How do we remove evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) from our mind? In the Book of Prophecy (Fudesaki), it is said to be a difficult process.
This mind, prepare to clear it quickly.
Purify it by using a filter and sand. 3-10
This filter, what do you think it is.
The heart (soul) and the mouth are the sand and filter. 3-11
The identification and the location of the soul are not possible by our science of today. Yet in many of our sacred books, the heart or soul is said to be present in every human being; and serves to connect us with God. Some believe that heart or soul is considered to be composed of positive energy. The heart or soul is said to help us eliminate evil thoughts (greed, arrogance, and self love) from our minds. The soul attracts the negative energies created by our negative thoughts and releases these negative energies from our bodies. This analogy is similar to the sand that is used to attract the waste in our sewage system, extracting the water for recycling.
The evil thoughts created by our minds can be acted on, or can be resisted by our free will. In both scenarios, the negative energy of the evil thought will be attracted and absorbed by the soul. But if our evil thoughts are acted upon, the neural pathway of the creation of negative thoughts becomes easier. This will result in more negative thoughts when an appropriate stimulus appears, resulting in our souls covered with negative energy. If our minds resist taking action on these negative thoughts, the pathway become weaker. This will result eventually in the elimination of our minds creating negative thoughts, resulting in a pure mind.
The soul or heart can then be said to have a record of how we have used our minds. Like the DNA of our genes, these negative energies (dusts) have the information to affect our future. These dusts (negative energy) can be released from the soul into our bodies internally, creating illness like cancer, or they can be released externally, converting to other forms of energy; and eventually causing suffering (stimuli) in the form of accidents or even retribution from others. This boomerang suffering (stimuli), have the potential to create more negative thoughts. If we again act on these thoughts, the neural pathway to create these negative thoughts becomes easier. But if we continue to act positively upon the sufferings (stimuli) by using our free will, we have the potential of eventually eliminating these negative thoughts from our minds. By this process, the mind will eventually stop producing evil thoughts, and the soul will have eventually released all of the negative energy, resulting in the pure heart of the origin.
What happens to the soul when our physical bodies stop functioning (death)? Some believe that purification of the mind may take many life times (reincarnation). Our soul with its negative energies rises to heaven and eventually returns to continue the process of the purification of the mind. This process of purification is difficult because suffering and misfortune continue to occur even though we believe we have changed. Many of us want immediate gratification and forgiveness from God when we begin to believe; but what we sow we reap. This is why this is a long path of persistence to sweep away the evil in our minds, especially for those who have accumulated much negative energy on their souls.