Do Not Use Human Thoughts to Judge Master's Fa
(Clearwisdom.net) Because we are cultivating among everyday people, our bodies, from the microcosm to the macrocosm are full of all kinds of notions formed during our many past lives, and those notions have replaced our natural instincts. They dominate almost everything we do, including how we eat or drink, what we wear, the way we live, our methods of transportation, and even our view of the world, time, space, and matter. Everything is infused with these notions that we have formed among everyday people. Because Master is purifying our bodies at different levels, through our constant improvement in cultivation, these things have been continuously eliminated. Although we are practicing Dafa, enlightening in this level of the Fa, these notions are deep-rooted in our thoughts. If our righteous thoughts fade a little, then we will be moved by these notions. Just like Master said : "a lot of our practitioners cannot release many of their attachments. Many attachments have already become second nature, and these people themselves cannot detect them." (Zhuan Falun)
Master used the phrase "the last" many times in his recent articles. The purpose was to encourage us to do better, yet I found that many practitioners took the phrase to be "at last," implying that we had already moved to the final stage, so why bother to do this or that. An understanding that condones carelessness and relaxation is extreme in my view.
The attachment to time has come up again. Before we were looking towards the end, now we are attached to having reached the end. One practitioner said: "It is already in the last phase, so what are we afraid of? " They won't listen to other practitioners' advice, and they insist on having their own way, showing themselves off and feeding the heart of validating themselves. They are careless about personal safety and work irrationally, causing losses to themselves and other practitioners.
Someone else has said: "Since we're already in the last phase, there's no need to save money. We should put all our money into making Dafa materials." This attitude has caused family conflicts. My understanding is that we cannot use human notions to comprehend Master's Fa regarding "the last." Maybe Master's saying that is a test for us. When we use human notions to understand the meaning of "the last," it might mean "several days," "several months," or "several years," but in gods' eyes it is just an instant. So how can we use human notions to judge Master's Fa regarding "the last?" In the past, monks had to be extremely cautious for a whole lifetime of cultivation, and they dared not slack off a tiny bit. Here we have only cultivated a little more than ten years, yet our hearts are already unstable. Is that right?
Master has said, "I'd say that our Falun Dafa students have higher xinxing than monks do in the Dharma-Ending Period. I said that my students' xinxing is higher than monks'..." ("Comments Regarding the Fa-Rectification Made at the Falun Dafa Assistants Meeting in Beijing") Then we should ask ourselves whether we meet Master's requirements? Think about the money that we wasted by being careless in making Dafa materials, or how we fight with fellow practitioners. Maybe, subconsciously, we are still attached to "the last" and want to relax? With human notions, when we have expectations, then we will have disappointments at the same time. While cultivating, the more we are attached to some result, the more easily we will be driven by that result. When we don't achieve the goal, our righteous thoughts might be weakened and our human hearts could then arise, making it harder to believe Master, or believe in the Fa, and causing us to sink into a bad state.
We just have to honestly do what we should, put down the human heart, and steadily do the three things that Master told us to do. Do not ask for rewards, do not be attached to the results; everything will naturally be in it.