(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
HOW DO WE EFFECTIVELY REMOVE HATRED FROM OUR HEART?
Caller: We have Buddhist friends who are diligent in their cultivation and have shown improvement in their behavioural conduct. However, the only hurdle which they have difficulty overcoming is removing the hatred that is harboured within them. Due to their karmic debts, the sense of hatred kept recurring rapidly. May I ask, Master Lu, how do we effectively remove hatred from our heart?
Master Jun Hong Lu: Hatred stems from the lack of wisdom. Try thinking, ‘what are the causes of a lack of wisdom?’ Attaining wisdom is dependent on compassion. Thus, the way to remove hatred is to be more compassionate.
Caller: I see.
Master Jun Hong Lu: If you try to change your perspective and start observing a person’s weaknesses with a heart filled with compassion, do you think you will still hate him? For example, you hate a swindler for cheating you out of your money. But think again, with the meagre amount of money he got from you, he will end up being apprehended, shot dead, or sentenced to jail for a few decades? Nowadays, there are many swindlers locked in jail. When they first cheated other people, the victims hated them too, didn’t they?
Master Jun Hong Lu: But it’s the end for the swindler, as he will eventually pass on in the jail. At this juncture, try to imagine the swindler as your child, brother or sister. Their life is ruined for cheating you of that small sum of money. In this way, you will be able to untie many of the knots that have formed within you. In addition, you will also treat the money lost as a lesson bought. As humans, the only way to gain wisdom is to reach an understanding progressively.
Caller: I understand. Gratitude to Master Lu.< About Spiritual Cultivation