The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Five: Cause and Effect


The Founding Master said, “Just as the weather is sometimes fine and sometimes gloomy, so too is a human being’s spiritual energy sometimes refreshed and sometimes melancholy and the surrounding sensory conditions also sometimes favorable and sometimes unfavorable. These are also natural changes in accordance with the principle of cause and effect. When a person who understands this principle experiences these changes, his mind of cultivation will simply be just as it is and as unconcerned as heaven and earth. But for a person who does not understand this principle, these changes will disturb his mind and he will never be able to grasp the Middle Way amid joy and sorrow, suffering and happiness. Thus, there is no limit to the sea of suffering.”