The path to purify our minds is a very difficult path. Many will stumble on this path. It is to remove evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) from the mind no matter what life puts in front of you. By the principle of causality, this will erase a past sin, and bring forth joy by this positive response. Per chance, if we respond negatively to what appears, even though we may erase a past indiscretion, we continue to set forth a path of future suffering.
Who among us can accept someone’s anger directed toward us. Many of us succumb to these obstacles and will respond with anger and hatred. By our negative response we continue to accumulate the negative energies that will eventually come back to us as sufferings and obstacles. But if we continue to respond with kindness, we eventually eliminate the negative energies that result in future sufferings.
These sufferings and obstacles are not God’s tests to test our faith, but it is caused by our past thoughts and actions. Some may wonder, why they suffer so much in spite of their faith in God; but the law of causality is immutable, what one sows, one reaps. But there is hope in that our positive actions of today will bring forth joy in the future. We control our own destiny. God gives us choice.