“If you want to understand the causes that existed in the past, look at the results as they are manifested in the present. And if you want to understand what results will be manifested in the future, look at the causes that exist in the present.”The Opening of the Eyes p.279
The present is the starting point for creating the future. The focus of this passage is the present. If the present is the inevitable result of past causes, then we can say that the present is defined by the past. Indeed, the present is a mirror reflecting the past. At the same time, however, the present is the starting point of the future, the active cause for creating a new future.
In the face of severe hardships, we need to look ahead with a positive attitude and joyfully take them on. Those with the “heart of a lion king” possess the courage to create and spread hope, no matter how adverse their circumstances. They can tap the wisdom to overcome every obstacle and sever the heavy chains of negative karma. They have an invincible power. This absolute conviction is the spirit of true cause.