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Reincarnation And The Moral Law

The Goodness, justice, and Omnipotence of God are the guarantees of


It is absolutely impossible that the faintest breath of injustice

should ever disturb the Universe. Every time the Law appears to be

violated, every time Justice seems outraged, we may be certain that it

is our ignorance alone that is at work, and that a deeper knowledge of

the net-work of evolution and of the lines of action
reated by human

free will, sooner or later, will dissipate our error.

For all that, the whole universe appears to be the very incarnation of

injustice. The constellations as they come into manifestation shatter

the heavens with their titanic combats; it is the vampirism of the

greatest among them that creates the suns, thus inaugurating egoism

from the very beginning. Everywhere on earth is heard the cry of pain,

a never-ending struggle; sacrifice is everywhere, whether voluntary or

forced, offered freely or taken unwillingly. The law of the strongest

is the universal tyranny. The vegetable kingdom feeds upon the

mineral, and in its turn forms nourishment for the animal; the giants

of the forests spread ruin in every direction, beneath their

destructive influence the spent, exhausted soil can nourish nothing

but weeds and shrubs of no importance. In the animal kingdom a war to

the death is ever being waged, a terrible destruction in which those

best armed for the fray pitilessly devour the weak and defenceless.

Man piles up every kind and method of destruction, cruelty and

barbarity of every sort; he tears away gold from the bowels of the

earth, mutilates the mighty forests, exhausts the soil by intensive

culture, harasses and tortures animals when unable to utilise their

muscular strength, and, in addition, kills them when their flesh is

eatable; his most careful calculations are the auxiliaries of his

insatiable egoism, and, by might or cunning, he crushes everything

that hinders or inconveniences him. Finally, from time to time, the

Elements mingle their awful voice in this concert of pain and despair,

and we find hurricanes and floods, fires and earthquakes pile up

colossal wreck and ruin in a few hours, on which scenes of destruction

the morrow's calm and glorious sun sheds his impassive beams.

And so, before reaching individual evil and apparent injustice, there

rises up before us at the very outset the threatening spectre of

universal evil and injustice. This problem is so closely bound up with

our subject that we are compelled to spend a short time in considering