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【The faults of not relying on the teacher】
So you might ask, "Do true practitioners never talk about whether others have done right or wrong?" They do! This is done under what kind of circumstance? It is to clearly determine the non-virtues that should be casted aside and the virtues that should be adopted. They can clearly distinguish the two. Yes! But they will absolutely not speak of the subject like the way people gossip in the mundane world. This is the difference that we should know clearly. To practice the teaching is not to become very muddled-headed. To practice is to cultivate the great wisdom, in order to be able to clearly discern each subjective aspect – what is right and what is wrong! But on what basis does he make this discernment? It is for the purpose of knowing how to purify the defilements. Oh, this is non-virtuous, so how should you eliminate it? How would you prevent yourself from becoming stained, and how would you purify yourself. And then after that, how would you help others? In such situation, when someone has a certain type of problem, how would you help him out? Of course you must first know the root of his problem. So once you determine the root of the problem, the other person understands it too. But this kind of understanding is different from the way we normally understand others while under the influence of afflictions. Your understanding is completely unaffected by afflictions. Thus, you are able to determine clearly what he does is right or wrong. As for the other kind of understanding, you are completely entangled inside the whole affair, you don’t know whether you are in defilement or not. In fact, it’s a convoluted mess. So with the former kind of understanding, it is a correct discernment. This is what we must have. The latter case is an incorrect discernment. This is what we should eliminate. What enables you to eliminate the incorrect discernment is the correct discernment.