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Letting Go of Attachment to Imposing My Perceptions on Others

December 28, 2018 |   By a Falun Dafa practitioner in China

(Minghui.org) There are two fellow practitioners who study the Fa with me regularly. We enlighten to the teachings of Falun Dafa, help to save people, and work together to rescue imprisoned practitioners. There have been joyful times, sad times, as well as encouraging and angry moments. I want to thank the fellow practitioners for giving me the gift of “stick wake-ups” (or critical reminders) to stay on track.

I was very self-righteous. I was also not very diligent in my cultivation, but I had a high opinion of myself since I thought that I did everything according to the Fa. After my issues were brought forth, however, I looked within and found that I had only cultivated superficially and not truly worked at eliminating my deep-rooted attachments. I would instead brag about myself as if everything I had enlightened to was right.

Due to my self-righteousness, I habitually applied my perceptions onto other practitioners. It was not cultivating myself but comparing Dafa's standards to fellow practitioners. If it weren’t for their calling me out on this, I don't know how long it would have taken for me to realize this attachment. I really want to thank these practitioners.

I used to think that this “self-righteousness” was the confidence I had gained from the Fa. In reality, hidden within this self-righteousness were many inconspicuous attachments such as looking down on others, selfishness, imposing my will, not considering others' feelings, and always being critical. I would say anything that came to my mind and do whatever I thought was right. This was a big exposure of my demon-nature.

I came to realize that whenever you are at home or with practitioners you know very well, you are most likely to relax and expose your demon-nature. In reality, a real cultivator who cultivates well would behave like a diligent practitioner no matter the time or place; always watching his words and behavior as a practitioner should.

Master Li said:

“This would suggest that mind and matter are the same.” (The First Talk, Zhuan Falun)

I enlightened that if your character has cultivated to a certain level, your behavior should be of that level. A cultivator should be virtuous, benevolent and compassionate. Why should one upset another practitioner? This is because I cultivated poorly, and I must make more effort to elevate my morality.

I hope fellow practitioners will continue to point out flaws in my cultivation in the future!