Before reading this please read: The Law of Cause and Effect
We have discussed about the Law of Cause and Effect and how it is the core of Buddhist teachings. How is the Law of Effect related to the 3 Worlds and 10 Directions? Before we get to that let us first identify what are the 3 Worlds and the 10 Directions.
The 3 Worlds are:
- The Past
- The Present
- The Future
and the 10 Directions are:
- North East
- South East
- North West
- South West
We can say that the 3 Worlds means anytime and the 10 Directions means anywhere. The Law of Cause and Effect encompasses the 3 Worlds and the 10 Directions. It means the Law of Cause and Effect holds true anytime and anywhere.
We said that the Law of Cause and effect states that for every Cause there is corresponding Effect. Since the Law of Cause and Effect encompasses the 3 Worlds, a Cause (deeds or actions) we planted on the Past may manifest its Effect (result) not only in the Past, but also in the Present or Future.
Take for example a child born with handicap. It would make living more challenging. What did a newly born child do to deserve to be born in such a condition? Our birth is determined of how we are in our past life. By looking at the state of how we are born or the state of our current life, we can determine what seeds or deeds we planted in our past life. Same thing with the future, we can know how our future will play out by looking at the seeds we plant in this present life. Are we planting good seeds or bad?
The 10 Directions show that the Law of Cause and Effect applies to all places. No corner left out.
Always plant good seeds then you can have good results in the future. We can’t change the actions we did in our past but we can still do something with how our future will turn out.