This Sunday brings upon Easter, a religious day celebrated by Christians. Easter, like many religious celebrations of all faiths, have special meaning to its congregation. The meaning or message of the events are often misunderstood or not comprehended. Each person hears the same message or text, but may take home a different meaning dependent on what thoughts are influencing their minds.
In the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), God tells us that we do not understand because our minds are not pure. God tells us that evil (greed, arrogance, miserliness, covetousness, and self love) thoughts make it difficult to understand God’s messages. He tells us to eliminate these evils from our minds to be able to understand God. For those who are inflicted by bouts of depression, we can become spirited and happy by removing these evils.
But how do we begin to clean our minds of these evils, especially when we are confronted by suffering, temptations, and confrontations? God tells us to calm our minds when faced with these difficult situations. How do we calm our minds? God tells us that we must not take action upon these evil thoughts. For example when we are tempted by greed, we must not take action. By not acting upon our evil thoughts, they are gradually eliminated from our minds. The purification of our minds is not an easy task, and often involves faith in a loving God to complete the purification.
It is this purification of mind that will bring upon understanding of a loving God, and the understanding that we are all God’s children. For some, it may take a long time to purify their minds because of the amount of evil in their minds. But God promises that eventually all mankind will be purified of mind. When all mankind is purified of mind, then God will provide us blessings of a “Joyous World”.