It is acknowledged in Buddhism that—of all matters, all things on
earth—none is ever capable of making any detour around the governing
of cause and effect: a certain cause in place duly begets its result; a
melon (seed) planted duly begets its melon, and a pea sown, its peas.
Like a shadow chasing its form, cause and effect realize irrespective of
time frame however its extent.
We might have performed multiple virtuous deeds benefiting self as
much as others, but such deeds would still through lifetimes have the
force of habit hot on their trail. Greed, anger, ignorance, arrogance,
doubt, and evil views continue interacting whilst smearing the virtuous
deeds. Thus smeared, the virtuous thoughts in mind are impure and
hence termed leaking virtue.