A male practitioner often shares with me his frustration in eliminating the attachment to lust. His wife is also a practitioner. Although she is not very diligent, her attachment to lust is not as strong as his, and he feels ashamed and frustrated because of that. He says that when he is intimate with his wife, the impulse is very strong and hard to stop. He knows he has not cultivated well in this regard, but he does not know how to break through this obstacle. I shared with him some of my experiences in this regard. I'm also sharing this article with other practitioners who have issues with the attachment to lust.
Before I began practising Falun Gong, I had a very strong attachment to lust. I failed several times during my cultivation, and the bad elements took advantage of the loophole. I was persecuted because of my attachment to lust. I won't talk about the painful process of the persecution. I just want to share how I resisted the demons of lust and desire. In fact, these lustful desires stem from human notions.
I think every practitioner knows that eliminating the attachment to lust is a must for a cultivator, and we all wish to rid ourselves of the attachment as soon as possible. However, it is very hard to resist the temptation while one is being tested. The main reason is because we treat the attachment of lust as an isolated issue and don't connect it with other attachments. I was attacked by strong desires several times, and they came on at full force. I felt very weak and did not have the strength to resist it. Later I realized that they always happened when I was at home alone, when I let my imagination run wild, and when I was full of human thoughts. I thought about how much I had suffered and was feeling sorry for myself. The old forces laughed at my human thoughts, and the bad elements took advantage of my loopholes. Thus, the lust demons attacked me frenetically. The old forces must have thought, “This fellow has already obtained the Fa, but he is still not satisfied. He is still pursuing the dream of having a happy family life like an ordinary person.” Once the old forces saw that, they would laugh at me and take advantage of the loophole. They would use the bad elements and the lust demons to insult and destroy me. After studying the Fa, I was able to raise my understanding and rid myself of the human desire of wanting a “happy family.” Consequently, I was not being persecuted as much.
This happened several times about six months ago. I would lie in bed, feeling lazy. I was not thinking about how diligent I was; instead I was calculating how much money I had made. I was reminiscing about the small successes I had achieved in the ordinary people's world. This behavior was not up to par with the standard of a Dafa practitioner. At that moment, I clearly felt something similar to a poisonous snake, carrying vicious cold air, that jumped at me from two meters away. It entered the lower half of my body, and I immediately had lustful thoughts. The poisonous snake moved around my groin area, opened its big bloody mouth, and waited to suck the essence out of me. I'd never experienced anything like that before. I've always thought that I was the one with the lustful mind. This time I strongly felt that the lustful desires were brought forth by a demon that had entered my body. I immediately sent forth righteous thoughts and recited “The Fa rectifies the cosmos, the evil is completely eliminated.” I continued to send righteous thoughts to disintegrate the bad elements. Later, I noticed that my lustful desires disappeared, as if nothing ever happened.
After reading Teacher's lecture,
“But with the lowly, impotent human body, whatever one’s thoughts align with will dominate the person. In other words, when beings of different planes notice that you want something, or are attached to something, and that it precisely aligns with them, they take effect and even direct you. When a person is not rational, or is venting anger, negative elements are taking effect. Everything is alive, and those things include evilness, desires, and hatred, among others. So in such situations they naturally take effect.” (“Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa - Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference”)
I studied the Fa more and understood that the reason why I was being controlled by the demons of lust and desire was because my thoughts were not righteous. Many practitioners probably think that they still have strong lustful thoughts and want to eliminate them. Of course, being determined is the correct way to cultivate. But based on my experiences, shouldn't practitioners be aware that the old forces and bad elements could take advantage of their loopholes because of the other attachments they still have?
Practitioners should cultivate well in all areas to reach the standard of the Fa. This way, the old forces won't be able to find any loopholes, and consequently, the demons of lust and desire will be eliminated.
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