Everyone's heart is illuminating with boundless wisdom, but this wisdom is often blocked by impurities of the mind.
All desk lamps have a lamp cover. When the desk lamp is turned on, the light only shines on the desk at a certain area because the light is blocked by the lamp cover. If the lamp cover is removed, the light will fill up the room.
Our wisdom is dimmed by impure thoughts, just like the lamp light being blocked by the lamp cover. Such blockage of wisdom is a form of obstacle of the mind.
One must be confident and have trust in others. We must be confident of our own ability and trust others earnestly. In our daily interactions with others, we must help each other out and learn from each other. If we are sincere to others, others would reciprocate, and such mutual love for each other will fill our world with hope.
However, our societies are filled with a lot of such obstacles. We are unable to live earnestly, not knowing that these obstacles are created by the evil and unwholesome thoughts in our mind. To get rid of these evils, we must be determined to be kind. We need to unleash the determination and diligence in us to ceaselessly improve ourselves to eradicate all forms of difficulties. Be brave to face all unpleasant circumstances brought about by bad deeds and be confident to turn them into positive outcomes.
It takes polishing to turn a piece of jade stone into a priceless gem. People are the same, if we want to have achievements in life, we must deal with many adversities including bad environment factors, negative opinions and mean words, and all sorts of difficulties. We must also overcome the hardships with gratitude, because these people and obstacles are here to help us succeed, in a sense that they are protecting us by making us strong. Our ancestral noble and wise men were successful, as a result of having a brave and appreciative heart.
“The deeper the love, the harsher the scolding" are simple words but not easily appreciated. In fact, every person who had taught and disciplined us harshly, loved us. However, often, we cannot accept the harshness and only pursue the feeling of being loved dearly. This is a common psychological obstacle for mankind.
If we could understand this completely, we would be able to understand and appreciate all the harsh treatments by other people. With this, we will be able to find motivation in these obstacles and turn negative affinities into positive affinities.