Present, the

Is difficult to interpret, since we know neither the past nor the future

October 15th 2011
Nothing is more difficult than giving an opinion on the nature of events as they are happening. This is true whether they involve ourselves or others, for we have no knowledge of the past. For example, you may want to help someone become free of a vice that is both destroying them and obviously harming those around them, so you make every effort to help them out of it, but without success. Well, eventually, instead of becoming upset, you must tell yourself that perhaps the vice they are prey to is saving them from committing more serious acts. The fact is, there are people who are fundamentally bad, who have committed abominable acts in a past life. This is why in this life the laws of karma condemn them to remain slaves to a passion, diverting them away from activities that would make them even more dangerous. They are completely caught up in this passion, as if chloroformed. Yes, it is very difficult to interpret present situations and events, because we know nothing of the past events which could explain them.