In this world, many of us believe that we can gain happiness from the suffering of others. Look at the drug cartels, the trafficking of human beings, and the plethora of corruption and violence around the world. Look at the victims of these crimes, the homeless, the poor, the abused spouse, the drug addicts, the prostitutes, and the mentally ill. Me and I become more important than we. What can a good person do to fight this epidemic of evil and help the victims of man’s selfishness? Will the imprisonment and eradication of evil people be a solution? Will spending billion of dollars to the victims be another solution?
In our sacred book, God tells us that there is no one who is evil. I am sure there will be people that dispute this statement, giving examples of terrorists, and mass murderers in the past. God tells us that there is no one who is evil; it is because there are evil thoughts or dusts that have contaminated his or her mind. It is these thoughts that when placed into action causes suffering in the world. It is these thoughts that we must somehow eliminate, instead of imprisoning or eliminating the body we borrow from God. How do we do this on a large scale to help the world? God tells us that we must understand our souls. It is our own souls that help us purify our minds of evil thoughts. The following is from our sacred book:
This mind, prepare to clear it quickly.
Purify it by using a filter and sand. 3-10
This filter, where do you think it is.
The soul and the mouth are the sand and filter. 3-11
Everyone will agree that our souls are everlasting while our bodies decay when we die. What is the soul, and what information does it contain? Metaphorically the soul is like a suitcase that carries our vital information (our essence) from one lifetime to another. Lets suppose it is made from some form of energy that modern science cannot detect now. Imagine our souls carrying our thoughts and our fates in the form of energy from one lifetime to another. You can say that we own our thoughts. The soul also collects our demerits (negative energy from the actions of our negative thoughts). God compares the soul to the sand in our sewage system that collects our human waste to recycle the water to make it pure. These demerits or negative energies that the soul collects eventually are released as fate in the form of sufferings, temptations or obstacles in our current or next life. We reap what we have sowed.
What do we do when our soul delivers these obstacles and temptations in our lives? Do we get agitated, blame others and cause more suffering? God tells us to ponder our sufferings and temptations, and not act upon our existing evil thoughts. It is like the mouth that we use as a filter, preventing evil words from exiting. By this process of pondering, and not acting upon our evil thoughts when our soul delivers obstacles, we can purify our minds. Finally from the Ofudesaki:
After you have truly finished sweeping (mind becoming pure of evil thoughts),