We Should Cultivate Our Hearts in Everything We Do
(Clearwisdom.net) After going to Hong Kong several times to clarify the truth, I observed a common phenomenon: Frequent mental conflicts among fellow practitioners. In one recent case, I observed two tourists from Mainland China watching a Falun Dafa truth-clarification video program. Just as the program was about to show the truth of the self-immolation incident, someone called them from a distance. The two practitioners standing next to the tourists told them that someone was calling them to go, and the two Chinese tourists left right away. I felt this was wrong, and said to the practitioners, "That calling just now was a kind of interference." One practitioner's response indicated that she did not think she was wrong. I said to her again, "You know it was interference. Why didn't you try to get them to stay?"
This scenario seemed to have been over, however, on the day of my departure back to Taiwan, the fellow practitioner revealed to me, that while previously her cultivation state had been constantly improving, she was now trapped in a low state after being questioned by me. I realized that I had made a big mistake. Because my heart was not pure and compassionate at that time, what I said achieved the opposite effect from what I intended. I carefully guarded my attitude when I talked to her the first time, since I knew it would be detrimental to the whole field and bring damage to Dafa if my words caused discomfort in her. However, I failed to hold my xinxing (mind-heart nature, moral character) to a high standard when her response made me feel uncomfortable. On the surface, I seemed to have placed Dafa first, telling her what to do. But deep in my heart, I actually had a strong mentality of competing and showing off. Because my mind was not righteous, the evil took advantage of the gap. When it manifested in front of the fellow practitioner, I appeared bossy and inconsiderate (according to her description).
Speaking of a pushy and inconsiderate attitude, it reminds me of my second trip to Hong Kong. One practitioner told me that my attitude toward her was pushy (like the above-mentioned incident, I used the excuse of doing Dafa work well to cover up my attachment). When this fellow practitioner described very carefully the content, expression, and tone of what I said to her, her description was surprisingly different from what I remembered.
These two events made me realize that when we are together with fellow practitioners, the evil will take advantage of any gaps in our cultivation. They will use it against us to cause misunderstandings between us if one of us has attachments. The evil can feed our attachment, making it more difficult for us to abandon it. We should respect and value fellow practitioners' views on Dafa work, and not forcefully impose our own views on others. If we see weak points in our fellow practitioner's attitudes or behavior, we should harmonize it rather than shunning our responsibilities and attacking it. We also need to pay more attention to every thought of ours and prevent the evil forces from manipulating the situation to intensify conflicts among fellow practitioners.