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No Statute of Limitations for the Law of Kamma
Thanks for these posts Bhante.

What stands out to me in the story of Mahakala is the reciprocal nature of the results of kamma as laid out in MN 135: Cula-kammavibhanga Sutta. Mahakala's actions toward the soldier and his wife resulted in the soldier's death. It is likely that Mahakala knew that the soldier would be punished with death by the authorities for theft. So his intention was not only to deceive by pretending he found the jewel, but also to have the man be executed so he could take his wife. According to MN 135, one who performs the kamma of killing has a short life if born in a human state. And that's exactly what happened during his life when born in the Buddha's time. Would you agree that Mahakala's actions included the intention to kill, even though it was done indirectly through deception and proxy? edit: Having just read the other post you made today, it appears that the five factors of killing living beings were fulfilled in Mahakala's case. So I'm guessing you would agree.

At the same time, he was born in the most right place and the right time imaginable: in the area and during the lifetime of a sammasambuddha. And he heard His teachings and became a devout layperson. Clearly, much of this is the result of very good kamma performed some time in the past (MN 136: Maha Kammavibhanga Sutta). Do the texts say anything about what that good kamma was? Or more broadly, do the texts have any examples of good kamma performed that led them to be reborn in equally fortunate circumstances?

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RE: No Statute of Limitations for the Law of Kamma - by Mkoll - 06-17-2017, 05:54 PM

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