In Japan, when disaster occurs, there are no media reports of looting, or scams upon the affected. Why in America, are there always reports of looting and the taking advantage of the victims of the misfortune? Could this be the result of their nonbelief in the after life? In Japan, the majority of people believe in karma and reincarnation. Some would say that this is nature’s justice. What we sow, we reap. In western countries, the worldly path of immediate joy and the thinking that you can get away with any evil actions if no one sees you doing it, or you don’t care if anyone sees you doing it. They do not see the future effects of their actions today. This is why we see the lootings in the streets of America after disasters. There are no consequences for the evil that is done.
Some, who question the concepts of karma and reincarnation, may question who punishes us for our sins or evil actions. Is it God that does this? If it is God, some may believe that they can hide their thoughts and actions from God; or they may even believe that God will forgive them for their sins or evil actions upon their earnest prayers or contributions to their churches. This type of thinking allows them to continue their evil actions.
In the Ofudesaki, the most sacred scripture of our religion, God tells us it is our hearts that is responsible for our own fates. It is not God or any external force that metes our rewards or punishment. It is our own eternal hearts that is temporary housed in our bodies that is responsible for what happens in our present life. One can imagine the heart, as an invisible organ that collects our debits (evil deeds) and our credits (good deeds), and eventually releases them back to us as suffering or joy. Of course, the cause and effect is not immediate, but often is delayed to occur in our next incarnation. But one may say that it is unfair that one suffers from the actions of the past that one has no memories of. What would be the purpose of this suffering if one does not know the cause of the suffering? Enter the concept of evil thoughts in our minds. These evil thoughts are regret, covetousness, greed, arrogance, and self-love. Some may compare these thoughts to viruses or bacteria that spread from one person to another. These are the thoughts that we often act upon, especially when obstacles occur. God tells us that there is no one who is essentially evil; it is only because dust has accumulated on their hearts. The more we act upon any of these evil thoughts, the more prominent the pathways will become. This is the reason that we are all different; we all have different amounts of these dusts in our minds. It is from these dusts, upon acting on them, that create our debits that the heart collects. Therefore, the heart houses both our evil thoughts, and the fates created by acting upon these same thoughts. It is this group of information that continues upon our physical demise. One can say that our hearts holds the template for our thoughts (5 types of dusts) and our fate that is to occur in our next incarnation.
How do we remove our negative fate? Remember the sources of these negative fates are our evil thoughts of regret, covetousness, greed, arrogance, and self-love. We must remove these thoughts from our minds. The Ofudesaki tells us how to do this step by step, and how to share this information will others. When the minds of the world are purified, God promises there will be heaven on earth for everyone! Next time, you see the rage and looting in the streets when disaster occurs, think about the regret of God.