Chapter 37. The Formula of Life
The Formula of Life
As humans, we may doubt why we have to face with good and bad experiences in our lives whereas our lives are either more fortunate or misfortunate when comparing to others. Without a good reason for this, we may end up concluding that it is due to someone’s will. But when life is so torturing, misery, and suffering, we cannot help questioning why we are destined to go through such a hardship and difficulty instead of the promising love and happiness in return for our faith.
According to Buddhism, the Lord Buddha taught that karma plays an important role in our lives as we are still roaming along the cycle of rebirth or samsara. As such, we reflect this truth in the arena of Dhammonomics by incorporating all other contributing factors which cause happenings & mishappenings in our lives. Thus, we come up with ‘the formula of life’ as follows:
Happenings & Mishappenings in Life
= Past Karma (45 to 75%)
+ Present Karma (10 to 35%)
+ Accumulated Merit & Perfected Virtues (10 to 80%)
+ Accumulated Sin & Disvirtues (10 to 80%)
+ Supramundane Enhancement or Vijja (5 to 85%)
+ Mundane Knowledge Enhancement or Vija (5 to 50%)
+ Divine Quality or Prakasitt (5 to 30%)
+ Help by the Holy (5 to 90%)
+ Obstruction by the evil (5 to 90%)
+ Wishes & Aim (5 to 15%)
+ Etc. (5 to 15%)
(1) Past Karma: This is one of the most influential factors which causes karmic consequences whereas the karma(s) committed in the past lifetime usually bear fruits in the following lifetimes in a timely manner. Karma(s) can be categorised into different types such as the frequent karma, the strong karma, and the expired karma. When we commit physical, verbal, and mental deeds, the deeds will be reported as inputs to the ‘transcendental machine of element and essence’ which calculates the inputs according to the Karma-Program in order to process the outputs which are programmed to destine our lives. Thus, so many present happenings and mishappenings in our lives are due to the past good & bad karma(s).
(2) Present Karma: Although much of our present lives are destined by the past karma, it is the present deeds which can deviate more or less of what we are destined by the past karma. In addition, many people attempt to solve the bad karmic fruition and empower the good karmic fruition by improving their present karma.
(3) Accumulated Merit & Perfected Virtues: It is the good energy within ourselves which brings about good & sound lives. With more merit and perfected virtues, we are more likely to experience good lives, and the perfected virtues are also more likely to form good habits which lead to good lives as well.
(4) Accumulated Sin & Disvirtues: Sin & disvirtues which are accumulated over many lifetimes can turn into the bad energy in ourselves which draw problems and troubles to us. In addition, those with accumulated disvirtues are more likely to carry on the bad habits over lifetimes.
(5) Supramundane Enhancement or Vijja: This means that our supernatural capabilities can be helpful in solving problems and promoting wellness in our lives. The supramundane capabilities include (i) insight & intuition, (ii) divine eye, (iii) divine ear, (iv) mental might, (v) supernatural power, (vi) recollection of past lifetimes, (vii) reading others’ thought, and (viii) eliminating mental impurities or defilements.
(6) Mundane Knowledge Enhancement or Vija: This is the Dhamma, worldly knowledge, and competency which we learn from teachers, trainers, and masters either at school or through various media. The knowledge can help shaping our lives to be more efficient & successful in many aspects.
(7) Divine Quality or Prakasitt: Prakasitt is the celestial tokens blessed by the celestial beings which are added and accumulated within ourselves. The more prakasitt we have, the more likely we would experience auspiciousness, admiration and honour. Prakasitt can also be in the form of an emblem leveled by the celestial beings. Prakasitt is the source of celestial power which can influence one’s life to be superior than others both in the present and after passing away.
(8) Help by the Holy: Other than the karma, we also take into account of the assistance and help by the Holy such as the Buddhas, the Silent Buddhas, the noble disciples, the Bodhisattvas, Lord Brahmas, the angels, gods & goddesses, as they may be able to intervene the karmic procedure with their power; although, the Holy may lose their power in order to help us.
(9) Obstruction by the Evil: Although one does only good deeds and performs only good karmas, one may still face with problems and obstructions caused by the evil mara. The suffering and difficulty that one experiences may not be the karmic fruitions, but it is due to the direct interference by the evil lords who intervene the governing under the law of karma.
(10) Wish & Aim: Our own wish & aim can be influential in directing our lives directly. Many people believe that their lives depend on someone’s will, but indeed, our own will is no less than others. Making all other contributing factors equal, our own wish & aim can also affect the happenings & mishappenings in magnitude.
(11) Etc.: There could be some other factors which may contribute to the happenings & mishappenings in our lives such as the possession of the transcendental Seven Precious, technology advancement of the human society, and the progressing / regressing round of the universe.
The numerous factors which contribute to the happenings & mishappenings in our lives allow us to be aware of what we should be concerned of in our livings. Many of both Buddhists and non-Buddhists live their lives in vain as their goal and path are unclear or unknown. Hence, our formula of life provides another universal Dhammonomic expression made available and applicable for people from all walks of life.
By Pirajak Tisuthiwongse
20 April 2021