Returning to Goloka
Religions often refer to God's Judgment and how He metes out punishment for sins and transgressions against Him. This is a somewhat irrational way to explain karma. For one thing, God never punishes - He loves and accepts everyone. Contrary to most religions, God is not jealous, or wrathful, and is not seeking vengeance. These concepts are used by religions as a way of describing the effects of acting in a way that is not supportive of all life, or what religions call "sin."
Karma essentially means “action” but often it is given a broader meaning, as we will now explain. On the first day of Satya yuga, on the first Day of Brahma, the universe is an almost perfect projection of the Absolute world of Goloka. The Earth is perfect, the people are perfect and everything is flowing in perfect harmony with all the laws of Nature.
What exactly are all the laws of Nature? These are the vibrations that create the universe from Lord Brahma’s Samyama on the Rig Veda. Human beings have free will and that free will is what can create actions or karma that is not in perfect accord with the pure vibrations of the Rig Veda. If a person does something that is just slightly off from being in accord with all the laws of Nature, then a dissonant vibration is created. For simplicity we call that dissonant vibration karma. Like a boomerang, the karma bounces back to achieve balance by impacting on the doer. Karma is mechanical and must reverberate around the universe until it finds its counter vibration and balances. The counter vibration is found in the doer of the karma.
While the karma is reverberating it is disturbing the entire universe to some degree. As more and more individuals take actions that are slightly out of alignment with all the laws of Nature, more reverberations arise and like dirt in clear water, the water becomes more opaque. This leads to more mistakes and more “dirt” and eventually the period of Satya yuga grinds down to Trita yuga where only 75% of Natural Law is active. What does this mean? 25% of the pure vibrations of the Rig Veda have been dampened by the karma of individuals. More karma and more degradation and then Dwipara yuga dawns and we are down to 50% of Natural Law, then finally Kali yuga arises and at the start only 25% of Natural Law is active – at the end it tends to 0%.
Some karma is balanced in each individual lifetime, but most is not. Maharishi once said that everyone has “mountain ranges” of karma that is yet to balance. Something done in one life is not balanced in that life and maybe only partially in the next life. The residual accumulates.
Jyotish was given to us by Lord Vishnu to provide a glimpse into the karma for our life. Also, included with Jyotish is Yajña which provides a way to shield the life from our karma, making it easier for us to achieve Moksha.