My Experience of Studying Hong Yin III
(Clearwisdom.net) After studying Hong Yin III, I feel the sentences that strike me the most are “Wanting to explain just feeds the attachment” (“Don't Argue”) and “'He's right, And I'm wrong,' What's to dispute?” (“Who's Right, Who's Wrong”) It was as if Master was speaking directly to me.
I have always been lacking in this respect. I also talk about looking inward to cultivate myself, but when encountering specific problems, I always want to fight for a result where I am not at fault. If that result isn't forthcoming, then I get angry and try to prove that what I did was right and in line with the Fa. In fact, at that moment, it really is like, “Wanting to explain just feeds the attachment.” (“Don't Argue”) I found that, the stronger this attachment, the less opportunity I have to explain. Maybe it's because Master is not letting me to make the unnecessary “explanation:” Don't try to clarify and explain, even if someone wrongfully accuses you.
Sometimes I am indeed right from the point of view of everyday people, but it's completely not the case when judging from a practitioner's principles. This is because cultivation transcends the principles of everyday people. Therefore, if we use the principles of everyday people to measure things, then we fall to the level of everyday people, and we won't be able to improve.
I also had strong feelings about Master's poem “To the Original State” in Hong Yin III. To save the immeasurable beings in the colossal firmament, Master bore the sins of all beings, which caused damage to his body in the human world. Master used to be “His True Body is youthful with a boundless lifespan.” In order to save the colossal firmament and sentient beings, Master shouldered the boundless karma of sentient beings, which resulted in the situation where “His hair turned grey and His body was harmed.” Some practitioners even did not understand and asked what happened to Master.
But from this I also realized another problem. That is, many practitioners showed signs of aging after so many years of cultivation. Some practitioners have grey hair, some practitioners lost teeth, and some practitioners do not appear young compared to everyday people of the same age. On the contrary, they look older. Some practitioners do not understand and think that these practitioners have not cultivated well. They use their one-sided view to look at fellow practitioners, thinking, “That should not happen.” Practitioners should learn to not be attached to the surface appearance of everyday people. They should not look at things from the surface or think that is all there is when they understand certain principles. They forget about what Master taught: “Different levels have different Laws,” (“The First Talk” in Zhuan Falun) Only by continuously improving our xinxing in the Fa can we keep understanding problems within the Fa.
In recent lectures Master taught the Fa about Jesus bearing the sins of the sentient beings he was saving. This is also a hint and inspiration for us: Dafa practitioners have to save so many sentient beings that it is unrealistic and not very possible to not suffer at all physically. So for those practitioners who are doing well and have been very diligent in cultivation, we should not be attached and look at the surface when they show some “aging.” What Master taught us is to mainly look at one's xinxing.
Some practitioners love to say flattering things when they see each other: “You cultivate so well.” “You look so young.” “You don't look like such and such age at all.” I have come across several such examples. But these practitioners who have been flattered by being “young” were later arrested, went awry, or lost their lives. These were real-life examples that I witnessed. Because we don't know everything about their situations, there is not much to say from the surface. We should therefore not presume to measure fellow practitioners from the surface, let alone casually say flattering things to them like everyday people.