Seen in Another Dimension: The Importance of Cooperation and the Attachments to Profit and Fantasy Novels
(Minghui.org) I recently enlightened to some things I saw with my celestial eye. I want to share them with fellow practitioners as a reminder to cultivate ourselves more diligently and save more sentient beings.
Practitioners' Abilities and Cooperation
I saw that every Falun Dafa practitioner has many abilities, which connect with the abilities of other practitioners, just like chemical bonds in molecules. While we cooperate with others, others also cooperate with us.
The bonding issue among practitioners made me realize that no matter what we do to validate the Fa, it is impossible to do it on our own. No project can be done completely independently from others; even confidential projects require cooperation among practitioners.
When we use stories from a Dafa website to clarify the facts about the cultivation practice, it is a most simple form of cooperation with practitioners who run the media.
To illustrate the issue by example: Graphite and diamond are composed of pure carbon, but they have completely different physical properties. In a diamond, the carbon atoms are arranged tetrahedrally [composed of four lateral planes in addition to the top and bottom]. It forms a strong, rigid three-dimensional structure that gives a diamond extraordinary strength, hardness and durability. On the other hand, the carbon atoms in graphite are arranged in horizontal, hexagonal arrays. The planar arrays are loosely held together through weak stacking forces, rendering the graphite soft and slippery.
Thus, if a cultivator only focuses on his own project and doesn't pay much attention to other projects, he will lose his connection to others, just like the loose structure of graphite. Then, the evil can easily take advantage and separate him from other practitioners.
“Different approaches are in fact the all-encompassing way in which roles are dynamically distributed in the operations of the Fa, and the Fa-power is a reflection of the one body.” (“Comment on a Student's Article,” from The Essentials of Diligent Progress, VOL. III)
It is true that each practitioner works on different projects. It is not possible for everyone to join the same project or take part in all projects. But no matter what we do, we must form one indestructible body.
Financial Lures and Traps
Under the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution policy to “bankrupt them [practitioners] financially,” many practitioners have lost their jobs and suffered large financial loses. But that wasn't the end of the persecution.
The evil entities arranged all kinds of investment traps to test whether a cultivator has the attachment to personal gain and profit.
In most cases, these entities took everything from a Dafa practitioner. While it looked impossible for the practitioner to make a living through hard work, they would arrange an opportunity to make easy money, which appealed to the practitioner. This was to see whether the practitioner believed in Master or gave in to his greed.
Through my third eye, I saw that all the financial management programs, including stocks, different funds, and virtual currencies, are products driven by people's greed and under the control of evil entities. Even if someone profited from the investments, the profits itself carried a lot of karma and resentment from those who had lost the money.
Some investment programs are disguised forms of usurious loans. Those who participate in it became an accomplice of the loan officers.
A practitioner shared that after he made some quick money through an investment program, he immediately lost the equal amount of money in other areas. He realized that if the money is not yours, you cannot keep it.
I also saw that once a cultivator becomes attached to profit, the evil would place a black, malignant tumor in his body. The tumor grows hand in hand with his attachment while destroying his righteous thoughts and other righteous elements in his dimensions.
When the tumor reaches a certain size, it would manifest in this dimension, which may be in the form of bankruptcy or severe physical tribulations. In some cases, the evil waited to destroy the practitioner at the last moment, when the practitioner is close to reaching consummation, before taking him down. All of these arrangements are very evil, and none of us should get trapped in them.
Such problems weren't a simple matter of one exchanging de for money or making dirty money. It involves the issue whether one truly cultivates and whether one believes in Master. It also disgraces the sacred title of “Fa-rectification Period Dafa Disciples.” No matter whether one gains or loses money in those programs, one is helping the evil destroy mankind and will be punished for that.
For those who have already gotten involved in these activities, it is not too late to withdraw from it now. When we truly realize the problem and have a sincere heart to do better in the future, Master will help us.
Question: “My Third Eye had opened before I started the practice. I make my living by fortune-telling. Do I have to give up my job?”
Teacher: “I have to be responsible to you. On the other hand, it will be ensured that you, a Dafa disciple, can make a living, which is the way it should be.” (Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Switzerland)
The Minghui website has published many articles on how to break through financial persecution. They can provide excellent references and insights for practitioners who hold that type of attachment.
Some practitioners have strong attachments of curiosity and quest and read novels. When they could not find such stories on Dafa websites, they began to read fantasy novels on the internet. But often times they would become mentally confused and lax about doing the three things after reading the novels. The more they did not feel like doing the three things, the more time they might spend on reading the fantasy novels, resulting in a vicious circle.
Fantasy novels and other fictions that can be downloaded from the internet are also part of the old forces' arrangements. These confuse people with modern concepts, notions and temptations, preventing people from following traditional wisdom taught by divine beings and the ability to obtain the righteous Fa.
Behind the words in fantasy novels are all kinds of demons controlling different desires. When a person reads it (which means one is pursuing it), those demons will get into the person's body, replicate themselves and control the person to do bad things.
Using the Fa for Guidance
Some practitioners also like to read mysterious stories or experiences on popular Chinese websites or blogs written by some so-called cultivators. Some people claim to be Dafa cultivators. Think about it: while the persecution is still going on in China, how can the evil regime allow a Dafa cultivator to publish their stories on a popular Chinese website? Doesn't that tell us something?
These articles usually fall into two categories: some are published by special agents to find opportunities to persecute Dafa practitioners, and others are written by real Dafa practitioners who have a strong attachment to showing off. When their articles were rejected for publication on Dafa websites, they turned to other websites, looking for an audience to satisfy their show-off mentality.
Worse still, some practitioners consult with someone who claims that his third eye is open instead of evaluating things based on the Fa when they encounter a cultivation test. These were all arrangements by the old forces to make cultivators stumble.
Some practitioners argue that they had read Dafa books many times and that they could not enlighten to anything after reading them; that's why they turned to fantasy novels for “enlightenment.” Instead of looking within, they turned to looking externally.
When we do not enlighten to new insights when reading Dafa books, it's very likely that we need to improve ourselves. Many practitioners are so devoted to doing the three things that they do not have the leisure of feeling “lonely” or “bored.” Practitioners who feel lonely or bored need to look within and truly cultivate.
“A person is like a container, and he is whatever he contains. All of what a person sees with the eyes and hears with the ears are: violence, lust, power struggles in literary works, struggles for profit in the practical world, money worship, other manifestations of demon-nature, and so on. With his head filled with these, this kind of person is truly a bad person, no matter what he appears to be. A person’s behavior is dictated by his thoughts. With a mind full of such things, what’s a person able to do? It is only because everyone’s mind is more or less contaminated to some extent that people cannot detect the problem that has surfaced. Incorrect social trends that are reflected in every aspect of society are imperceptibly changing people, poisoning mankind, and creating a large number of what people call “anti-tradition,” “anti-upright,” and “anti-moral” human beings with demon-nature. This is what’s truly worrisome!” (“Melt Into the Fa,” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
What Master talked about in the article “Melt Into the Fa” is very serious. I hope practitioners who have such problems can learn from Master's words, rid themselves of the attachments of curiosity, and be responsible to themselves.
All of what I see is from my limited level. I hope fellow practitioners will use the Fa as guidance. Please kindly point out anything improper.