Our Souls Helping Us to Purify Our Minds

Why is it so difficult to change? Let’s say someone from church convinces us that anger is not good for us. We agree to not get angry for any reason. Yet no matter how much we resist, when annoyance appears, our anger appears. We apologize to God and promise not to get angry again, yet we continue to fail to keep our promises.  We make excuses that if it wasn’t for our annoyances, like our coworkers, spouses, or strangers, we would be able to keep our pledges to God.  We all have habits or inclinations of thoughts that are difficult to eliminate from our minds.  It is for this reason that just by declaring to God that we have changed is not enough. We must prove our declaration by conquering whatever sufferings or temptations are placed in front of us. But what or who is it that places these inconveniences or temptations? Many will say that it is God or even Satan that places these obstacles in front of us to prove ourselves.

The Tenrikyo religion, believes it is our own soul/heart that places these obstacles to purify our minds. God wants us to purify our minds of evil thoughts.  These thoughts are greed, arrogance, self-love, miserliness, and covetousness. God says that there are paths of these thoughts, and they all lead to sufferings or temptations.  It is for this reason that God tells us not to act upon these thoughts, when our own soul distributes these temptation or sufferings that we have initiated with our previous actions. We can begin to purify our minds if we can resist acting on our evil thoughts when inconveniences occur in our lives. If we understand these annoyances or obstacles as opportunities to purify our minds, then we can resist acting upon them.

About heaventruth

A fundamentalist in the translation and interpretation of the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), as it relates to the world today and in the future.
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3 Responses to Our Souls Helping Us to Purify Our Minds

  1. If I am able to not get angry at my boss for fear of losing my job, I should be able to train myself not to act on other thoughts.

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    • heaventruth says:

      I believe that it will be difficult not to get anger when your boss does something to irritate you, even though you may lose your job if you show it. Anger is an emotion which arises from arrogance. I believe you must try to eliminate the thought of arrogance so you do not get anger. Your boss may be wrong in what he does, but that does not excuse you from feeling that you have been wronged or demeaned. We must realize that sometimes people have mistaken beliefs and thoughts, and from this perspective allow our minds to think positive thoughts, instead of becoming arrogant in our thinking when people do us wrong. Yes, we can train ourselves not to act on other evil thoughts such as greed and self-love. My thoughts!

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