Many of us can control our anger or evil thoughts. But of course, since we are only human, sometimes we lose control and acquiesce to our evil thoughts and take action that we may regret later on. This action causes the accumulation of demerits, which the soul collects, and eventually releases as sufferings, temptations or obstacles. What we sow, we reap. How do we remove evil thoughts from our minds completely so we are not tempted to act upon them? God tells us that we can completely remove our evil thoughts from our minds and become spirited. How is this possible?
In the Ofudesaki, our sacred scripture, God tells us that if we understand the soul, and understand that our own souls manifest sufferings, temptations or obstacles because of our past actions, then we can calm our minds and ponder what the soul has manifested to teach us. We will then not take action upon the messengers of our souls, like our coworkers, strangers, and angry spouse. By this process of pondering and not acting on our evil thoughts, we can eliminate the neural pathway of these evil thoughts, resulting in the elimination of these thoughts completely from our minds. This will result in a pure soul, only bringing joy back to us.