In our lives, there are facts of life that we have complete faith in, like the law of gravity, the earth is round, we are born and die, etc. Most of what occurs in our lives makes sense to us. When a problem occurs, we try to resolve it by finding the cause of it. Everything has to make sense to us. Yet there are events in our lives that are mysterious to us. Why do people suffer? Why does tragedy occur?
Religions have appeared to answer some of these mysteries. Some profess these sufferings as God’s test to prove the individual’s worth for entry into eternal blessed. Others say they are God’s punishment for their sins. Possibly the answer to these mysteries already exist, but our self-centered minds are not yet ready to acknowledge their presence. This one explanation that coincides with our quest to find meaning to any occurrence is the Law of Causality.
What comes around goes around. What one sows, one reaps. These are all quotes about the law of causality (karma, innen). Good actions and thoughts bring forth joy, and evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts and actions bring forth suffering in the future. The problem arises in understanding due to the prolong lapse of time between cause and effect, sometimes extending to next lives (reincarnation).
Understanding causality does explain many of the mysteries that occur in our lives, and it gives us comfort knowing that we can change our future by our actions and thoughts of today. Karma, causality and innen are not fatalistic explanations, but are opportunistic concepts that provide information on how to obtain joy in the future for all mankind. Watch for God’s guidance. Remove greed, arrogance, and self love from your minds. Your future will be joyous.