Friends:

Which Intentional Actions (Kamma) influence Family Status?

A student once asked the Buddha:
Master Gotama, what is the cause and condition why some
human beings are high-born, while others are low-born ??

The Blessed Buddha then explained:
Here, friend, some man or woman is obstinate and arrogant; such one does neither
pay respect to one who should receive respect, nor do such one rise up for one in
whose presence one should rise up, nor do such one offer a seat to one who indeed
deserves a seat, nor do such one make way for one for whom one ought to make way,
nor do such one honour, esteem, revere, & venerate one who should be honoured,
esteemed, revered, and venerated. Because of intending and performing such action,
at the  breakup of the body, right after death, such one is reborn in a bad state of
deprivation, in a miserable destination, in the painful purgatory, or even in the hells...
But if such one at the breakup of the body, right after death, is not reborn in an state
of deprivation, a painful destination, the purgatory, or in the hells, but instead comes
back to the human state, then wherever such one is reborn, such one is low-born,
of low rank, in a low social status family #! This is the way, friend, that leads to
low birth, namely, one is obstinate and arrogant and one does not pay respect to
one who should receive respect, does not rise up for one in whose presence such
one must rise up, does not offer a seat to one who deserves a seat, does not make
way for one for whom, one ought to make way, & does not honour, esteem, revere,
& venerate, one who deserves to be honoured, esteemed, revered, and venerated..!!
However, friend, here some man or woman is neither obstinate nor arrogant. They
do indeed pay respect to one who should receive respect, rise up for one in whose
presence one should rise up, offer a seat to one who deserves a seat, make way for
one for whom, one should make way for, & honour, respect, revere, & venerate one
who ought to be honoured, respected, revered, & venerated! Because of intending &
performing such advantageous action, at breakup of the body, after death, such one
reappears in a pleasurable and happy destination, even in the divine dimensions!
But if at the breakup of the body, after death, such one is not reborn in a happy
destination, in the heavenly worlds, but instead comes back here to the human state,
then wherever such one reappears, such one is high born, into a prominent family %! 
This is the way, student, that leads being high born, namely, one is neither obstinate
nor arrogant; and one do indeed pay respect to one who deserves to receive respect,
one do indeed rise up for one in whose presence one should rise up, one do offer a
seat to one who deserves a seat, one do make way for one for whom such one should
make way for, and one do indeed honour, respect, revere, & venerate one who ought
to be honoured, respected, revered, and naturally venerated...!!!

#: Such one escapes hell, because the evil kamma is modified by past good!
%: Such one miss heaven, because the good kamma is modified by past evil!

Source:
The Moderate speeches of the Buddha: The short speech on Action. MN 135
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25072X Full Text:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sutta/majjhima/mn135a.html


For details on the mechanics of Kamma = Intentional Action see:
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_is_intention.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Buddha_on_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Good_Action_dilutes_Evil_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_short_&_long_life.htm

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Health_&_Sickness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Low_or_High_Birth.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Wealth_or_Poverty.htm

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Beauty_&_Ugliness.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Effect_of_kammic_Action_is_Delayed.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Power_or_Disrespect.htm

http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Evil_Kamma_enhances_other_Evil_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Good_Action_enhances_other_Good_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Kamma_leading_to_Stupidity_or_Intelligence.htm

 


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