An article published on the Minghui website Nov 1, 2012, inspired me a lot. The article stated, “This kind of lesson can be found everywhere. Fellow practitioners, any attachment could be an obstacle on our way forward. The Fa-Rectification is moving forward. The old forces are also changing the so called 'tests'. Cultivation practice is serious. At the end of these latter times, we are facing grimmer tests.”
Master also mentioned in earlier Fa, “Every attachment for you to remove in your cultivation practice is a wall, standing there and blocking your path of cultivation practice. If you cannot be determined about the Fa itself, you cannot practice cultivation.” (“Environment” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
I knew several practitioners in my local area who did not do things according to the Fa principles. They did not listen to the ideas of others and often had conflicts with fellow practitioners when coordinating projects. I considered writing about these cultivation issues for a long time, but I thought that it might not be appropriate. I changed my mind today. I realized that even though everyone has a different path in cultivation practice, only those who strictly obey the Fa standards are truly Dafa practitioners. Therefore, I am writing this article to communicate with all fellow practitioners. If there are any shortcomings on my part, please kindly point them out.
Get Rid of the Attachment of Showing Off
Some coordinators in mainland China put a lot of effort into Fa-rectification activities. They work long and hard, which is very moving and appreciated. However, some of these practitioners regard the amount of time and work invested in activities as the measure of their cultivation level. They boast of their ability to be an effective coordinator; however, they do not follow the requirements of the Fa. For example, some coordinators, in an attempt to prove themselves, have lied again and again. Some of them caused discord by engaging in gossip about practitioners who did not agree with their ideas and plans. They also have a growing attachment of jealousy, but they don’t realize it. They think that nobody can judge them because they have worked very hard on various projects. Their behaviour is similar to the situation of everyday people fighting for fame and fortune. They just conceal their attachments by attempting to justify their actions. Practitioners, please remember that Master has mentioned in “Dafa Will Forever be Pure Like Diamond” in Essentials for Further Advancement, “Power is what everyday people crave, while fame is a great obstacle to reaching consummation.” Dafa directs our cultivation practice. We must respect the Fa and Master.
There is one practitioner who likes reciting the Fa and he asks others to join him. He can easily recite Master’s short articles and poems. After getting to know this practitioner better, I realized that he takes the ability of reciting the Fa as the height of his level in cultivation. He always tells others how well he can recite and uses Master’s words at will. He doesn’t have an understanding of modesty or sacredness. Sometimes, he displays a dismissive attitude and preaches to others. It seems that he thinks he is only second to Master Li. It’s dangerous for him if he continues to show himself off by reciting the Fa instead of using the Fa to direct his cultivation. Some practitioners with similar issues were persecuted several times, and still they did not look inside of themselves for shortcomings. I hope practitioners like this can correct themselves as soon as possible. Aren’t lessons from persecution a result of disrespecting Master or the Fa?
It is not recommended to go around and organize meetings too often due to issues of safety. However, some practitioners would like to organize frequent large scale meetings. A few attendees are not enough for them and they want to dominate the meetings. Sometimes, they don’t pay attention to cultivation of speech and say whatever they want. They don’t regard articles on Minghui.org as important. They only think that face-to-face discussion is effective. As time goes by, the attachment grows and the meetings are held more often. I hope those fellow practitioners can calm down and read Essentials for Further Advancement at least ten times. I also suggest that they write articles about some of their good understandings and send them to Minghui.org. Practitioners should be diligent in regards to looking inside of themselves. I hope all fellow practitioners can remove attachments soon as real Falun Dafa practitioners.
At last, let us review one paragraph from “A Heavy Blow” in Essentials for Further Advancement, “No matter how much work a person in charge has done among everyday people, he is working for Dafa out of his own will. The success of his work is only a manifestation among ordinary humans. It is the mighty power of Dafa itself and the specific arrangements made by my Law Bodies that enable people to obtain the Fa and spread the Fa widely. Without my Law Bodies doing these things, even protecting the people in charge could hardly be ensured, let alone spreading the Fa widely. So don’t always think of yourselves too highly. There is no fame, self-interest, or official titles in Dafa, but only cultivation practice. ”
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