What is the cause of why something happens? A house is damaged in a storm. What caused the damage? A tree fell on the house. A man was killed. What caused his death? A car ran over him while he was crossing the street. These are both examples of cause and effect. There is said to be a cause for every effect. This is like the law of gravity, nature’s law.
Can we attribute suffering and joy to causality. What causes sufferings and joy in this world? Can we find a cause? Why do some people have more suffering than others? Can this be coincidence, like a roll of the dice: or can it be God’s will? We can also ask, why do some people have happy lives? Is our destiny on earth determined by God, or is it based on statistics. What are the chances of being hit by a car? And if God causes our suffering, why are the reasons. Is it God’s punishment?
There are religions that believe in God’s punishment. They believe that they are carrying out God’s punishment. They cause suffering and death, and claim it was God’s will. Like an oxymoron, to kill in the name of God does not make sense to many of us.
But suppose suffering and joy are caused by our own minds and behavior. We cause our own sufferings and joy. What a self-sufficient way to purify our minds; because with over 7 billion people on earth, it would be difficult for God to oversee everyone. What if every thought or action we are accountable for? Every thought and action manifest itself back to us in the future, often waiting for us in our next lives. Our thoughts and behavior of today foretells our future. We write our own future of joy or suffering.
In the Tip of the Writing Brush (Ofudesaki), we are reminded to go back to the “Origin”, the beginning of mankind. This is the original causality. The original causality states that mankind was created by God to live the Joyous Life. When we go back to the origin, we find that the cause of the creation of mankind was God. We find a loving God that wants to save all his children.