Is the Law of Karma Different for a Young Person?


Do law of karma acknowledge act as misdeed or immoral(which is actually) in persons life which he performed during his age of 10 year to 15 year? He/she is not only matured physically nor mentally so to understand that such act are immoral.On attaining maturity and attaining mental as well as spiritual development looking at past worried about its outcome.They are like scar mark on beautiful face.So far nothing has happened but how he/she can get rid off this karma?burned it through meditation?

—PTP, India


Dear PTP,

If I understand your question correctly, you are asking how to get rid of karma accumulated when one was younger (10-15 years old)? And if a misdeed or immoral act which took place when one was young “counts” against one, as much as when one is older and knows better?

Karma is the sum total of every action, activity, desire, or thought which we have ever had or done in this and every other lifetime. Age has nothing to do with karma. We all have mountains of it to deal with.

What to do about bad karma? (Remember that karma can also be good.) Yogananda quotes his guru, Sri Yukteswar in The Autobiography of a Yogi in saying:

“A new student occasionally expressed doubts regarding his own worthiness to engage in [Kriya] yoga practice.

‘Forget the past,’ Sri Yukteswar would console him. ‘The vanished live of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now’.”

Dedicate your life to making spiritual progress, especially in the practices of meditation. This, along with the grace of God and Guru, is what dissolves away our karma as quickly as possible.