The text continues to examine self as truly existing using various metaphors to illustrate the workings of karma. In these verses we learn how causes and conditions create karma and why action and result cannot arise simultaneously. Rinpoche uses the metaphor of a flower always manifesting from a seed which blossoms and then produces more seeds, there is always a sequential element. Using a similar metaphor to explain karma ripening in a future life even when the body, speech and mind that created the action has died, it is said the result can only be experienced in the same continuum – in the same way a seed sown in one place will only grow in that place – it cannot blossom elsewhere.
When we can see that atma or self is not a single solid entity we can free ourselves of the karma that perpetuates samsaric existence. The continuum will now take the form of wisdom.
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