Regardless of whether you believe in Buddha or not, whether you are a monastic or a layperson, cause and effect are not wrong at all, like a shadow in the picture. Therefore, when we worship Buddha, not only do we often recite Buddha’s name with our mouths, but we also need to pay attention to our minds, which means that there must always be Buddha in our hearts!
There was a female nun at the ashram in America, over 40 years old, suddenly suffering from eye disease, soon became blind. She asked Guo Lam what is the reason?
Qua Lam asked:
– You often eat the eyes of goats, cows, fish, chickens, and ducks, which means you like to eat the eyes of animals, isn’t that right?
– Yes! Because my father said: “My eyesight is too poor, I need to eat a lot of animal eyes”… Guo Lam asked again:
– When she was angry and quarreled with her husband, did she often say: I am so blind that I married someone like you?…
When she heard that, she burst into tears and said:
– At that time, I was so angry that I said that, but it was not sincere. Just saying that and getting reprimanded?
– Words, even if uttered arbitrarily, also come from the heart. Moreover, the content is filled with malicious intent to offend and hurt people. Every time after arguing, even after making up, has she never apologized to her husband or admitted she was wrong with a few apology sentences such as: I’m really not right, please forgive me?…
Guo Lam said: If she was angry, she said bad things and then repented and repented, then this sin would not be so serious, and perhaps not to the extent that she must now lose her light.
– So my eyes can still recover?
– Does this have to see if she truly repents or not? Aren’t you still eating sentient beings?
– But I ate the Three Pure Humiliations…
Qua Lam says:
– This is just a means, the Buddha temporarily converted the beginner, not able to stop eating in one go. But in fact, eating meat is killing life, the concept “Eat whatever you eat is nutritious” is an extremely wrong theory! If you want to regain your eyesight, you need to give up salty foods (including eggs) and vow to be a vegetarian.
If she could understand the pain and suffering of animals being killed and eaten, she would have to worry about releasing a lot of them. Chanting Buddhist scriptures is not to pray for her health, because being blind is the retribution for her sins. It is for the sake of living beings that she eats, kills, etc., that recites Buddha’s name and chants sutras to help them leave suffering and be happy. If they were prayed for, opened their hearts to her, and reincarnated into a good path, her eyesight would naturally recover. Her eyesight was not damaged at all, it was only due to karma that blocked her eyesight.
She happily continued.
Regardless of whether you believe in Buddha or not, whether you are a monastic or a layperson, cause and effect are not wrong at all, like a shadow in the picture. Therefore, when we worship Buddha, not only do we often recite Buddha’s name with our mouths, but we also need to pay attention to our minds, which means that there must always be Buddha in our hearts! So it’s good management, don’t let it run wild. Every thought in the mind must correspond to the Buddha’s knowledge and understanding. Because the word “Buddha” means enlightenment. How Buddha taught, follow it… by reason, so don’t do it wrong!
But apart from the times of reciting the Buddha’s name, one must always practice, that is, every moment to guard the mind, not to generate wrong thoughts, but not to raise wrong thoughts, that is, Buddha’s thoughts. When this principle is clear, then diligently maintain the precepts of practice, meditate on enlightenment, speak and behave in accordance with the Dharma, ie enlightenment.
Enlightenment: It’s not the opening of the Celestial Eye of Heaven… but just the beginning from not believing in Buddha to believing in Buddha, this is the first stage of enlightenment. Next, start making vows to keep the precepts, which is the second stage of enlightenment. Going to practice the Six degrees of Van Hanh is the third stage of enlightenment. Until the first fruit, the second fruit, the fourth fruit… even reaching the first ground… Ten Bodhisattvas to Buddhahood, there are countless levels of enlightenment…
“Evil arises from the mind, Good comes from the heart”, if you don’t make the mind stop evil and turn to good, if you can’t conquer the mind, then no matter what dharma you practice, no matter who you worship as a teacher, you won’t get out of the Three Realms.
Excerpts from Causality and Consequences of Luong Hoang Sam Volume 2 – Layman Qua Khanh
Translated by Nun Hanh Doan.