Karma: what it is, how it works, and how relevant it is to creating “Hell” on earth

Introduction to karma

In a previous video and article I talked about how ‘karma’ relates to Armageddon, and in this article I wanted to talk a bit more about ‘karma’ as it is a very important concept. I’m going to discuss briefly what it is and how it works, and what its purpose is. As ever, there will still be a great deal left unsaid, but I would urge people to check out the works of Martinus, particularly his main work Livets Bog (The Book of Life) and a smaller book, The Ideal Food, both of which are available to read online for free here: https://www.martinus.dk/en/ttt/

Front cover of Martinus's main work, Livets Bog, Volume 1. Shows waves of returning karma
Front cover of Livets Bog 1, by Martinus

So what exactly is ‘karma’ and how does it work?

‘Karma’ is a simple, popular way of denoting a fundamental feature of deeper reality: energy sent out from a source always returns to that source. The living universe consists of eternally existing, transcendent sources of being, from whom radiate forces or energies, which are behind action and manifestation. The physical universe itself is an effect of these energies being sent out. 

As human beings, we also have an eternal, transcendent source of our being. All our actions and behaviours, our expressions of will and habit, as well as our bodies and psyches, are ultimately expressions of energy from this source. 

These expressions of energy may be in harmony with or may violate universal principles underlying all reality. Chief of which is the law of love, that everything shall be an expression of love. Where our actions violate these laws, disharmony occurs. Since energy returns to its source, the source experiences disharmony. As a result, we can experience both light and dark returns of energy, or ‘karma’. 

For much more detail about these ideas, have a look at Martinus’s book Livets Bog, Volume 1. 

Symbol No. 16 - The Eternal Body. Symbolizes the waves of karma returning to source
Symbol No. 16 – The Eternal Body © Martinus Institut 1981

Main effects of this behaviour

Now, if you think of what human civilization on planet Earth is mainly like, and what human beings do most of all during their existence, what would you say it is largely defined by, and has been for thousands of years? What is the most common form of expression of energy coming from the ‘source’ of human beings?

Well of course, yes, we do a lot during our existence, but one of our main activities is to raise, kill and eat animals. This is one of humanity’s predominant form of energetic expressions. According to the human perspective, lots of people would say there is nothing wrong with this. But from the perspective of the universal laws, where the main law is ‘love everything’, the killing and eating of animals is a grand contravention of that principle.

Our treatment of animals comes down to a sending out of energy that results in their life of terror and unnatural death. It is this energy that must return, which means a dark fate: the source of this terror must itself experience terror and unnatural death. The main effect, then, of this behaviour is that it leads human beings into ways of experiencing characterized by terror and unnatural death at some point (the returns of energy don’t all happen at once, but according to different rhythms. See previous video and article for more about that). 

Sides of beef at the Sam Kane beef slaughterhouse in Corpus Christi, Texas on June 10, 2008.
Sides of beef at the Sam Kane beef slaughterhouse in Corpus Christi, Texas on June 10, 2008. Image: Public Domain

There are other effects of eating animals which are to do with the health of our own organism at a more microscopic level, and again I’d advise reading The Ideal Food, which also forms a background to this article. But the ultimate effect is that in our surroundings and in our bodies, and also collectively, we create an atmosphere and energy of death and terror. 

Scale and proportionality

Aside from all the obvious arguments for and against eating animals that humans have devised over the centuries, I just want to focus on the spiritual perspective, which pertains to the essence of things and universal laws as perceived by higher senses and higher reason. Within the context of what I’m discussing here, one objection might be that the idea of ‘energetic return’ doesn’t add up because we are killing only animals, provided by Nature for our sustenance for millions of years, so why would it now cause a problem?

These are good points and again they are discussed by Martinus in his main works, which I refer you to. But the short answer here is that it has to do with evolution, and it has to do with scale and proportionality. First, human beings are evolving away from the animal state where eating animals is natural. Indeed, it is the stint in the animal kingdom that can be said to provide one of the main drivers of evolution out of that kingdom in the first place, namely suffering. I’ll come back to that subsequently. 

Second, according to a higher, cosmic insight, the source is One, and different expressions of the source are all equal. The source of the ant, the pig, the human being are all the same from this higher perspective. In this regard, an expression of this killing behaviour as a violation of love is just as ‘bad’ or ‘big’ if it is towards a small animal being or a human being. Here I have a wonderful quote from The Ideal Food which sums up what results: 

And it is this permanent blood and meat-eating that darkens the existence of the terrestrial human being, since the sun of love cannot possibly shine where the human being is devoid of all respect for the living being’s right to life, having made it a pleasure to exist on the death and mutilation of other beings. This pleasure must therefore be the eliciting factor for that reality we express as ‘Hell’.

Martinus, The Ideal Food, 2010 (Chapter 5)

The animal-killing behaviour that humanity partakes in and supports every day creates, ultimately, the ‘Hell’ on earth that we experience as our suffering. This is how relevant our animal-killing karma is to our current situation.

What is the purpose of this principle?

Well, let’s just say for a moment that we agree that this process of energetic return, ‘karma’, is a feature of reality as described, what then is the purpose of it? Why does it go like that?

The real purpose of energetic return is to promote the evolution of the living beings. All living beings are on an eternal, cyclical, evolutionary journey through forms of dark and light existence. When living beings who are on their way towards the light side of existence, the experience of their own returning dark energy promotes a corresponding yearning for something better. For sentient beings like us, the experience of suffering elicits a response deep in our consciousness and essence for this ‘something better’.

At first we don’t know what it is. It is just a cry for help; it is the first sign of an existential crisis. We can’t connect the dots between our action and its consequences. But gradually, experience and suffering teach us that enough is enough, and we start to look for answers. Suffering is a great teacher, but at first it is not detailed or theoretical; that can come later. For many, however, they are simply not interested. They have to learn the hard way, over many lives, through continued suffering, until something in them says ‘there’s something not right here, my experience and my understanding do not add up and I now need to find answers’.


I’ve gone through a massively complex idea here and, as I must keep pointing out, there is much more that could be said; I urge readers who are interested to just read for more detail, particularly in Martinus’s works. But in short, karma means energetic return. Energetic return can lead to great forms of disharmony, causing great suffering for human beings because of their treatment of animals. The purpose of this suffering is ultimately evolution. 

Now, karma is not about fault or blame. The word is often used to bash people: ‘that’s his bad karma kicking him’. When ‘bad’ things happen to us, it’s easy to think that we’re to blame: if we contract a deadly virus, or get injured or killed, it’s easy to think ‘it’s our fault’. This is not really the right way to think about it. Yes, things happens because of causes residing ultimately in ourselves, but it is more to do with education and knowledge, and not understanding the ultimate causes of things. Just as we wouldn’t blame small children for behaving ‘naughtily’, we would instead just put it down to them being children. We can’t blame children for behaving that way because they are just too small to understand.

Humanity is in a similar position with regard to understanding deeper reality. Human beings are principally in this regard just small children. And just as small children learn to not put their hand near the fire when they realise it hurts, human beings learn eventually how to not get burned. Mass suffering means ‘getting burned by putting our hands in the fire’. Ultimately, one way or another, we will learn how not to do it. 

Armageddon – what does it mean, really?

Photo of bush fire destruction in Australia

I recently finished translating an article by Martinus, based on a transcript of a meeting and discussion he had towards the end of his life, where he talked about ‘Armageddon’ or ‘ragnarok’ as it is called in the Scandinavian languages. I will update this article with a link to the translated version when it is published. 

There were some really interesting points in that article, especially concerning death, and I thought it would be a good time to talk about this subject. Like many people who get the news on a regular basis one way or another, even without looking for updates, I had been wondering about the bush fire events in Australia and the virus epidemic in China, especially since I was due to travel to both of these countries. At this time of writing, I am now in Australia, but I had to cancel my trip to Beijing because of the epidemic, most unfortunately (I hope to resume my visit when the epidemic has ended and all travel restrictions are removed). 

Well, putting all these things together – the article about Armageddon, the great devastation by fire in New South Wales and the coronavirus epidemic in China – I wondered that a person could easily think that we are in an ‘Armageddon moment’. Some of the language people have been using in response to these events in the last weeks has indeed been apocalyptic. For example, an article on the BBC News site has the headline ‘Australia fires: ‘Apocalypse’ comes to Kangaroo Island’ (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51102658). But what does ‘Armageddon’ really mean, from a modern, non-religious perspective? 

First, the word ‘Armageddon’ has an enormous emotional baggage that comes with it. We can’t really say that it is a scientific term. In a modern spirituality or spiritual scientific perspective, the word perhaps does not have much use. But there are phenomena or aspects of reality that we might say could be summed up by the ancient word ‘Armageddon’. And those phenomena concern the nature of change in deep reality as it pertains to the way different levels of reality come to impinge or impact the physical dimension, which is where we have a main waking consciousness. 

I did a video a short time ago on ‘how the spiritual dimension relates to the physical’ (https://youtu.be/ma64C6Ws4-M), which might be useful to have a look at because this idea of ‘Armageddon’ has much to do with the relation between different dimensions.  

Essentially ‘Armageddon’ can be said to represent this: changes occur at the essential level of being and reality, which compared to this zone of being might be said to be a higher dimension of being. These changes are manifestations of the will of living beings at their source of being – their deepest and highest transcendent selves. These manifestations of will are also energies, forces, that get sent out through the dimensions of reality where living beings manifest. These energies meet other energies, sent out from other living beings, and ultimately from the universe, which consists of all the living beings put together. When these energies meet each other, a living being has an experience. All experience is, ultimately, a meeting of energies in this way. One of the very first concepts introduced by Martinus in his main work, Livets Bog (The Book of Life), is this: 

‘… the experience of life can only exist as an interaction between two forms of energy, namely, the energy radiating from the universe in the form of our surroundings, and the energy radiating from our own inner being in the form of our manifestation’


We on this planet are living beings who in our deepest selves send out energies and forces of manifestation. The whole experience of being human on this planet is the result of a great symphony of these emanations of energies being sent out from our deepest selves as they interact with our environment and other living beings. The thing about these energies is that it is a universal law that they return to their source. An energy sent out does not disappear, or gets lost. It is never diminished or increased. It is preserved in returning to its source. But the returns don’t all happen instantly. They all occur according to many different rates and rhythms, velocities.

What is more, this grand orchestra of sound would be a cacophony if it were not directed or overseen by a higher intelligence. The order we see in the physical world, the natural world, the pattern of the natural order in which we have our life and experience, is a consequence of a higher dimension of causality. The physical dimension as a whole, as I said elsewhere (https://youtu.be/ma64C6Ws4-M), is a consequence of a deeper order of causality, a higher level of intelligence and consciousness. It is this higher order of intelligence that sets the pattern of possibilities for the return rates of those energies sent out by living beings at a lower order of existence: us. 

And it is this intelligence or consciousness, or this higher natural order, that in fact determines that these returns of energy get collected up and not returned all at once, but in waves. The waves build and peak, crash and ebb, according to a higher direction of energy, force and will; by a higher order or living and being. We can also use another ancient word for these building and returning waves of energies and forces: ‘karma’.

We are quite used to observing ‘cycles’ in nature, and we can even see such things as periods or stages or shifts in time and history as it pertains to human society. We can sense, albeit vaguely and imprecisely, the effects of these waves shaping our experience of life and our evolution and development as human beings, as societies and as a planet. And we can see how there are peaks and troughs, ebbs and flows, times of great change and transformation, and times of lesser. Behind these manifestations are the actual driving forces of changes and transformation – the returning energies of our own original sending out of energy, coming in waves through time and space according to the higher dimensional patterning occurring at the very same level of essence that includes our own essence. 

And here we have the beginnings of a more modern, spiritual understanding of Armageddon.  

Armageddon is an old way to describe the manifestation of great change occurring as a result of a major returning wave of karmic energies to their sources, saved up over time and accumulated, only to be released in a great wave in order to promote the transformation and change – or progress – that will inevitably result. Yes, such changes are dramatic and drastic sometimes, painful and accompanied by great suffering, as all great shifts in history seem to be. But by going through this change and tumultuousness, we move forward; and having received our returning energies, we can send out new energies and thereby change everything.

To go beyond the old words ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Karma’, we need to start learning about energy in a spiritual sense, cycle principles, the nature of the self. There are a lot of teachings from the last 100-150 years about these things. We can start to acquire a theoretical knowledge, and then we can start to put things to the test, become spiritual scientists. It isn’t easy, but it is possible. It can be done. I’ll be giving some insights into this on this website and through my social media channels like ‘YouTube’ (https://www.youtube.com/antonjarrod), so do check back over time if you are interested to find out more about this kind of stuff. And as always, feel free to leave a comment or question below.