The journey through lifetimes past, present, and future is the result
of transmigration between 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. Such is the process from seeding to fruiting.
Timing, somehow, is a variable with no frigid stipulations whatsoever.
In the Buddhist teaching, it is when condition is added to cause that
effect comes to be, like a papaya seed, when put in soil, requires care
and watering to sprout, the right amount of light, temperature, and
humidity together with time aplenty to flower and, eventually, to fruit.
Such is the process of constituents variably blending, what conditions
are about. But the conditions whether turning out positive or negative
are going to hinge on the extent of subsequent efforts.
Such is the process of karmic retribution ripening. In the relationship
between cause and condition, emergence of multiple positive
conditions speeds up fruiting, bringing about a good reap, but that
of multiple negative conditions slows down fruiting, bringing about
a bad reap.