The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Five: Cause and Effect


The Founding Master said, “In accordance with the principle of circulation of the four seasons in heaven and earth, there is for the myriad things a transition between birth, old age, sickness, and death; and in accordance with the law of the alternating predominance of yin and yang in the universe, there manifest among human beings the wholesome and unwholesome retributions and responses of cause and effect. Thus, winter is the time when yin flourishes, but because yang is contained within yin, yang gradually grows stronger until finally spring and summer appear. Summer is the time when yang flourishes, but because yin is contained within yang, yin gradually grows stronger until finally autumn and winter appear. In the same way, in human affairs, strength and weakness are interrelated, and as one produces what is wholesome or unwholesome, there occur the karmic retributions of progression and regression and mutual life-giving and mutual harm. This is the fundamental principle of the retribution and response of cause and effect.”