How Can a Cultivator Still be Unable to Remove the Desire to Watch TV?
(Clearwisdom.net) During a conversation with fellow practitioners today, an issue was brought up: some practitioners still cling to watching TV. Here I would like to share my opinion about this.
With the advanced development of modern technology, TV comes into millions of homes and has become an essential part of people's daily life. Although the technology has progressed dramatically and the quality of life has improved, people's morality has fallen down so much, which is quite a contrast to the development of technology. People's ideals and moral standards have been falling down at the speed of "A thousand miles per day" and are in extreme danger. The example of Zhang Guolao riding backward on his donkey, mentioned in the book Zhuan Falun, has told us of this trend.
TV comes to millions of families and opens a small theater in each home, which pleases almost everyone. Therefore, the "CCP culture" has imperceptibly brainwashed people and made people's spiritual level degenerate, which has become the main tool for the decline of moral standards.
The scenes of fighting and violence, the scenes of lasciviousness and filthiness, the illusion of singing and dancing to extol the good times, the contests to scramble for power, and everything that one expects to find, can be dazzling. People lose themselves when enjoying TV programs without even noticing.
Some people have said, "If we do not watch TV for just one day, we feel like we are losing our souls. Everything is meaningless and life is boring." They hand themselves over to the TV and the TV becomes their spiritual hope.
Of course, I do not deny the positive effect of TV in spreading knowledge and messages (such as weather, economy, social news and so on).
In the past more than 50 years while the CCP has been in power, it has been bringing the poisonous elements of the "CCP culture" to people in China with its vast propaganda machine. Since TV is so popular, adults and children, old and young, all accept the brainwashing. What TV says is always right; What TV depicts is always true. TV in China has thoroughly become the "tongue" or "tool" of the "CCP culture" to fool the common people.
It is harmful for ordinary people to accept TV brainwashing. As practitioners, since we understand it, we have more reason not to watch TV.
We cultivate "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance," while the essence in the "CCP culture" contents in TV is to spread "deceit, wickedness and violence." The two are totally different, just like heaven and earth.
Master requires "Practicing only one cultivation way" (From Zhuan Falun, Third Translation Edition in March 2000) If you "like" to watch TV, which indicates a willingness to accept brainwashing of the "CCP culture," have you violated the rule of "no second cultivation way"?
Some may say, "Aren't you too serious about it?" Because you watched, weren't you seeking it? The poisonous elements are taken into your brain.
"With the interference of various messages and the distraction of various scenes, can you remain undisturbed?" (From Zhuan Falun)
Once you are disturbed, you are "accepting" it and the "messages" in your body will be messed up. How much hardship do you have to suffer in order to remove these poisonous elements? If you can't clean them up, you will never become the holy "lotus" that is "out of soil but not soiled," and you will never meet the cultivation standards.
"Everything of contemporary mankind is messed up. Hardly any of the upright and traditional things that human beings should have exist anymore, and there's nothing that's pure and righteous anymore." ("Teaching the Fa at the Discussion on Creating Fine Art")
Not only "impure things" will pollute and poison you but also the figures (actors) in TV programs will pollute you as well since the karma carried by them spreads the dark Qi or ill Qi. The paintings on the wall by ordinary people even spread karma and dark Qi. In a like manner, you face the figures on TV who clamor for the "CCP culture."
While Master is cleaning you from the microscopic level, you are, intentionally or not, accepting "impure things." If you still don't realize it, how can you improve your xinxing? How can your realm rise up? How can your body be purified and transformed (into high energy). If you cannot get rid of the desire to watch TV, how can you cultivate? Remember, without "diamond-like will," one cannot cultivate "diamond-like bodies." Without getting rid of all the attachments and desires, one cannot reach consummation. Master said,
"You're a Dafa disciple, so what should you seek and what should you cultivate? Have you even forgotten these most basic, simplest things?"
("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference")
We are the Fa-rectification period disciples and we are endowed with a great historical mission to save sentient beings. Master said,
"Saving sentient beings and validating the Fa, these far surpass your personal cultivation, they're even greater things." ("Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference")
If you waste your precious time in watching TV, it will greatly affect your Fa study, sending forth righteous thoughts, and clarifying the truth.
Some said, "I just watch two TV shows each day and utilize the rest of time to do things (meaning the three things). Nothing is delayed." Let's not mention so-called "no delay" here. It is the issue of whether you truly put your heart into the issues of quality, effect and so on.
If you don't watch TV and spend these two hours studying the Fa calmly and "merge into the Fa," your space-time field and the countless beings corresponding to your celestial gigantic body will assimilate with the Fa and will be saved, because, Master said,
"The Fa has standards for beings. The Fa created all beings, and in its renewal the Fa also makes all beings assimilate and saves all beings. Since Dafa disciples are studying the Fa, they're actively assimilating to the Fa." ("Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference")
Studying the Fa with the thought that regards studying as a task or while wondering about a story on the TV cannot achieve the goal of assimilating to Dafa and saving the sentient beings in your celestial body.
Instead of watching TV for two hours, if you calmed down and sent forth righteous thoughts, your pure powerful righteous thoughts could eliminate so many evil elements in other dimensions, decrease the evil's persecution of fellow practitioners, and release so many sentient beings from evil control and learn the truth and therefore be saved. Master said,
"A being on earth corresponds to the cosmos and corresponds to major things, so this is a focal point, and when a person sins it is not a matter of one person sinning--think about it, it could very well involve a gigantic cosmic system. If that's the case, then when one being is destroyed perhaps a gigantic cosmic system is destroyed. And in some cases it goes beyond this." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference")
If your brain is filled with the contents of TV shows, the effect of your righteous thoughts will be decreased. You will not be able to calm down and your righteous thoughts will not be pure, therefore their power will not have a strong effect.
If you make use of these two hours to clarify the truth or advise people about quitting the "Communist Party, Youth League and Young Pioneer" with a pure and calm mind, even if you just help one learn the truth and quit the CCP, have you saved that being and the huge beings in his or her corresponding celestial body? Master said,
"If, beyond being responsible to the Fa, you have no human attachments, none of your own things, and none of your personal factors mixed in, then you are sure to do that thing well. Whereas once you've mixed in your own factors, then you can't do that thing well." ("Teaching the Fa at the Meeting with Asia-Pacific Students")
During the Fa-rectification cultivation, we must strictly adhere to the Fa principles, eliminate all kinds of attachments, keep rectifying and purifying ourselves, and eventually reach the realm of enlightened beings in the new universe.
"You're a Dafa disciple, so you can't be irresponsible to yourself or to Dafa." ("Teaching the Fa at the Meeting with Asia-Pacific Students")
Master also said,
"If a person wants to be saved, he must transcend the fact that he is in and experiencing firsthand a tough environment where there is adversity, self interest, emotions and desires."
"If you are able to step out of the reasoning and attachments of ordinary people, then you are a god."
("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 International Fa Conference in New York")
"And for precisely these reasons, it is even more important that you not neglect your own cultivation or use these things to make excuses for your shortcomings. So I hope you will do well on the path ahead." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2005 Manhattan International Fa Conference")
Because of personal limits in cultivation, please point out anything improper.