The concept of LAW is central to the understanding of the theosophical
system. The whole universe, in all its parts and in all its aspects and activities, proceeds
according to law. In simple terms, this law may be explained as: the way things are, the way
things behave, the way things happen, the way things become. It is the law of KARMA.
KARMA, from a Sanskrit root kri (to do, to make, action,
deed, work) is recognised as the law of Causation, Balance, Compensation and Retribution. It is
the law by which every action carries within itself an equivalent reaction or consequence.
The comprehensive nature of karmic law is summed up in
The Key to Theosophy
by H. P. Blavatsky:
We consider it is as the Ultimate Law of the Universe, the source, origin and fount of all
other laws which exist throughout Nature. Karma is the unerring law which adjusts effect to
cause, in the physical, mental and spiritual planes of being.