Without knowing this deeply, one cannot understand Buddhism or move forward on the path. The Law of Cause and Effect is made up of these three essential guidelines:
The Three Worlds are past, present, and future.
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If you plant radish seeds...
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you get radishes.
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Many attribute it to a god or the curse of an ancestor. But still the reason remains shrouded in vague, unclear answers.
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How deeply you believe in the Law of Cause and Effect shows how deeply you believe in Buddhism. When we think of stealing, we refrain ourselves from doing so in order to avoid the bad effect of being arrested. Again these ideals remain valid throughout the Three Worlds and the Ten Directions.
It's never the case that others' causes bring your effects.
Some may ponder, "Why was I born as the son of horrible parents?" People like this are in miserable situations, and they often hold grudges against society or other people. But a seed you haven't planted will never occur to anyone, rest assured.
Others' cause own effect will never occur. Never in life.
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Who created the pain for this thief? What's the cause?
The thief believed it was the rope. However had he not stolen, there would not have been a rope. The thief must blame his own crime, created by his own actions.
If you deeply believe in the Law of Cause and Effect, you must lament your misfortunes deeply as your own doing. We tend to instead sympathize with the thief tied down by the rope in those cases. We hold grudges and blame others which shows ignorance of the Law of Cause and Effect.
In the next post, I will review this article and go over the incorrect notion of others' cause own effect.