(Clearwisdom.net) There is a saying, "What is this qing that human beings live and die for?" From the view of a practitioner, qing is an obstacle that prevents one from upgrading to higher levels. It is something that one needs to eliminate. Teacher said,
"Qing is the fundamental source for the breeding of attachments." ("Teaching the Fa and Answering Questions in Guangzhou" from Zhuan Falun Fajie - The Law of Zhuan Falun Explained)
Many practitioners are unable to firmly cultivate all the way to the end because of qing, and they can't step forward to validate the Fa, clarify the truth, or save sentient beings. Qing is a roadblock that must be eliminated. One story goes like this, "One person cultivated to a high level and was about to rise to heaven following her teacher. Her teacher had told her not to look back. When she was about to fly up, she heard her mother chasing after her and crying. At first, she remembered her teacher's words and was not moved by it. However, when the weeping became more and more heart wrenching, she was moved and looked back to see her mother for the last time. However, as soon as she turned, she fell down. The 'mother' was a demon. The demon laughed, 'I have followed you for 500 years just for this day!' Although this person had cultivated for many years, she was destroyed in a moment by qing. She regretted her actions but by then it was too late."
In the latest issue of Minghui Weekly, there was an article by an older practitioner. At first, she didn't go to Beijing to validate Dafa, fearing that it would negatively affect her son. However, her son insulted her using propaganda that had been broadcast on TV, and added that her actions would kill her grandson. Her son even kicked and beat her. Finally, she became clearheaded and realized that it was wrong not to validate Dafa out of the attachment to qing. So she went to Beijing. By the time she returned home, her son had changed his attitude. He even helped her to distribute materials that explained the goodness of Falun Gong and the evilness of the persecution by the CCP.
"Nowadays people consider emotion really important, yet emotion is one of the most unreliable things. "When you're nice to me I'm happy, and when you're no longer nice to me the feeling is gone." Then how could you count on that thing?" ("Teaching the Fa at the Meeting with Asia-Pacific Students")
During our path of cultivation, we need to clearly recognize qing and take it more and more lightly. In ordinary society, interpersonal relationships between family or friends are mostly for material interests, especially in modern society, which has low morality. When you are doing well or have power, everyone will come to visit you and be nice to you. However, when you are out of power or your fortunes sink, everyone will avoid you and look down on you. Some will even harm you. This is caused by qing. Human beings live in a maze and live for qing. Some people disregard money, reputation, or social status, but pay a lot of attention to qing. They think that qing is priceless. We are cultivators. Fame, personal gain, and qing are all things we need to eliminate.
"We do not seek what everyday people want. Instead, what we get is something everyday people cannot obtain--even though they want to--except through cultivation practice. (Zhuan Falun)
While ordinary people regard fame, self interest, and qing as the true meaning of life, we view them as low-level things.
If we are attached to affection for our families and fear that they will be negatively affected, and if we miss the opportunity to validate Dafa and save sentient beings because of this, we will regret it. In addition, Teacher will be disappointed and so will the sentient beings. In fact, our families would be harmed, because whoever interferes with Fa validation is a demon.
"In the course of samsara, you have had mothers who were human and non-human, and there are too many of them to be numbered. It is also countless how many sons and daughters you have had throughout your different lifetimes. Who is your mother? Who is your son or daughter? No one knows it after one passes away. You must still pay for what you owe others. Human beings live in delusion and just cannot give up these things. Some people cannot let go of their sons and daughters and claim how good they are, and then they pass away. One may speak of how good one's mother is, but then she also dies. This person grieves so much that he almost wants to follow her for the rest of his life. Why don't you think about it? Aren't they here to torment you? They use this form to make you unable to lead a good life."
"your parents have passed away. They told you to do some things... all of which are things that you should not do. If you do them, it will be bad. It is just so tough to be a practitioner." (Zhuan Falun)
As Dafa practitioners we are compassionate and kind to everyone, including our families. Of course, we can't go to another extreme and not care about them. Under all circumstances we need to be wise, rational, and compassionate. We are kind to everyone. But no one can interfere with our doing the three things well. This is the relationship.
We need to eliminate all evil beings and factors that interfere with Fa validation and saving sentient beings. Any form of interference is not allowed. The interference from deceased family members is certainly not allowed because their time in this human world has ended. If they still interfere, they are demons. Out of compassion, we can explain to them that if they keep interfering, they will be eliminated.
"Those who are attached to affection for family will definitely be burned, entangled, and tormented by it. Pulled by the threads of affection and plagued by them throughout their lives, they will find it too late to regret at the end of their lives." ("Cultivators' Avoidances" from Essentials for Further Advancement)
We, as Dafa disciples, have a solemn responsibility and mission. We can't allow interference by any form of the demon of qing. Only when we completely eliminate qing can we reach consummation and return to our origins with Teacher.
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