The seeds (karma) you planted will surely grow, but if they don't grow in this life, then what will happen? Will they all disappear? Let us answer that question. If you plant bad seeds, is there any chance that you could escape getting bad results? Some people say that as long as you don't get caught, you can get away with it.
Yan Hui of China was a disciple of Confucius and was known as a man of integrity. But he was extremely poor and died young. On the other hand, Dao Zhi was a master thief and did countless horrible things, but he was rich and lived a life of luxury. Comparing these two men's lives, Confucius lamented, "What is this? Something is terribly wrong!" In reality, no matter how sincerely someone works, it does not mean that they will succeed for sure. Also, bad people don't always get bad results. There are many good people who fail, and there are bad people who succeed. Can someone really get away with a crime that they committed if they just don't get caught? What does Buddhism teach about this?
If You Understand the Three Worlds, You Will Know the Answer. To answer a question like this, Shakyamuni Buddha taught the existence of the three temporal worlds of the past, present, and future, and conveyed the law of cause and effect, which runs through these three worlds. Buddhism teaches that our life is like a grand river that has been flowing since the distant past. Compared to our eternal life, a human life of 80 to 100 years is just like a bubble that appears on the surface of the river, floats for a while, and disappears in no time. The streaming flow of eternal life is divided into three 'worlds'. The time before we were born as humans is called the past world; our lives as humans, from birth until death, are called the present world; the time after our deaths is the future world. The law of cause and effect runs through these three worlds.
If You Want to Know Your Future Results... Some people wonder if the past world and the future world really exist. But the fact that we were born as humans is a concrete result. There are 7 billion people on the earth, but none of us are the same. Our time and place of birth, how we look, and our natural talents are all different. What caused these differences? Shakyamuni Buddha teaches as follows. If you want to know your past causes, look at your results now. If you If you desire to know the seeds (causes) of the past, look at the fruit (results) in the present. If you desire to know the fruit (results) of the future, look at the seeds (causes) in the present.
Death Doesn't End Everything.
There is Something That Will Keep Going Even After We Die.
According to Shakyamuni Buddha's teaching, the differences between the lives of each of the 7 billion people on this planet occurred because we all have different causes from before we were born. The seeds we planted in the past are what brought about the results we are receiving in our present lives. Just as there is the past world, there is also a future world. That means that the karmic seeds that we are planting will continue flowing in the grand river of our eternal life even after we physically transmigrate.
This karmic energy will remain after we die and, when it combines with the right conditions, will bring about results. So if you do a bad deed in this present life but don't receive the results before you die, you are sure to reap those results after you die.
Lesson Point Buddhism teaches that we each have our own past, present and future. Seeds we planted will remain as karmic energy even after we physically transmigrate. "If I die, that's it. I will no longer be responsible for what I've done in this lifetime." Well, that is not so. Death doesn't end everything. Some people's lives don't make sense if we only look at their present lives. But there is one thing that's for sure: seeds we didn't plant will never grow and seeds we planted will surely grow.