Okay, so on the relative level the world we inhabit appears miraculously due to karma , however we, out bodies , have not appeared miraculously due to karma; it depends on our parents. If its all due to the manifestation of karma, then why don’t we manifest miraculously instead of having to come through our parents?
Well, I think this world did not come about miraculously. This world came about through all kinds of ways , but we are talking about the world that we perceive; this is the earth, that is the sky, this is the sun, this is the moon, those are the stars, that is water. Then, this is good water that we can drink, that is bad water which will make us sick, you know that kind of world. This is what we see. But each one of us sees it slightly differently. Somebody thinks putting their hair one way is cool and others think putting it another way is cool, etc. It is quite clear how we all perceive, so each one has a different perception. Although we have different perceptions, it is the same earth, the same sun, the same stars, the same sky, the same air, the same food , the same things.
But this world has not just miraculously come about. This world came about through many many trials and errors of all kinds. It went through so many evolutionary processes, burning, breaking , exploding, shrinking and expanding, so many things which are still happening today. For example, just recently our land shook so much that tens of thousands of people were buried alive. All these things are happening but they are not miraculous things. Then we are born from our parents which is also our karma because we have been their parents and now we are their children. We say,’ Mother sentient beings ‘ but we can say ‘father sentient beings’ husband sentient beings’ wife sentient beings,’son sentient beings….and so on…Everybody has been everything to us, therefore , now we become somebody’s son or somebody’s daughter.
But there are other ways to be born also, you can be born from an egg, you can be born by what we call a miraculous birth, like Guru Padmasambhava , who appeared out of nowhere, this also happens. There are four kinds of births: miraculously born; born from heat; born from a mother’s womb; and born from an egg, which we call double birth – first an egg has to be born and then the egg has to hatch and be born again. So there are four types of births, and of course I know that this time you are born from your mother, the creation of your father and mother, but I’m sure in past lives you were born miraculously countless times. Me too, everybody, so we are not deprived of having being born miraculously.
Then one more thing I must say, because this is our kind of perception , if you are miraculously born in a certain way then you will not perceive this world like this. Miraculous birth is not necessarily an enlightened birth like Guru Padmasambhava; ordinary sentient beings can also be born miraculously without a mother and a father. If you are that type, then your world will be totally different, you will not perceive us, you will not see us. You will see everything differently, and our sun, our moon, our stars, our earth would have no relevance for you. You wouldn’t see this ; it would be totally something else.
I can give you a example; for fish water is air. Have you heard of a fish drowning, except dolphins and whales getting caught in a net? Ordinary fish , real fish, never drown. Whales are not 100% fish, they are kind of half and half, they have to breathe. Anyway, for them water is air, but for us it is something we drink but not to breathe. We would die there – if we were underwater for ten minutes we would be dead , fifteen minutes is the maximum. Then for our kind of Gods, we say that they see all our water as nectar, amrita. For our kind of hell-beings they see all the water as burning lava and flowing. For our kind of preta they will see all the water as undrinkable poison, so they starve. Pretas or hungry ghosts are not hungry because there is nothing to drink or eat, but because everything is burning and poison, it is impossible to drink for them. Actually there are many kinds of pretas, but that is one aspect. So like that, even water is perceived differently.
So in one way everything is miraculous, yes, but I think we should reserve the word miracle only for positive enlightened manifestations. But as a term, everything is miraculous. All of us have two eyes, we all have a little hair on our head or no hair, and one nose with two holes; it is miraculous.
PS: Rimpoche in Being Ultimately Perfect explains that all teachings of the Buddha are directed towards making our lives meaningful and purposeful , apart from taming the mind and realizing the essence of all dharma . He also contends that enlightenment is not duche (the result of causes or conditions) – it is beyond that –
To be honest , the Rimpoche says, the purpose of life is to do our best to enjoy this life without hurting anybody, without causing any suffering to anyone, and on top of that, happily and joyfully doing everything we can to help others, and make them happy and make them enjoy life.