Friends:

The Effect caused by Action is delayed as a Sown Seed!



The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Regarding the effects of actions, Ananda, as to the person here who avoids
all killing of any living being, who avoids all stealing of what is not given, who
avoids any misconduct in sensual pleasures, who avoids all false speech, divisive
speech, aggressive speech, and all idle & empty gossip, who is neither envious,
nor jealous, is good-willed, and who is of right view, yet who at the breakup of
the body, right after death, is reborn in a state of deprivation, a dreadful
destination, in the painful purgatory, or even in one of the hells: Either earlier,
prior to this, such one also did evil actions to be felt as painful, or later, after
this - such one did evil actions to be felt as pain, or at moment of death such
one entered into & maintained wrong views! Because of one or more of these,
right after death, such one is reborn in a bad state of deprivation, a dreadful
destination, in the painful purgatory, or even in the hells.
But since such one also - here & now - has been one who avoids all killing of any
living being, who avoids taking anything what is not given, who avoids all wrong
misconduct in sensual pleasures, who avoids all false speech, divisive speech,
aggressive speech, & all idle & empty gossip, who is neither envious, nor jealous,
who is of good will, & who holds right views, such one will experience the pleasant
results of that good behaviour, either here and now, or in the  next rebirth, or
in some subsequent later existence...

Comments:
Behaviour (kamma) is almost always mixed: Sometimes good, sometimes bad!
The later effects are therefore also mixed: Sometimes pleasure, often pain...
Good begets good & dilutes+delays evil. Evil begets evil & dilutes+delays good!

An illustration of the delayed, overlapping & interfering result of mixed kamma:

For details on the mechanics of Kamma = Intentional Action see:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_is_intention.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/Intention_is_Kamma.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Unintentional_Action.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Buddha_on_Kamma.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Kamma_and_Fruit.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Kamma_is_improvable.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Inevitable_Consequences.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Good_Action_dilutes_Evil_Kamma.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_short_vs_long_life.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Health_vs_Sickness.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Low_or_High_Birth.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Wealth_or_Poverty.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Beauty_vs_Ugliness.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Effect_of_kammic_Action_is_Delayed.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Power_or_Disrespect.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Evil_Kamma_enhances_other_Evil_Kamma.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Good_Action_enhances_other_Good_Kamma.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Stupidity_or_Intelligence.htm

Source:
The Moderate speeches of the Buddha: The great speech on Action. MN 136
http://store.pariyatti.org/Middle-Length-Discourses-of-the-Buddha_p_1543.html Full Text:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.136.nymo.html

Delayed Effects of Mixed Kamma!


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