The power of the mind is a wonder. If you know which is right and which is wrong, you can develop your mind to become a better human. You can become healthier, younger and lovable. Let's see which is right and which is wrong, then change it if you have to.
1] When a person in regard to the use of his eyes, he is anxious to see clearly; in regard to the use of his ears, he is anxious to hear distinctly; in regard to his speech, he is anxious that it should be sincere; in regard to his business, he is anxious that he should be honest and careful; in regard to what he doubts, he is anxious to inquire of others. . . when he is angry, he thinks of the difficulties his anger may involve him in; when he sees the gains to be made, he thinks of righteousness. . . then all these are called. . . . The thoughtful consideration of the mind.
2] When a person realizes that to chase wealth and fame with all his effort until the end of his days will be like a razor-sharp knife whose fine edge will not last a long time and thus changes his goal of life and cultivates himself, melts away his toughness and stubbornness, uses his wisdom to do things and does not use craftiness to gain profits for himself and causes losses to others. . . . then all these are called. . . . The transformation of the mind.
3] When a person can perform the deeds of goodness, sacrifice for doing the work of truth, repay the merits that others gave him, do favor for others. . . . then all these are called. . . The virtues of the mind.
4] When a person appreciates God's graciousness and advice from the people, reveals his good intentions, realizes the meaning of Truth, makes his best effort, uses and shows his wisdom. . . . then all these are called . . . . The righteousness of the mind.
5] When a person follows God's Holy will because it is pure, respects the superior because that person is virtuous, listens to the Saints's words, prepares to act with good intention. . . . then all these are called . . . . The attentiveness of the mind.
All the above allow a person to have merits and blessings, to have the ability to someday return to Heaven and to become a Saint.
1] When a person rushes in his talking and acting, makes himself very angry, impatient, worried. . . . then all these are called . . . . The choas of the mind.
2] When a person procastinates in his own affairs or in his work, makes his body remiss and his mind idle, then all these are called . . . . The negligence of the mind.
3] When a person does not realize what is right or wrong, never reconizes what is true or false and thus believes recklessly, then all these are called . . . . The ignorance of the mind.
4] When a person wants whatever he sees, chases whatever he thinks can profit him, easily swung by the changing conditions, shirks off responsibilities no matter what business he is engaged in, then all these are called . . . The demerits of the mind.
5] When a person allows his good ideas to turn into bad ones, permits those bad ideas to exist, allows himself to believe that the evil opinions are true and follows them, behaves as if it were correct, then all these are called. . . . The evils of the mind.
6] When a person only sees the superficial part of things and never realizes the real underlaying meaning, likes to speak or listen to hearsay, sees things narrowly as if he were a horse with blinders on, has shallow understanding, does not know when is the correct moment to advance or withdraw, speaks boastful words, does things without restraint, then all these are called. . . . The insanities of the mind.
7] When a person retains the advantages for himself while passing on the disadvantage to others, is industrious at the beginning of doing things but is indolent at the end, seeks for comfortable living and has a chaotic mind, is happy about what he likes but is angry about what he dislikes, then all these are called. . . . The confusions of the mind.
8] When a person has pretended friendship and affection, flatters another while plotting to stab him in the back, is a wolf in sheep's skin, speaks unreasonable words and is cruel in his behaviour, then all these are called . . . . The danger of the mind.
All these minds above belong to disasters, demerits, hell and devils.
Author: T. A Chew
T. A Chew an accountant by profession, is now semi-retired and became a vegetarian more than ten years ago. He has written a few books on Tao and devotes most of his time in the propagation of Tao.