The thing is that Samsara goes through certain phases of development. These phases are a gradual development of "I" and "mine".......
......In the absolute truth there is neither "I" nor "mine".
What's your point? As valid as that may be, it has no impact on karma
depended on a real "I" or "mine" then there would be no such thing, and no retribution for any actions. But we cannot deny that confused beings suffer the consequences of karma
caused by impulses based on a fabricated selfhood.
Earlier you cited your sources for understanding karma
, one being Vasubandhu's Karma-siddhi-prakaraṇa
In that text it is explained very clearly that all action of body, speech, and mind cannot be separated like this- because for example the body cannot act by itself. Otherwise dead bodies would still be committing acts.
is an intentional impulse in one's manas
which compels the body, etc.. The manner in which the action is perceived by others (physical movement, or sound) or not perceived by others (mental action), the actions are respectively termed actions of body, speech, and mind.
However, all karmic
action is an intentional impulse of manas
is always accompanied by four passions: delusion about self, view of self, self conceit, and self-love.
is absolutely dependent upon the defiled manas
with it's passions for selfhood. It matters not whether ownership is valid or "I" or "mine" are real. As long as the passions are present, one has intentional impulses to act on them.
That acting upon having first willed is what is termed "karma"
. Be it body, speech, or mind, it is the impulse of the deluded manas
Therefore, in this case, the karma
of stealing doesn't depend upon validity of ownership or the commonality of it. When one has the impulse to take that which is not willfully given, because of the love and service to selfhood, one creates the karma