A melon (seed) planted duly begetting its melon and a pea sown
duly begetting its peas, the governing of cause and effect is a matter
of spontaneity. In the same token, an industrious farmer reaps a good
harvest, a hardworking worker turns out marketable products, a diligent
trader doesn' t stop buying and selling, and a progressive student
collects favorable results—all of them actualities.
Cause and effect through three lifetimes, as conveyed in the sutras,
cover a much longer, further time span. However limited the present
lifetime is, happenings in past and future lifetimes are as real as they
are beyond sights and sounds. A certain cause in place duly begetting
its result, we only have to act accordingly: sow many causes of virtue to
reap as many fruits, and start no evil causes to be free from like results.