Law of Cause and Effect
People think that things of the world are created or controlled by the one with particular power. This has been possible in societies ruled by a politician or a dictator. However, the societies which have undergone these things had to pay tremendous costs for them. In a word, it is because politicians or dictators forced their ideas on people without being aware of things of the world.
The law of cause and effect is the word that indicates the contents which reveal how things of the world come into being. If people come to know this law of cause and effect, they will obtain the results of avoiding doing badness and saving themselves from their ignorance for themselves.
Then, what is the law of cause and effect?
What Makes All The Things Come Into Being
The law of cause and effect means a phenomenon which takes place in the situation where a certain happening meets a certain thing. For example, as copper is alloyed with lead, new metal with new features is formed or alloying platinum with copper results in different new metal with different new features. With these examples, we can explain about the law of cause and effect.
And as certain land is planted with a certain kind of seed, what result is obtained, that is, good fruits are grown or bad fruits, applies to the law of cause and effect. In a word, the law of cause and effect is what exists in the truth which creates all the things in the world.
However, when ordinary people hear that what exists in the truth is the law of cause and effect, they do not understand this because they are not fully aware of the truth. Even though they say by rote like a parrot that what exsits in the truth is the law of cause and effect, it is nearly impossible for them to understand it.
Let’s take an example to try to verify once again how the law of cause and effect is accepted and understood.
When new metal is made by alloying platinum with copper, the new metal has a variety of features and they change according to the combination percentage. The features of the metal which is made with the percentage of 60% of copper and 40% of platinum are different from those of the metal with the percentage of 40% of copper and 60% of platinum.
Then, how does the law of cause and effect have to be seen in the truth? In the truth, 3X3 equals to 9. In the truth, 5+5 equals to 10. By the way, there are not only 3X3 or 5+5. There are 4X5, 6+2, etc. Hence, the law of cause and effect is built like mathematical formulas.
If a result was not so much as expected, it would mean that all the matters are not solved which exist in the truth that makes it possible for me to gain what I want. In order for us to easily understand the law of cause and effect, we have to examine closely a principle, that is, how a certain thing makes a certain matter come into being.
Then, what is this principle? To put it simply, it is said to be the same thing as a mathematical formula. What is a mathematical formula? 1+1 equals to 2 and 10+10 equals to 20. That is, results change depending on problems. When we talk about this, we call what makes this come into being a principle.
A principle in the world makes a thing come into being by a formula. So countless matters exist in a principle and the countless matters appear and are solved by the single principle.
It is a historical fact that Sakyamuni Buddha made great efforts to inform people of this thing. Then, why did he have to report this? It is because, if people understand this, they will awake from ignorance and so prevent themselves from falling into wrong places and from doing wrong things. It means that they can keep themselves safe against dangers or temptations in the world.
Dreadful Ghosts’ Contact
The reason why there are plenty of problems in the human world in this era is that this teaching doesn’t exist in people’s consciousness and these things are not publicly shown, taught, and understood. Therefore, due to a single matter, we have had to have arguments and conflicts and, further on, wars. It comes from the human world not being able to see and understand fully what is.
What is the most dreadful thing that human beings in this era must be alert to. It is the contact with a ghost. This is a very important matter.
People must be alert to the contact with ghosts. When I met a person and talked about this worry, the person said that what has been spreading fastest – faster than scary infectious diseases – is the very contact with ghosts. However, nobody is alert to nor be fearful of it. What is worse, they are exposing themselves in front of ghosts. What will happen if the contact with ghosts is made?
If a ghost makes contact with a person, the loss of self is brought about. The loss of self causes the person to make wrong judgments or to speak strange things when the person looks at and talks about a thing. People must be well aware of this.
Then how is the contact with ghosts made? It is done through energy. In other words, when people are in defenseless states against the contact with ghosts the energy can enter human bodies or consciousness.
Trying to explain easily by taking a practical example, studios of Qi(energy, 氣) or Dan(丹, a kind of meditation) and fortune‐teller houses(Saju(四株) philosophy centers) have been sprung up everywhere only in South Korea in the world since 1970. Before then, there weren’t many of them in Korea. After 1970, the number of people who practice Qi(氣), practice Dan(丹), tell people’s fortune, do philosophy(Korean fortune tellers say that they do philosophy.) with Saju(四株, A way of fortune‐telling), etc. has increased dramatically. Among them, the dangerous thing is philosophy. They don’t means philosophers but people who say that they can tell people’s Gil‐Hyoong‐Whoa‐Bok(good things, bad things, misfortunes, and fortunes, 吉凶禍福) with Saju.
The ghosts which shamans are possessed by are seldom bad. While shamans tell Gil‐Hyoong‐Whoa‐Bok in the state of being possessed by gods(神), those who do Saju philosophy can collect ghosts and put them into people. The next scary one is Qi(氣) training. The place where Qi training takes place is no better than the place where people give their bodies and consciousness away to ghosts. If people go to places for a long time and do as they are told, their consciousness will change. And so will their behaviors. The following scary one is Dan(丹), which causes people to have plenty of contact with ghosts by practicing it.
In order to confirm whether this is true or not, it will be possible when we verify if those people are possessed by ghosts. As a matter of fact, it is difficult to recognize the fact of being possessed by ghosts. It is because ghosts are invisible to human beings’ eyes. Therefore, people in this era must be very careful of and be alert to those who do Qi(氣), practice Dan(丹), and Saju(四株) philosophy. To people who have had contact with ghosts, there will be more dreadful phenomena than general diseases. The contact with ghosts ruins not only physical bodies but also consciousness which is much more important than bodies. That is, the contact ruins people’s souls. However, people are not alert to the contact because they don’t understand this thing very well.
For example, let’s try to confirm what effects Saju(四株) philosophy has on people. On April 17th, 1998 which is said to be a good day by Saju(四株) philosophy, let’s assume that we plant a seed of a bad wild persimmon. Will good persimmons come from the seed of persimmon whose origin is bad just because the seed is planted on the very day. Absolutely not.
All the things in the world are bound to take place by the law of cause and effect. Good fruits(results) come out from good land(foundation) and good seeds(origin). This is what is. What is what is? It is the truth. We call this the truth.
People go to Saju(四株) philosophy centers to name their children newly born by paying fifty thousand wons or hundred thousand wons. However, just calling a sweet potato a watermelon sweet potato cannot change the sweet potato into the watermelon sweet potato accordingly. Whether names change or become better is no good. Good origins and good ground result in good fruits. That is, only when we sow ‘good seeds’ in ‘good soil’ and grow them well, there will be ‘good sweet persimmons’ or ‘good watermelons’.
What Exists In Life
What exists in life is a way of making Gil‐Hyoong‐Whoa‐Bok(good things, bad things, misfortunes, and fortunes, 吉凶禍福). If we find good things and practice them, neither names nor Saju(四株) matters but things become better naturally and good results take place.
If we meet bad things to keep bad company, bad results and troubles occur all the time. This is the very thing of the world. We have to learn in order to know what is. What can we do from learning what doesn’t exit? Those who like something stupid and awkward will come to be caught up in strange happenings.
It must be fully understood that being caught in strange happenings causes the self‐loss and makes the biggest blessing in life abandoned. Stupid things must never be done. Whether someone is stupid or not is revealed by what is.
I said that what we must be most alert to and be most careful of is the contact with ghosts(When human beings are alive, they have souls in themselves and when they die, the souls come out of their bodies and we call them ghosts). Not all the souls are alike. The quality is different respectively. Just as people have all kinds of characters, the souls, the essences of the people, have the causes of all the kinds of characters.
If the souls have contact with the consciousness of those who are alive, their characters become to appear from the people.
The reason why Buddha tried to teach people the law of cause and effect so much was wanted them to enlighten themselves about their ignorance and to think highly of what is. That’s why he dedicated all his life to telling things of the world to ordinary people. He left words which are famous the moment he passed away.
“I have never said my own words.” He meant that he had said what is. While he was traveling around, he talked about lots of things and tried to inform people of what is many times, why did he say that he had never talked about his own words? It is that he did explain not about his thoughts but about what is. This is a very important point. You have to know the fact that ordinary people are saying not what is but their own thoughts. In this sense, we can confirm how big love and light Buddha’s teaching can be to the human world.
Destiny Of The World, Nations, and Individuals
Through this law of cause and effect, nothing in the world is impossible to achieve. Everything has appeared and disappeared by this law. And seen through this law, the world itself is the creator. In the structure the world has, activities continue to happen in a variety of phenomena of the world and new things come into being due to these activities. A substance is created or a living creature comes out of there.
If this is denied, the conclusion that the earth will disappear soon is just made. However, the earth has always existed before us and will never disappear. It is because things exist under one law and the law continues to occur and move by the activities of all the things just in front of us. According to this law, the rise and fall of things is determined. Today, why have things been getting hard in this country? Korea could have become the richest and the most powerful country in the world. However, this society and the people haven’t thought highly of this law of cause and effect and hence ignorance and wrong things by this ignorance have become influential. That is why there have become today’s difficulties in this society.
People’s destinies are respectively decided by the fundamental cores(根本, the essence) which exist in them. This core means the fruit which is formed by the In‐Yeon(因緣, Relationship made in the past) which people had had in their lives respectively. That is, the core is what people carry with them at their birth and is what exists inside their consciousness. Then, where does this thing that exists in consciousness come from? It is obtained from a life in reality. Gaining a thing from a life in reality means getting it in circumstances.
We call the society where we live our foundation. If a society is good, it is good for those who have good consciousness to do activities but if it is bad, those who have bad consciousness come to be active. What is itself is a problem and its very answer. A thing(what is) comes into being by what happens and the activities of what exists make what happens come into being endlessly. 'What exsts' is the foundation and what happens is the fundamental core. These come to be formed by the activities of the existing things. The results which are made by the activities are called phenomena. All the things from all the happenings Which we see and experience during our lives appear by what is in the law of cause and effect.
What Exists And The Origin Of Life
You might come to feel a little why the law of cause and effect is so important in our lives. People guess that a creator made the world and human beings. Of course, I don’t absolutely deny the guess that this profound and mysterious world was created by someone. It is because we can see and confirm really surprising phenomena.
It is the activities of the earth itself that were the origins of all the living things. That is, the world’s activities were the causes which caused all the things to exist. For example, human activities built rockets and conquered the moon.
The creator did not make the rockets but the endless activities of human beings made the rockets and landed them on the moon. We ourselves exist by the very activities of the world.
All the results we want exist in the single truth. We have to know the fact that a person who is good when the person is alive is still good after death. Similarly, when a tree does lots of good activities, it can input plenty of good things into its fruits.
And it is not restricted to just these fruits but it continues in the next generation. The good fruits can cause good activities and good fruits will be harvested again. Therefore, once a person attains the supreme enlightenment and comes to understand the law of cause and effect, anybody can become a great person during endless lives.