Letting Go of the Attachment of Seeking Rewards
(Minghui.org) A decade ago, I tried to help a practitioner who had stopped practicing while in prison and had just been released, but I did not succeed. She later realized her mistake and started to cultivate again. I didn’t offer to help her the next time I saw her. I kept having the thought, “Didn’t she say that renouncing her belief was right?”
I was at a practitioner’s home a few years ago, and the three of us were sending forth righteous thoughts. With my celestial eye, I saw her lying in front of me. At the time, I didn’t realize that this was Master trying to point out my attachment to me. After studying the Fa more carefully, I finally realized that I was attached to receiving something in return. I wanted a reward for trying to help the fellow practitioner. This attachment was stopping me from elevating my level. She had not acknowledged my efforts when we met. The practitioner was helping me eliminate this attachment, which is why for the past ten years or so the practitioner never said thank you to me.
“Beings like these are far superior to any worldly role models or heroes, for they are motivated solely by compassion and a wish to save people from this world, so they give of themselves freely, without terms, and have no thought of being rewarded or recognized for it.” (The Second Talk, Zhuan Falun)
Master also said:
“All who behold it will wish to provide help, and will do so unconditionally. Higher beings want to save us from this world, and expect nothing in return, nor affix any price; their help is always unconditional. And it is on these grounds that we can do much for anyone who takes up our practice.” (The First Talk, Zhuan Falun )
I am still far from meeting the requirements of Master’s Fa. I still care about fame and getting recognition for my efforts.
Thank you to the fellow practitioner who helped me identify my attachment of seeking favors in return. I must eliminate this attachment.