What is the cause (in the Law of Cause and Effect, the Universal Law) when a person (male or female) is intelligent and wise in this life?
In his (her) previous life, he (she) was a vegetarian and he (she) often recited the Buddha's name.
What is the cause when a couple (husband and wife) live together for a long time and they do not break up or divorce?
In their previous life, they offered the Buddha a pair of vertical banners to decorate the altar with respect (on the banners there are meaningful phrases or words).
What is the cause when a person's parents still live safely together?
In his (her) previous life, he (she) respected a lonely person.
What is the cause when a person live until his old age?
In his previous life, he often bought animals (or pets) which in a cage (or a bowl) then release (free) them to their natural living environment. Ex: Buying a bird in a cage or a fish in a bowl then release them into the sky or the river.
What is the cause when a person goes to jail many times?
In his previous life, he used to do malicious things to other person(s) and do not make concessions to him (her or them).
When you want to know the cause of a person's previous life,
Look at the effect (good or bad) that he has in this life.
When you want to know (or predict) the effect (good or bad) that a person will have in his next life,
Look at what he does (good or bad) in his present life.
Note: What is the cause mean what is the cause in the Law of Cause and Effect.
A person means both male or female, young or old, etc. applied to any human being.
An excerpt from a Sutra preached by Shakyamuni Buddha
Compiled by Venerable Kim Vuong Tu
Translated by Tinh Tam
The following is the Vietnamese version of this excerpt from the Sutta:
Thông minh trí tuệ do Nhân gì
Kiếp trước ăn chay thường niệm Phật
Chồng vợ bền lâu do Nhân gì
Đời trước tràng phan nghiêm cúng Phật
Cha mẹ song toàn do Nhân gì
Đời trước kính trọng người cô độc
Đời nay sống lâu do Nhân gì
Kiếp trước mua vật phóng sinh nhiều
Hằng bị lao tù do Nhân gì
Kiếp trước làm ác chẳng nhượng người
Muốn biết Nhân đời trước
Xem sự hưởng đời nay
Muốn biết quả đời sau
Xem việc làm kiếp này
Trích Lời Kinh Phật
Hòa Thượng Kim Vương Tử