(Minghui.org) Many practitioners, like me, started practicing Falun Dafa when they were young. How great it is to become a part of Dafa during the Fa rectification period as soon as we were born!
However, since reading Master's recent teaching at the “2015 West Coast Fa Conference,” it made me reflect on my own cultivation state.
“In the end how many people will be able to come through, and how many people will truly be able to meet the standard for a Dafa disciple’s consummation? Sometimes I’m really not optimistic. The Fa-rectification is bound to succeed; that’s certain. And for sure there will be Dafa disciples achieving consummation. But how many? I’m really not that optimistic at the moment.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2015 West Coast Fa Conference”)
These words shook my heart and made me ponder... How many young practitioners have become mature Dafa disciples and fulfilled the mission of helping Master rectify the Fa? How many have slacked off in their cultivation? How many have stopped practicing?
For example, when the persecution of Falun Dafa started in 1999, among the young practitioners around me, the only ones who continued cultivating were my little sister and me. I did however slack off later, but Master has never given up on us. I subsequently resumed my cultivation.
Almost all of the young practitioners in our area at that time have stopped practicing.If we lose the opportunity to cultivate during this special period of time, it will be gone forever when the time passes.
Why didn't the young practitioners resume their cultivation after growing up? In my understanding, the biggest obstacle is the relationship between men and women. These former young practitioners are now at the age of dating and getting married. Whether one can let go the attachment to lust depends on one's enlightenment quality.
“If you feel that you still have ordinary human thoughts, that they are quite strong; if you still want to get married, want to find a boyfriend or girlfriend, and you like a particular young lady or a young man… if you have these desires and do these things, then it indicates that your cultivation hasn’t yet reached that point yet, so you can partake of such things.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Switzerland”)
Everyday people live together without getting married, have extra-marital relationships, break up, divorce, change partners, etc.
However, Master has told us,
“Of course, you can’t be like the people out there nowadays—how could that be allowed?!” (Zhuan Falun)
Master has cleansed our bodies so we can cultivate. We should treasure his compassionate salvation.
We must walk the righteous path with regard to relationships. Even if we date and get married, we must follow the high moral standard of the Fa. The old forces can destroy our cultivation if we go astray on this issue. Master has warned us multiple times.
Eliminating the attachment to lust isn't hard if we can see its nature. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has destroyed people's faith and belief in traditional values, which has caused the degeneration of morality in society. The CCP's education has been gradually changing people's way of thinking, and letting demon nature run rampant. It ruins people's divine nature as well as their human nature. The CCP is essentially pulling people down to hell.
As Master wrote in his poem,
“Indulging demonic nature, apart from the divineAfter entering Hell, there's no chance of getting out”(“Lacking All Restraint” from Hong Yin III)
Practitioners who try to hide their attachments under the name of “conforming to ordinary society,” or those who plan to enjoy happy marriages with non-practitioners should be clear on this, and not be led astray.
“Any time some kind of interference comes along in your practice, you have to look within for the cause and find what it is you still haven’t let go of.” (Zhuan Falun)
We have to ask ourselves if what we are doing is worthy of the title “Falun Dafa disciple.” Conforming to the ordinary people's society refers to the format of our cultivation. It doesn't mean conforming to its degenerated morality.