DHARMA IN EVERYDAY LIFE
- KARMA OR BLESSING
- CREATED BY YOU
By Nhat Quan
the two words calamity and blessing. When talking about
disasters you often think of the phrase accidents as things
no one wants to experience. Therefore, when talking about
accidents, people immediately think of disasters as
unspeakable suffering and sadness.
world, there are people who have just been born and have to
endure misfortune and suffering: illness, disability, being
abandoned as an infant, or being born into a poor family,
wretched… Some people were born in a chaotic war situation,
some people were born in a poor and backward land, lacking
cultural light, lack of living conditions, etc. There are
people living a peaceful life, and suddenly, an event
happens to the family, causing the house to be broken down,
the loss of happiness, the loss of loved ones, and the loss
of property and business... The miserable circumstances, the
calamities, the sufferings, and the pain that you have to
endure suffering, it is called calamity.
miserable circumstances, calamities, and tribulations make
people fall into a state of anxiety without a way out,
leading to confusion, mild depression, and severe thoughts
of death to escape suffering. Getting into this situation is
called a disaster.
is the cause from where?
- The cause
is greed, hatred, and delusion, .....
of disaster is a blessing. If there is a time when disaster
is a factor that makes your life upside down, crazy, causing
you to suffer unhappiness, and suffering. Then bless you to
have a happy and satisfying life. The reason is that you
have created from wholesome conceptions, deeds, thoughts,
and words through your lifestyle in many past and present
lives. Because this merit is a very important factor in
shaping your life of peace and happiness. When you have many
blessings, you will easily succeed in life, easily overcome
obstacles and difficulties and get what worldly life expects
wealth, fame, luck, peace, happiness.
The more you
practice what the Buddha taught, the happier your life will
be in the present, and in the future, you will be born as a
person with many blessings or be born in heaven. As for
those of you who have abundant blessings and are born in the
heavens, you don't appear in the human realm, because the
nature of the human realm is no joy, no lasting happiness,
assessed, this world is less happy and more painful in the
eyes of people who have no or little blessings. And more
happiness, and less suffering in the eyes of people with
many blessings. And suffering and joy are mixed, overlapping
each other, taking turns coming and going unsteadily for the
guilty, and the blessings are equal, or nearly equal.
people create the necessary and sufficient merits for a
full, happy life. Meanwhile, most people have one blessing
but lack another, so there are not many people who are
satisfied with this worldly life. Therefore, there are
people who are successful and famous from a young age, but
at the end of their lives, there is nothing left. There are
people who live to the end of their lives without making any
career, even if life is precarious, suffering from misery,
poverty, and many calamities. However, there are still some
people who are satisfied in life but very few. Because, not
everyone who is successful and famous is peaceful, happy,
and satisfied with their lives. If you look closely you will
everyone who is rich, successful, or powerful, is talented
and virtuous. Not everyone who is poor or needy is also
incompetent and useless. All due to the karma that you have
created in the present and the near or long past, leading to
receiving more or fewer blessings.
people who are blessed with wealth but not blessed with long
life. Due to the karma of killing sentient beings in the
past, he was born to enjoy wealth and prosperity but died
early at a young age.
people who have the blessing of living a long life but not
having the blessing of wealth, so they live their whole
lives in poverty and hardship.
- There are
people who have talent and wisdom thanks to their diligent
study in their previous lives, often close to learning from
wise people and spiritual practitioners, that is, people who
have created intelligent and talented karma, but if they do
not create the karma of giving, making offerings,
narrow-mindedness, selfishness, not knowing how to share
with others, you will not get rich blessings and when you do
something, few people will support you.
life, it is true that there is no blessing to disaster,
every disaster to happiness, all luck to bad luck, and all
bad luck to luck, it's hard to predict. These disparate
phenomena seem to be unjust, almost irrational. With the
eyes of ordinary people, you cannot see the deep root cause,
only the Buddha who is the Fully Enlightened One can clearly
see the correlation or interdependence of Karma, just
teaching you. The Culakamma-vibhanga-suttam Sutta No. 135
(of Madhyamagama III) tells the story of the Buddha
answering a young man named Subha Todeyyaputta at the
Jetavana monastery in Savatthi when he asked some questions:
causes and conditions between humans, there are noble
people, lowly people, short-life people, long-life people,
many sick people, few sick people, beautiful people, ugly
people, people with great power, people with small power,
people with small fortune, people with great wealth, people
from lowly families, people from noble families, people with
weak intellect, and people with full wisdom.
that occur differently are due to Karma. If you cause karma,
you must be born in a certain situation to repay the karma.
beings are the owners of karma.
broadly, the Buddha mentioned a number of causes that lead
to karma, which then leads to the difference between humans
and humans, between sentient beings as follows:
death, short life is caused by the Karma of killing sentient
beings, without compassion...
- Long life,
long life is due to abstaining from killing sentient beings,
having compassion, and knowing how to care for the happiness
of all sentient beings.
diseases are caused by previous lives often harming sentient
beings. Less sickness is caused by not harming sentient
appearance is caused by often angry, resentful, is said to
be a little disgruntled, angry, and opposed.
beautiful appearance is due to not being angry, not much
resentful, not disgruntled, not opposed, not disgruntled,
gentle in mind, and loving.
authority is due to jealousy, and envy towards those who are
entitled, and those who are respected. Much power comes from
not being jealous or envious.
- Poverty is
caused by not giving alms. Wealth is due to giving alms.
- Being born
into a lowly family is due to an arrogant, haughty mind,
often despises others, does not respect respectable people,
and does not respect respectable people.
- Being born
into a noble family is due to a humble heart, often revering
lack of wisdom is due to not often going to the spiritual
level to learn. Having wisdom is due to often coming to
learn from monks.
the Buddha's teachings, both blessings and misfortunes are
caused by Karma, which are actions created by you through
your body, speech, and mind. Creating good karma is called
good karma. Creating bad karma is called unwholesome karma.
In your present or past life, you have created countless
good karma and bad karma, so you have to experience
happiness and suffering together.
have created more bad karma than good, your life will have
to go through more ups and downs than when you create more
good karma. Therefore, there are people who are rich, happy,
and extremely powerful, and there are people who are poor
and miserable. As once said, in the world, there are also
many difficult situations such as rich people but short
lives. It is because the previous life knew how to give, so
this life was born into a rich family but carried the karma
of killing living beings in the previous life, so this life
does not live long. Or poor people with unusually beautiful
beauty. Or a beautiful person who lives in poverty is
tortured by her husband and children, etc. It is also due to
her good or bad karma created from the past. That's why the
beings are the owners of karma, the heirs of karma. Karma is
a relative, karma is the fulcrum of each person.
world, if you commit a sin, you must bear it. It is the same
with worldly laws, you cannot judge by personal feelings. As
the child's crime, the child must bear it. Even though
parents are mercifully afraid that their children will
suffer, they can't voluntarily bear the punishment for their
children. The same goes for the Law of Cause and Effect. If
you do light karma, you will receive light results. If you
cause heavy karma to harm others, you will have to suffer
the consequences of heavy mental and physical harm, even if
you complain and beg, no one can reduce it. The karma you
have caused, no one can take that for you.
taught that your life is your own. Whatever causes you to
create, you will receive that result. So, having been born
in this world, you will surely have to endure more or fewer
ups and downs when enjoying blessings while suffering from
calamities. The important thing is, how you behave when
disaster visits, or blessings visit. For example, when
disaster suddenly comes, as a person who has studied
Buddhism, you know it was caused by your own bad karma in
the past, now bear fruit, you can't avoid it, so instead of
panicking, trembling, crying, resentful... only makes
yourself and your family members more miserable. Try your
best to stay calm, endure patiently, find a solution, and
continue to do good in your ability. When your mind is calm
and not wavering, your observation will be clearer, that's
how when you meet a disaster, accept it. You have wisdom. It
is also paying bad karma, but paying with a calm mind of
acceptance, the heavy misfortune will become light, and the
light will be considered as nothing.
have understood the Law of Cause and Effect or Karma then
you know for yourself that when you are living a happy life
then you know that this is the result of some good deed that
you have done in many past lives. The right action of a
person who is afraid of the cause is when he is enjoying the
blessing and enjoying the fruit, so he needs to save and
create more blessings, to save the blessings. That means you
focus on practicing more, and doing more good deeds so that
when the disaster comes, you still have blessings to share
and alleviate your calamities. The Buddha also once compared
good karma to a cup of water, and bad karma to be seen as a
cup of salt. If you do more meritorious deeds, the water
portion will increase. The more water when dissolved with
less salt, the less salty the water becomes. That is, thanks
to meritorious deeds that help alleviate the sins that you
have caused harm to others in the past.
The story of
disaster or blessing is unexpected, no one knows. It is rare
that blessings come many times in life, but misfortunes come
more often. The ancients who went through that experience
should have a saying:
do not come twice, but disasters do not come alone once,
that is, disasters often come to people many times.
blessing is there, but the disaster is also there
in life, in luck, there is bad luck or vice versa, like the
story in the book Classical Essence, the story says:
- The other
person is drying the grass at the foot of the fence. The
next day when he went out to gather grass, he heard the
sound of stinging in the grass, he dug up the grass and
caught a buzzing bird. He was very happy, leaving the grass
as before. A few days later, he went to the haystack to
listen, there was also the sound of stinging. He hurriedly
digs up the grass with his hands, hoping to catch another
buzzard. But unexpectedly, he was bitten by the tiger snake
right on his hand. Unable to save time, he died on the spot.
of this story shows that calamity is the root of blessing,
blessing is the root of disaster. Both appear alternately.
Therefore, when you are blessed, you should not be so happy
that you forget to watch out for the disaster that will
come. When you encounter disaster, you should not suffer too
much to damage the spirit.
conversely, if you have had an unsatisfactory life, it is
because you have created karma from your verbal conception
through your lifestyle in many past and present lives. The
karma or the predestined conditions that you have created by
yourself until the conditions are met, the old causes will
bear fruit. The result is your own destiny for you to suffer
or enjoy predestined conditions.
a way of renunciation of the world, but it does not cut off
the world, on the contrary, it still clearly distinguishes
between worldly happiness and supramundane happiness. And
for lay people, family happiness is always reminded and
taught by the Buddha. Somewhere in the scriptures, the
Buddha often guides the householders to know how to
cultivate, build and protect their family's happiness.
Therefore, by implementing this investment method, you will
have many blessings due to a peaceful mind, and no longer
have feelings of anger and hatred for those who hurt,
insult, or betray you, but on the contrary. You even try to
help them. First of all, you are not psychologically shaken
by happiness or sadness, but only know how to be quiet and
awake to make accurate decisions that benefit yourself and
others. This state of mind is the culmination of the
practice of patience, showing compassion for human happiness
and world peace.
really have the desire to become a rich person and live
happily and peacefully in your present life, as well as in
the future, from now on, you should start investing in a
bank of merit. An extremely safe investment base, the
interest rate is not only measured by ordinary material
values but also has the value of uplifting spiritual life.
the Buddha's time in the world, he advised each individual
to make efforts to perform meritorious deeds with enthusiasm
and diligence to bring great benefits. You should remember
that even with a small act of kindness, the good effect of
that action has a great impact on many people.
that the accumulation of merits, deeds, words, thoughts of
body, mouth, and mind will create a fortune of merit for you
to enjoy, if there is a surplus, your descendants and
inherited by others. This is a merit bank that no one else,
each of you can invest, no matter who you are, where you
live, what you are doing, and how your income is. That is,
depending on your ability to invest in useful deeds, there
is interest in earning merit for yourself.
merit does not come naturally, it is the investment process
of each of you in the implementation of the spiritual life.
Your self is directed at your own mind, living in accordance
with the Dharma, and doing useful things for the world. Like
a garden, if you do not invest in care from weeding, sowing,
fertilizing, and performing other stages, you will never
enjoy the fragrance and good fruit.
you must start investing in the merit bank anytime,
anywhere. As long as you have a sense of volunteering to do
blessings, the effects will be immediate. By, through
diligent practice in accordance with the Mahàmangala Sutta,
of the Khuddaka Nikaya, also known as the happiness sutra,
the Buddha taught ten methods of creating merit for yourself
and others. This is how to create a happy, sustainable and
- The first
method is: Stay away from evil people, stay close to good
people, and respect respectable people.
- The second
method is: Living in a good environment, creating good
conditions, and walking on the right path.
- The third
method is: Being educated, having a good job, knowing how to
practice precepts, and knowing how to speak loving-kindness.
method is: Serve your parents, love your family, and
practice the right profession.
method is: Live uprightly, give alms, help relatives and
friends, and behave without blemish.
method is: Abstaining from doing evil, not getting drunk
with addiction, and diligently doing good.
seventh method is: Be humble, polite, know enough, be
grateful, and not miss the opportunity to study the Way.
- The eighth
method is: To know how to persevere in good faith, to be
close to monastics, and to attend Dharma talks to learn.
- The ninth
method is: Live diligently, need to be awake, and learn the
mysterious truth, to realize Nirvana.
- The tenth
method is: Behave in the human world, the mind is not moved,
and the afflictions are gone, so that the body and mind are
- You can
live like that, wherever you go, you are safe, wherever you
are strong because that is your own merit.
methods above are the good karmas that are capable of
generating merit and reward. It has the ability to make the
lives of sentient beings, mainly those in the human and
heavenly realms, much happier and more beneficial. As soon
as you live by the above teachings, you will be a rich and
happy person in this life and the next through the
accumulation and profits from the merit bank.
In short, in
life, everyone wants to have many blessings. If you live
with many blessings, you will have few disasters. The fewer
blessings you have, the more disasters will happen. And you
are unlucky, no matter where you live, it is difficult to
avoid disaster. If you have perfect merit, then there is no
disaster. Therefore, in order to always live in peace and
happiness, you must live well, do good deeds without harming
others, uphold the holy life, and create good Karma, so that
in the next life you will not have to suffer due to frequent
calamities falling on you. And also have to remind the
heart, when the blessing comes, don't be too happy, and when
the disaster comes, you shouldn't be too sad. Because that's
the result you have to accept that can't be avoided.
should always try to practice how to get rid of samsara, not
just do good and avoid evil. Because of that, you are still
in the circle of good and bad. And if you continue like this
life after life, you will still have to drown in the sea of
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