Have We Reached the Realm of "The Next Person's Things Are Your Things"?
(Clearwisdom.net) Teacher said,
"In these situations your conduct should always show Dafa disciples' tolerance, kindness, and niceness. The next person's things are your things, and your things are his things." ("Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference," July 22, 2002)
Some practitioners can do it. Some just do it to some extent. I think this is not a small issue because it reflects whether a practitioner is competent to be "a practitioner during Fa-rectification period." Therefore, we should not neglect this issue. It's also closely related with what Teacher has emphasized again and again about cooperation between practitioners. Only when we reach such a realm can we completely eliminate the obstacles between practitioners, strengthen our righteous thoughts and brighten our dimension.
Looking back on my own cultivation experience, there are many things I regret. I missed many opportunities to improve myself. For example, when a practitioner was arrested, I just complained instead of supplementing it well. I complained that local practitioners hadn't done well. I sent forth righteous thoughts but didn't even write a letter persuading the police to be kind. I now think that this wasn't a small issue. I am far from the realm of "the next person's things are your things, and your things are his things." I didn't even realize my selfishness until today. I wasn't compassionate toward fellow practitioners. I have been wondering these years, why I am not compassionate and why are my righteous thoughts not powerful? I think this is exactly the reason.
Some practitioners had conflicts with each other. For example, one practitioner often mentioned to me his conflict with another practitioner. I only helped him to analyze the reason, but now I think I should take action to help him. I should discuss it with the other practitioner and bridge the gap between them. I think this is the manifestation of "The next person's things are your things, and your things are his things." Now I feel that I am making great progress.
Teacher requires us to "...attain the righteous Enlightenment of selflessness and altruism." ("Non-Omission in Buddha-Nature" from Essentials for Further Advancement). Cultivation is manifested in many respects. For some attachments, we can remove them when we are aware of them. For some realms, we need to take action and establish our mighty virtue.