Whom do You Exist?
The most difficult things for
people to abandon are their notions. Some people cannot change, even if they
have to give up their lives for fake principles. Yet notions are themselves
acquired postnatally. People always believe that these unshakable ideas—ideas
that can make them pay any price without a second thought—are their own
thoughts. Even when they see the truth they reject it. In fact, other than a
person’s innate purity and innocence, all notions are acquired postnatally and
are not a person’s actual self.
acquired notions become too strong, their role will reverse by dictating a
person’s true thinking and behavior. At this point, that person might still
think that they are his own ideas. This is the case for almost all contemporary
with relevant, important matters, if a life can really assess things without any
preconceived notions, then this person is truly able to take charge of himself.
This clearheadedness is wisdom, and it is different from what average people
call “intelligence.” If a person cannot do that, then he is dictated by
acquired notions or external thoughts. He might even devote his entire life to
struggling for them; but when he gets old, he will not even know what he has
been doing in this lifetime. Though he has achieved nothing in his lifetime, he
has committed innumerable mistakes while being driven by these acquired notions.
Therefore, in his next life he will have to pay for the karma according to his
own wrong deeds.
When a person
becomes agitated, what controls his thoughts and feelings is not reason, but
emotion. When a person’s various notions, such as his faith in science,
religion, or an ideology, etc., are being challenged by the truth of the Buddha
Fa, he also becomes agitated. This causes the evil side of human nature to
predominate, thereby making him become even more irrational; this is a result of
being controlled by the acquired notions. He blindly jumps to conclusions or
complicates the matter. Even a person with a predestined relationship can lose
the preordained opportunity because of this, turning his own actions into
eternal, deep regrets.
July 11, 1998