Ten factors defining reality of life

Nyo ze so.

Nyo ze sho. Nyo ze tai.

Nyo ze riki. Nyo ze sa.

Nyo ze in. Nyo ze en.

Nyo ze ka. Nyo ze ho.

Nyo ze honmak-kukyo to.

 These lines in the Lotus Sutra of Buddhism explain the reality of human behavior and the causes that affects our lives which can be understood by breaking them into these ten factors discussed below. Each line starts with the term nyo ze-which means “thus”.

Ten Factors

Appearance (Nyo Ze So)

Appearance, as it means, refers to the way we look. It represents the physical outlook of a person in general. The way we present ourselves to the people around us shows our life state. Appearance is the first and the most prominent factor which is visible to the people in our surroundings. A person smiling and bright in appearance shows that he/she is in a high life state or in other words, is happy. They have a positive impact on their surroundings. In contrast, a person who is dull and grumpy in his looks and actions has a very negative affect on his/her surroundings.

Appearance is the direct reflection of our life state. And also a direct influence on our surroundings.

Nature (Nyo Ze Sho)

Nature is the invisible aspect of the state our life is in. It refers to our inherent traits such as kindness, short temper, patience, magnanimity which is not visible from outside. It shows the personality of a person from within and also the ways in which he/she reacts to a certain situation.

Everybody has a pre-dominant trait that shows in his/her nature. Some people are cheerful, happy and smiling most of the times which is their pre-dominant trait and people around them often find them in this state whereas some people come out to be like a surprise if they are very happy and bright because they are mostly found quiet and dull. Such changes in behavior and nature is the outcome of our life state. Our disposition is greatly affected by the changes that occur in life.

Temperament of a person is a direct proportional consequence of the events happening in an individual’s life.

Entity (Nyo Ze Tai)

Entity is an integration of our appearance and nature. Appearance and nature together sum up to be our entity. It reflects the personality of a person as a whole. Appearance and nature may not always go hand in hand. A person who is angry and hurt internally may not really reflect it in his/her appearance (though it is very situational). But entity is the essence of life that combines these two factors and shows an individual’s life state at a given point of time.

Entity is the reality of each individual life.

Power (Nyo Ze Riki)

Power refers to our potential strength or capacity to achieve something in life. It can be understood as the stored fat in our bodies which the body uses only when its low on sugar levels. Likewise, power is the capacity to act which is still dormant within us. It is the amount of energy we have, inherently, out of which some parts have been used and the rest is yet to be discovered.

At a low life state condition, our tendencies to discover power and act on achieving something is very low. However, if at that point we try to search strength within ourselves we will be able to fight our life’s miseries.

Thou shalt seek within, shalt find within.

Influence (Nyo Ze Sa)

Influence is the outcome once the inherent power is activated. It is the form of action we produce when we find our higher potentials to deal with life. Influence can be both positive or negative. It is exerted in life through way of speech, thoughts or actions. Power is determined by the way we influence our surroundings. An individual trying to push his capacity to act towards life will have a positive influence on the people around him. This will not only give him the strength to fight back but also help his/her fellow beings in the process.

Dreams have as much influence as actions.

Internal Cause (Nyo Ze In)

Internal causes refer to our past karma. These are the possibilities inherent in our life due to our past actions and thoughts. These can be understood as our karmic tendencies we have within our self. We sometimes perceive a person in a certain manner due to his/her past behavior or grudges. These causes are internally engraved in our souls and we sub-consciously make an image about a person even though he is no more harmful. These causes are built over time and may not be as visible as the above mentioned factors but they definitely play a key role while we take life decisions.

No matter how hard the past, we can always begin again.

Relation (Nyo Ze En)

Relation, in these lines refers to the relationship between our past actions and our present deeds. It can be understood as the external factor that activates our internal causes. A person who’s not well perceived by his boss due to lack of interest and vigor at work in the past, can be changed by his positive participation and actions at work by continuous efforts. The internal feelings that the person holds may change with the changes he experiences in his surroundings.

The external factors may also cause a negative “stir up” in the internal causes if the impact is negative.

Jug fills drop by drop.

Latent Effect (Nyo Ze Ka)

The latent effect is the outcome of the interaction of the above two factors put together. It is the result which is produced by the internal and external causes. The latent effect is not explicitly stated or recognized or intended by the people involved. It is an unintended result of the events that occur in our lives and have a negative impact on the society.

Manifest Effect (Nyo Ze Ho)

Manifest effects are visible, tangible results that eventually appears due to internal-external causes. When a person who is in a low life state realizes that he/she can change and challenge the situation may even experience joy, happiness which will manifest itself in a consistent manner through all the ten factors.

Manifest functions are intended and recognized unlike the latent ones. It may be understood as the consequence of the conscious motivations made by a person to deal with life situations.

These results are tangible in the sense that it can be felt, seen and experienced by way of emotional and mental changes in a person’s social behavior.

Manifest simplicity. Reduce selfishness. Have few desires.

Consistency From Beginning To End (Nyo Ze Honmak-Kukyo to)

The last factor implies that all the above nine factors are consistent in expressing our life state at any given moment in our life. These nine factors explain the vastness of life entirely and remains consistent throughout our life. These factors are interrelated and continuously affects its surroundings.

What you do EVERYDAY matters more than what you do EVERY ONCE in a while.

Thus understanding situations from these ten factors is easy but what we seek is to transform ourselves to the highest potential we hold by committing ourselves to Buddhist practice.