses than thanks.
Remember also, that we do not administer the law, if we do create causes for its effects; it administers itself; and again, that the most copious provision for the manifestation of just compassion and mercy is shown in the state of Devachan.”
H. P. Blavatsky