Is Love Above the Law of Karma?


Is a bad karma is more superior then the love towards divinity. I meant to ask whether the karmic law can prevent union with GOD.

If yes, then why it is stated in Bhagvat Geeta that even a sinner who sincerely surrender to me, I relieved him from every sin and give Salvation to him?

—Vaibhav Agarwal, India


Dear Friend,

Krishna’s reassurance in the Gita that love for God can free us is a promise that the soul can depend upon. Love is above the “law.”

The intensity of your love for God is, itself, an energy that can dissolve karmic blocks to that love.

Unfulfilled desires might inhibit one’s deeper desire to love God, and that is a factor in the lives of many people. They may have to work to overcome some of their worldly desires so that their desire for God can become ever purer.

But no matter how one tries to define this teaching, nothing can deny the redemptive power of pure love, which has no traces of ulterior motivation. As Krishna says elsewhere on the subject of meditation and devotion, “Even a little practice of this inward religion will save one from dire fears and colossal sufferings.”

Do not imagine, however, that your love is a substitute for the courage to face or accept your karma and life’s tests with faith and even-mindedness.

So, I suggest you do BOTH: develop your love for God, AND, at the same time work for “salvation” through good karma: meditation, selfless action, leading the life of a good devotee, moderate in all things, patient and forebearing.

Blessings to you!

Nayaswami Hriman