Every mortal has seven emotions and six desires. When we have just fallen into the mud of seven emotions and six desires, we will feel very sweet and beautiful, but in the end it must be miserable. In the "Forty-two Chapters," it is said: "The color of money is to people. For example, children are greedy for the honey of the blade. It is not enough to eat the beauty of food. However, there is also a problem of cutting the tongue. "It means that those who are tempted by the color of wealth are like sucking honey on the mouth of a knife. Although they taste the sweetness of the moment, the tongue is cut off.
Therefore, we must be careful not to see the good things can not bear temptation, if there is such vigilance, can reduce a lot of trouble, trouble and pain for ourselves. For example, a girl already has a good boyfriend, but when another handsome, smart, thoughtful and wealthy boy appears, she is eager to give up the original one. Two boats like this, is playing love game, this is more terrible than playing fire! If she can be alert in her heart, knowing that this will not only cause problems for herself and others, but may even send each other's lives away, she can quickly pull back before making a big mistake. If you do not have such vigilance, you know that there is a problem, but you still comfort yourself: "Maybe there will be no problem. Anyway, the ship will naturally go straight to the bridge, and whatever the consequences will be. "Once you have this mentality, you can not resist your desire.
Therefore, in the temptation of the present, we can choose to stay away, or change our own ideas, as long as we can remain alert, we can reconcile reason and sensibility, and avoid being suffering from the persistence of seven emotions and six desires. However, it is often not easy to do it completely if you just keep telling yourself to stay away from temptation. This is because you do not fully feel that the problem is related to your own life. Therefore, in addition to correcting ideas and remaining alert and alert at any time and place, we also need to have a "empathy" mind.
Once there was a news that most of the beef in the United States was imported from South America. Farmers in the Brazilian tropical rain forest cut down the rain forest and planted large areas of pasture in order to raise cattle, but in this way it destroyed the atmosphere and endangered the entire planet. Ecological environment. An American child, who was only 13 years old, saw this report in the newspaper and decided not to eat beef and hamburgers. His father thought that everyone was eating beef. It was useless for him to eat it alone. The rain forest would still be destroyed. The child firmly replied: "Without me, beef will consume less. You can keep one more tree, so I won't eat it! "
The child did not eat beef from then on, because he felt that his behavior was related to the entire earth environment, so he was able to implement his determination. The urgency of feeling like this in relation to the lives of others is empathy, a feeling that can help us develop the motivation to change ourselves further.
Therefore, when the temptation of seven emotions and six desires appears, in addition to being alert at any time and place, correcting yourself with the correct concept, but also paying attention to the life community that is closely related to everything. In this way, you will find that once you obey your own desires, you will do much harm to yourself and others, and you will not let yourself fall into the mud of desire. As long as we follow the wisdom of the Dharma, we can reduce the troubles caused by the seven emotions and six desires and live freely.