The Buddha encourages all to replace the harmful with the beneficial (Nithya Priyan/Flickr).
Purity and impurity depends on oneself.
No one can purify another (Dhp 165).
"Disciples, abandon the unprofitable.** It is possible to abandon it. If it were not, I would not say, 'Abandon the unprofitable.' However, because it is possible to abandon it, I say: 'Abandon the unprofitable.'
- *Profitable (kusala): karmically beneficial, wholesome, skillful, good, worthy of being undertaken; that which when it bears its resultant (vipaka) or fruit (phala) is welcome, wished for, and pleasant.
- **What is unprofitable (akusala)? Doing harm and/or encouraging others to harm. What is harmful? (1) Taking life, (2) taking what is not given, (3) taking sexual liberties, (4) taking the truth lightly, (5) taking alcohol or drugs that lead one to do harm.
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