Why do we need to know Eternal Laws? What meaning does this knowledge have for us? In order to answer these questions let's examine them through a different area where we already know the answers to similar questions.
Due to major developments in road transport and traffic the requirements for quality have increased and every driver needs to know traffic regulations and abide by them. At first he regards many of the rules as superfluous since he does not know their purpose or why they are in place. Only when he has to pay for every wrong move, whether with a penalty or material or bodily damage, does he realize that he can't do anything else but to submit to the traffic rules.
It is similar with Eternal laws. As long as we do not know them and do not submit to them, they continuously harm us and mete out various forms of "punishment", until we adapt to them and understand their meaning. The contradiction in our modern lives is that if we want to drive, we need to know traffic rules and regulations in order not to endanger ourselves or other people. However, due to the ignorance of the working of Eternal Laws in our lives, we are daily being hit by their consequences, which are, compared to driving, at times much more dangerous.
How did the knowledge of Eternal Laws escape us, when they are eternal and ever present? As long as the most important thing for us was only to satisfy our material needs, we were not able to come into contact with eternity. Our soul was not ready to absorb this knowledge yet. But today many of us have sufficiently developed spiritual abilities which open the door to the knowledge of Eternal Laws.
The general development of society has increased demands for material comforts, better quality of housing, hygiene, more creative work; we devote more time to our appearance and to cultural pursuits. At the same time the needs for higher spiritual knowledge have increased, because the body can only develop in harmony with the soul. More and more people want to penetrate deeper into the mysteries of life. They long to find out how to live a better life, but also why they live and why they die.
Which path, from the many being offered today, leads to the true knowledge? There are so many people who go astray on their journey, they stumble and fall and start to doubt whether the right path exists at all. We can only find our way out of this labyrinth if we keep a clear head and an open heart. As traffic signs and directions bring us safely to our geographic destination, so Eternal Laws are the everyday milestones on the path to this knowledge.
In the beginning it is very difficult to utilize Eternal Laws in practice. In many cases one has to make a 180 degree turn or embark on a totally different path from the one used so far. But in time we find that life becomes more peaceful, more balanced and we submit to them voluntarily, as we did with traffic regulations. Through the knowledge of, and adherence to, Eternal Laws society will gradually get rid of suffering, stress and injustice, which are the result of the lack of knowledge of Eternal Laws.
Suffering is not an inseparable part of life, as some spiritual movements claim. It is only a consequence of erroneous deeds, due to ignorance.
How do Eternal Laws manifest themselves? First of all they act as a power which keeps the Universe moving. The effect of this power can be understood as a whole only intuitively. The intellect, which likes to pigeonhole and classify sees it as a total of several laws.
Eternal Laws manifest themselves continuously without regard to the expansion or contraction of the Universe, because they are everlasting and immutable. In this world we are under their influence in several areas of life - in nature, in our deeds, thoughts, emotions and even after death. Frequently we are not able to logically explain their impact on our life. We cover our ignorance by simply asserting that what happened is an accident or something that we have no influence over.
The Universe and the invisible worlds above it have many inhabitants. Man is able to recognize and accept these "other worlds" only due to the fact that they are interwoven with the same laws. We shall gradually uncover the immaterial but perceivable effects of Primordial Laws, the existence of which must be ascertained by everyone on his own, by thoroughly observing and evaluating one's life and surroundings. The material effects of Eternal Laws were discovered by different scientific disciplines a long time ago, so we can find a reflection of their effect in our professions.
We shall first explain Eternal Laws on familiar events and terms from everyday life and thereafter we will expand into other areas and introduce new knowledge as well. Later, we will come to understand that almost every event is a result of the effects of several laws working together and that they really work as a unit. Nevertheless, we shall deal with them now one by one.
How does the Law of Gravity manifest itself in the non-material form of life? We should look for it mainly in the area of thinking and feeling. Every one of us knows from his or her own experience how bad thoughts and serious worries "weigh us down". A bad conscience or a wrong decision also makes us tired, exhausted, "depressed", as if we carried a heavy load on our shoulders. But we also know the feeling of euphoria, "floating on air", when joyous news, noble thoughts and loving emotions make us feel "lighter".
To simplify, we can say that the Law of Gravity is evident in the non-material sphere of life by the fact that all things negative, unpleasant and bad are depressing, while positive and optimistic thinking and emotions make us feel lighter.
People with similar attitudes, interests and life values easily relate to each other. That's why a connection, attraction and understanding can happen only on the same level. Unequal cannot unite, it repels, creating discord and suffering.
It is similar in nature, e.g., when crossbreeding plants. It is not possible to crossbreed wheat with apples, because they are two different species. But we can crossbreed wheat with a different type of grain, because they are of the same species.
In emotional life we can use the relationship of a couple as an example. A loving and permanent relationship can only arise when both partners are genuinely in love. If only one of the parties is in love and the other one is indifferent, the homogeneity of emotions - mutual love - is missing. Imbalance, problems and suffering are a result of this type of relationship, because the Law of Homogeneity is disturbed. But if this kind of a couple is united through another type of homogeneity, e.g., mutual coveting of material goods, children, or something else, they can coexist successfully, but they will not know real love.
The Law of Completing a Unit is very closely connected with the foregoing law. According to this law, within the same species, in time of maturity, two opposing poles attract each other - the positive and the negative, the male and the female, a man and a woman. Together they create a perfect unit. That's why the prerequisite for the Law of Completing a Unit is homogeneity. A rooster and a hen can breed, but not a rooster and a cat, as they belong to different species. Two hens also will not breed even though they are of the same species, they lack the opposite pole.
It is similar with human traits. Not the same, but the heterogeneous complete a unit. If two partners have the same characteristic, e.g. instability, their relationship is without peace and order. It is dominated by chaos and imbalance. But if both partners are stable to the utmost, they lack new impulses, they are bored or they are not even aware of their own limitations.
The ideal situation for a life in harmony is created by a couple who complement each other's heterogeneous characteristics, but nonetheless recognize the same values and goals in life.
How do we explain the Law of Reciprocal Action? The effect of this law on everyday life was observed by people a long time ago, and it is expressed in the saying: "You get as good as you give ". Christ has explained this law to Christians by saying: "What a man sows that shall he reap ". In physics it is known as the law of action and reaction.
Because the Universe is limited and not infinite, as it seems to us from our restricted human point of view, nothing in it can get lost. Everything comes back to its origin in a circle, multiplied. According to the Law of Homogeneity, in reverse movement homogeneity attracts itself, amasses, i.e., increases. That is why the Law of Reciprocal Action works simultaneously with the Law of Homogeneity.
If we evaluate the deeds of a person, or even our own, we do not always find immediate consequences, i.e., reciprocal action, as would be expected. In real life a good deed is not always rewarded with good or an evil deed with evil. Let's just think of people who live in prosperity and satisfaction to the detriment of others. Because we do not see the result of their deeds in reciprocal consequences, we think that this law does not function properly. We need to understand that the life of a human being is very short in duration. In order to "reap" everything that has been "sown" we have to find compensation in eternity - in the "other world", and in repeated returns to Earth.
Most people improve through their own mistakes. We do not necessarily have to experience the consequences of these mistakes - reciprocal effects - in the same life, because the conditions for them are simply not mature yet. That does not mean though, that the consequences have been lost. Many people have stopped believing in the validity of the Law of Reciprocal Action and justice, precisely because of this time delay.
All old religions throughout the world have recognized repeated returns of man to Earth, reincarnation, which is the only possibility for making amends for mistakes where they were made - on Earth.
In the 6th century at the ecumenical council in Alexandria the Christian church wanted to prove that man's will can change even Eternal Laws. By denying reincarnation the church wanted to erase the influence of the Law of Reciprocal Action. The law nevertheless functions, whether the church acknowledges it or not. According to Christian ideas a man who has sinned will, after death, land in "hell" - forever. But the expiation of mistakes by remaining in "hell" forever gives no opportunity for further development. Thereby man no longer has the possibility to correct the mistake and change. Only the return to life back on Earth gives him this opportunity.
There are several passages in the Bible, "erroneously retained" by the editors of the day, which show that already in Christ's time reincarnation was known and acknowledged. As there are more of these passages, let's just mention a few:
The apostles asked Jesus, when they saw a blind man: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, for him to have been born blind?" They wanted to find out whether he pays with blindness for his own sins or his parents'.
Further, in the Gospel of Matthew 17:10, Jesus clearly states that the ancient prophet Elijah returned to Earth in the person of John the Baptist, but he was not recognized and was killed.
We shall see, from an example of modern life, the functioning of the Law of Reciprocal Action:
A young man drives too fast through a village. He does not respect the speed limit because he is too young to foresee any possible consequences of his driving too fast. When a child runs across the road in front of his car, he is not able to avoid the accident, despite his efforts, and the child is hurt. If the man is genuinely sorry for his mistake, and demonstrates this by driving more carefully in the future, he is already partially atoning for his mistake. His positive attitude leads to an early closure of the circle of reciprocal effects. His expiation can be finished, e.g. by avoiding, in some way, a serious accident that he witnesses.
A person who does not learn from his own errors does not necessarily have the opportunity to undo it in this life. According to the Law of Reciprocal Action, his deed is taken along into his next life. And, due to the Law of Homogeneity, the multiplied consequences will be felt approximately like this: either he himself will be the victim of an accident, with an injury greater than the one he caused, or someone else will seriously hurt his child.
So the reciprocal effects paid for in the same way - with an accident - will affect only the person who has not learned from his mistake. This way the victim has a new opportunity to understand his faults from his own suffering, and to change. From this it follows that it is not God who punishes man, but man who is punishing himself when he does not know, and does not adhere to, Eternal Laws that have a boomerang-like effect.
If we acknowledge the functioning of the Law of Reciprocal Action we may ask why someone is born deformed, when he was not yet able to do any evil in life. Or, by the same token, we could think about the punishment of war criminals, who brutally murdered and maimed people. It is true, not all of them had to bear the consequences of their actions in the life in which they acted so inhumanly. The later they will have to bear the consequences, the heavier will be their impact. These consequences will multiply in the same way as when one seed is sown and more will grow from it.
But not all suffering is the expression of reciprocal effects. Many people bear oppression, harm or illness because they cannot cope with perceived injustice, insufficient love and understanding. Self-pity is a consolation, but only for a short while, then one has to acknowledge one's weakness and find the causes which brought him or her into this predicament. Finding a way to understand oneself and to understand other people as well, will help in dealing with the situation in a constructive manner, to eliminate further suffering.
No one doubts that movement is a necessary part of life. All that submits to the Law of Motion has life in it, and thereby also development. Where there is insufficient movement, there is stagnation and decline.
In the wilderness animals have their natural enemies, this urges them to constant movement and alertness - to improve and develop. Only weak, ill and old animals become victims of predators.
Appropriate physical exercise and even stress activate the human body and mind, reveal hidden reserves and therefore support development. Comfortable and lazy people get sick and weak sooner than active people. Their mind, like their body, is rigid and lazy and can understand the causes of their suffering only with difficulty. These poor people have neither enough power nor courage to escape the insufferable situation, or to change it. If they are ill, they do not want to alter their diet, or correct bad habits. Insufficient movement is a hindrance for physical and mental health and development.
When there is over-activity, frequently due to long-term stress and a heavy physical load, the results are similar as with insufficient movement - faster aging and illnesses.
As the body needs constant movement, so does the soul. It is active through thinking, developing intuitive perception and the setting of goals. The Law of Motion is displayed in the mental sphere as volition - will, through which we realize all our wishes.
If a person wants to live in good physical and mental health, he has to submit to the Law of Equilibrium. That means a constant effort towards harmony, to equalize fluctuations brought about by an active life. Everyone needs to ensure that in his or her life there is a balance between giving and taking, work and rest, suffering and joy. Balance is a state that does not last forever but towards which we need to strive - continuously. If one does not heed the Law of Equilibrium, he will be "balanced" by it in various forms of suffering - depression, weakness, illnesses and accidents.
Due to the increased pace of life many people act mindlessly, with no clear concept of living and only one goal - to survive. A person who has no time to set aside a few minutes a day for contemplation about his life, activities, wishes and goals, is in constant stress and tension, which is carried over to the surrounding family and work areas. Such a life is just a missed opportunity, because the person has no time to find out why in fact he or she is here.
Every person starts to experience the Law of the Desire for Spiritual Knowledge at a young age through an inexplicable sense of disquiet and seeking. The purpose of this law is for a person to spiritually grow and develop. Some people stifle this desire at a very early stage, or suppress it as something that is not practically applicable and superfluous in life.
Others lead it onto the wrong path. This is mostly true about the young generation and their idolizing of certain personalities - singers, actors or sports people. These examples inspire more to vanity than actively seeking higher spiritual Truths and knowledge of the true meaning of life.
Other people fulfill their desire for a more beautiful and improved world, which is the expression of this law, in a very comfortable way - by escaping into "other worlds" in an altered state of consciousness, through drugs or meditation. They bar their way to the knowledge of higher Truths through a natural development on Earth.
The so-called "realists" transformed this desire, this disquiet, into a chase after purely earthly values - goods, social status and entertainment. Despite constantly satisfying these, for them the most important needs, they lack peace and balance. They do not find the real meaning of life, to which their search was supposed to bring them - the knowledge of the world and of self.