Re: Enjoyed Altogether
- Venerable Ashin Acara,
> Ashin Acara: I remember an answer to a question that was very similar to yours.Q: "What would be identical kammic cause of lice in latrine?"
A: "In their previous lives, they altogether enjoyed entertainment shows; they felt happy or sad at a single moment while
enjoying a dramatic performance of happiness or sadness."
This will encourage your dhamma thoughts, I hope.
Han: This was the response by Ashin Acara to my question off-line, how to explain by the Law of Kamma when many people died within a short period of time in natural calamities such as cyclone and earthquake. When I received the above reply, I said that according to the example given above, can there be such a thing called “collective kamma” or “saha-kamma”? If so, it would be different from the Buddha’s teachings that kamma is very much personal and individual. I quoted Abhinha sutta (AN V, 57) which says: “I am the owner of my actions, heir of my actions, actions are the womb (from which I have sprung), actions are my relations, actions are my protection. Whatever actions I do, good or bad, of these I shall become the heir.”
Ashin Acara replied that, frankly speaking, he didn't know if there is "collective kamma" in Pali Texts. He further explained that [Moreover, they did bad kammas at different times and in different places. Different kammas done by different people in different places may be ripened at a single place at the same moment.] This was a very reasonable reply and I humbly agree.
However, when more than 100,000 people died in recent Myanmar cyclone, it may be difficult to explain satisfactorily by the Law of Kamma.