Enlightenment about the Attachments of Showing Off and Zealotry
(Clearwisdom.net) For a period of time I could not control my attachments of showing off and zealotry. Whenever I heard something new or achieved something, I would tell other practitioners. I knew that these were very bad attachments. Digging deep, I found these attachments were caused by my vanity, the need to feel superior, and seeking fame. I wondered how I could get rid of these attachments.
One day when I was on the bus on my way home, a thought came to me: “The showing off mentality and zealotry reflect a low state.” I was suddenly enlightened. Why did I strive to feel superior? Wasn't it because I was in a low state? A divine being’s single thought can create a new world, but a divine being would not be complacent about that, because that is natural for divine beings; it is a natural demonstration of their ability and wisdom. Just as an ordinary person should not feel proud and show off about being able to eat and drink. As a cultivator, keeping a good cultivation state is something natural, and there is nothing to show off about it.
“Some are more capable when it comes to one thing, others with another--you definitely shouldn't let your thoughts run wild based on that. You say that you have such great abilities and so on and so forth, but that was all bestowed upon you by the Fa! Actually, it wouldn't work if you failed to attain that level of abilities. Fa-rectification required your wisdom to reach that point, so you definitely shouldn't think that you're so capable. Some practitioners want me to check out their abilities and skills. But actually, what I think is, all of that was given by me, so there's no need to look.” (“Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference”)
When we do something right and do it well it is because we meet the requirement of the Fa and of Master. This is the correct state that we should reach. It wouldn't even do if we couldn't make it! What's worth being proud of and showing off?
The Fa of the cosmos is so boundless that we barely know a tiny bit of it. Compared to the requirements of the Fa, I am far behind. Whenever I become enlightened to a new level of the Fa, besides being in awe of the deep, mysterious, and extraordinary Master and Fa, I feel even more that I am very tiny. In front of Master and Dafa, I can only be very humble and impressed. Thinking about this, I suddenly felt that the show off mentality and zealotry were very humdrum. Those pretentious thoughts were also mostly gone. Only through calm, rational, and solid cultivation can one truly improve his/her own state.