Q. Is it possible to control karma, cause and effect as we want?

A. In fact, everybody in the world is trying to do this at every moment. “You should try your best to develop or improve your life.” is one of the most common sayings in our life, especially for school students. To try one’s best to develop one’s life means to make one’s best effort to control one’s karma; to alleviate one’s bad karma and to make one’s good karma better instead of just accepting one’s karma as fate.

However, the control of causation is possible only to a limited extent. For example, you can decide whom to marry, or whether or not you will get married, but you cannot alter the fact that you are a human being, not a bird. You can’t control the cause and effect of your past, but can control or influence the causation of your future, to a degree, depending on how you accept your current situation that is the effect of your past cause, because your future is determined by how you live now. So, it can be said that you can’t manipulate it fully but can influence or partially control it.

However, when you realise that everything is empty, that is, when you realise that cause and effect themselves are also empty, you can be free from the suffering of cause and effect. This is referred to as escaping from karma.

©Boo Ahm

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