Gide to True way of Living!
It is wrong to think that misfortunes come from the east or from the west; they originate within one's own mind. Therefore, it is foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world and leave the inner mind uncontrolled.
Buddha teaches that we are to pay respect to the six directions of truth & then we are to behave wisely and virtuously and thus prevent all misfortunes.
To guard the gates in these six directions , people are to remove defilement of the "four deeds", controlled the " four evil minds ", and plug the "six holes " which cause the loss of wealth.
By the " four deeds" it is meant killing , stealing. committing adultery and falsehood.
The "four evil minds" are greed , anger, foolishness and fear.
The "six holes " which cause the loss of wealth are desire for intoxicating drinks and behaving foolishly, staying up late at night and losing mind in frivolity, including in musical & theater entertainments , gambling , associating with evil companions , and neglecting one's duties.
After removing these four defilements, avoiding these four evil states of mind , and plugging these six holes of waste , the disciples of Buddha do reverence to the six directions of truth.
Now what are the six directions of Truth? They are east for the way of parents & child, south for the way of teacher & pupil , west for the way of husband & wife, north for the way of a man & his friend, below for the way of master & servant and above for the way of disciples of Buddha.
A child should honor his parents and do for them all that he is supposed to do. He should serve them , help them at their labor, cherish them the family lineage, protect the family property , and hold memorial service after they have passed way.
The parents should five things for their children; avoid doing evil, set an example of good deeds, give them an education, arrange for the marriage and let them inherit the family wealth at a proper time . If the parents and child follow these rules the family will always live in peace.
To be continued..............