Wherever there is a cause, an effect must be produced. A seed is the cause for the tree, which is the effect. The tree produces seeds, and becomes the cause for the seeds. The cause is found in the effect and the effect is found in the cause. The effect is similar to the cause. This is the universal chain of cause and effect which has no end.
Everything in Nature obeys this law of cause and effect—from the vibration of an electron to the revolution of a planet, from a mango falling to the ground to the powerful willing of a Yogi. No event can occur without having a positive, definite cause.
Every thought, desire, imagination, sentiment causes a reaction. Desire, thought and action always go together. They are the three threads that are twisted into the cord of karma.
You sow an action and reap a habit. You sow a habit and reap a character. You sow a character and reap a destiny. Hence, destiny is of your own making.
In the end, each person leaves his or her karma behind—the good and bad actions of one's life. The physical body may die and disintegrate, but the subtle impressions do not die. Each one of us must take birth again to enjoy (or suffer) the fruits of these actions and pay our debts. The tendencies we are born with are just that. VIrtues are cultivated by gradual evolution.
Swami Sitaramananda is a monastic from Saraswati order from the Sankaracharya-Sivananda lineage, expert teacher in Yoga Philosophy and Yogic methods from the 4 classical paths of Yoga for more than 30 years. She is senior disciple of Himalayan Yoga Master Swami Vishnudevananda, who is a direct disciple of H.H. Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. She is presently acharya of US west coast Centers and Ashrams, as well as Asia, especially Vietnam from where she hails. She met Swami Vishnudevananda in Val Morin, Canada at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp in 1981 and has devotedly served her Guru and her Guru's organization—the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers—since then. She has been director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA for 20 years. Swami Sitaramananda has taught many international Yoga Teachers Training Courses in California, Vietnam, Taiwan and India and is also teaching regularly at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Nassau Bahamas.
She is the author of Positive Thinking Manual, Essentials Yoga Practice and Philosophy (translated in Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese) and Swamiji Said, a collection of teachings by Swami Vishnudevananda in His Own Words, as well as two poem books. She is responsible for the Vietnamese translation of The Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda. Some of her audio lectures on Yoga Life, articles and webinar presentations can be found on the website yogafarm.org.