Achieving Selflessness and Altruism
(Minghui.org) A fellow practitioner told me that I was arrogant, while one of my co-workers told me that I was not sociable. Then, another practitioner mentioned during our conversation that humbleness was very important, but he found it difficult to achieve.
I paid attention to their comments and thought that I might truly have such attachments. I decided to look within.
During the past ten years, I almost died in the persecution. Therefore, I wondered if I was conceited. Although I thought it to be just a tiny attachment, I had to look within and let go of it. Master made it clear as to what is expected of practitioners in his recent “Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference.”
Besides, I attained a new understanding after studying Master's “Abandon Human Attachments and Continue True Cultivation” in Essentials for Further Advancement. It occurred to me that I did look arrogant, because I believed myself to be special.
Everyday people do not attain practitioners' xinxing levels, which can be achieved only through cultivation. Social levels are not cultivation levels. If I had the notion of looking down on some practitioners, it would stop me from being sociable and make me arrogant and immodest. It can even result in breeding demons in my mind.
There are no social levels among practitioners. There are no special Dafa practitioners. It is exactly as said in the Minghui Editorial article, Starting Point:
“... there are always some people who don't place cultivation as the first and foremost, or solidly do well the things that are needed to save people—instead they take human attachments as their starting point. Some have inflated egos and engendered demons in their own minds…When you encounter something, is your starting point cultivation and saving people, or is it about satisfying individual desires and human attachments?”
If one can give up his attachments to levels, grades, and being special, one can truly “abandon human attachments and continue true cultivation” and truly achieve “selflessness and altruism.”