It is said that there is an explanation for every occurrence. For every action, there is a reaction. This is why we look for past evidence when a crime occurs. Is there also an explanation why suffering or joy occurs? We can definitely see a source of the suffering when someone inflicts pain on us. But where is the source when we suffer from illness or inconveniences in our lives? Where is the source when an infant suffers? In the Osashizu is the following:
Look at how causality (suffering or joy) is working in the world, and you will see the journey taken before. January 30, 1892 Instructions (Osashizu)
Looking at the world today, we see joy and suffering. Is there a path to joy? Is there a path to suffering? Can evil thoughts and actions lead to one’s suffering; can good thoughts and actions result in joy and happiness? What prevents us from seeing this relationship? It is time. The effects of our actions may not occur in the present life. It may manifest in the next life.
Accepting the concept of reincarnation allows one to admit our fallacy as human beings. We have all sinned, and may continue to suffer for our misuse of our minds. No matter how much we suffer today, causality provides us a path to joy in the future. It provides a path to purify our minds of greed, arrogance, and self-love. Suffering provides us opportunities to reflect and ponder. If we respond positively to our sufferings, only joy will blossom in the future. If we respond negatively, the cycle of suffering will continue. Again, we understand the joy or suffering today by the verse:
Look at how causality is working in the world, and you will see the journey taken before. January 30, 1892 Instructions (Osashizu)