Friends:

The Effects caused by Action (Kamma) 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, all divisive speech, all aggressive speech, & 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, after death, is reborn in a state of deprivation,
a dreadful destination, in the painful purgatory, or even in 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 misconduct in sensual pleasures,
who avoids all false speech, all divisive speech, all angry speech, and all idle & empty gossip,
who is neither envious, nor jealous, who is of good will, and 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 similarly mixed: Sometimes pleasure, sometimes pain...
Good begets good, and dilutes & delays evil. Evil begets evil, and dilutes & delays good!

A figure illustrating the delayed, overlapping & interfering result of mixed kamma:

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/IV/Intention_is_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Unintentional_Action.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Buddha_on_Kamma.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Kamma_and_Fruit.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Kamma_is_improvable.htm
http://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Inevitable_Consequences.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_Action_(kamma)_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

Source:
The Moderate speeches of the Buddha: The great speech on Action. MN 136
http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=25072X Full Text here:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/sutta/majjhima/mn136.html

Delayed Effects of Mixed Kamma!


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