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【The faults of not relying on the teacher】
When people take away the firewood from under the caldron, they supposedly take away the firewood from fueling the bad things. However, this type of person would take away the firewood from fueling the good things. When you hear what they say, you would feel that they make great sense. You had originally geared up to push forward, but after he told you, "So and so, your health is not so good. You should rest well and get more nutrition." Then you would feel, "Yes! I should sleep more in the morning." So then at the point where you are supposed to push forward, that sort of vigor withered without you being aware. That's the real frightening part. At a time like this, what must you absolutely have? You will need intelligence to discern. Therefore, it told us earlier about the three requisite characteristics for being a student. To be non-partisan is not good enough, you must also possess intelligence. Then you will be able to distinguish between correct paths of good explanation and counterfeit paths of false explanation – the explanation that may appear to be true but it's actually false. Let us read on.
【The Mindfulness of the Excellent Teaching states:
The basis of all attachment, hostility, and ignorance is bad friends; They are like a poisonous tree trunk. 】
The basis of all virtues is the virtuous teacher. The basis of all non-virtues is non-virtuous teachers.
Non-virtuous teachers are often the people around you. They are amidst ignorance, but they
will try to tell you what to do. It’s like a poisonous tree trunk. What is a poisonous tree trunk like? It is poisonous from the root up to the entire tree. When the wind blows, the wind that passes through the tree will bring the poison to you. You will be poisoned. But you will not feel it at all. When the wind comes, you will only feel that it is cool. When it’s sunny and you sit under the tree, you will feel that it provides shade. But you have [actually] been poisoned. That’s how horrible the non-virtuous teachers are!