Karma: Laws of Karma

                                                                  Q. Part 1: Right now I don't know if I believe in God or not. I got this feeling because of recent Tsunami devastations. I didn't quite understand how God/nature can destroy so many innocent lives when they didn't do any bad karma, even if there might be few people who had done bad karma. I also couldn't understand how so many people were destined to die at the same time even though they didn't have anything in common.

                                                                  Q. The laws of karma are very complex, but at least we have some understanding from Srila Prabhupada: there are 8,400,000 forms of life through which the soul can transmigrate, 400,000 of which are human. In any of those human forms (if I'm not mistaken), we are permitted the opportunity to re-establish our dormant relationship with Krishna.

                                                                  Q. 1. Does a child who is forced to eat meat by his parents incur negative karma? Does the logic change for a mentally unstable adult?

                                                                  The laws of karma are very intricate, subtle and stringent. It is not easy to always determine a one-to-one correspondence between a particular action and what exact reactions are incurred as a result, and what proportion is assigned to whom.

                                                                  Q. 1.  Why don't we remember the past life sufferings? If one is suffering in this life some say that it is due to one's past bad karma, which is vague to believe.

                                                                  The workings of karma are not vague, but quite reasonable and logical to understand.

                                                                  Q. Can you briefly describe the doctrine of reincarnation and the law of karma, how they determine the jivas experiences here and in the afterlife?

                                                                  Q. Krishna says "I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear." However I have heard that it is not possible to escape from Karma at all. Therefore, what does this mean? Is it a white lie to encourage people to come back?

                                                                  I have committed a lot of sin that I am not proud of and repent everyday. The thought of having to repay them is overwhelming. One of the primary reasons for embracing Krishna Consciousness was this deliverance. However, it does not seem certain that I could escape the effects of this Karma at all.