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Cultivating Away the Attachment of Relying on Teacher

May 28, 2006 |   By a Falun Dafa practitioner in China

(Clearwisdom.net) I would like to share with fellow practitioners the following passages from Teacher's article, "Comments for Republication," in Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa:

"... there is a tendency you should be cautious of: don't go looking for new and unheard of things in Dafa. Some people do, in fact, constantly try to find out what new things I have said, what new books have come out, what the new direction is, other sorts of things, and so on. You need to calm your minds and continue cultivating steadily. The truth is, no matter how many more scriptures we publish, they are merely supplementary materials to Zhuan Falun. Only Zhuan Falun can truly guide your cultivation. It contains inner meanings that go from the level of ordinary people to incomparable heights. As long as you continue to cultivate, Zhuan Falun will always guide your elevation in cultivation."

"The publication of this book, Explaining the Content, is also for the purpose of guiding you to learn Zhuan Falun well. I hope that Dafa disciples can take the Fa as their teacher, deter interference, and cultivate solidly--this is how a person makes diligent progress."

On March 26, 2006, the "Minghui Weekly" reported that Teacher had attended the Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference held in Manhattan and had spoken for an hour. Upon learning the news, I eagerly awaited Teacher's new article to appear on the website. Every time I logged onto the Minghui/Clearwisdom website, the very first thing I did was to find out whether Teacher's speech had been published or not. When I did not see the article, I had the feeling of being lost. When I thought over this feeling more deeply, I asked myself what is this feeling of being lost. It is a mindset of human attachments. Although a cultivator longing for the Fa is understandable, we will not be meeting the requirement of the Fa if we stick to this attachment, instead of cultivating ourselves solidly.

When the news of the secret concentration camp became known, I had the strong desire to hear Teacher's instructions on the issue. Then when I heard the news of Teacher attending the New York conference, my mind became unstable. I could not cultivate calmly and walk my own path of cultivation in dealing with the situation. I had this strong desire to obtain a firm direction from Teacher.

Teacher had said:

"You cannot always rely on me to bring you up to a higher level while you, yourself do not move. Only after the Fa is explicitly stated do you make a move. If it is not taught clearly, you do not move, or move backward. I cannot recognize such behavior as cultivation practice."("Digging Out the Roots," Essentials for Further Advancement)

Every time a new circumstance appears, we need to cultivate ourselves solidly in order to have righteous thoughts in which to face and comprehend the situation, instead of always depending on Teacher to give us direction. Only when we solidly study Zhuan Falun, will we understand everything. We need to strictly take the Fa as Teacher. We need to walk our own path through studying the Fa. We need to establish our mighty virtue. We cannot hold onto Teacher's hand and not let go.

What do we do when we take the Fa as Teacher? First, I consider studying the Fa solidly. For a long time, I have deeply felt the true meaning of "solidness." It is not easy to achieve solidness. It is inseparable with a cultivator's state and complements one's own xinxing. At this stage, each one of us needs to have a rational, solid basis while we study the Fa, send forth righteous thoughts, and clarify the truth. In whatever activity we are doing, we need to have a strong mindset, without drifting. I enlightened to the meaning of solidly cultivating, with rationality, reason, and compassion. As Falun Dafa practitioners, we calmly and solidly cultivate like diamonds, we are steadfast, and look within. We may then enlighten to the same Fa principle. The attachment of looking forward to Teacher's new Fa lectures is a display of looking outwardly and is not a display of solidness. It is a drifting mind and we should get rid of it.

Furthermore, whatever we encounter on the path of cultivation, we are not to be led by our attachments. We need to study Zhuan Falun solidly, send forth righteous thoughts solidly, and cultivate solidly.

The above is my own understanding. Please kindly point out anything improper.