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Zen Thoughts 39 - Causes, conditions and effects
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Stone
There’s a Chinese saying: “the drops of water can perforate through stone.” Normally, it was used to encourage somebody to keep on doing something. But at same time, it implies another story: if there’s no such a cause and condition, no such a corresponding effect can be manifested. What is the cause of “can be perforated through”? What is the condition of “to be perforated through”? If the stone is really “solid”, it can not be perforated through. If there’s no drops of water, the stone is impossible to be perforated through. Could you think of something that’s really “solid”? Even the diamond can be cut through!

Crop
There’s Chinese fable about two peasants. In the beginning of spring, they plant seeds in the same field. One peasant comes to where he has planted the seeds everyday and speaks loudly: “please grow, grow, grow and harvest!” The other peasant just waters and fertilizes everyday. Until the middle of autumn, there’s no crops growing out of that field! The peasant who had labored hard planted dead seeds, and the peasant who just spoke loudly didn’t provide enough conditions for growing even though he had planted the good seeds.

Climate
With the help of human beings, the earth is getting warmer, the icebergs are melting quicker, the level of the oceans are rising up faster, many places of our world will be under the water sooner or later! Many people say: that’s the outcome of human civilization! But if a kind of civilization can not keep balance with nature, we should have a big doubt on it. And remember each individual has responsibility for it.

Behavior
One behavior is an outcome of interactive inertia. The world’s behavior is a system of interactive inertia. When we blame the violence others, we don’t recognize that our hatred is one of the conditions that supports that violent power, and our revenge will provide energy for its continuity!

Mind
When there are more unbalanced formations in the mind, there are performances of violence and debauchery on TV, there are more similar realities on the street. A child looks more like an adult, because there are too many adult channels in child’s thinking band. Do you believe that the tsunami is related to human hatred and greed? Do you believe the wisdom of “no inherent characteristic” can help in curing the cancer?

We are living in a world full of causes, conditions and effects, and we ourselves are causes, conditions and effects.

 

 

   
 
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