Be on Your Guard: Don't Pursue “Higher Gong” and Enlighten on a Deviated Path
(Minghui.org) There have been many articles on the Minghui website lately regarding cultivators enlightening on a deviated path. Some of their behavior has even undermined Fa rectification. They were motivated by their pursuit of and desire for “cultivating higher gong” or “reaching a higher realm.” I also made a similar mistake in the past, so I would like to share my experience.
A deviated understanding
When the persecution started, I was arrested and held in a brainwashing center. Due to lack of Fa study, after a couple of weeks I came to a conclusion: “It is a higher level way if I do not follow Master's requirements.” Fear was linked to my deviated enlightenment, but the main motivation was my pursuit of higher gong.
A superficial return
After I awakened and returned to a righteous path, I did not pay close attention to my attachment to “cultivating higher gong.” I was in that state for many years and therefore ran into big obstacles in my cultivation, even to the point of considering whether or not I should continue cultivation.
According to my experience, those who have a strong sense of validating self are interfered the most by such an attachment. They seem to cultivate on the surface, but are using Dafa to reach a higher realm. That is wishful thinking. They always appear to be better than anyone else, look down on others, and are jealous. Even though they acknowledge Master, they are using Dafa to satisfy their attachment. If they continue like this, soon they will believe that they are better than anyone else. This is a huge interference to cultivators--it is enough to destroy a cultivator and damage the Fa.
How can "higher level gong" be higher than the Fa?
We are beings created by the Fa, how can we exist without the Fa? How high is "higher level gong?" Can it be higher than the Fa? Those who “pursue higher gong” are motivated by their irrational, endless desire and wishful thinking.
Master told us:
“Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master.” (Zhuan Falun)
As long as we cultivate our xinxing, eliminate attachments, and help Master to rectify the Fa, Master will arrange everything for us, including virtue and gong. Master rectifies the universe for the sentient beings to have a better future. If we trust Master, we can let go of everything and any human heart. How can one cultivate while not trusting his master? How can you transform your gong by yourself? How can you change your body? I understand that Master is the true "Father of all beings," the only one we should follow and obey!
At the beginning of our cultivation, we all know our bodies went through enormous changes, becoming truly illness free. Who has ever done that for us in ordinary society? Who could possibly do that? Master did that for us, even using the Fa in this human dimension. Master is our benefactor! Master is truly taking responsibility for beings' future. In this human dimension, we have a saying: "Be grateful and repay whatever divine grace you receive." We absolutely should not do things against Fa rectification! It is also not acceptable to not stand up to safeguard the Fa and Master when others damage and frame Dafa.
Master says, “Dafa is in perfect harmony.” (“A Brief Explanation of Shan” from Essentials For Further Advancement)
From any angle, Dafa is in harmony, and the human level Fa also connects with the Fa of the universe. “Be grateful and repay whatever divine grace you receive” is the righteous Fa at the human level, and a standard for a good person, something we should follow. It benefits all beings.
For those who enlighten on a deviated path, their behavior does not meet the standard of a good person, so how can they cultivate? Dafa requires one to be a good person in any circumstances.
Let us completely let go of self and let Master arrange everything. Trust Master completely--it is the basis of cultivation.
I wanted to share this with fellow practitioners. Hopefully, it can be of some help. Be more alert and awake, use Dafa to cleanse these filthy factors.
Please kindly point out any shortcomings.