We Cannot Forget What Is Essential for Us
(Clearwisdom.net) Ever since I studied the lecture "Teaching the Fa in the City of Los Angeles," the part at the end of it "I hope everyone will do better and better at the end. Be sure not to become lax. You must not slack off, and you must not become apathetic." always comes up in my mind. I often remind myself that I must walk the last portion of my path well. I had thought that my cultivation status was pretty good until I watched the flash video story named "Selfishness" made by practitioners overseas. The video shocked me and made me aware of my existing problems.
The main story of the flash video was: When a special human being was initially born into this world, he felt very cold and hungry and he was miserable. Gods were benevolent to him and endowed him with special abilities and skills. At the same time, gods told him to use these abilities and skills to bring happiness to other human beings. In the beginning, this special human being carried out gods' will out of awe and gratitude. He did a lot of good things for others, who in turn repaid him gratitude and praise. Gradually, the special human being started to consider himself important and extraordinary. He started to develop the attachment of arrogance and forgot that all he obtained came from the gods. Furthermore, he thought he was even more important than gods. His life became easier and more comfortable. In the end, his abilities became weaker and weaker and his situation grew worse and worse. Eventually he awakened to the truth and repented of his mistakes.
After reading this story, I was touched. Comparing myself to that special human being, I found I had become more and more arrogant and deviated from the Fa. A lot of things were illusionary and grew from my own attachments. I realized my cultivation was in danger. Through introspection, although I have been doing the Three Things, I have been doing them for the sake of doing them. In another sense, I have been doing them for myself, because I know, "If I don't do them, I won't be able to reach the end of the path." Therefore, I did them out of selfishness.
After realizing my problem, I started to become level-headed. I tried to focus my true self in my Fa study, sending forth righteous thoughts, and truth clarification. I measured myself with the Fa. Little by little I became steady with a clear mind. I knew how to deny the arrangements of the old forces.
As a Dafa disciple in the Fa-rectification period, we have on our shoulders the mission and responsibility to save sentient beings. Only when we do the Three Things well and steadily, can we cultivate ourselves well and complete the path of a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple and return to our original places. While doing all these things, we should always remember to put Dafa first and do things well. This is what is really essential for us.