Some religions proclaim that accepting their dogmas will guarantee you salvation, without relevance to what one has done in the past. In our sacred book, it states that the path to a joyous life is difficult to follow. I thought if we knew heaven’s truth, it would be easy to lead a joyous life or to attain salvation. In the Tip of the Writing Brush (Ofudesaki) is the following
This path of true sincerity is a difficult path.
Everyone must ponder. 10-35
This path may be difficult, but it is marvelous
path. Certainly watch it. 4-101
But why is the joyous life so difficult to attain for even the people that believe in the truth of causality? Causality does not forget. What we sow, we always reap. We continue to be confronted with what we have done. That is why repentance does not cancel the effects of our actions. When faced with negative causality, we can create positive causality by our good actions, or we can continue to bring upon suffering or inconveniences by our poor responses. Causality gives us an opportunity to purify our minds of greed, arrogance and self love.
It is said that husband and wife is brought together by causality. We believe that we choose our mates, but in reality we are brought together by causality. This is why divorce does not usually bring upon resolve to both parties. Many times one faces the same problems in the following marriages. It is appropriate the verse from the Bible:
“What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” Matthew 19:6
The world continues to suffer because we continue to ignore the truth of causality. We see, but we do not understand.