People are often are offended when I talk about the evil mind; and when I bring up the possibility that we all may have an evil mind. They think about the evil mind that would kill or hurt others. But that would be the extreme progression of our evil thoughts. In the Ofudesaki, evil is referred to as the thoughts of greed, arrogance, miserliness, covetousness, and self-love. These are thoughts that we all may have in our lifetime. Of course some may have accumulated more of these thoughts. Are these evil thoughts harmless, and where did they come from?
In the Ofudesaki, God tells us there are paths of the mistaken mind. These paths lead to sufferings, temptations, and obstacles to us. Therefore we have to act on our evil thoughts to bring upon harm to ourselves. What happens when we act on our evil thoughts? This action usually brings upon suffering to others, but it also duplicates more evil thoughts in our minds. Therefore our actions on our evil thoughts produce more evil thoughts, increasing our chances of acting on them and causing more suffering to others.
Some may wonder how acting on our mistaken minds may cause suffering or punishment to us if we do not get caught. Enter the debatable subject of the soul or heart. God tells us that it is the soul that collects our demerits (negative energies) produced from acting on our evil thoughts; and our soul eventually releases these dust or demerits back to us as sufferings, temptations or obstacles in this life or our next lives. For example, that angry co-worker or defiant spouse may be the messenger of your soul.
How do we remove these evil thoughts that are ready to be acted upon by any stimulus or events that are manufactured by our souls? God tells us to ponder and not act upon our evil thoughts when obstacles from the soul are delivered to us. Do not try to take revenge on the angry co-worker, or do not get angry with your spouse for his/her disagreeable actions. One can say that your soul is testing you for what you have done before; but if we do not act on our evil thoughts, our evil thoughts are gradually eliminated from our minds and our souls become purified, releasing only joy back to us.
Yes we all may all have evil thoughts in our minds. Some may have much more evil thoughts in their minds and may need more time to eliminate these dusts or demerits that surround their souls. But there is hope for everyone because God tells us:
Among all mankind, there is no one who is evil.
It is only a bit of dust stuck on.
We must remove our evil thoughts of greed, arrogance, self-love, miserliness and covetousness. Ponder and do not act on these evil thoughts