Different Aspects of Citta - Different kammas produce different results

The 'Atthasālinī' (Book I, Analysis of Terms, Part II, 65) explains that kamma of different people causes different results at birth and all through life. Even bodily features are the rest of kamma. We read:


 ...ln dependence on the difference in kamma

appears the difference in the destiny of beings

without legs, with two legs, four legs, many legs,

vegetative, spiritual with perception, without perception,

with neither perception nor without perception.

Depending on the difference in kamma

appears the difference in the births of beings, 

high and low, base and exalted, happy and miserable.  

Depending on the difference in kamma

appears the difference in the individual features of beings

as beautiful or ugly, high-born or low-born, well-built or deformed.  

Depending on the difference in kamma

appears the difference in the worldly conditions of beings

as gain and loss, fame and disgrace, blame and praise,

happiness and misery.


Further on we read:


 By kamma the world moves,

by kamma men Live, 

and by kamma are all beings bound

As by its pin the rolling chariot wheel.

(''Sutta Nipāta'', 654)

  The Buddha taught that everything arises because of conditions; it is not by chance that people are so different in bodily features and characters, and that they live in such different circumstances. Even the difference in bodily features of animals is due to different kamma. Animals have cittas too; they may behave badly or they may behave well. Thus they accumulate different kammas which produce different results. lf we understand that each kamma brings about its own result, we will know that there is no reason to be proud if we are born into a rich family or if we receive praise, honour or other pleasant things. When we have to suffer we will understand that suffering is due to our own deeds. Thus we will be less inclined to blame other people for our unhappiness or to be jealous when others receive pleasant things. When we understand reality we know that it is not self who receiver something pleasant or who has to suffer; it is only vipāka a citta which arises because of conditions and which falls away immediately. 

Topic 176