Disclaimer: The translations are not official nor endorsed by 2OR, so please just treat it as a ‘fan-based’ translation. The Buddha-Dharma is profound. No matter how you convey it, it won’t be completely perfect. Because the Buddha-Dharma is an experience, it’s an awakening 【佛法深奥无比，怎么写，都不会是究竟圆满。佛法是一种悟】. Please enjoy, and I hope it serves as a good filler until the official English version comes out.
Buddhists shouldn’t pick on other people’s shortcomings and complain about this and that. At the end of the day, you would become possessed by your inner demons. Only people who are possessed regularly criticise others.
Master will discuss the characteristics of people who are possessed by their inner demons. He hopes that you don’t have these characteristics. The first one is deep hatred towards something. “I hate him to death,” and you become occupied by your inner demons. Do you harbour hatred? Yes. A person most definitely has times when they develop hatred, but if this hatred becomes excessive, then they become possessed. The second characteristic is being argumentative and likes to argue and reason with others. The third characteristic is intense jealousy. Many people in society who don’t learn Buddhism are possessed by their inner demons. You may have noticed this in your workplace, where one of your colleagues keep on targeting a person. That shows they are argumentative.
Another characteristic is that they aren’t willing to succumb to others. They don’t like obeying other people’s orders but like to command others. When they see something, they command others, “Hey you, go. Hey you, come over.” These people are easily susceptible to being possessed by their inner demons. Buddhists would sit quietly instead. Master said a story before; there was once a person who said to the entrance guard, “I’m the manager.” The entrance guard then began to flatter him. It just so happens an elderly man also walked in. The entrance guard said to him, “Are you new here?” The old man replied, “Yes, I just got here.” “Then please wait a moment. I am currently speaking with the manager.” The manager then suddenly said, “Hi, boss!” So this old man was actually the boss. The entrance guard was afraid that he accidentally offended him.
You must understand a principle; people mustn’t get jealous. People who aren’t willing to succumb to others are arrogant and prideful individuals. That’s not good. Sometimes, it’s important to let others feel that they could lead you. Learn to be low-key and learn to be willing to learn from others who are superior to you. That shows that you’re capable.
Master tells you, people who are possessed by their inner demons lean more in favour of harbouring greed and delusion. Greed is about wanting this and that. Master mentioned it before that when some people are staying at a hotel, they will take some of the small objects like pens there. Also, they would check the refrigerator to see if there are any drinks left. If so, they would take and finish it off. Their behaviour indicates that they are greedy. Of course, if you are actually hungry or thirsty, then it’s fine. But if you didn’t want to drink it at first, but you couldn’t stand that there was something left in the refrigerator and so you took it, then it means that you’re greedy. And also foolishness. If somebody possesses both these characteristics, it also indicates that they are susceptible to being possessed by their inner demons.
What is it about foolishness? It’s when somebody isn’t even aware that what they did was wrong and is incredibly obsessed with some things. They thought that they could gain it, but in reality, it’s something that they could never gain. That’s foolishness. Master thinks that those who go and buy lottery tickets are very foolish. Do you buy it? Master knows that many of his followers don’t buy it. Those who want to win windfall money are foolish because they don’t want to earn money by putting in any effort. That’s the first point. The second point is that they can’t think clearly. People who can’t think clearly are also regarded as being foolish. “Why does he have it? Why don’t I have it?” Their jealousy gets easily aroused. “Why is she prettier than me? Why does she have more beautiful clothes and dresses than me?” Then after she has finished being jealous of other women, she begins to get jealous of other men. “Why is he a man while I’m a woman?” Don’t humans have a lot of shortcomings? If you want to get jealous, you can get jealous of anything. Inner demons are a mental problem. That’s why when somebody scolds you that you have a mental problem, to put in other terms, they are already saying that your inner demons possess you. “Why do you keep on targeting me?” Isn’t that foolish?
They are obsessed with certain circumstances. For example, if I can’t get something, the more I want to get it. Like when somebody treats you to dinner at an extravagant restaurant. If you have finished your meal, is it possible that you could stay there? “This place is beautiful; let me sit here for a while longer.” You have shown an obsession with the circumstance you’re in. That is greed. When you’re eating in a buffet, you rush in and take out plates full of food. See how many plates could you finish. If you think that you’re capable, then don’t leave and keep on eating. What is foolishness? Foolishness is about wishful thinking and thinks about things that shouldn't be thought about. Aren’t some fangirls foolish? “Andy Lau, I want to marry you!” Aren’t they behaving as though they’re being possessed?
When the previous prime minister of Australia, Mr Kevin Rudd, visited a school in Queensland, five or six girls shouted, “I want to marry you!” It made Kevin very happy. These girls have a problem with their thought processes. In reality, it’s called foolishness. If you want to do the impossible, that’s a display of foolishness. That’s why if you want to become a great Bodhisattva, your behaviour, speech, and thoughts must be like a Buddha. That way, people around you would think that you’re a Buddha. If others respect you, it means that you have cultivated well and are on the right path to Buddhahood.
In the process of learning and practising Buddhism, there will be many good things that happen. The more you cultivate, the more good things will happen to you. If you have helped and treated others well today, they will help you. When you’re going through a difficult time, others will offer Little Houses to you, and a wholesome circumstance happen. Master has high expectations of you. To those who don’t want to be possessed by their inner demons, even if good things happen to you, like getting a promotion or gaining extra money, you should remain indifferent about it. That’s because any situation is a test towards your Buddha-nature. As long as you get greedy, your inner demons will manifest. That’s why in the Human Realm, you should remain indifferent to any of your five desires (fame, sex, wealth, food and sleep). That’s because all of it is just an illusion. So you mustn’t treat it as a reward from your cultivations. Even if it’s a wholesome consequence, it could become the source of you being possessed by your inner demons.