Buddha taught us to believe in past and future life. It means that we reborn after we die until we cannot get to Nirvana, a place of perfect peace and happiness. We are repeated in the cycle of rebirth until we don’t accomplish in practicing of Dharma.
Some of my foreign friends who are free thinkers shared their opinion that they don’t believe in past and future life and it isn’t fair to blame to past life for those who are poor now. Some people are rich and Buddha taught that they are rich because they donated a lot in past life. Some people are poor because they didn’t donate much and they stole other people’s properties. Then I tell them why we should believe in past and future life.
We are poor today. We are suffering many problems and troubles. If we cannot keep calm ourselves all of them will make us to develop anger and hatred in our body and mind. Then we will be doing something very wrong. Some commit suicide. Some steal money. Some rob. If everyone keep on doing such kinds of unwholesome things, the world would be destroyed. So Buddha taught us to keep calm and to have positive point of view and thinking. If you cannot keep it stable, you can consider what you gonna do and what you will feel.
Buddha taught us that we did very wrong things in life. So we have to repay for it. As we have in mind that we did something wrong in past life, we don’t feel anger anymore, we don’t feel depression anymore and we don’t have hatred anymore. We will still feel but the strength of bad deeds will decline due to our positive point of view. Sometime we feel jealous and anger for we are suffering for current condition. But as we try to remember of Buddha teaching, we can fight our bad deeds and get wholesome deeds. Then our life gets calm again.
At the present life, some people do very wrong to other without thinking too much by letting their ego and selfish mind lead them. The kind of manners and activities are also destroying the world. So Buddha taught us to believe in future existence. If we do wrong today, we will have to repay or suffer for it one day – within this life and after this life. Our action will give us reaction till we are in the cycle of rebirth. Nothing comes by accident. Everything comes by our actions. As we keep it in mind and apply it in life, we don’t do unwholesome things anymore in life. But as we are human being having bad desires, we will still want to do bad things. But the more we practice the teaching of Buddha and apply it in our life, the lesser we do unwholesome things and the more we do good things. Buddha teaching of to believe in past and future life make the world peaceful.
Author: Aung Kham