Master Lu: Buddhism In Plain Terms (Book)

Master Lu | Buddhism in Plain Terms | Chapter 5 | The Relationship between Collective and Individual Karmic Retribution

05/11/2020 |    

In the last chapter, the Master mentioned collective karma, which is a karmic consequence that is brought forth by the cumulative bad deeds of many individuals. The best example is the ongoing greenhouse effect that is still widely discussed; we are unable to hold a specific person accountable because we all play a part in it.

The seeds of bad karma that were sowed, like the emission of exhaust fumes from automobiles and industrial pollution, excessive deforestation and so on, are all part of the causes that contribute to the creation of even greater negative karma. Similarly, in accordance with the law of cause and effect and the Principle of Heaven, the negative karma will be automatically arranged and scheduled for retribution in the future. Once the seeds of negative karma are sown they will not simply remain dormant and not cause any effects. Instead, they can affect the weather and geography and will continue to accumulate until the fruition of retribution.

You have noticed the changes brought about by the greenhouse effect, such as a rise in global temperatures, drastic changes in weather, melting of the glaciers, holes in the ozone layer and so on. These are all caused by the cumulation of bad deeds. The foreseeable resulting karmic consequences are rising sea levels, reduction in land, submerging of coastal cities, and many more unpredictable losses to humanity.

When these kinds of massive natural disasters strike, who will be adversely affected by these karmic retributions? Is it true that all the casualties of the natural disasters are predestined to suffer from the collective karmic retributions? The answer is no. Not every victim is predestined to experience such disasters.

In fact, many of them are predestined to have a longer lifespan and have many more karmic rewards or retributions scheduled in their life. However, all of them have something in common, that is, they are predestined to encounter calamity at that time. A calamity is an outbreak of a rather large and concentrated karmic obstacle. Looking at it from the perspective of energy fields, it means that there is a higher concentration of dark energy at that time and place.

The negative consequences that the collective negative karma brings is in the form of dark energy that permeates the external environment; a natural disaster is a state where collective karma has fully matured and is about to break out. It’s usually presented in a relatively large and dense coverage of dark energy. If a person with a predestined calamity and high levels of dark energy were to be present at that moment in time, it would be hard for them to escape.

However, it is possible for those with a great number of blessings or merits to survive even if they are predestined to encounter a calamity or are present at the scene. For example, even if they have already bought their flight tickets, there will be various reasons that will prevent them from boarding the plane, thereby avoiding an impending disaster. Nevertheless, enduring the tragedies that feel like hell on earth is in itself a very painful experience caused by collective karma.