It’s surprising how children have different personalities, although we raise them almost the same. In the Ofudesaki is the following:
Ponder over this talk, all of you in the world.
There is no mind the same as another. 5-7
Even between parent and child, husband and wife, and siblings,
their minds all differ from one another. 5-8
It is amazing that a child has his or her inclination of thoughts already established. There are children that are easily angered, while there are some who have a calm demeanor. Where and how are these traits established? In our religion we believe that it is the soul that establishes our traits. The soul is who we are. It is comparable to a suitcase, that stores and transfer our inclination of thoughts from one incarnation to another. It also stores our records of good and evil actions. It is this soul that enters our bodies in proximity to our birth, and becomes like a nucleus of a cell, establishing our minds (way of thinking), and also directing what joy or suffering we encounter dependent on merits or demerits the soul has collected. It is this same soul that leaves our bodies at death, collecting our existing inclination of thoughts, and our records of good and evil merits. Then the soul with God’s help looks for a developing body that will be a good home for what the soul (suitcase) contains. This cycle of the soul continues until all our souls are purified of evil thoughts; when this happens, God promises heaven on earth.
How do we purify our souls? It is the soul that carries our fate on earth. It is also the soul that carries information that will establish how we think. Both of these functions of the soul are connected to one goal. This goal is to purify our minds of greed, arrogance, self-love, covetousness, and miserliness. If we can ponder our sufferings as past demerits that the soul has collected and now disbursed, we can consciously eliminate the evil thought that initiated the suffering. This is the only way to purify our minds so we do not create more demerits for the soul. Some of us may have to go through many challenges because of the many demerits the soul has collected; but if we do not act upon these obstacles that flow from our souls, we can eventually remove all evil thoughts from our minds.