Friends:

Which Intentional Actions (Kamma) influence Intelligence?

A student once asked the Buddha:
Master Gotama, what is the cause and condition why some
human beings are stupid, while others are intelligent ??

The Blessed Buddha then explained:
Here, friend, some man or woman when visiting recluse or priest, does never ask:
Venerable Sir, what is advantageous? What is disadvantageous? What is blamable?
What is blameless? What should be cultivated? What should not be cultivated?
What kind of behaviour will lead to my harm and suffering for a long time?
What kind of behaviour will lead to my welfare and happiness for a long time?
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, a dreadful 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 a
state of deprivation, a painful destination, the purgatory, or in one of the many hells,
but instead comes back to this human state, then wherever such unlucky one is reborn,
such one is born stupid, foolish, dimwitted, slow to learn, and unintelligent #!
This is the way, friend, that leads to stupidity, namely never asking neither recluse
nor priest: Venerable Sir, what is advantageous? What is disadvantageous?
What is blamable? What is blameless? What should be cultivated? What should not
be cultivated? What behaviour will lead to my harm and suffering for a long time?
What kind of behaviour will lead to my welfare and happiness for a long time?..!!
However, friend, here some man or woman do indeed ask both recluses or priests:
Venerable Sir, what is advantageous? What is disadvantageous? What is blamable?
What is blameless? What should be cultivated? What should not be cultivated?
What kind of behaviour will lead to my harm and suffering for a long time?
What kind of behaviour will lead to my welfare and happiness for a long time?
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
a human state, then wherever such one reappears, such one is born clever, wise, quick
to learn, and intelligent %! This is the way, friend, that leads to intelligence, namely,
indeed asking & questioning recluses or priests: Venerable Sir, what is advantageous?
What is disadvantageous? What is blamable? What is blameless? What should be thus
be cultivated? What should not be cultivated? What kind of behaviour will lead to my
harm and suffering for a long time? What kind of behaviour will lead to my welfare
and happiness for a long time?

#: 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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