【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】正行 - 总共修法 Actual Session – How to sustain the meditation in general P12

【修持轨理】正行 - 总共修法

【若从最初令成恶习,则终生善行,悉成过失。】

我们平常稍微了解一点教理的人,大家都了解,我们这一生所以感得现在的状态是什么?宿生的因哪,由这样的因感得这一生的果;宿生的这个异熟因感得这个异熟果,宿生的等流因感得这一生的等流果。
关于这一点我想大部分的人还听不懂。这两个什么意思?异熟因,就是你那个时候造了善恶之业,感得这一生的人身、天身、地狱、饿鬼、畜牲这个。等流因,那你做的时候什么状态,现在这个心里面又这种状态现起来。假定我们宿生没有感得这个业的话,我们这一生不会跑上那个出家的路。如果说几百年以前,几千年以前大家都说出家好,我们也是就说出家。现在这个社会上面人家都说「这个迷信,你又大迷糊蛋」,结果你就偏偏走这个路子,没有一点特别的原因我想我们不会走,对吧!很明白。为什么我们走了?宿生一定有这个原因在这个地方。

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日常师父法语 24A 22’02”手抄稿第三册 P266LL1

24A 22’02” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P266LL1
English Lamrim Volume 1, pg 99

【The Meditation Session】Actual session-How to sustain the meditation in general

【If you have made this a habit from the start, the virtuous practice of your whole lifetime will be flawed. 】

For those of us who have at least some understanding of the Teachings, we all know this - how was the situation in this lifetime produced? It was from the causes of our past lives. A certain cause(s) had produced the effect in this lifetime. The fruitional cause(s) from the past lives produced the fruitional effect of this lifetime. The causally concordant causes produced the causally concordant effects of this life time.

In regards to this, I think most of us may not understand it. What do these two mean? Fruitional cause means you have created virtuous or non-virtuous karma which has resulted in you being born as a human, deity, hell being, hungry ghost or animal. Causally concordant effect is the condition that you were in when you carried out the action. That state of mind has now arisen again. If we had not created such karma in our past lives, we would not have become monks in this lifetime. If a few hundred years ago or a few thousand years ago, everyone said it was great to be a monk, and so people became monks.
Nowadays, people in the society would say, "this is superstition, you are muddle-headed [to become a monk]." Yet you have exactly chosen this path. I think we would not have chosen this path without any special reason. Isn't it so! It is pretty obvious. Why did we choose this? There must have been causes in our past lives.