A fearless, serene attitude enables us to be youthful, joyous, and at ease in body and mind. When body and mind are at ease, we naturally refrain from committing unwholesome acts.
A movie is made up of still images that are projected many times a second to create an illusion of motion. The individual frames in a movie can be likened to discrete thoughts in our mind: they follow in quick succession creating an illusion of consciousness that we call the “self.”
A petty person sees everyone else as small-minded; a gentle person treats others as gently; a sage believes anyone can become wise; a buddha sees all sentient beings as buddhas.
A stream has no purpose; it is just there and the water just flows. Let it be so with practice. When there is nothing to seek in practice, what need is there for a purpose?