Someone asked, “I have been living a life full of bitterness, how can I clear my bad karma so that I can enjoy a better life?”
The Master answers:
Accept life as it is joyfully, and your bad karma will be eliminated in no time.
As the Buddhist scripture states, “If you want to know your future, look into your present actions”, When the cause ceases, the effect ceases to be. Thus, if you do not sow bad seeds, you will not get negative outcome.
A Tzu Chi commissioner recounted her story in an interview, “I was often scolded by my husband in the past. However, I stopped quarrelling with him after I listened to the Master and accepted my husband’s behaviour peacefully. After some time, my husband asked me, “Are you okay? Why are you still smiling when I scold you? You have changed after coming back from Hualien. Joining Tzu Chi seems to be transformational. I might go there with you one day.”
The husband subsequently came to Tzu Chi and later joined as a volunteer and the couple now have a happy and harmonious family. This is an example of guiding others with wisdom.
The true path that leads to the end of suffering is the only truth. The only way to eradicate bad karma is to serve others while facing whatever happens in life with joy. Serve your family and others without any grudge and spread your love to every dark corner in the society, and this is what it means by “doing things willingly and bearing the outcome joyfully”. There is no other way to eliminate karma.