Probably most interpreted are the principles of “Cause and Effect,” and that of “Karma.” Part of our human/spirit journey is expressed on the physical/spirit plane of “Cause and Effect.” “For every action there is an equal (not necessarily opposite) reaction (or equivalent on some plane of experience—they are infinite), which leads some to simplify Karma. If one murders someone, at some point in his ongoing journeys of life and death (reincarnation), the perpetrator himself will be slaughtered, a justice due for his action. Some religions require a death penalty for murder based on the Law of Karma, here and now retribution.
When one commits what society deems a crime against another (really the self as well) there is justice to be had…which society itself determines based on what is understood of Cause and Effect (which can rightfully be described as an intricate of Karma), which is always skewed by personal likes and predilections. The sources are religion and philosophy—emotion.
When a crime has been committed—a negative recognized by Creation—retribution goes far beyond the first act, into an infinite universe. If one kicks a dog—and that dog having been hurt by you bites someone else, you are guilty of not only kicking that dog but partly for the dog’s bitter action. If a person bitten dies of an infection, you have part blame of this—and if he leaves behind a wife and children that will suffer greatly for the loss, you have part blame of this. On and on the wave travels, becoming a tsunami of Karma. That drop in the pond vibrates waves out, infinitely touching all. Mercifully—this principle works also with the good deeds one accomplishes throughout life. God sees these as well, but it would take a computer the size of infinite universes combined for human’s to comprehend the proper justice. Best left to Him.
Our physical experience of Cause and Effect embodies elements of Time and Space. If one commits a negative while in the body, there are options as to places to go and time to hide while attempting to escape punishment. After death, and when in the realm of spirit (which is a form of spirit substance on the plane of spirit consciousness) (Always connected, in an essence sense, to the Cause and Effect of the apparent universe) without the dense part of one’s form, Time and Space no longer exist. Paybacks are immediate, and infinite were it not for God’s Grace of Reincarnation, a chance for soul purification. Every moment of each life is precious. We should not waste a single atom of experience—and, most important of all, any chance to express forgiveness motivated by Divine Love in Presence.