When You Smile, What Returns to You Are Smiles; The Relationship Between Causes and Results of Happi
Learning the law of happiness from Shakyamuni Buddha
What is the Factor that Determines our Happiness and Unhappiness? To this question, Shakyamuni Buddha gives an unequivocal answer: it is our own deeds that bring about our own effects. Then what is the relationship between cause and destiny?
Changing Others by Changing Ourselves
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a famous book on the philosophy of success, has become a bestseller around the globe. This book discusses 7 habits and characteristics which successful people in the United States over the past 200 years have had in common. What is intriguing is the major premise that underlies these 7 habits. That is “All problems are within yourself and nothing changes unless you change.”* As long as you blame circumstances and other people when things do not go well, you can never improve yourself. Therefore, the author claims that shifting our consciousness is the beginning of everything. This way of thinking agrees with Shakyamuni Buddha's teaching, which says, “Our own deeds bring about our own effects.”
*Attributed to Stephen R. Covey
What is the Relationship Between Actions and Destiny?
What is the relationship between our actions and our destiny? Shakyamuni Buddha taught us, “Good causes bring good effects, bad causes bring bad effects, and our own causes bring our own effect.”
“Good causes bring good effects, bad cause bring bad effects” means that good actions (seeds) produce good results, bad actions (seeds) produce bad effects. "Seeds" refers to our actions. Therefore, a result of happiness comes from good actions. This is “Good causes bring good effects.”
In the same manner, a result of unhappiness comes from bad actions. This is “Bad causes bring bad effects.”
If You Try to Keep a Gentle Smile on Your Face...
“An onion will not produce a rose.” This proverb is true in any country. If you plant onion seeds, onions will grow. If you plant rose seeds, roses will grow. For example, when you try to give everyone a warm smile, people around you come to you because they think you are kind and affable. Your kind deeds toward others will blossom as the result of being liked by others. On the other hand, what will happen if you wear a grumpy expression? Nobody will want to be around you, so you will be alone. This is a result of your actions as well.
Even if You Walk on Behalf of Someone...
“Good causes bring good effects” means that you must harvest the seeds that you have sown. If you want to improve your test results, you are the one who must study hard. When your friend studies, it is their grade that will improve. If you want to live a long, healthy life, you are the one who must sow the seeds to become healthy. Asking your friend to walk on behalf of you won’t work. You will never become healthy in this way. Whether good or bad, all the results we face are generated from the seeds that we ourselves have planted. This is the teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha. To put it another way, “You reap what you sow.”
Regarding the relationship between our actions and our destiny, Shakyamuni Buddha teaches as follows:
“Good causes bring good effects, bad causes bring bad effects, one’s own causes bring one’s own effects.” Whether good or bad, results will appear according to the seeds that one has planted.
If you want to have a happy destiny,
3 types of seeds creating your destiny
What are "The 3 karmas"?
Plant seeds of happiness.