The 3 Lifetimes of Cause And Effect 三世因果

The 3 Lifetimes of Cause And Effect

“If asking about previous life matters, look at where you are at present.
If asking about futuristic matters, see what you’re doing at present.”

Good men, good women, listen to these words. Listen and recite this 3 Lifetimes of Cause and Effect Sutra. Do not undermine the 3 lifetimes of Cause and Effect Sutra. The good and bad actions will follow you like a shadow.
If you are an official in this lifetime, for 3 lifetimes you had adorned Buddha’s body with gold. 3 lifetimes of cultivation, you will experience in this lifetime. Adorned in purple robes and jade, you will seek Buddha in these.
Adorning Buddha in gold, you will in return adorn yourself alike, speaking endlessly about Tatagatha, will cover your worldly body. Do not say that being an official is an easy task, if previously you did not practise, it will never come to fruition now.
Riding in horses and carriages what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had mended bridges to aid travellers. Wearing silken garments what’s the cause? In previous lifetimes, you had offered robes to aid Monastics.
Abundance of food and clothing what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had given tea and rice to the the impoverished. Lacking in food and clothing what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you were miserly and refused to give.
Highrise buildings what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had donated rice to small Buddhist temples. Abundance of good fortune and blessings what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had built huts and pavillions for shelter.
Having a dignified and majestic appearance what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had offered flowers and fruits to Buddha. Being intelligent and filled with wisdom what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you were vegetarian and prayed to Buddha.
Virtuous wife and beautiful woman what’s the cause? Forming affinities within Buddhist community. Husband and wife having longevity what’s the cause? Offering long prayer banners before Buddha.
Having both parents what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had respected lonely solitary orphaned/parentless people. Having either parent or not having parents, what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you were unfilial and rebellious towards them.
Having lots of children and grandchildren what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had saved and liberated many birds from cages. Failure in adopting a child what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had drowned an infant.
Having no child what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had an abortion/lewd. Having a long life what’s the cause? In prevous lifetime, you bought and rescued animals to liberate them.
Having a short premature life what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you slaughtered beings. Not having a wife in this lifetime what’s the cause? In previous lifetime you schemed and had an affair with other’s wife.
Remaing a widow what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you belittled your huband. Being a slave what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you were ungrateful to those who were kind to you.
Having clear sight what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you offered oil lamps to Buddha. Being blind what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you ruin roads thus causing blindness to others.
Having bad breath what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you snuffed out Buddha’s light offerings by breath. Being deaf or dumb what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you disrespectfully scolded your parents.
Being hunchbacked what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you ridiculed those who prostrated or prayed to Buddha. Being clumsy with hands what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you created the cause to harm others.
Being lame/crippled what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you blocked the way and rob others. Being a cattle/horse what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you owed others money and didn’t return back.
Being a pig/dog what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you created all causes to lie and harm others. Plagued with many sickness what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you offered alcohol and meat to Buddha & monks.
Free of sickness what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you donated medicine to aid the sick. Being imprisoned what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you did evil to harm others.
Starved to death what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you ruined those who tend to food crops. Being poisoned to death what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you used flowers to poison others.
Suffering in loneliness what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you evilly schemed to harm and frame others. Being short in stature what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you read Dharma books/Sutras on floors.
Vomiting blood what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you prayed with alcohol and meat. Being deaf what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you listened to Dharma but didn’t pay attention.
Being a mentally challenged what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you offered meat to Buddha. Having body odours what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you offered bad tainted incense to Buddha and Deities.
Hanging oneself what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you robbed in the mountains. Being widowed and lonely what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you were ruthlessly jealous of others.
Lightning strikes that causes fires what’s the cause? There is unjustifiable unfairness happening. Being bitten by snakes and tigers what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, they were your enemies.
All the different kinds of things we do, we must reflect upon. Those who are suffering in hells, to whom should they tell? No one can see karma itself, but it will lay upon close to your children, grandchildren and close to you.
Not believing in being vegetarian or being a practitioner, but seeing others basking in good fortune and blessings. What you reap in previous lifetime, you will sow in this lifetime. This lifetime if you accumulate merits, you benefit the futuristic you.
If one slanders Cause And Effect Sutra, that person will not gain a human rebirth in the next lifetime. If one abides by Cause And Effect Sutra, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will stand witness to this.
If one writes Cause And Effect Sutra, their children, grandchildren and families will prosper and flourish. If one carries Cause And Effect Sutra on them, ominous disasters or unexpected calamity will not befall upon them.
If one speaks on Cause And Effect Sutra, from lifetime to lifetime, they will be intelligent. If one sings Cause And Effect Sutra, in their next lifetime, they will be well respected.
If one gifts another with Cause And Effect Sutra, in their next lifetime, they will be Emperors. If one bows to Cause And Effect Sutra, everything they do will be gratifying.
If one preaches Cause And Effect Sutra, in their afterlife and next lifetime, they will be enbued with wisdom. If one believes deeply in Cause And Effect Sutra, they will be reborn in PureLand.
If asking about previous lifetime Cause And Effect Sutra, what’s the cause of becoming Emperor Liang Huang? If Cause and Effect doesn’t resonates, why did Xi’s mother befall with a python?
If asking on afterlife Cause And Effect Sutra, Mulian saving his mother is due to what cause? To expound on The 3 Lifetimes of Cause And Effect Sutra is endless, heavens will not deficit a benevolent person.
To practise in Triple Gems will reap blessings, to part with one dime and in return you will get back 10,000 dimes. Sovereign will be stored in fortune’s vault, lifetime after lifetime, it will not be exhausted.

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