SIXTEENTH TALK 3a7 They come from yourself really because nothing can affect you that does not come from yourself, from your own past liyes, from your own karma. You know how you suffer by other people. There is one lesson you can take from that; you can be very careful that no one else shall be hurt by you. If some one has said something" or done something you think : ii Well, I will pass this over. I will not do or say anything myself which in the same way will make the day harder for some one else." You can at least make a determined effort that you will not be the instrument whereby karma works itself out. Remem- ber the remarks in the Gospel on that subject: " It must needs be that offences come ; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh ! ?? Exactly. It is true that, if you hurt or offend anyone, you are only the instrument of his karma ; but it is a very ungenerous role to fill. It would be very much better if that man's karma had come to him in some other way, and not through your unkindness in thought or word or deed. We must see that we do nothing which shall cause offence to a brother or put a stumbling block in his way. That we often do it because we are not sufficiently alert, perhaps is true. We must try to learn to help it, but in the meantime it should never be consciously done. We can make that resolution for ourselves. The karma may get some other instru- ment through which to work; let us not be the instrument, let us not do that particular work.