The motions and developmental trends of all objects are effected by gravitational forces. It is impossible for anything to escape without conquering the gravity that binds and constrains it. This law is suitable to the material world as well as to the nonmaterial world.
The law of the universal gravitation of LIFE can be expressed thusly: Gravity exists between or among any destined LIVES in the universe. Their magnitude of gravity is directly proportional to the amount that they owe to each other and inversely proportional to how much favor they have done to each other;
that is to say, the greater the debt is, the stronger the gravitational interactions will be, but the greater the favors, the stronger the reaction forces will be.
The main reason that the souls of many self-refining people cannot reach even the lowest level of Heaven after leaving their physical bodies is the effect of gravitation of the Earth towards their LIVES. This is the procedure of Dao, which cannot be overcome only by consciousness.
Many near-death people have already left their physical bodies, but they come back to life eventually, which result from the effect of the attraction to LIFE.
Many people arrive at beautiful places in their dreams only to awaken near the end as a result of this attraction.
不管千里万里，异国他乡的游子总惦记着家乡，总想时不时地回到家，西方有谚语：East, west, home is best. 东方也有谚语：金窝窝，银窝窝，不如自家土窝窝。 唐太宗李世民送玄奘法师前往印度访问时谆谆告诫玄奘：“宁恋本乡一捻土，莫爱他乡万两金。”为什么故乡和家有如此大的吸引力？因为我们欠故乡的情，故乡的山水田园养育了我们，家里的亲人有恩于我们，这是生命引力的作用，由不得自己。
No matter how far they travel, emigrants always have been longings for their homes from time to time. A Punjabi phrase says, “East, west, home is best”, and part of an American poem and song goes, “Be it ever so humble, there is no place like home”. The great Emperor, Li Shimin of the Tang Dynasty, earnestly enjoined Monk Xuanzang who was leaving for India, “Love and cherish even a pinch of mud from your homeland more than a ton of gold from other places”. Why are our homes so attractive? Because we owe debts to them. It was the mountains and rivers in our native land that cultivated us and it is our families that favor us. This is the effect of the gravitation of LIFE which very few can resist.
Transmigrations and reincarnations of LIFE will gravitate toward the world from which you were over-debt in your previous life. If you owe a debt to someone, you will return to serve them in your next life as a person, or even as an ox, horse, dog, or sheep to do the same. If you owe a debt to an animal, you will return as one, or even as food for it.
Buddhists attach importance to predestination, but what is it? It is the combination of debts and favors. In China, there are sayings such as “Though born a thousand miles apart, souls which are one shall meet” and “A fated match across a thousand miles is drawn by a thread”. Here, the meaning of the word “thread” is the gravity of predestination which is also a combination of debt and favor and is inescapable by anyone.
A Chinese saying says, “Husbands and wives are foes”; in the mortal world, marriage is just like living in a protracted lawsuit against each other.
You will by no means leave this world until you pay off all your debts. This is why Jesus Christ taught us that “Whoever smites us on our right cheek, turn to him the left also”. Buddha Sakyamuni said in The Diamond Sutra that “Furthermore, Subhūti, if a virtuous man or woman who receives, holds (in mind), reads and recites this sutra and become despised by others, that because one is bound to suffer from evil destinies in retribution for their past sins; their karmic sins can be eradicated by enduring others’ contempt of present life, so they will attain peerless perfect enlightenment”. Actually, you are blessed if someone reviles or persecutes you and this is one of the most effective ways to pay your debts. Therefore, the starting point for your advanced self-refinement should be that you are brave enough to accept revilement and persecution without any resentment or desire for revenge in your mind; you have to be willing to accept all the suffering. You should be absolutely obedient to your parents, patient with your brothers and sisters, and yield to your spouse. You should also devote your hearts and souls to the education of your children without expecting anything in return.
Jesus told us that a man’s foes are those of his own household. We owe to our families and this debt will attract us back to the mortal world. Thus, our families are the biggest factors preventing us from entering Heaven. Goodness and loving-kindness follow us all the days of our lives so we have to go back to the mortal world to repay them in their afterlife. Therefore, any advantage or benefit that we derive from the mortal world is just glue which will restrict us from entering Heaven.
“For I have come to set sons at variance against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, and daughters in-law against their mothers in law, and their foes shall be of their own households. Those who love their fathers and mothers more than me are not worthy of me, those who love their sons and daughters more than me are not worthy of me, and those who take not their cross and follow after me are not worthy of me. Those who find their lives shall lose them and those who lose their lives for my sake shall find them.