This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Apurva, karma, dharma

The notion of apurva completes the idea that begins with the relationship between karma and dharma, and marks the intersection of the cosmic and human orders. It can also be seen here why these ‘reactions’ must not be seen as ‘punishments’ in a moral sense, being natural expressions of disorder. This rebounding consequence, through apurva, of an action, may reach back to the individual who originated it; or, if the being is no longer located in the individual human state, the influence of the reaction will reach the being in whatever state it happens to be situated, due to the necessary continuity between states. It is true that this has given rise to the perverse notion of reincarnation, taken as re-embodiment of the same being, as a result of karma, taken as moral behavior, but as we will explain in due course, reincarnation in this sense is utterly at odds with the theory just laid out, due to the fact that no being passes through the same state twice, since this would imply contradiction. As the Scholastics said, ‘God does not repeat himself,’ and if the consequences of apurva reach a being after its death, it is not by causing him to be reborn in this or that condition; rather, it simply means that these consequences will reach him in whatever future state he is situation in, which is to say, in the ‘afterlife.’

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