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So the profound question: What is Karma?
In the simplest terms, it is what goes around, which comes around.
It is our thoughts, words, and deeds that we do every day at every moment which generates an effect. The causes which we create.
In Buddhism, we speak about the strictness of the Law of Cause and Effect within the Universe, which Makiguchi Sensei (First President of the Soka Gakkai) has written explicitly to his son-in-law while in prison, that No one can escape this Law of Cause and Effect inherent within the Universe.
Within Nam Myoho Renge Kyo; the term “Renge” symbolizes the Lotus Flower that puts forth flowers and fruit at the same time. In most plants, the fruit develops after the flower has bloomed and the petals of the flower have fallen away. The fruit of the lotus plant, however, develops simultaneously with the flower, and when the flower opens, the fruit is there within it. This illustrates the principle of the simultaneity of cause and effect; we do not have to wait to become someone perfect in the future, we can bring forth the power of the Mystic Law from within our lives at any time.
The principle of the simultaneity of cause and effect clarifies that our lives are fundamentally equipped with the great life state of the Buddha and that the attainment of Buddhahood is possible by simply opening up and bringing forth this state. Sutras other than the Lotus Sutra taught that people could attain Buddhahood only by carrying out Buddhist practice over several lifetimes, acquiring the traits of the Buddha one by one. The Lotus Sutra overturns this idea, teaching that all the traits of the Buddha are present within our lives from the beginning.
So in a sense: Should a person finds himself poor, sick, and unhappy, or finds himself rich, healthy, and vibrant. These are all due to his own karma either from this lifetime or in a previous existence!
When I was practicing in the beginning, this was the most difficult for me to accept. That everything happened to me because of me. I have in one way or another created that cause within my life, to generate that effect.
Fortunately, there are ways to overcoming them, below are some of the advice I had the good fortune of hearing from Seniors in Faith in Singapore:
*Note: For all difficulties, have the attitude of DAIMOKU FIRST, and chant ABUNDANTS OF DAIMOKU with NO DOUBTS towards the Gohonzon. The functions of the Buddhist Gods within all 10 directions will gather round to assist you. (This is expounded within the Lotus Sutra)
Motto of Vice General Director of SSA Jerry Oh:
*The MORE you chant, the MORE you CAN chant!*
It has been recommended by some Seniors in faith that when encountering a major problem, a minimum of 3 hours of concentrated Daimoku is required. However, there are no hard and fast rules towards Chanting. Everything begins from the sincerity of the HEART.
“No Prayers will go unanswered.” – Nichiren Daishonin
Overcoming Financial Karma
- Make a vow to contribute to Zaimu (Donations to Soka Gakkai) , can be monthly or even weekly
- Chant to contribute to Zaimu (Offerings to the Buddha)
- Contribute based upon sincerity of the heart
Overcoming Relationship Karma
- Chant for the person’s happiness and to attain enlightenment
- Chant for him/her/them to solve their problems
- Give words of encouragement and appreciation
- Have heart-to-heart, sincere dialogue
(I have heard of cases whereby the Husband was stoic on divorce, ended up withdrawing and coming home through the sincere prayers of the Wife, very mystical indeed.)
Overcoming Sickness Karma
- Sincere apology (repentance) to Gohonzon for the current condition of the body
- Chant for a speedy recovery
- Vow to get better to fulfill your mission for Kosen-Rufu, which is to encourage another person to practice this faith.
I was advised that “Karmic Illness” can only be cured by the Buddha’s Power, so please chant diligently.
So practice sincerely, and all your wishes will be fulfilled.
I will like to end with this following quote By Nichiren Daishonin:
“If you recite these words of the daimoku once, then the Buddha nature of all living beings will be summoned and gather around you”
—- (WND-5, 112).
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.