15 July 2014 - QA 5

Can you please talk about karma and how it works? I always question young kids that die painfully, or babies who die in the mother’s womb.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

You know, karma is unfathomable. It is very deep, like measuring the depth of an ocean. Which karma, where, what? It is all simply too big to explain, but it is the cause for any action.
No event or action can happen without a cause, this is simply a scientific theory. There needs to be a cause for every result. So every effect has a cause and this cause is karma. But this cause is so deep because it is not connected to just one incident, it is connected to many things and it is enormous.
That is why Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, 'Gahana karmano gatih', unfathomable are the ways of karma. So don’t sit and waste your time thinking about karma.
In the scriptures also it is said, 'If you do this you will have this karma, and if you do that you will have that karma', but there is no need to go into it.