Lust Damages the Buddha Fa and Harms Lives
(Minghui.org) Before the persecution of Falun Dafa started in 1999, a certain male practitioner liked to go and study the Fa at the home of a female practitioner more than 10 years his junior. Other practitioners noticed this and reminded them to pay attention to the issue and safeguard the image of Dafa practitioners. But the male practitioner ignored them and said, “You have too many human notions. I do not have those thoughts.”
This practitioner also continued to smoke and could not quit. Other practitioners stopped going to the woman's house to study, so every evening the male and female practitioners studied the Fa together. The female practitioner's husband did not practice and had to wait for them to finish Fa-study before going to sleep. A practice site assistant reminded the male practitioner to be considerate of others and recommended a different Fa-study location. The male practitioner replied, “If I am not allowed to study the Fa at her place, I will quit practicing.” Later, he indeed stopped practicing.
This is a serious situation. If we examine history, can we find examples of enlightened beings or gods succeeding in cultivation while they harbored such attachments toward someone of the opposite gender? These notions are very base and need to be eliminated. Otherwise, the heavens would be similar to human society.
In Essentials for Further Advancement, Master said,
“Those who are attached to lust are no different from wicked people. While reciting the scriptures, they even cast furtive glances; they are far from the Dao and are wicked, everyday people.”
Therefore, practitioners should follow the Fa and cultivate toward purity.
Here are more examples. A practitioner in his 60s used to be diligent and went to Beijing to tell people about Falun Dafa. His wife had died, and their adult children lived in other cities. He produced Falun Dafa materials at home. As the need for materials increased, he found a female practitioner, a retired teacher of a similar age, to come to help him every evening. The male practitioner's son would sometimes come to visit him. So that the son would not find out they were making flyers and start to worry, they hid the materials. The son saw that his father stayed with the woman alone, but he did not know what they were doing and did not know what to say. The female practitioner was embarrassed, too. Sometime later, the female practitioner returned home one night after making materials and died. Her children did not know until the next day. The male practitioner said that he was very sorry about the female practitioner, and he also passed away soon after that. This incident caused some gossip among everyday people.
Degeneration such as lust has made men and women unable to live together with rationality. This has harmed family members on both sides and contributed to society's moral decay. The issue of lust has broken countless families apart and brought mankind's moral values to destruction. This could be one of the ways that communism destroys mankind.
Falun Dafa cultivation directly points at our hearts. When male and female practitioners cannot work together with rationality, it is a manifestation of lust.
In Zhuan Falun (Volume II), Master said,
“The only way for human beings to reach such heights is via cultivation. Only by ridding oneself of attachments and desires through grueling cultivation and by assimilating to the special property of the universe—Zhen Shan Ren—is it possible to reach a level that high.”
Fa-rectification cultivation is even more serious as Dafa disciples' words and actions relate to whether sentient beings can be saved. We have to eliminate hidden attachments in our hearts and rectify our behavior at the same time. Only then can everyday people, who have suffered from moral degeneration, see that we are good people in both words and action. Only then can we walk on and establish the path for human beings to journey toward divinity.
One male practitioner knew many computer and printer techniques and did some things to validate the Fa. Because of his attachments, he was persecuted and was forced to stay away from his home for a long time. For many years, he lived at a single female practitioner's home. She and other local practitioners gave him clothing and food. The two of them often walked together, which caused gossip among the locals.
The practitioners said, “We need to help practitioners establish and maintain material production sites to save people. We are not afraid even if our own reputations are damaged.” They continued as they were, saying that they did not have those thoughts and that they were doing truth-clarification projects. However, the everyday people who gossip about us do not understand us. They may look at us with their degenerated views. If that is the case, are we saving people or destroying them? No matter how many materials we make, what people see with their own eyes is more convincing.
We Dafa disciples are not doing things to accommodate everyday people with degenerate morals. That is, we are Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples following the Dafa principles from Master. But when our words and actions make everyday people unable to be saved, the losses are real and serious.
I hope that even when doing things to save sentient beings, male and female practitioners who are not married should not live together. This is to save people, follow the Fa, and leave a righteous path for the future.
Above are my personal opinions. Please point out anything inappropriate.