of Kamma: The Absolute Theory about Cause and Effect
in this world, we are facing with many inequalities in our lives. Normally, we
can see that some people live in a pleasant condition, free from financial
difficulties, blessed with good health, beauty, great success and achievement. These
are the people with opportunity and merit. All fortunes and glory seem flowing
to them like water runs through the open-ended pipe. In contrast, those whose hopes and lucks are
taken away will be disappointed all the time. These people are vicious and stupid, miserable and wretched. Why one man
has been born with a doting mother while the other scarcely receives even a
summer wind? Why are some people strong and healthy whereas the other weak and
full of sickness? Also, why are some identical twins who raised in the same
environment and alike in their physical appearance are totally different from
each other in their temper, virtue and intelligence?
this inequality as a part and basic of our daily life. Through our own eyes, we
can witness the various paths of human destiny. Have we ever questioned “Why” some
people are superior and another inferior?
these are the sluggish questions in human’s mind all the time. Do these
inequalities happen by chance? Do we just accept that all forms of happiness
and misery are caused by the exercise of the holy spirits or the devils? Or do
we think we are just one of the living atoms in this universe occurred by
chance and waiting to be eliminated one day? It is hard to believe that all
beings both within and beyond this planet are created by the hands of a
powerful man who has designed and written down everything by himself.
secret of the world hidden in our daily life is going to be disclosed. It is
manifested everywhere in our surroundings. It is under your bed, inside your
bedroom, dining table or desk. In fact, it lies still inside us - the secret
that disguises all hidden truth. The secret is the Law of Kamma ( kamma in Pali
or known as karma in Sanskrit) - The Law
of Cause and Effect. The Law of Kamma
will unlock the door of secret and show the reasons why some people live with
longevity, highborn status, wealth, beauty, power, and wisdom and why for some
other people, everything is quite opposite.
of Kamma is emphasized in Culakamma- vibhanga Sutta, Majjhima Nikaya, Suttanta
Tripitaka (the middle length of Buddhist Scripture mainly records the Lord
Buddha’s sermons). The sermon about the Law of Kamma is written in the form of
catechism containing questions and answers between the Lord Gotama Buddha and
the young Brahman, Supha who is Todaiya’s son.
Lord Buddha’s lifetime, the Blessed one was in Jetavanaram, a temple built by
Anathapindika Millionaire. The young Supha went to the Blessed one and
courteously asked him questions about causes and effects making people awful and excellent, long-lived and short-lived, infirm and
healthy, ugly and beautiful, inferior and superior, lowborn and highborn,
stupid and intelligent. The Blessed one kindly replied to young Supha:
Look, Todaiya’s son, as the owner of kamma, an heir
to kamma, born of kamma, related through kamma, all beings have kamma as their
arbitrator. Kamma is what creates distinctions among all beings in terms of
coarseness and refinement.
could be briefly concluded that human’s kamma is the cause of distinctions. Kamma
is the action of all beings. All actions create the effect.
young Supha did not understand the statement in brief. He counter asked the
Blessed one to explain more intensively. Thus, the Blessed one took a reply
into his heart of doubt that:
A man or a woman is a killer of living beings. Being brutal
and bloody-handed, given to killing and slaying, showing no mercy to living
beings. Through having adopted and carried out such actions, on the break-up of
the body, after death, he or she will reappear in the plane of deprivation, the
bad destination, the lower realms of hell. If that man or woman is reborn in
the human state, then he or she will be short-lived wherever he or she is reborn.
This is the way leading to be short-lived. But in abandon of killing, bloody
hand, showing no mercy to all beings, after death he or she will reappear in
good destination, in a heavenly world. After returning to the human world, then
he or she will be long-lived wherever he or she is reborn.
article includes the long explanation of the Lord Buddha’s answer, its length
will not be different from the handbook of Tripitaka. So, the detail will be
summarized and shortly discussed here.
Buddha replied the young Supha that men who harm all beings with various
efforts in the past life, they will be infirm and sickly. The way leading men
to be strong and healthy is no harm to all beings. The way leading men to be
born ugly is to be ill-tempered and easily upset even with a small cause. The
way leading men to be beautiful wherever they are reborn is to do the opposite.
The way that leads men to be rich and wealthy is to be a plenary donator such
as foods, drink, clothes, sandals, garlands, scents, ointments, beds, dwellings
and lighting to priests or/and folks. The way of being poor is to do the
opposite. Moreover, those who pay homage to the person who deserves homage will
be highborn. The way to be lowborn is to do the opposite. Those who frequently
visited priests or sages, asking questions like: “Venerable Sir, What is
skillful? What is unskillful? What is blameworthy? What is blameless? What
should be cultivated? What should not be cultivated? What action will be for my
long-term harm and suffering? Or what action will be for my long-term welfare
and happiness?” will be smart and intelligent. The way leading men to be stupid
and dumb is to do the opposite.
end of the sermon, the young Supha said to the Blessed one: “Magnificent Sir,
your speech is clear as if placing upright what was overturned, revealing what
was hidden, showing the way to the lost, carrying the lamp in the dark for
those who have good sight to see.” Therefore, he took the Lord Buddha, the
Dhamma and all the Monks as his refuge.
Now it is
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