Attachment to Human Emotion Does Harm to Oneself and Others
(Clearwisdom.net) Practitioner A is an older lady who experienced many tribulations when she was young. Now she is practicing Falun Gong diligently, and she is well-known in her local area. People know that she practices Falun Gong and that she is a good person. The officers from the police station also know that she is a practitioner and often go to her home to harass her.
Practitioner A's neighbor is Lady B, who is about 50 years old. Practitioner A has told Lady B about Falun Gong and the persecution, so Lady B knows that Falun Gong is good and she is very supportive of Falun Gong. When the police went to Lady B and asked her to monitor Practitioner A, she refused and said, "She is a good person. Why should I monitor her?" The officials from the police station and the residential office were very unhappy.
Practitioner A was so touched after Lady B told her about this. They were longtime neighbors and had always had a good relationship. After this happened, Practitioner A's affection for Lady B grew. She felt that Lady B was a nice person who knew the truth about Falun Dafa, so she thought, "I should treat her well." She even saved some green onions from her own field to give to Lady B. Later, Lady B frequently went to Practitioner A's home, saying that she missed her a lot.
In time, Practitioner A started to be less vigilant about watching what she said. She even told Lady B what kind of Falun Gong informational materials she had in her home. Now, we all know that this persecution was a malicious "test" arranged by the old forces for the Falun Gong practitioners. Practitioner A started to rely on Lady B. She thought that Lady B was good, even comparable to fellow practitioners. In the end her human sentiments and lack of cultivation of speech provided loopholes for the old forces to persecute her.
The old forces could care less about getting ordinary people to do wrong in order to achieve their goal of testing Falun Gong disciples. The officers from the police station and residential office enticed Lady B by helping her husband obtain a city hukou (a residential status in a city) and providing Lady B's 80-year-old mother with a pension. Generally speaking, it is not easy to turn a rural hukou into a city hukou, which usually costs a lot of money, and more importantly, is dependent upon a favorable relationship with officials in authority. For a normal person, the pension is also a big deal. As a result, Lady B compromised for the sake of money, turning from a good person who supported Falun Gong into an agent for the police.
She started to investigate Practitioner A. Finally, Lady B told the officials in the police station what Falun Gong materials Practitioner A kept at home. Later, the police sentenced Practitioner A to forced labor again based on the information that Lady B provided. Practitioner A didn't even know about this until she was arrested.
Lady B looked very energetic when she supported Dafa, but she had a car accident and broke her leg after she committed big wrongdoings.
Lady B knew that Falun Dafa is good, so why did she change? It is because Practitioner A's attachments were magnified and her loopholes were taken advantage of by the old forces. As a consequence, an ordinary person was pushed to the edge of destruction. The practitioner was sentenced to forced labor, which brought great losses to saving sentient beings.
It would be different if Practitioner A hadn't developed a sisterly affection towards Lady B, but just did what she should do: "If you don't know the truth, I just "clarify the truth to you;" if you are in difficulty, I can help you, but I will not get attached to any outcome." Also, other things happened during this period: Practitioner A and Lady B often met to chat and kept fresh vegetables for each other. Practitioner A even helped Lady B's son find a girlfriend, and so on. These are not the things that we must do, nor are they one of the three things Falun Dafa disciples are expected to do, so we shouldn't be attached to them.
From this human dimension, the police will also think, "Oh, this person is not valuable to use because they seldom contact each other and their relationship is not that close." As a consequence, the things mentioned above would not have happened. As Dafa disciples, we cannot take this lightly.
If we have complete faith in the Fa, take the Fa as Teacher, and do everything according to Dafa, then we can disintegrate the evil and walk on a righteous path of our own.
Some fellow practitioners cannot let go of their human attachments, such as strong affection for classmates, chatting about a lot of useless topics, strong affection toward ordinary people or fellow practitioners, and getting along with each other like ordinary people. I think all these should be avoided. Dafa disciples' time is precious. We accord with everyday people as much as possible, but we should try to use as much time as possible on the three things.
The above is only my personal understanding. Please point it out if you find anything inappropriate.