What is causality ultimately？
How to transcend causality？
From the passive and negative viewpoint of Dharma, all existences live for Avidyā (Maya). Avidyāis is the same as Karma.
All existences are composed of a variety of conditions. The main conditions are called original and primitive causes whereas the secondary conditions are subsidiary causes. Causes and effects rise and disappear. Everything is in such a way of circulation everywhere.
For ordinary and secular people, Causality is embedded in their endless worries while their endless worries are embedded in Causality. Nothing else but on word:
Blind impulse of power
The human society in history and at present, is in chaos all the time and it always creates many new ideas with ignorance. Which is correct? Who is wrong? There is no fixed and correct agreement in the knowledge of human beings. For example, people worked hard to establish a legal system. In fact, up to now, what is the law of legal system? What is its integrity and ultimate meaning? Does it help to save all human-beings? These questions still remain unsolved. Only Confucius said:
"If the people be led by laws of legal systems, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame. If they be led by virtue, they will have the sense of shame, and moreover will become good."
In truth, the Universe has its golden rule. What is this golden rule?
All existences have their growth, maturity, decay and emptiness eventually.
The process of growth, maturity, decay and emptiness in Buddhism, is a polite expression for cosmic rules.
For all existences, following the process of growth, maturity and decay, it is death.
Once anything exists, it is going to the fate of dying.
Causality in secular sense will certaintly be in the process of death.
Shakya Muni Buddha told us:
“Men must transcend Causality of secular world. “
“How to transcend it? “
“To be beyond Self and Dharmas. “
All existences will end eventually and such is beyond Dharmas in nature. It goes without saying.
It is more difficult to be beyond Self.
One must be in goodness absolutely and act on it unselfishly. Otherwise, one cannot achieve selflessness.
The serious question is:
If you study Buddhism, you must know how to transcend Causality. But one question is: how many of you can achieve this? Who can really transcend Self and Dharmas?
The important way of transcendence of self and Dharmas is that one should keep the idea of death in mind all the time. Then we know the meaning of life and death. In this way, we will understand Chuang-tzu’s saying:
"living and dying, dying and living. When something has just been born, it has just died; when something has just died, it has just been born".
Thus, we can transcend causality, life and death. Finally we can:
Have no fear, and no illusionary dreams.
One door has two sides. One side is the circulation of life and death in secular world, the other side is the permanent brightness in eternal Nirvana.
It does not matter what you say. But It only matters what your ultimate and noble way of life is.
December 1, 2013