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When people are happy and contented they tend to take life for granted It is when they suffer when they find life difficult that they begin to search for a reason and a way out of their difficulty They may ask why some are born in poverty and suffering while others are born in fortunate circumstances Some people believe that it is due to fate chance or an invisible power beyond their control The Buddha taught that ones present condition whether of happiness or suffering is the result of the accumulated force of all past actions or karma Karma is intentional action that is a deed done deliberately through body speech or mind Karma means good and bad volition Every volitional action is called Karma In other words Karma is the law of moral causation It is action and reaction in the ethical realm It is natural law that every action produces a certain effect So if one performs wholesome actions such as donating money to charitable organizations one will experience happiness On the other hand if one performs unwholesome actions such as killing a living being one will experience suffering This is the law of cause and effect at work In this way the effect of ones past karma determine the nature of ones present situation in life According to the seed that is sownThe door of good of will gather good resultThen you will enjoyed the good fruits No day stands isolated and alone Karma is a continuous process and does not work by postponement If we think of karma as being something whose fruits are to be born in some remote future existence we think of it wrongly Each moment we are shaping the history of the next To paraphrase Emerson - Every thought either ennobles or debases the Soul There is no standing still By thinking a noble thought the Soul is ennobled AT THAT VERY MOMENT Similarly the Soul is
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