Purify Our Mind
most important thing in our life should be "To Purify Our Mind". In
this page I will donate my knowledge and time to work with those who are interested
in this field. Any questions are welcome.
TO purify our mind, we need to
first broaden ourselves with activities of compassion so as to gradually get rid
of the self-centered habits.
TO broaden ourselves, we should FIRST FILL
OUR MIND with BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS:
WE should try to make our mind like land,
because land has beautiful virtues: when animals shed their excrement on land,
land never express anything angrily, because it is not swayed and is completely
indifferent; when humans (the rich and famous, sages and saints, or perfect people)
walk over land, land feels nothing, again because it is not swayed and is completely
Land is not involved or affected by favorable or dangerous
situations. Land always welcomes all kinds of situations. It will not take or
give up anything, is never confused, is never swayed or attracted by anything,
never starts an idea or gives up an idea, peacefully enjoys leisure and endures
patiently, and is completely serene. These are some of the beautiful virtues of
the land that we step on every day.
IF you have no mind to all living things,
then what's the harm of letting these things surround you? We really should learn
the spiritual part of land and cultivate the broad and generous mind. This will
help to purify our mind.
THE GOOD and THE BAD:
WHEN you face favorable
situations or dangerous situations, you can still do everything without the least
worry and feel comfortable and able to do anything of your own free will. When
you meet somebody, perhaps the person you like the least in your life, a person
who looks at you with dirty stares, do you still feel comfortable and free? As
a matter of fact, in these kinds of moments, there is a fight between "The
state of holiness and wisdom" and "The temptations or evil influence."
If we use the worldly words it's like a fight between "The Good" and
"The Bad." Becoming The Good or The Bad is all depended on our MIND.
The Good and The Bad are decided by our mind, maybe we can put it this way: The
Good and The Bad share our mind. When The Good defeats The Bad, the whole of our
mind is Good. When The Bad defeats The Good, the whole of our mind is Bad. From
this angle you might have an idea that The Good and The Bad are all from our mind.
THE way our mind treats the situations we face creates the difference between
"The state of holiness and wisdom"(The Good) and "The temptations
or evil influence"(The Bad). If our mind is contaminated by situations, the
mind becomes "The Bad." If our mind is not contaminated by situations,
the mind becomes "The Good".
circumstances come, just let them do what they like; when adverse circumstances
go, just let them do what they like also. When fortunate circumstances come, just
let them arise naturally without extra effort; when fortunate circumstances go,
again just let them depart naturally without extra effort. Our mind should not
be linked up with any circumstances, whether good circumstances or bad circumstances.
This will help Purify Our Mind.
WHEN adverse circumstances come, do not
feel delighted, when adverse circumstances leave, do not feel disappointed. If
the mind feels delighted or disappointed, it shows that we can not control ourselves.
In this moment, our mind will have all kinds of entanglements of love, hate, desire,
and possession by force. After this step, all kinds of problems will follow and
THE IDEA OF the word "IMPERMANENT":
observe things around us, we will find out that "None is permanent".
Things, whether material or non-material, change constantly. Some of the changes
are evident, some of them are not. Ever since life began, natural phenomena have
been like this. From this point of view, we should understand that things always
arise depending on conditions. When the appropriate conditions come together,
things arise; when those conditions disperse, things cease.
IF you could
understand the point that Nothing is permanent, you will not keep thinking of
something in your memory all the time, because it is impermanent and will eventually
vanish, no matter how much you keep remembering it. In such a case, why don't
we just leave it alone?
IN the Universe, everything that we can see, hear,
and think of all arising depending on conditions, meaning that everything is impermanent.
The people we love the most or the situations we like the most will all vanish.
The people we hate the most or the situations we like the least will all vanish
too. Do we still want to persist in our own opinions of things that happen one
minute and vanish the next in this world?
THE THOUGHTS in OUR MIND:
are all kinds of thoughts in our mind: evil thoughts, greedy thoughts, and kind
thoughts. These thoughts are always confused, tangled, profuse, disordered, and
most of the time, we can not control them. Actions, motions, works, and even mistakes
all arise from thoughts in our mind. When we put an idea of going to a place in
our mind, then action will lead our body to that place. When we start an idea
of going to the church, then action will bring us to that church. We will spend
our entire fortune doing something because of a little thought in our mind. We
will begin to be deeply attached to one thing or act on momentary impulse because
of a little thought in our mind. We will offend people by our words because of
a little wrong thought in our mind. We might do something offensive or harmful
to society's morals because of a little evil thought in our mind.
maneuver for positions or benefits against rivals. We try to cause alienation
between friends or relatives by spreading rumors or doing something. Does anybody
know why? It is because "What one is thinking of at any given moment is often
THE Good and The Bad all are from our MIND. We are
the masters of the mind and also are the watershed of The Good and The Bad. Mind
produces all kinds of thoughts; mind is the origin of events that follow from
Good thoughts and Bad thoughts. From this point of view, we all should understand
how important it is to purify our mind.
TO DEAL with THOUGHTS:
we want to avoid disasters or calamities made by ourselves, we have to stop putting
ideas in our head. The moment we stop an idea arising is called "True Awakening".
are all kinds of garbage in our mind. If we want to purify our mind, getting rid
of the garbage in our mind might be the first thing we have to do. What is the
garbage of mind? Dirty and polluted thoughts, greedy thoughts, hateful thoughts,
infatuated thoughts, worried thoughts, suffering thoughts, haughty thoughts, impudent
thoughts, envious thoughts, indecent thoughts, heterodox thoughts, dreary thoughts,
and hollow thoughts. These can all be called garbage of the mind.
in history said once that one who can govern a battalion of a million soldiers
is not a hero: the real hero is that person who can govern his mind. We should
understand the meaning of these words.
IF an evil thought arises in our
mind, then more evil thoughts like water will come in torrents; nothing can ward
them off. These evil thoughts will forever lead us to thinking, speaking, and
acting evil. Ever since life began, the habitual temperament of human beings makes
us like this. It is doubly difficult to get rid of them.
WHEN we can govern
our thoughts, our mind will not be affected by situations. From this, our mind
can be free. This is a very hard level to reach, but the first step always is
FOR those who have too many friendly feelings (such as being crazy
about women), if they do not control their feelings well, they will follow their
thoughts and will sink into the deep sea of feelings. For those who desire wealth
and honor greatly, their minds are clouded by material desires, the covetous thoughts
will lead them to fame and wealth, and they will be in the bondage of reputation
and wealth forever.
ALWAYS keep a watch on thoughts in your mind. Try to
realize or know what and where your thoughts are. As a matter of fact, according
to the experienced people's idea, "Thoughts always vanish when you watch
them." If we could practice like this all the time, the power of our thoughts
will decrease over time. This is not a very easy level to reach, but at least
we have an idea that there is a way to get rid of thoughts.
LIKE we mentioned,
things arise always depending on conditions: when conditions come together or
gather together, things arise; when conditions disperse or dispel, things cease.
[This is a doubly important notion]. When we understand this notion, we will also
understand that everything in the universe is impermanent; from this point of
view, it should be easy to get rid of CLINGING, and always persisting in our opinion.
Always remember and practice the notion of IMPERMANENCE. This will help to purify
our mind a lot.
THE ORIGINAL NATURE OF HUMAN BEING:
WE should live
in a world which belongs to our real inner self or original nature of human being.
This world is bright and brilliant, where there no dispute, and we are not bothered
by material concerns. It is pure and peaceful, enjoying leisure and not sorrowful;
but we never try to act in response to this world, we never try to be a friend
of our real inner self. The only thing we do day in and day out is to try and
climb up socially. This is what the Chinese call "Attending to the superficials
and neglecting the essentials".
WHEN our real inner self is led astray
by human desires, we all know that desires are bottomless. We all will not be
able to do anything of our own free will, and we become the slaves of human desires.
THE power of temptation of human desires is doubly brutal. Some people
always try to attain their desires with nefarious tactics. The moment we have
a thought like this, the moment we lose the chance to contact our real inner self,
we are going to be gone far away from purifying our mind.
OUR mind will
not stop producing thoughts because of human desires. Therefore, our real inner
self will be clouded by material desires forevermore, and our original nature
will be contaminated forevermore also.
WHY does our mind always produce
thoughts? Before we talk about this subject, maybe we should understand some evil
ingredients in our mind. According to the experienced people's idea, " Being
greedy for everything, angry at everything, and not understanding the real truth
are the most common evil ingredients in our mind."
THESE evil ingredients
influence and poison our mind very strongly. That is the reason why our mind produces
thoughts every minute of the day. And like we mentioned, "What one is thinking
of at any given moment is often evil thoughts." From this, we should understand
that fighting these evil thoughts is the most important thing we are going to
TO REDUCE THE THOUGHTS IN OUR MIND:
BESIDES what we have already
mentioned, there are other ways to reduce thoughts in our mind. Here we try to
introduce some of them. Hopefully this will benefit everybody who is seriously
interested in this field.
TRY our level best to understand that all living
things in the universe are equal; otherwise, we will have a special mind which
always looks at things from a dualistic perspective. For example, making a distinction
between the good and the bad. And all the problems will be starting from right
here, such as "Always persist our own ideas", "Always argue",
"Always hate", "Always fight",
and never stop.
we mentioned in the beginning, we should try to make our mind like LAND, and be
tolerant of other people's mistakes, or wrongdoing or weaknesses. Try to express
solicitude for everybody (Friends, enemies, good, and bad) equally. Try not to
dispute or discuss in minute detail gaining or losing. Try not to be moved by
sad or delighted things. Try not to feel so pleased when people respect or praise
us. Try not to hate or abhor when people slight us.
WHEN people show their
beautiful virtues (like helping others), we should show our respect and join in
their actions, and we should try not to be jealous of other people's beautiful
virtues. When we see people facing troubles, we should not gloat over their disaster.
ACCORDING to the experienced people's idea, "The highest wisdom comes
from a merciful heart", the merciful heart comes from "Solving people's
problems without any conditions and helping people to get peace, calm, and sagacity
without any conditions either".
IF we look at things or treat things unequally,
from here, all the worry, trouble, and prejudice will be produced almost right
away. Thus if we want to purify our mind, we have to learn to look at things or
treat things with equality.
SOMEDAY when we realize that all the beings
are equal and could be blend or mix together, and become "ONE" in some
way, we will understand really what is the "Real Truth".
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