"Spending Money Like Water" Cannot Replace Cultivation
(Clearwisdom.net) I recently came to understand that "spending money like water" cannot replace cultivation. Upgrading xinxing cannot occur without removing one's attachments.
I proposed many times to the practitioner who makes truth-clarifying materials that I'd like to donate some money. Every time I offered, the practitioner declined, telling me that he/she was not short of money. The person suggested that, since I had such good will, I could buy my own equipment and start to make truth-clarifying materials myself. After this practitioner had urged me many times, I bought the equipment to burn discs. After that, I burned some discs now and then, but still took books and other materials from other practitioners. Again, I mentioned many times that I'd like to donate some money. After reading several articles on the Clearwisdom website about "the issue of collecting money," I searched inside myself and found quite a few attachments.
1. Relying on others: I rely on fellow practitioners with technical skills and do not want to do things by myself.
2. Laziness: I withdraw as soon as I encounter tasks that demand a little more technical knowledge and find excuses for my laziness.
3. Fear: I'm afraid that the evil would discover and then persecute me. This is the filthiest attachment of selfishness that puts fellow practitioners in danger and me in comfort.
4. I had an impure thought in my heart: to show that I also participated in the Fa rectification by donating money, and I wanted to use this as the excuse for my attachments and fear that I had not let go of.
"Giving up wealth is, of course, an aspect of loss, and a relatively major aspect as well. But the loss we refer to is not limited to this narrow scope. As practitioners, in the course of cultivation there are so many attachments to be relinquished, such as the mentality of showing off, jealousy, the competitive mentality, and zealotry. Many different attachments must be discarded, for the loss we discuss is one in a broad sense. During the entire course of cultivation, we should lose all everyday people's attachments and various desires." (Zhuan Falun)
In Fa rectification, what Master wants from us is our pure and righteous hearts, which are the most precious. Only through cultivating ourselves well; having a heart of compassion, benevolence and sanctity; taking Fa study to heart; treating sending righteous thoughts seriously; doing solid work in clarifying the truth; and saving sentient beings can we truly complete our magnificent vows made in prehistoric times and fulfill our noble oaths. "Spending money like water" mixed with various attachments and human hearts is merely ordinary people's generous behavior and can be taken advantage of by the evil. I believe that those practitioners who strive vigorously on the path of cultivation, view all things in the human world as illusion, and sacrifice a lot while going through the storms in helping Master in Fa rectification must have earned great respect from divine beings.