‘To tell the cause from the past lifetime, just look at what is being
received in the present.’
Karmic hindrances in this lifetime have been accumulations through
many kalpas. Karma virtuous and evil alike are results of what were
committed ourselves. No one else is to blame. From a realistic perspective,
heaven might seem blamable, but, at the end of the road there
are always traces of hope. Work without tire. There is always a way out.
From the Buddhist perspective, cause and effect though a never-ending
cycle, emulating the Buddha is the practice of cultivating blessedness
and cultivating wisdom, transferring the power of blessedness to enemies
and friends together with debtees through many lifetimes, and even
partaking occasions of offerings and deliverance. The purpose of it
all is at least enabling light retribution for heavy transgression, if not
altogether turning evil cause and evil effect into virtuous result.
Arduous as life is, it may also end up as perfect training ground—
accessory condition—for practitioners.
Further, a survivor of chronic pain certainly knows how to resolve all
calamities and, atop that, how to repeat the names of the Buddhas and
bodhisattvas, chant the sutra and the dharani, leave the past for the
future, work for a positive life, cultivate blessedness and wisdom, and
follow a path of brilliance.
Just remember to commit no evil, practice all good, and purify the mind.
For such is Buddhism.
Don' t feel bad about the environment being too rough and tough or
about having to walk around with the label of underachiever. For the
eight distresses—namely, birth, aging, sickness, death, separation from
the beloved, confronting the abhorred, goals unattainable, and all the
ills of the five skandhas—are facts of life.
Seek to repent in elimination of past karma. For one light alone suffices
ripping 1,000 years of darkness off a cell. In repentance, first, know
own transgression, with all the greed, anger, and ignorance in mind
and killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, and consumption of
intoxicants in act; and second, be determined never to commit the
same again. There is no way of knowing what evil cause had been from
past lifetimes, but constant abidance by the precepts and discipline
will in time bring about amendment and turn things around.