But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. Galatians 5:15
He who injuries others is sure to be injured by them in return. Kwang-Tze
I destroy the ignorance-born darkness by the shining lamp of wisdom. The Bhagavad-Gita
This lesson teaches us the Law of Cause and Effect, the plaything of the soul. In the long run, as Emerson tells us, if we seek to harm another, we but find that we are beating our own bleeding breast. Teachers of spiritual wisdom have always taught that our thoughts and acts ride on a return circuit and that they never fail to react upon us until we have transcended the negative causation set in motion by such acts. This is why we are taught that we should do to others what we would like them to do to us. It is the old law of the returning circle. In this law alone can we find exact justice, and through understanding this law come to realize with Robert Browning, “All’s love yet all’s law.” The universe imposes neither evil or limitation upon us, nor can we impose evil or limitation upon it. However, being free agents, we may and must experience, at least temporarily, the results of our own acts. As the Gita tells us, the lamp of wisdom shining in the darkness of ignorance alone can free us.
Realizing that the universe has bestowed upon me the Divine right to be affected by my own act, today I shall guard all of my thoughts, seeing to it that nothing emanates from my consciousness other than that which blesses, builds and heals. I shall not worry about the consequences for they already exist in the mathematical Law of Cause and Effect. This Law of Cause and Effect is not something that governs me. Quite the reverse, it is something which I govern. If nothing goes forth from me that can hurt, then nothing can return to me which can harm. The knowledge of this makes me wise. The consciousness of good at the center of my being is my sanctuary.
Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker