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 How do we measure the effect of doing good deeds and planting "good causes"?

   date:2020-09-18 18:34:30     read:66   

How do we measure the effect of doing good deeds and planting "good causes"?




 There are different levels of good deeds, and the main principles of distinction can be divided into approximately two categories.

  A. It is measured by the "degree of giving".

  For example, if a rich person gives a hundred dollars, and a poor person gives a hundred dollars, the rich person's hundred dollars is like nine cows for a penny, while the poor person's hundred dollars may be a meal for several days. Therefore, there is a great difference in the degree of giving, for the poor person will do much more good deeds with the same amount of $100, and the effect of the blessings sown will be much greater. So often, a poor person giving tens of dollars will be better than a rich person giving thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.

  For example, if A and B are both living in the same circumstances and give the same amount of money for a good deed, A often remembers the good deed in his mind, hoping for a quick reward, and is often complacent about the merits of the deed. A B, on the other hand, has no desire to take credit for his good deeds, nor does he have any desire for quick reward, but is modest and cautious, and only cares about the ploughing, not the harvest. Therefore, there is a great difference in the level of dedication between A and B. A B is bound to receive far more blessings than A A.

  As the sutra says, "Where there is no merit, there is great merit." This means that the merit and virtue that is done without a "meritorious mind" is great merit and virtue. To be "out of mind" is to be "out of mind", to be compassionate and to give charity. If a person is more cultivated and virtuous, the "heart of compassion" is very far-reaching. The masters of any decent religion have a common ambition when they set up their religions, which is "to save all sentient beings from suffering." This great compassion has resulted in unbelievable and immeasurable merit. Nowadays, in all Buddhist and Taoist pujas, when they "return", the merits of the pujas are returned to all sentient beings, praying for world peace, good weather and rain, and for all sentient beings to live and work in peace and happiness. This is also a manifestation of great compassion, which in itself is of immense merit.

  Those who study Buddhism, those who practise virtue, and those who aspire to improve their lot should all develop great compassion, not only for themselves but also for the general public, and plough hard with their heads in the ground, so that with the accumulation of time, they will naturally reap a fruitful harvest.

  B. The degree of benefit is the measure.

  For example, if the good deed done by A A benefits one person, while the good deed done by B benefits the general public, of course B is better than A.

  Another example is that of a man who is a gambling addict and has a high level of debt. A A helps him pay off his debts with money and saves C from being sentenced to death. A B, on the other hand, uses words of wisdom to persuade C to change his ways and be happy for the rest of his life. Both A and B benefited one person and both had good deeds. But A A benefited him temporarily, while B benefited him for life, and the latter was far better than the former. This shows that one does not necessarily need money to do good deeds.

  Both of these measures are based primarily on the "heart". Therefore, it is not necessarily the rich who have the opportunity to do good deeds, but the poor who have the "heart" to do so will definitely have better results than the rich. Therefore, "giving one's heart" is much more precious than "giving one's money". And those who can truly give "love" to all beings are the ones who are protected by heaven! As the saying goes, "Heaven has no relatives, but virtue is the only complement", and "Heaven has no relatives, but good people". This is the fairest thing in heaven! 











What are the acts of abstaining from killing and releasing



 1. Do not kill a living being with your own hands.


  2. Do not abet others to kill.


  3. Do not help others to kill.


  4. Abstain from eating meat.


  5. Do not engage in trades related to killing.


  6Whenever there is worship, regardless of what is being worshipped, use vegetarian dishes, flowers and fruit, not animal gifts.


  7. If you see someone killing a human being, you should discourage them or buy the animal to be slaughtered with money and release it. If this does not work, or if the person does not sell the animal, then you should have compassion for the slaughtered animal, and even better if you can recite the Buddha's name or mantra for it.


  8. Do not abuse the animal.


  9Other actions that are contrary to killing.


  10. Abstain from killing and releasing animals yourself, and advise others to do the same. 












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That is to say, with this merit and virtue, we should solemnly observe the Buddha's net ten. Report four blessings and save three hardships. Those who wish to see and hear,Know and send Bodhi Heart. To live in a state of bliss

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