Karma Made in India - not solely
In the realm of karma, killing 'anyone' - for any reason - is a crime that befalls the person [or persons] who orders it, just as much as the ones who execute the orders.
In Response to a Question Posed
A Time Magazine article, India: After New Delhi Gang Rape, Should the Culprits Be Executed? by Nilanjana Bhowmick is used in this hub as springboard to a reflection on our global collective cultural Modus Operandi i.e. how separately and collectively, we co-create What-Is in our thoughts, in our homes and in our communities.
Why kill these men?
That may spare the culprits from years festering in a prison cell somewhere in India and, generally speaking, from the unavoidable secret ache of remorse and guilt, but go nowhere towards assisting the healing of the [surviving] victims and/or their grieving families. It would go nowhere, too, in regards to karmic amendment that both culprits and victims need to address, through any tragedy, in this lifetime.
Oh, of course, though many of us understand the notion of karma being a tally sheet not terribly dissimilar to our bank statement, actual acts of karmic amendments are as rare as they are because they are incredibly difficult to attempt. It is very difficult to live by the rules of active acceptance of what has come down and the rule of deep-hearted forgiveness while entrenched in millennia old cultures that thrive on self-righteousness, pride and retributive vengeance.
In the realm of karma, killing 'anyone' - for any reason - is a crime that befalls the person [or persons] who orders it, just as much as the ones who execute the orders. Yes, that goes for soldiers and government officials, as well.
In a better world, in a culture better tuned to the moral ethics expected by the karmic realm, to truly balance karma and justice, three conditions need to be met:
1. if they didn’t feel spontaneously moved to do so, culprits in general, would first of all be helped towards WANTING to apologize from the HEART to the person they have hurt and/or to each member of the grieving family of the person they have killed or maimed.
2. remorseful, sincere, humble apologies must ALWAYS be accepted.
3. culprits would, then, WANT to humbly serve the one they have hurt or, in the case of murder, the family of their victim ... until further [karmic] notice.
The complicating factor is that only the victim can ever absolve/forgive a perpetrator. Thus, in a case of murder, the perpetrator cannot ever be free of the karmic energy attracted by the crime committed. That is, not until victim and murderer, their specific karmic codes recognizing each other, find themselves locked inside a different scenario - in each of their soul’s future incarnations. Each, then, will have a specific altruistic task to perform for the other, but for reason they will never know.
Be that as it may, humble service to the victims’ families serves as a means to amend the karmic debt and ‘soften’ the hearts of all protagonists, so as to access a somewhat better karmic status for their soul’s next incarnation.
Win-win situation = Justice has been served. Punishment has been given. Karmic amendment has been achieved or at least attempted by all parties concerned.
Indeed, if the victim were alive, karma would be amended hourly, daily, over a period of years - as close to 'eye for 'eye' as possible - without the karmic energy of violence and death attaching itself to the 'avenging angels' of the judiciary system.
Shame or Remorse Made Constructive
Going back to the events currently enfolding in India, any person, man, woman or child, feeling particularly ‘shamed’ by the dark deeds of his/her compatriots could similarly help ‘repair’ while paying forward - or back - their own prior, current or upcoming misdeeds.
Knowing what’s what is not for us, humans, to know. It is for the ones who are energetically concerned to humbly do something useful, free of charge and kudos, for a victim or a victim’s family – even if that victim’s ordeal will not make the headlines.
Loss-loss situation = in some countries, culprits just rot away in jail, never to be heard of again. This might be deemed a fitting punishment, here and now, for persons guilty of headline-grabbing misdeeds. However, as ephemeral as bubbles in a champagne flute, are the very temporary emotional release of some and the euphoria of others, both tied to the mistaken belief that the more dire the penalty [or the greater the financial compensation awarded from the Courts] the better the wrong has been ‘righted’.
The added notion that either might be a strong deterrent to other would-be criminals equally affords, in the darkest hours of each and every night, very little solace to either of the concerned parties.
Nothing short of a truly heartfelt deed of repair will ever begin to erase the memory of the ordeal in the victims’ minds. Neither will the memory of their acts ever leave the assailants’ conscience.
Too Many Hands Stir the Pot
Beyond a much needed explosion of anti-rape outrage triggered by the string of mediatised, horrific incidents in India, we have not forgotten, have we, that similar incidents have been ongoing in great number and in all democratic nooks and crannies of the free world.
We cannot discount that some 2,700 forcible rapes have been declared in New York alone, in 2011. Though somewhat dated, it is the most recent statistic available at the time of writing, and there is little or no reason to think that the number of these declared aggressions will be significantly reduced in 2013 – and in the next few years ahead. Many such incidents lead to enduring, debilitating shame, frequently to a permanent disability and, even at times, death – be it at the hand of the aggressor or by suicide at a later time.
It is assumed that the culture of the penis-as-a-weapon is as ancient as cavemen’s bones but, what is clear, is that this primitive mindset has attached itself to the very ink of even the most ‘evolved’ pages in history. From the primitive culture of plunder, pillage and despoilment of women as the way to break the enemy’s morale, girls’ and women’s bodies [occasionally, too, those of boys] are commonly objectified, violated, made expandable – discarded – even to this day.
One of the many serious questions that beg to be asked is this: how is it possible that such barbaric abuses have endured through the millennia?
Another question is: why is it that, in some circumstances, ‘our men’ are so titillated by the thought of performing forcible rape that they momentarily shut down their conscience to relieve unbridled ‘cavemen’ urges on children and on women?
When we look at who these men are, it is clear that they have not descended upon us from Planet X. They are not mutants. It is clear that have not been ‘cultured’ inside a petrie dish in a laboratory by an evil professor.
These men are invariably fathers, sons, husbands, brothers and uncles to ... someone. Whether in India, in America, in China or in Europe, these men belong to their families.
“According to our culture, women should be careful about how they dress,” explained most earnestly Hardeep Singh Ahlawat, a Khap leader in India. “They should dress simply. [ ... ] There's too much outside influence on our culture these days. 
These families belong to the culture of their countries and there must be some very warped thinking embedded in the culture of every country, for in every country rape is far too often STILL considered the woman’s fault.
In the west, could it be that this very warped thinking is confirmed each time an indulgent adult thinks, says, or acts in a way that suggests that Boys will be Boys and that some behaviors are genetically programmed and, therefore, innate aspects of the male species?
1. 7.30 Report, ABC Broadcast: 25/01/2013 Reporter: Michael Edwards
Mothering the Boys or Smothering their Integrity
Truth: Isn’t it a fact that, generally speaking, historically and in our current societies, boys and men are ‘served’ by their mothers and by their sisters?
Doing the laundry, making the beds, tidying up the boys’ room and performing house chores in general such as making bread, cooking meals, baking deserts, washing up, soothing worries off a boy’s furrowed brow, nursing his sickly body or his broken heart, even allowing him to inflicts bouts of manly anger on the rest of the family - all these activities are of the caring but ‘serving’ nature.
It is a fact that these activities in India as in many other cultures, even to a great extent in the west, are generally performed by mothers and sometimes assisted by their daughters.
These gendered activities at the service of others, specifically males, are very different in nature from their tinkering under the hood of a car, mowing the lawn and taking the rubbish out to the street and doing the washing up. Doing things to ‘things’ is vastly different from doing ‘things’ for another human being – for a being we cherish.
They are also very different from the genderless action of going out to work – regardless of the type of work involved. As a result, some males, it seems, do not differentiate between accepting the caring service and support provided by the women in their household and forcibly relieving their pent-up frustrations on random women.
“New figures released by the Delhi Police reveal that a woman is raped every 18 hours or molested every 14 hours in the Capital. Shockingly, the majority of the attackers are below 25 years.” 
Much more than the age of the aggressors, the shocking fact is the frequency of declared rape and molestation, knowing of course that, in emerging countries as in the west, rape is by far the most under-reported crime.
Beyond clamoring for improved police response to sexual assaults, the throngs of demonstrators in India and elsewhere need to also clamor against the Indian culture of ‘eye-teasing’ - claims of harassment shrugged off by parents, neighbors and the police] as harmless.
The film producers, actors and actresses involved in the almost ubiquitous scenes of rape and submission inherent to many Bollywood films should also do some serious soul- searching for, karmically, they also share some responsibility in these matters and so do many of the multitudes of viewers of both sexes who keep this industry buoyant.
Obviously, the same karmic reasoning applies to the various elements of our own ‘entertainment’ culture that help maintain the practice of rape through series and film plots, novels, lyrics and video games. It also, of course, applies to those who are ‘entertained by it.
It is, after all, difficult to imagine that ANY rape survivor feels empowered by seeing a graphic rape occur on the big screen or by reading explicit details of fear and horror in the pages of a novel. It is difficult to imagine, isn’t it?
Not a gratuitous Feminist Rant
Serious questions: considering that, as per the cultural values of their country, the great majority of mothers and sisters in India and in many other emerging countries raise boys as ‘privileged beings’, how many more husbands, sons and brothers of the thousands of women demonstrating against the government, in India or elsewhere had already committed the act of rape?
How many of these boys and men will have since committed a new act of rape or incest?
When it comes to dark, incestuous rape in our midst and elsewhere, it is usually with a gasp that we hear the wife, the mother claim that she had no idea that *it* had been going right under her nose. Oh, of course, it’s easy to imagine a wife, a mother, so entrenched in the business of ‘living’, of ‘making a living’, of making a family that she might miss various tip off clues – but then again, no - not really.
When it comes to the matter of girl infanticide and the culture of genital mutilation, there again, men alone would have been incapable of maintaining such practices from century to century. Everywhere in the world, men who insist on such practices are tacitly assisted by the women in whichever culture they belong.
Ironically and sadly, too, these women are the same ones who very much still feel in their flesh the loss and the abuse done to them years hence. Without the tacit consent of women, none of the practices that defile the body of girls and women and/or inflict permanent damage to their psyche or their body could have endured for so long.
Bottom line: without women’s consent, no man would be ever able to force himself on to a child, a sister, a stranger and, in this lifetime, remain unpunished in one way or another.
Yes, of course, women, themselves are victims of their own culture but, through learnt helplessness and a sense of self-preservation, they have been the active guardians of ‘cultural’ practices that enshrine repressive laws and practices of abuse deemed by men as non-negotiable, necessary shields against their own insecurities and their own libido.
Serious questions: would tribal men have dispensed truly retributive punishment if, as one, all the women in any given region had banded together, eons ago, to indicate to all their men that No More meant No More?
What would have happened ‘over there’ and here, in the west, if eons ago women had suspended all manner of services to adolescent boys and men until social leaders had worked out a moratorium of these practices?
If the group protection theory that ‘there is safety in numbers’ is true, then ... globally, such immoral practices against women would surely have been stamped out by now.
Reality check: Yes, of course, there would have been casualties, but aren’t there always casualties in the fight of Caring vs Abusive?
Another serious question: over the centuries and through to current time, when it comes to anticipating the number of women casualties from the ranks of actively ‘opposing women’, would the overall tally have been that much greater than the overall tally of women who have been – and will be – unwitting victims?
Clearly, this article is not the place for a feminist rant thus this one is no more than a round-about way of getting back to the concept of karma in action.
Karmically-speaking, it stands to reason that silent collaboration – an energetic accomplice to overt practices – cannot be karma neutral. It, too, spins an energetic web through the person’s energetic field that, in its own inimitable way, affects the perpetrator’s circumstances in this lifetime.
There can be no doubt that, any and all, overt and covert practices that hurt, maim or kill anyone, be that family, friend or foe, are karma-adding in this lifetime.
Equally, there can be no doubt that the total sum of the karmic
debtsthese persons have accrued in this lifetime will, to a degree, spill across to the next incarnations of their souls.
Thus, to others not yet born, they are doing as has been done on to them.
Sobering thought, perhaps, as this ‘passing on’ of unamended karmic
debts obviously also applies to each one of us but, then again, Ecclesiastes 1-9 does state that, ‘What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
And this, surely, rings true, unless we chose to alter, right here, right now, our personal M.O. and, hand-on heart, set out to earnestly amend what we can in this lifetime. That’s provided the persons we have hurt in varying degree, deceived or loved inadequately are still in this world.
Once we no longer have access to them, any amending becomes impossible.
Though they might make us feel better, remorse, prayers and absolution cannot amend anything on our behalf. Thus, our karmic deficit shadows us like the Repo Man, the dreaded debt collector, shadows the dodgy debtor - but ... across lifetimes.
Don't Punish the Women - Or the Children
During the anti-rape demonstrations in India, a recurring protest placard was Punish Rapists Not Protestors. In the west, from years past, the slogan has been Punish the Rapists Not The Women.
Serious question: why is the protection of women and girls still expressed in such a low-key murmur in our own cities, so many years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights passed in France in 1948?
This question notwithstanding, just as spider webs extend far beyond the spiders, karmically speaking, the dark energy of misdeeds and wrongdoings extends far beyond the moral culpability of the aggressors and passive participants. In varying degrees, that energy extends to all who have been assisting the perpetration of the crimes, regardless of their overt intentions. That includes those lawmakers and other citizens who, instead of actively moving to better control the crime, have only thought of their own purpose.
At another level, the overt intentions of ‘privileging’ males in our culture, regardless of their age, the overt intention in other cultures of hoping to give a child a better life by selling her [or him] to a stranger, of sparing a child a hard life by killing her at birth, of making her culturally empowered by mutilating her genitals, of agreeing with a government’s One Child policy favoring boys, all generate dark energy commensurate to the fear, pain and despair they generate in the young victims. In the pulsating, always updated realm of karma, each of these deeds results in karma-adding dark energy. Which then results in more rounds of testing situations intended to be overcome, humbly and peace-fully, from the inside out – in this lifetime or in another.
Presumably, for the sake of this discussion, it is generally agreed that, though we never know why, a force we don’t for the most part understand is constantly buzzing around each one of us. Quantum science has this well proven, just as it is scientifically able to demonstrate that our beliefs control our emotions which, in turn, control, enhance or threaten the well-being of our bodies.
Presumably, too, though some might call it the divine plan and other might call it the karmic plan, it is agreed that nothing in our lives, nothing in the universe is ever a random occurrence unlinked from everything else. That much is generally agreed except, of course, for those who prefer to believe in the randomness of good luck and bad luck.
Serious question: regardless of our inner thoughts on the matter, how karma-free could possibly be such acts that interfere with our What-Is reality, such as seeking to remove any essential part or aspect of our lives such as a child, or condoning any sexual, physical or emotional abuse?
Bottom line: It is our duty to protect the helpless, the ones who, always for a karmic reason, have manifested in our reality, be they children, the weak, the sick or the elderly - full stop.
It is our duty to endure philosophically, but with an open heart, whatever we perceive as our personal drama, as we do our very best to soothe the ‘plight’ of those put in our care.
Child Brides_Genital Mutilation - Who Cares? Really.
Women’s learnt helplessness is also evident in the culture of child brides.
In Rajasthan, “Every year, millions of Indian girls are married as children. In some instances the brides are no more than 4 or 5 years old.” 
The practice is unfortunately not limited to India, and on12 October 2012, yet another headline on Child brides appeared online:The terrifying world of child brides: Devastating images show girls young enough to be in pre-school who are married off to older men 
In cultures that practice this arrangement, it is not unusual for a father to exploit his daughter’s servitude to the point of a non consensual incestuous interaction with her.
The mother uses her child as her assistant to fetch, carry and ... serve in all the ways sheis expected to fetch, carry and ... serve. Then as now, in such circumstances, the girl’s mother in-law is usually more callous than the girl’s own mother ever was. She, along with her daughters, use the little newcomer to escape many of the less pleasant demands placed upon them by the men of the household.
Generally, the little girl’s new husband is of the age of her father – a man of mature age. Many such very young wives die in child birth. Think back to the story of Cinderella, but with nastier twists and an unalterable hellish ending. This human tragedy is enduring and common in some areas of Africa, Asia, Oceania and South Americaand, also, in various ‘remote’ regions of Europe.
Be that as it may, the practice of older men marrying [very] young girls was also rife in European courts during the Medieval era and throughout the Renaissance. Historical accounts yield a plethora of such circumstances across centuries similar to that of Richard II of England who, in 1396, married eight-year old Isabel of France.
Generally speaking, though such young girls may have been clothed in ‘royal’ robes, not many of their older husbands, be they in their twenties or forties, bestowed upon them many marks of genuine kindness – many treated them with a degree of contempt that translated into abuse of one sort or another.
Tacit Participation by Non-Assistance
Sure, there are many parts of the world today where physical violence towards mother and child alike are the culturally accepted norm. It is ‘the way’. It is ‘tradition’. Some men and women even claim that such practices are done in the name of the god they revere and/or serve to preserve the mental and the physical integrity of their women.
Female genital mutilation, rolled out exclusively by women, is one such practice. It can be argued that a Type 1a intervention, which consists in the removal of the clitoral hood or prepuce, is comparable to that of a boy’s circumcision.
However, other grades of interventions involve the partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora or the narrowing of the vaginal orifice with creation of a covering seal by cutting and appositioning the labia minora and/or the labia majora.
However inconceivable, these interventions can only be equated to the slicing off of a section of the penis itself or to its reduction to a mere knob and, why not, the added emptying of at least one testicle. Though this ritual may have ultimately been said to be empowering, too, it has never been practiced within any culture.
In short, it could be said that in any culture and social group in which modern day Children’s and Women’s Rights are severely flaunted by men and women, even as the mothers simply aspire to a degree of relief and respite from hardship, by being compliant, they put their own needs ahead of their little girl’s well-being.
When it is accepted that everything happens for a reason, including one’s place of birth and social status, active parental love is an essential cornerstone of the blue print of the lives within which we are all meant to be genuinely loving – as loving as our soul, our conscience, would have us be – in this lifetime.
Cultural mores and self-serving purposes may well alter the ‘surface’ of our conscience but, all the same, it would pay to understand - and actively accept - that any compliant act that puts at risk the physical and emotional well-being of a child can but attract weighty karma of the darkest kind.
Though perhaps comprehensible on the level of cultural reality, from a karmic perspective, one can only ponder these women’s heart energies and how far might travel the karmic ripples created by such self-protecting misdeeds ultimately exercised out of ‘free choice’.
Though all characters involved in such situations can justify, absolve their own actions by coldly explaining that their habits are ancestral, cultural, empowering and, religious, in the karmic realm, abuse performed in the name of ancestral, cultural and even religious traditions doesn’t cut it. Abuse is abuse. Neglect in neglect. Murder is murder.
Dark energies cling to the aura. Here, there, wherever they are created, they vibrate and pulsate from one abusive act to the next. They vibrate and pulse from one life to the next. In this lifetime, they can eventually make the perpetrators sick or spin a web of purpose-built unhappiness and bad luck around the unwitting protagonists. Yet, as always, ‘all’ is as it should be.
‘All’ [especially the sum of all wrongs] always contain the moment within which one is intended to wake up, take charge and right their wrongs.
Karmic opportunities always present themselves, waiting for us to redress our wrongs. The major complication is that karma can only be amended when one repairs directly with one’s victim, which is always an option up to the moment the soul leaves the body - ours or that of the ones we have neglected to actively love and actively protect.
Yes, of course, redressing any wrong face-to-face can be emotionally extremely difficult to execute, but doesn't this make [karmic] good sense?
Daily life is about balancing physical occurrences with our energetic responses to needs - no differently than our virtual ‘bank manager’ generates a balance sheet of our expenses. Options are limited:
· Karmically in the red = self-centered, deflecting actions
· Karmically in the black = conscience driven, soul driven, altruistic actions which amounts to a humble, genuine acceptance of What-is.
It is also, hopefully, generally agreed that every action triggers a reaction, that everything we think and do creates karmic consequential ripples that are seldom neutral. These ripples may be beneficial to us, in the short or long term, just as they may be detrimental to us - cause and effect identified as Newton's third law of motion which, in simple language, confirms that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Carelessly, push back a branch to get through and it will smack you on the back of the head. Bottom line: the ripples of silence and the ripples of inaction are as karmically charged as the ripples of loud words and actions.
Not many Presidents and Prime-Ministers, male or female, have gone on record saying something like, “I am naturally anti-rape and anti-abuse to children and women. If that sort of abuse is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”
Not many have pushed on demanding that some laws be radically altered, that spin-off new laws be passed, that they be implemented by the justice system and that they be allowed to evolve to address the misguided cultural mores that go on contributing to dire circumstances, worldwide, for children and women. That’s on the one hand and more [laws] is not necessarily better. On the other, clearly, no amount of laws can ever boost a civilization’s faint heart energy.
Still, in our Justice system, whether in civil or criminal law, there exists the notion of the Duty to Rescue, also known in France as duty failed by Non-Assistance to Persons in Danger. Similarly, parents always have the karmic [moral and ethical] duty to assist and rescue their children. Deliberately failing to provide assistance to any person in danger, regardless of their age, sex and culture, is a crime.
In the karmic realm, that societal culture condones such non-assistance to children, women and the elderly, does not come into the equation.
Be that as it may, many centuries after Euclid pronounced his Common Notion #1 sometimes between 323–283 BC, that things which equal the same thing also equal one another, clearly, in the our world-wide physical reality, at least a couple billion of people have yet to accept that children, women and men are equal and that, ultimately, the whole is much greater than the parts.