One creates the good or bad causes; one will experience either good or
bad effects. Caused by oneself, effects back to oneself, just like the
echo in a valley.
Sometimes, people say, "how come I always do good-deeds, but I
still receive quite a lots of bad effects!" Just wonder why?
In the Buddhist way, the effects from the cause in this life are largely
accumulated from a previous life or lives: for instance some people are born into a
rich family, some into a poor family, some people are always sick, some always
In other words, some of the Causes generated in this life, one may not
experience the Effects of in this life yet; it could be carried over to the next life. Just like having a Credit & Debit account book, everything we do
is recorded. There is no such thing as a write-off, but if one does a lot
of good deeds, bad effects from a previous life(s) will be minimized
or disappear. Bad effects can be compensated by
Anyway, the cycle of Life is just like a graph, having its ups & downs, when
one is down, just remind yourself,
this is perhaps what I accrued from my previous life, then you might feel better.
For sure, one does not always stay either at the bottom of the trough or
the top of the crest
all the time. Adopting a "Medium Approach" helps to overcome both extremes.