My truly cultivating disciples,
what I have taught you is the Fa for cultivation of Buddha and Dao. Nonetheless,
you pour out your grievances to me over the loss of your worldly interests,
rather than feeling upset for being unable to let go of ordinary human
attachments. Is this cultivation? Whether you can let go of ordinary human
attachments is a fatal test on your way to becoming a truly extraordinary being.
Every disciple who truly cultivates must pass it, for it is the dividing line
between a cultivator and an everyday person.
As a matter
of fact, when you agonize over infringements upon your reputation,
self-interest, and feelings among everyday people, it already indicates that you
cannot let go of ordinary human attachments. You must remember this: Cultivation
itself is not painful—the key lies in your inability to let go of ordinary
human attachments. Only when you are about to let go of your reputation,
interests, and feelings will you feel pain.
You fell here
from a holy, pure, and incomparably splendid world because you had developed
attachments at that level. After falling into a world that is, by comparison,
most filthy, instead of cultivating yourself to go back in a hurry, you don’t
let go of those filthy things that you cling to in this filthy world, and you
even agonize over the most trivial losses. Did you know that in order to save
you the Buddha once begged for food among everyday people? Today, I once again
make the door wide open, and teach this Dafa
to save you. I have never felt bitter for the numerous hardships I have
suffered. Then what do you have that still can’t be abandoned? Can you bring
to heaven the things deep down inside that you cannot let go of?
May 22, 1995