The law of Cause and Effect has an axiom as follows:
“Every thought, every word and every action of ours produce an effect on us in the future. That means the owner of a thought, a word, or an action will get back a result.”
So, there are three kinds of karma: Thoughts, words and actions.
We then divide these three kinds into two types: The first type does not produce any effect on people and the second type does. These two types achieve different results.
For example, we stood in an open field and shouted: “I am the king, I am the king,” it is the karma of the mouth. Our words did not relate to anyone because we stood in an open field and shouted to ourselves. What would happen if others heard that? They would tell the police and the police would invite us for an interview; they then convicted us or sent us to a mental hospital. This karma of the mouth does not affect anyone, so does it cause any effects? – Because it does not affect anyone, it produces a subtle effect, and we will receive the respective retribution. This is the retribution for arrogance, delusion and ambitions. Because we were very common but dreamed of becoming leaders and when no one accepted this, we went to an open field and shouted to satisfy our ambition and delusion. This created a cause of arrogance of wanting to be better than others and the retribution for us is our life will be no longer normal as before. For example previously, people were happy when seeing us, but after we created this karma, they looked down on or even scolded us, “you are insolent all day”. Thus, though no one knew our karma as well as this karma did not affect any one but we still lost blessing that is we lost the love from others and were despised. Is it so strange?
The retribution for having caused no effect on anyone is minor, but the retribution for having caused effect on someone is terrible and lasts very long. For example, our family is wealthy, so we despise our poor neighbors. We always have words and attitude that often makes them feel unhappy. Once we make someone feel unhappy or shameful, the retribution for us will be very terrible, but not as simple as when we shout in an open field. Maybe we will still be blessed in next ten years or twenty, so we will continue to be happy and wealthy in that time, but when we run out of blessing, our property will be lost, we will become poor and people will despise us.
This retribution also affects our descendants, which makes them unsuccessful in their life. Looking down on others creates a terrible karma that we will be miserable in a very long time.
Another example is when a poor man came to an official and begged for a spare house, but at that time the official got angry at someone else or was busy with his tasks, so he shouted at the poor man, “I have many things to do and many problems to solve, so please don’t bother me.” The official didn’t help the poor man, making him very disappointed and left in humiliation and he continued with his difficulties and lived in poor conditions. With this attitude, the official will receive terrible retribution and not just in this life but many lives after. He would be refused to be helped or to be given something and his house would be spare… The time he would experience suffering lasts very long. That means when we cause any negative effect on others, the retribution for us will be hundreds of times more terrible than what we caused to them. For example, if we give someone a slap in front of the crowd, then later we will be tormented, humiliated in even a year as retribution. Like when we plant a mango seed, the mango tree will give us hundreds of fruits and in many years. Likewise, when we cause someone unhappiness/suffering, we will experience suffering and when we bring someone happiness, we will have happiness.
For example, once we went somewhere and saw a man who seemed painful lying on the road. Although we were in a hurry but because of our compassion, we stopped and asked after him. He said he had a stomachache. We feared he got appendicitis, thus, we rushed him to a hospital. Thanks to being our descendants will be given emergency aid in time, he had a narrow escape from death. Only one time we did it, our health improves and our life expectancy increases, and later our descendants will be helped when they are in need. We will get many good results in a very long time even though just one time we helped someone in danger.
This is the way of the law of Cause and Effect. A grain of rice when being sowed will develop into a rice, and this rice will give a lot of grains of rice. A mango seed when being sowed will develop into a mango tree and this tree, after five years or ten, will give hundreds of mangos. That’s the fairness of the law of Karma. We should have a thorough understanding of the law of Karma to control every our thought, word, and action throughout our life.