Sometimes I wonder why people do not understand what you are saying. Some pretend to listen, but are only wasting your time. Others politely refuse to listen, and walk away. Still others confront you with rhetoric and bombastic utterances to silence you. What prevents people from seeing the world as it is?
In the Book of Prophecy (Fudesaki), God tells us that it is the impure mind that prevents us from understanding. What is the impure mind? It is a mind that is tinged with greed, arrogance, and self-love. Especially with a mind of arrogance, one is tainted with likely false and outdated collection from past experiences. It is the same with greed and self-love, where one’s selfishness masks the present situation. How do we remove these evils from our minds so we can see the world as it really is?
First we must acknowledge that we have thoughts of greed, arrogance, and self-love. Thinking of sinning is not a sin; some may disagree with this. Acting upon these evil thoughts is a sin. How do we calm the mind of arrogance, from unleashing its anger and retribution? This is a difficult task that many people fail at. How many times have you tried to convince yourself not to express your anger when you feel you have been wronged? Like me, more likely you have failed. In the Book of Prophecy when suffering or inconveniences occur, God tells us to calm our minds first, and then ponder.
How do we calm our minds when one is confronted with an attack of words, or a refusal to listen? Can God be telling us ignore the contents and actions of the attacker; but concentrate on what evil thoughts are in your mind first. When we realize that we have arrogance, we must suppress it and not take action. What we are doing is self-reflecting even though the aggression may appear to be from outside. It is this difficult process, that we must complete before we can ponder or understand what is happening at the moment. We can then address the inconvenience (aggressor) with a mind that will be able to see the truth. When this happens, anger and retribution will not usually occur.