Fame: A Crucial Test in Cultivation
(Minghui.org) Fame is based on reputation and is sought after by many, but not all achieve it. It greatly impacts people's lives.
Why did Xiang Yu, a famous king and warrior, commit suicide? He could not live with defeat and the associated loss of fame.
After being defeated by Liu Bang, the king of Han, at Gaixia (today it is called Anhui Province) and having lost over 100,000 soldiers, Xiang Yu could have escaped and found a way to return to fame and glory. Instead he killed himself.
He said, “Even if the people continue to accept me as their king, I don't have the courage to face them.” He chose death over life because of a deep seated attachment.
Fame as a Deeply Hidden Attachment
The world's people want to achieve fame and put much emphasis on reputation. How does this manifest? People look for compliments, which is a way of seeking fame. A lot of effort is put into the pursuit of fame.
If you can't see this, observe yourself and examine if you have the attachment to fame. Sometimes the pursuit of fame may be hidden and very difficult to uncover.
Fame as a Crucial Test for Practitioners
Seeking reputation may be associated with doing good deeds. But, from a cultivation standpoint, the intent to do good deeds is not pure.
The pursuit of fame may result in going all out when clarifying the facts about Falun Dafa, cultivating, and saving sentient beings.
The collapse of the Chinese communist party may be in the stars far sooner than we expect. When the entire world hears and understands the truth about Falun Dafa, how are they going to compliment Dafa disciples? This would establish great fame for practitioners, but, would it not also be a crucial test for practitioners on their path to godhood?