The law of “cause and effect” is as scientific as the “law of gravity”. It is exact, it is definitive and impartial.
Every action has a reaction every effect has a cause As you sow you shall reap. Life is eternal,you may not remember or be conscious of all the causes you have made in the past….but the law of cause and effect is fair and just.
If you want to know what causes you have made in the past, look at the state of your life today, if you want to know what would be the state of your life in the future.look at the causes you are making today. You may escape the laws of the land, but you will never escape the law of Karma.
I may cheat a shopkeeper of some money I have to give him.I may be caught which would be a manifest/immediate effect of my action however even if I am not caught this action of cheating will be lodged in my karma and it will come back to me eventually in the form of someone else cheating me of money/house/love in this life time or the next this would be the latent effect of my action.
The intensity of my negative karma would depend on what harm I have caused if I have only though bad about someone the negative impact will be present…but it will not be as severe as what it would be had I acted on my thoughts.
Well all this funda is nice to know good to hear but what do we do get aware of our actions and the causes we make think of what you want your life to be “think of the effect” and then make conscious causes to achieve it
When I read this I thougt I would go mad thinking about what cause am I creating in every single step of my life ,but rather than worrying about whether we are making good causes or bad causes which in itself is a cause of suffering, Buddhism teaches the importance of fundamentally purifying our inner sprit which motivates our actions.
To do this all we have to do is chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo this will manifest our Buddha naturethe more we chant the stronger our inherent Buddha become…chanting for our “Buddhahood” is similar to weight training for our muscles.
Every time we chant Nam Myho renge kyo, we are making a deposit of good fortune in our lives to draw on at a future date.
The effects of chanting may be immediate and we may get the job we want or the house we want…or they may be latent but the positive effect will definitely manifest
This is a piece I read out at a Soka Gakkai International (SGI) meeting. SGI is a group that follows Nichiren Daishōnin’s Buddism