Cause and Effect


An ignorant man committing evil deeds does not realize the consequences. The imprudent man is consumed by his own deeds, like one burnt by fire.

Dhammapada 136

Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.

Dhammapada 10.129

Truly, an evil deed committed does not immediately bear fruit, just as milk does not curdle at once; but like a smoldering fire covered with ashes, it remains with the fool until the moment it ignites and burns him.

Dhammapada 71



Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Galatians 6:7



Unrighteousness, practiced in this world, does not at once produce its fruit; but, like a cow, advancing slowly, it cuts off the roots of him who committed it.

Laws of Manu 4.172



Whatever affliction may visit you is for what your own hands have earned.

Quran 42.30

Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein, and whoever recommends and helps an evil cause shares in its burdens.

Quran 4:85



[Hillel] saw a skull floating on the water. He said, ‘Because you drowned others, they drowned you; in the end, those who drowned you will themselves be drowned.

Pirkei Avot 2:7