In the Heaven’s Truth Religion (Tenrikyo), these evils or sins are the thoughts of greed, arrogance, miserliness, covetousness, and self-love.
Each individual soul was once said to be pure, only manifesting joy for the individual; but for many of us, the evil thoughts of the mind have surrounded the once pure soul (heart). These dusts (evil thoughts) prevent joy from emerging from the innermost soul. In contrast, these dusts surrounding the soul manifest into sufferings and inconveniences that are prevalent in the world today (karma, causality or innen). How do we remove these dusts surrounding our souls? We must stop the production of these dusts, which originate from our minds.
God tells us that if we calm our minds when suffering, temptation, or inconveniences occur, and do not act on our evil thoughts; these thoughts will gradually disappear from our minds, and our souls will become pure again. But to eliminate these dusts is very difficult because many of us do not understand why we suffer or have joy. We do not understand the soul. We need the strength to calm our minds when adversity or temptations that arise from karma occurs. This is especially true for those that have much evil surrounding their souls. It is the manifestation of these evils that tests our resolve. For many of us, we will be tested many times before our souls become pure due to the amount of evil surrounding our souls. For some, there will be many regressions as they succumb to their evil thoughts.
It is this understanding of the soul that God has descended from Heaven to teach. God will begin to work and begin to place illness and pain as guidance today. This is like God giving us a little inconvenience today, in order to prevent a great calamity in the future. He wants us to understand the heart (soul). What we sow, we reap. This parental guidance from a loving God is what separates this religion from all other religions.