“放下执着轻舟快” “With Attachments Left Behind, the Lightened Boats Sail Swiftly”|
“放下执着轻舟快” “With Attachments Left Behind, the Lightened Boats Sail Swiftly”
墨尔本 海伦娜 Helena from Melbourne
“With Attachments Left Behind, the Lightened Boats Sail Swiftly”
Helena from Melbourne
Greetings Fellow Practitioners!
My name is Helena. I am from Melbourne. I started to practise Falun Dafa in February 2006. Though there are ups and downs during my nine years’ cultivation path, I have been amazed by the broadness and profoundness of Dafa and feel that Master has been looking after me all the time.
In the past nine years, under the guidance of Fa principles, I have learned how to be a good person and then to be a cultivator. I have had many cultivation experiences. Today I’d like to share with you my experience of how I got rid of some of my attachments early this year.
Some Hidden Attachments
I had been very healthy since I started to practise Falun Dafa. I didn’t go through any cleansing stages. But just after last Christmas a fever hit me on 26 December. I know as a cultivator I had to look within whenever I had any problem. Something must be wrong with me. I went through my thoughts and previous behaviours and didn’t think I had problems as my family had become more harmonious, I had a steady job and everything was going smoothly. Besides, I got along well with people because I had an outgoing personality.
Though I didn’t talk to some people much, it was because we had different characters and that is normal. I didn’t fight for fame or personal interests in my daily life. When people misunderstood me or scolded me, I just laughed at it and didn’t take it to my heart. I kept a low profile. After having a thorough check, I concluded that it was just normal cleansing and I would get better after one night’s sleep. I had similar cleansing in the past and got over it within one or two days. It was the Christmas holiday. I didn’t have to work so I was not concerned with it.
I was a bit worried when I still had fever on the third day. It had never happened like this before. I started to think a lot. Several fellow practitioners who had passed away had small problems which developed into serious problems later on. I suddenly realized that I must have a problem in my cultivation if the fever didn’t leave me and that it was not purely cleansing. Cultivation was a serious matter. The evil would take advantage of any small loopholes. If I didn’t take it seriously, it might cause a big problem. Especially at the last stage of the Fa-rectification period, our every thought or action determines whether we would succeed or fail.
I started to ponder what was wrong with my cultivation. I told myself that I must have omissions and Master was giving me a hint. I unwillingly accepted the fact that I did have problem. I was a very independent person and became increasingly capable after working in the media for years. I was able to deal with problems under many circumstances. I seldom had conflicts with fellow practitioners and we cooperated well. If a conflict did happen, I just dismissed it with a laugh. As long as I did my best to complete a job, I would feel at ease in my heart. I thought I was pretty good.
But my fever carried on. I was forced to look within unwillingly. I lay in bed and went through everything happening around me. This time I didn’t look for where I had done right according to the Fa. Instead I looked for where I didn’t do right. I went through them one by one and crossed out those I thought I had done right. In the end I didn’t find anything that I had done wrong. I asked myself: Was I not right when I cooperated with other practitioners? Was I not right when I didn’t argue with others? Was I not right when I didn’t defend myself when I was wronged? I couldn’t find what was wrong with me. But I told myself firmly that something was wrong with me. Since my fever didn’t go away, I had problem.
So I kept looking for my problem. I kept asking myself if I did all the above genuinely and if I didn’t have any heart of complaining? I asked myself again and again. I kept thinking of this question. Suddenly I found that I had an attachment that that hidden deeply that I hadn’t noticed – the habit of looking down on others.
The reason I didn’t care about personal gains or loss and didn’t bother to argue with others was I thought that they were not worthy of my attention. In my mind I was at a higher level than they were. Why would I fight with those whose level was lower than me? I despised them. I felt I was high up and they were lower down. When I found this filthy attitude and it was clearly before my eyes, I couldn’t help shivering. I was frightened. I felt ashamed. My arrogance disappeared once I found it.
The moment I found my attachment, I was suddenly enlightened. It was not me that felt ashamed but the reaction of the attachment once it was exposed. Now it had nowhere to hide. I faced squarely my attachment and reflected those things happened before. I clearly saw how cunningly my attachment was hidden.
It was hidden beneath the surface of my belief in not fighting for fame and self-interest. It was hidden beneath the surface of my conviction that I didn’t fight with others for personal gain. It was hidden beneath the surface of my belief that I seemingly was able to take hardships as joy. This attachment was smug because it felt it was stronger than others. I separated it from the real me and exposed it. Soon my fever was gone. I experienced the wonder of Dafa and Master’s compassion through the process of looking within.
I felt much lighter once I let go of my attachment. I was no longer arrogant. I felt I was the same as any other practitioner and I was not higher than anyone else. I felt much lighter once I let go of my attachment. I was no longer arrogant. I felt I was the same as any other practitioner and I was not higher than anyone else. Master said:
“The paths of cultivation are varied
But none is outside the Great Law”
(Unimpeded, Hong Yin II)
I felt I had become more soft natured. But in the cultivation passing one test only makes way for another to manifest. There is no break for cultivators. During the Christmas holiday I visited my relatives and friends and I found another deeply hidden attachment.
2. Friend Like A Mirror
I chatted with an everyday friend at a party. I had known her for ten years and we got along well. She complained about many social aspects in China and also about Chinese people who didn’t care about anything. She was a bit indignant. She felt sorry for Chinese people on one hand but angry with them on the other hand. Her language became radical. She complained about the Chinese people again at the party. She said that Chinese people didn’t behave properly so they deserved to have problems. I was not happy with her at the time and wondered why she always looked at those negative aspects of the society not positive ones. I though there were not may positive aspects but a few did still exist.
Looking at her, I suddenly realized that my cultivation status was like her. She was acting as a mirror that reflecteded my cultivation status vividly. She was not happy with Chinese people just as I was not happy with practitioners, especially those practitioners from Mainland China who had strong Party culture. I hate the way they talked in a round-about way, not upright, not honest.
Though I didn’t say it out loud like that friend of mine, I looked down upon them from the bottom of my heart. Out of frustration, I kept silent and kept away from them. I didn’t vent my contempt like her but I chose to protest in silence. It was a cold violence. What my friend and I did was actually not kind. It originated from “hatred”. I thought my friend was not well behaved. Actually I was not compassionate as a cultivator should be.
A cultivator shouldn’t have hatred. I wanted my friend to look at society from a different perspective and hope that she could see there were still some righteous people in this society and we still had hope. Actually I myself should also think this way. I also should see that there was hope in this cultivation group. Fellow practitioners have this problem or that problem, which is normal. What we show are our human sides. Human sides have various attachments and human hearts. After so many years of hardships and various pressures, practitioners are still here cultivating, validating the Fa and keep walking on the cultivation path, even though sometimes we did not do well. Of course, there are a few who dropped out or lagged behind.
Those practitioners who are still walking on the cultivation path are actually remarkable. It was not easy to let go of attachments when I was in a tribulation. Sometimes I failed the test when my righteous thoughts were not strong. Since cultivation is not easy, why did I not try to understand them and be tolerant? Why did I not look at their good sides? Everyone has advantages. The fact that I could not see them didn’t mean that the other party was not good. On the contrary it was me who was too narrow-minded.
When I realized that, I felt clear and clean. The heaviness in my heart was finally gone. I found another reason why I looked down on other practitioners, which was that I was not compassionate or tolerant. I enlightened to another layer of the meaning of Master’s Poem： Mercy can melt heaven and earth into spring.( Fa Rectifies the Cosmos, Hong Yin II)
I was enveloped by boundless compassion. I felt the long-existing hatred, complaining and negativity in my heart were melting away bit by bit in the Dafa furnace.
3.Walking on the Fa-Rectification Path Light-Heartedly
Within these several days, I found out many of my attachments such as arrogance and the habit of looking down on other practitioners. I also found that I had Party culture elements in me such as hatred and ruthlessness and was not compassionate to fellow practitioners. When Master helped me get rid of those attachments, I felt lighter and broader. I experienced the feeling of openly and with breadth of mind, noble and dignified. I was so grateful to Master.
The next day a practitioner called me and asked me to be a coordinator for a part of Shen Yun promotion. After the New Year, we had to speed up the promotion of Shen Yun as the time for the show was getting closer. I was so touched and in tears. Master was right beside me looking after me and guiding me. Master purified me step by step and presented the path of validating the Fa and saving sentient beings to me step by step. My gratitude to Him was beyond any words.
Just like what Master said:
“There is no affect between master and disciple
The Buddha’s grace re-moulds Heaven and Earth”
(The Master-Disciple Bond, Hong Yin II)
At that moment, I truly experienced Master’s boundless saving grace and compassion between Heaven and Earth. I said to Master in my heart: “Thank you Master. I will do my best to promote Shen Yun this time.”
During the process of coordinating Shopping Centre promotions for Shen Yun, I clearly felt that I didn’t have the attachment of looking down on other practitioners. Neither did I have the heart of judging practitioners improperly or holding on to my own ideas. When I was selfless, practitioners and I could cooperate very well.
When my ideas conflicted with other practitioners, I chose to let go of my own opinions. I knew that keeping a harmonious environment was far more important than the methods we adopted. I didn’t have negative thoughts towards practitioners though they behaved differently. What I saw from them was that practitioners had a shared wish, which was that Shen Yun would have full houses and more people could be saved. Our earnest heart of saving sentient beings melted our misunderstandings and conflicts. Thanks to Master’s care and practitioners’ cooperation, I did experience the powerful strength in promoting Shen Yun after practitioners formed one body.
I shared with you my experience today in the hope that each of us will cherish this precious opportunity of millennia and the Fa-rectification time which will not last long.
最后，我想以师父《致澳洲法会》中的一段话来结束我的交流：“大法弟子要走好自己的路、完成好三件事，就必須學好法、認真對待學法。那些在救度眾生、證實大法中做的好的、變化大的地區，一定是大家法學的好。那些個人 提高快的大法弟子一定是重視學法的。因為法是基礎，是大法弟子的根本，是一切的保障，是從人走向神的通途，所以我也藉澳洲法會之機告訴全世界所有的大法弟 子：無論新老學員，一定不要因為忙而忽視了學法。學法不要走形式，要集中念頭去學，要真正自己在學。這方面的教訓太多了。希望大家走好最後的路。未來的展 現不遠了。”
I will conclude my sharing with Master’s Fa from: “To the Australia Fa Conference” (2006)
“In order for Dafa disciples to walk their paths well and do the three things well, they must study the Fa well and take Fa-study seriously. The regions that have done well saving sentient beings and validating Dafa, and where great changes have transpired, are always places where people have studied the Fa well. And the Dafa disciples who have improved quickly are always those who have made Fa-study a priority. That is because the Fa is the foundation; it is what's fundamental for Dafa disciples; it is what ensures everything; and it is the avenue by which a human being journeys toward godhood. Thus I would like to take the opportunity of this Fa conference in Australia to tell all Dafa disciples around the world: Whether you are a new or veteran student, all the same you must not neglect Fa-study on account of being busy. Don't just go through the motions when you study the Fa. You should study with a concentrated mind, and you must really be studying. There have been so many lessons involving this. I hope all of you do well on the final leg of the journey. The future will soon be displayed before [the world's] eyes.”
Thank you Master!
Thank you fellow practitioners!
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