Cause and Effect Sutra 三世因果經
Cause and Effect Sutra 三世因果經
Buddha Sakyamuni revealed the truth of causes and effects as follows:
Wealth and dignity in this life is determined by what people did in past lives.
People who hold to this principle will always reap wealth and success.
Devout men and women please listen to and bear in mind Cause and Effect Sutra.
No small are the causes and effects of three successive lives. What I say is true and cannot be careless.
Why are people able to be officials now? They gilded Buddha statues with gold in previous lives.
What cultivated in past lives results in those people have this life. In the pursuit of official positions with purple gown and golden belt, first gild Buddha statues.
Gilding Buddha statues is decorating oneself. Clothing Tathāgata is dressing oneself.
Never say it’s easy to attain an official position. Without cultivation in the past, yield nothing now.
Why are people able to own carriages and sedans? They repaired broken bridges and paved roads voluntarily in past lives.
Why are people able to wear silk and satin clothes? They donated clothes to priests in past lives.
Why are people never short of food and clothing? They gave food and tea to the poor in past lives.
And why are some without such? Previously, no penny was given.
Why are people able to live in big houses? They donated rice to the temples in past lives.
Why do people possess abundant wealth and prosperity? They donated to build temples and shelters in past lives.
What makes people look noble and dignified? They offered fresh flowers to Buddha in previous lives.
What makes people wise and intelligent? They were vegetarians and recited scriptures in past lives.
Why marries a beautiful and tender wife? In previous life, the man made good affinity with others in temples.
What makes a couple’s marriage lasting and faithful? They both hung streamers and banners before the altar of the Buddha in previous lives.
Why do people’s parents enjoy long lives? They respected the lonely people in previous lives.
Why do people become orphans in childhood? They were birders in previous lives.
What makes people have many offspring? They set the caged birds free in previous lives.
Why does people’s child die young? They drowned female baby in previous lives.
Why a couple has no child? They had a bad habit of destroying flowers in past lives.
Why do people enjoy longevity this life? They librated trapped and caged creatures in past lives.
And why do some die young? They slaughtered living creatures in past lives.
Why do people remain lonely and single? They committed adultery in past lives.
Why do young women become widowed? They disdained their husbands in previous lives.
Why do people become slaves? They were ungrateful and disloyal in previous lives.
Why do people have clear bright eyes? They donated oil to light up lamps on the altars in past lives.
What makes people become blind? They purposely misled others in past lives.
Why do people have harelips? They blew off the light on the altar in past lives.
Why are people born deaf and dumb? They scolded their parents in previous lives.
Why do people become hunchback? They jeered at people who worshipped and bowed to Buddha in previous lives.
Why do people have crooked arms? They hit parents in previous lives.
Why do people become cripples? They blocked the roads and hijacked passers in past lives.
What were the previous lives of cows and horses? They were people who never paid their debts.
What were the previous lives of pigs and dogs? They were liars who cheated and harmed others.
Why are people sickly? They used to worship Buddha with liquor and meat.
Why do people enjoy healthy life? In past lives, they donated medicines to cure patients.
Why do people be jailed? They did evil deeds and were stubborn in past lives.
Why do people die of starvation? In previous lives, they blocked up lairs of rats and snakes.
Why do people be poisoned to death? They put poison into rivers to catch fish in previous lives.
Why do people live alone and helpless? In past lives, they viciously infringed on others.
Why are people short and small? They put sutras on the ground to read in past lives.
Why do people spit blood? They ate meat and then chanted sutras in previous lives.
Why are people deaf? They didn’t listen to sutra recital well in past lives.
Why do people suffer from sores and boils? They worshipped Buddha with meat.
Why do people who reek with body odor? They sold incenses mixed of bad ones dishonestly in past lives.
Why do people die of hanging? They brought ropes to forest to hunt animals in previous lives.
Why are people widows, widowers, orphans and the old without children? In past lives, they were jealous others.
Why are people hit by thunderstroke and burned by fire? They rigged scales and unfairly sold goods.
Why people are bitten by tigers and harmed by snakes? They are their enemies in previous lives.
Whatever we do, we reap our own rewards. Nobody can we blame for our woe in the hells but ourselves.
Don't say cause and effect is unseen. Look at you, your children and grand children.
If you doubt the good of vegetarianism and cultivation, look around those enjoying fortune.
Having practiced of old, you now harvest abundance. To cultivate now will bring blessings anew.
Those who slander the Cause and Effect Sutra will fall and have no chance to be human.