DHARMA IN EVERYDAY LIFE
- GOOD CAUSES PRODUCE
- GOOD RESULTS
By Nhat Quan
First of all, try to understand the meaning of the proverb:
- Good causes produce good results
This saying is intended to remind people to be honest and
not to do dishonest things. Once you have the kindness to
help people in times of trouble or difficulty, then when you
encounter an unfortunate situation, people will help you in
return. Even if that person doesn't help you, someone else
will help you. It is true that when you show kindness, you
do not expect people to reciprocate. Because the book of
Confucianism has a sentence:
- Help people without needing to repay the favor.
If you help someone but still ask for something in return,
that's doing a favor with a scheming intention. According to
the law of cause and effect, if there is a cause, sooner or
later there will be a result.
Living in life, if you are too selfish, you only think about
everything for yourself, no matter who dies, even if you see
people suffering endlessly, moaning and writhing before your
eyes, you will not have the slightest bit of compassion. If
so, you are truly cruel and without any humanity. You should
know that life is impermanent, one day it changes tomorrow,
it changes all the time, and at times you will not encounter
hardship and suffering. Who knows, maybe in the future you
will suffer more than others. Thinking like that, today, you
should treat everyone kindly and gently, then tomorrow, when
you are in trouble, no one will leave you.
Therefore, you should try to open your heart and do good to
help people according to your abilities and circumstances.
If that's the case, then there's nothing more precious than
that. You make everyone happy, which means you're happy too.
So the saying:
- Good causes produce good results.
Even though there are a few short words, it still awakens
and reminds you a lot in life of mutual support and
solidarity. If you create good deeds, you will surely reap
Thus, being considered benevolent is when you know how to
treat people kindly and compassionately, and are willing to
help others wholeheartedly, without self-interest. The
meaning of the phrase benevolence in this proverb can be
understood as your attitude:
- Kind, nice, quick.
If you live with or treat people with love like a bowl full
of water, as people often say:
- Sell distant brothers to buy near neighbors.
Then people will treat you the same way. If so, good things
will come to you sooner or later. If grandparents and
parents live kindly and mercifully, their children will also
be blessed. Happiness here is not the material benefits
brought by others, you just sit back and enjoy it, happiness
is the good things for yourself, your family, and society.
However, you should not simply understand that if you do
someone a favor, that person will repay you fairly and
- Rice paper away, biscuits back.
The beauty of the traditional morality of the people is:
- Help people but don't expect them to return the favor.
Because of the attitude of doing favors but not expecting to
be thanked in return, in real life, many people have sown
good causes and received good results, and are passed down
to this day as the first Director of the Hilton Hotel group.
The story is:
That night was very late, an elderly foreign couple came to
a hotel in a tourist area and asked to rent a room. The
receptionist, a young man, politely replied:
- Sorry, our hotel is full, there is no room left.
But when he saw the tired and disappointed appearance of the
two guests, the receptionist said:
- However, let me think about it...
Of course, he didn't want them to continue to have to knock
on every hotel door that seemed to be full of people in
town, and then end up having to sit somewhere on the side of
the road all night. So, he led those two guests to a small
but neat and clean room and said:
- This is not a good room, but right now I can only do so
The next day, when two guests came to pay, the receptionist
- No need, because it's just my room, let you borrow it for
the night. I wish you good luck on your journey.
It turned out that the receptionist did not sleep all night
but sat working at the counter. Two guests were deeply
touched. Once they were gone, the receptionist continued to
busy himself with his work and forgot all about it.
Unexpectedly, one day, he received a plane ticket and an
invitation to work in New York City. It turned out that the
old couple was a billionaire. After returning to New York
City, they decided to buy a luxury hotel for business and
invited the kind receptionist to be the manager with the
firm belief that he would do a very good job.
That is the legendary story of the first director of the
world's leading Hilton hotel chain. It reminds you that:
- If you know how to love your fellow human beings, if
people treat each other with sincerity, you can find a way
to do anything...
However, in life, it is not always the case that if you sow
good causes, you will receive good things, but sometimes the
opposite is true. Many good people fall into poor and
unlucky situations; while selfish and cruel people live full
and luxurious lives.
In fact, things that go against the law of cause and effect
exist at all times. That conflict comes from the fact that
in society, bad people still exist. They join together to
form dark forces that act strangely and harm good people.
The law often does not punish them promptly or does not
handle them sufficiently to protect the rights of the
majority of good and gentle people. For good to overcome
evil, you need to have many conditions and the first
condition is to be determined to eliminate bad and evil.
Encourage and promote beauty and goodness within each
person, each family, and throughout society.
In the tendency to sow good causes and produce good results,
you should not understand that being gentle only means
patiently enduring, turning a blind eye to bad things and
evil; or being gentle, and kind, not harming anyone, but
having a deeper and broader understanding: Benevolent means
towards good things; actively fight against evil; is the
view of life:
- You are for everyone, everyone is for you; is solidarity
to help each other.
The above proverb is part of a system of proverbs that
educates people to live upward, toward goodness, do good,
and avoid evil. If people are honest, society will be good.
To achieve that, you must cultivate yourself and practice
moral thinking on the basis of human kindness and
responsibility. Therefore, you must have a correct and clear
awareness of the good, the bad, and the morality in life to
help you perfect your personality. Many good people will
create the strength to repel bad things in the community and
Buddhists, you should know that the Law of Cause and Effect
is a universal truth. It forms and is latent in all things,
no object escapes cause and effect. Because of understanding
the theorem of cause and effect, since ancient times, our
ancestors have skillfully applied it and expressed it in
life in a sublimated and good direction from individuals to
families and society. Due to the experience of following
life's sufferings and joys, our ancestors left behind a
precious treasure of immortal folk songs and proverbs in
dealing with the world, governing the country, cultivating
oneself, cultivating the family, and doing good in the
direction of life good cause and effect.
With the above proverb, you see that ancient virtue has
taught you to live accordingly:
- Morality, humanity, loyalty.
You have to warn yourself, don't do wrong things, and suffer
bad consequences. And more than that, there must be a high
sense of responsibility in dealing with people.
Understanding this, you should create good causes for
yourself so that you will enjoy good retributions. That's
what you need to pay attention to.
Some people, because of love for their children and
grandchildren, kill living things and animals, so that their
children and grandchildren can enjoy delicious food, but no
one can replace you with that retribution. So, it's best to
listen to Buddha's teachings take care of yourself do good
karma, so that your life has a peaceful and liberating
direction. That is knowing how to love yourself until you
give up close your eyes and walk away, no one will follow
you. Suffering or happiness is brought on by you. You go to
hell to suffer, no child or grandchild will come to replace
your suffering. Understanding that each of you should take
care of yourself first. That way you should create many good
things. Try to be vegetarian and recite Buddha's name to
keep the precepts and practice. That is how you wisely
invest in happiness and blessings for yourself in this life
as well as in the future.
In the tendency to sow good causes to get good results,
depending on each person following each religion, your
mental preparation is different. This also depends on your
outlook on life and whether each person's karma is heavy or
light, leading to a different spiritual life. For those who
practice Buddhism, depending on each person's level of
practice and awareness, there are different preparations. In
general, if any Buddhist, when still healthy, knows a little
- Fasting, reciting Buddha's name, giving alms, reciting
sutras, worshiping, and believing in the Three Jewels, for
these people, they have prepared and arranged the day of
their departure very thoughtfully.
So you have chosen a solid, guaranteed direction. Therefore,
you no longer have to worry about death. As for those who
practice high and profound Dharma, death is meaningless to
them. Because birth and death are just an illusion, like
flowers and spots in space, there is nothing to worry about
or fear. They see death as a joke, an illusion. Those are
true practitioners who have realized the truth.
As for gossip, if you know how to practice, you will never
pay attention to it. Whoever says right or wrong will just
ignore it, no need to bother thinking about it. Because
thinking about it will only bring more sadness.
In short, the proverb:
- Good causes produce good results.
Is to encourage you to live according to kindness. That is a
positive way of dealing with things, even though sometimes
the negative is temporarily overwhelming, and honest people
are at a loss.
In life, you often talk about cause and effect, meaning
cause and effect is that you sow the wind and reap the
storm. If you are kind, you will find good things. How you
treat people around you will bring about a corresponding
result like this:
- If you are kind and always ready to help others, your life
will be well compensated, and good things will come to you.
It is understandable and very legitimate that when you act
kindly with relatives, aunts, and friends... people will
sympathize with you and will be willing to help you when
Please pray for all those who know how to sow good causes to
receive good things, and at the same time, look ahead to the
possibilities of complicated developments to avoid
disappointment and pessimism. Each of you not only needs to
sow good causes but also must persevere in spreading them so
that everyone knows how to sow good causes so that they can
have good results in the future.
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