Why should a person not read negative books or see negative images in magazines or movies? Because the negativity pollutes the soul, heart, mind, and body. As with the land, water, and air, once the soul, heart, mind, and body are polluted, it takes time to remove the pollution. For example, a pregnant woman should not watch negative, dark, or sexual movies, because that negativity and unpleasantness will pollute the unborn child, who is constantly receiving messages and learning in the womb. This pollution could affect the child for years, decades, even lifetimes.
In the spiritual journey, everybody understands the old saying, “See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil.” I add, “Think no evil.” To advance on your spiritual journey, you have to pay attention to these four “no evils.” This is the key to purifying your soul, heart, mind, and body. You must not allow negativity and impurity to affect your soul, heart, mind, and body.
If you are a true spiritual being, you will understand the teaching more deeply. There is an ancient statement:
Zhong sheng wei guo, pu sa wei yin
“Zhong sheng” (pronounced jawng shung) means normal human being. “Wei” (pronounced way) means afraid. “Guo” (pronounced gwaw) means result. A normal human being is afraid of the result. For example, when someone has a medical checkup, such as a CT scan, an MRI, or a biopsy, and the result is a diagnosis of cancer, the person could become very afraid. When someone is fired from his or her job, or his or her business fails, the person could become afraid, upset, and worried. When someone loses a beloved spouse or partner, that one could become very sad, angry, or afraid. Generally speaking, when people experience any unpleasant results in life, they could become afraid, worried, concerned, or upset.
Life-threatening sicknesses, financial challenges, relationship losses, and more are results in one’s life. “Zhong sheng wei guo” means when normal human beings have an unpleasant result, they are afraid, worried, and concerned.
“Pu sa” (pronounced poo sah) means bodhisattva. “Wei” (pronounced way) means afraid. “Yin” (pronounced yeen) means cause. Bodhisattvas are enlightened masters. They understand karma. They pay great attention to “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, think no evil,” because they understand that when they create bad karma, unpleasant results will follow.
Zhong sheng wei guo, pu sa wei yin teaches that if you are not a highly enlightened spiritual being, you do not understand the power of bad karma. When you have disasters in life, you become afraid. A highly enlightened spiritual master is more afraid of the cause than of the result. A highly developed spiritual being does not want to create bad karma (the cause), because the bad karma will bring bad results (lessons, even disasters). Karma is cause and effect.
I have taught my students worldwide that it is easy to create new bad karma. What you say could hurt others. You could behave badly toward others. You could have an angry, critical, or complaining attitude toward others. You may think about taking advantage of others. You could have worse thoughts about really harming others. In daily life, it is very difficult to avoid creating some negative, improper, hurtful, or harmful actions, behavior, speech, and thoughts and to avoid seeing and hearing polluted things.
To minimize the new bad karma that you create, the important wisdom is:
When you do, say, hear, or think something improper, apologize instantly as follows:
Dear Heaven and Mother Earth,
Dear all of my spiritual fathers and mothers,
I am sorry to have said this.
I am sorry to have behaved like this.
I am sorry to have thought this.
I am sorry that I have forgotten love, peace, and harmony.
Please forgive me.
Divine forgiveness . . .
If you transform your improper speech, behavior, and thoughts instantly in this way, you will not create new bad karma. Zhong sheng wei guo, pu sa wei yin is to teach us to be highly disciplined in our daily life, especially in actions, behaviors, speech, thoughts, hearing, and more.
With love and blessing,