(Clearwisdom.net) Studying the Fa diligently, looking inside oneself, being righteous in our thoughts and actions, are magic keys for success in our cultivation. In the past I have diligently studied the Fa and looked inside myself when necessary, but I have neglected maintaining righteousness in all my thoughts and actions. Righteous thoughts are godlike thoughts and righteous acts are godlike acts. Only if we are guided by the standards of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in all thoughts and actions, can we truly cultivate.
Having righteousness in every action means that every word, every move, every glance, every expression we have; the way we dress and present ourselves, etc. all need to conform to the standard of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. When we study the Fa, we need to study with a respectful heart toward Teacher and the Fa. When we do the exercises or send righteous thoughts, we should follow the correct movements and postures. While clarifying the truth, we should have a compassionate heart and truly hope to save sentient beings. Furthermore, we need to do it with righteous thoughts, not selfish or filthy thoughts. While out clarifying the truth we need to dress neatly and appropriately. Each word, each glance, each expression from us in our daily life should conform to the standard of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. We should not allow any mentality such as zealotry, showing off, seeking comfort, jealousy, hatred, competing minds, greed, curiosity, envy, looking down on someone, differentiating people, dependency, vanity, etc. We should all have a genuine compassionate heart when saving sentient beings. We should use the action of gods as our standard of pure Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
Society today has degenerated to new lows. The interactions among people have become depraved and beyond traditional human moral standards. For instance, people tell dirty jokes, become involved with pornography, or engage in inappropriate sexual relationships. People develop a perverse curiosity and interest about the lives of famous people. These things seem very normal in a degenerated society, but as for practitioners, we need to be strict with ourselves. These are definitely things that we should not allow ourselves to participate in or go along with for any reason. If you measure yourself with the standard of ordinary people, then you are an ordinary person. Only if you measure yourself with the standard of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, are you a genuine practitioner.
Due to my limited understanding at my present cultivation level, please kindly point out anything improper.