Karma, Metempsychosis & Classical Mechanics

What is karma? How can we understand it from a scientific perspective? According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word derives from Sankrit (primary language in Hinduism) meaning “action, work, deed; fate”.

Karma is often associated with the concept of metempsychosis (transmigration of the soul), which was established by Pherecydes of Syros (6th century BC). Pythagoras as his pupil became fascinated by past-life regression, a technique used to trigger memories of previous lives through the use of hypnosis. Eventually, he promoted the concept of reincarnation,  and created societies that focused on such studies.

Free-thinking has always been a revolutionary act. Plato adopted the concept of metempsychosis; which back then was seen as radical because it didn’t match the dogmatic beliefs of such era. Moreover, he raised hell by supporting euthanasia, a concept that remains controversial when it comes to morality, ethics and free-will in the contemporary political arena. “It is surprising how universal the fundamental precepts of karma are – in religion, popular culture and even science.”  ~Aetherius Society

Many perceive karma as the sum result of actions committed in a past life. The term “karmic debt” is seen as something that unless cleared, could become a series of unfortunate events in one’s life. However, nowadays some firmly believe that the karmic repercussions can take place shortly after a deed is committed during a single lifetime.  Models and frames of reference vary.  

In his book Philosophiæ naturalis Principia Mathematica (1686/87), Newton states “I offer this work as the mathematical principles of philosophy, for the whole burden of philosophy seems to consist in this–from the phenomena of motions to investigate the forces of nature, and then from these forces to demonstrate the other phenomena”. From a scientific perspective, we could take Newton’s third law of motion as the perfect analogy for karma. It states that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”  Could classical mechanics have the answer?


“The subscript AB indicates that A exerts a force on B, and BA indicates that B exerts a force on A. The minus sign indicates that the forces are in opposite directions. Often FAB and FBA are referred to as the action force and the reaction force; however, the choice of  which is completely arbitrary.“ ~Live Science



What is the force behind human action? The general relativity of electromagnetic, gravitational waves.

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