Exploring "Journey to the West"* (29)

Chuan Jiang

PureInsight | October 28, 2007

Natural Disasters at Feng-Xian County

[PureInsight.org] There were
many natural disasters in Feng-Xian County. Sun Wukong did an
investigation and found out the real cause: People had offended the
divine beings in Heaven.

So often, whatever science cannot explain will be called natural
phenomena. See how little science can do! Actually, true cultivators
are very clear about this. It is not natural phenomena but the result
of cause and effect.

Cultivators have the responsibility to educate the sentient beings and
help them to become compassionate. This not only maintains the rules of
the universe but also helps one accumulate some virtue.

Sometimes cultivators may not obtain the right fruit and have no
ability to arrange a path for others to cultivate. There was a saying
in the past: "One would rather not obtain the orthodox Fa in one
thousand years than cultivate a wild fox practice for one day." If one
is fortunate enough to obtain the righteous Fa, that is really "Having
heard the Dao in the morning, one can die in the evening."

How do we distinguish a righteous school from the evil cult? It is
quite easy: The righteous school emphasizes virtue and cultivation of
the mind.

*Journey to the West is a
classic novel of Chinese mythology. The Buddhist monk Tang Xuanzang and
his three disciples went to India to obtain the Buddhist Scriptures. On
the surface, it is a novel about the adventures of a monkey with
unsurpassed supernormal capabilities battling demons of all sorts.
Underneath, it is a story about cultivation and tells the attachments
that cultivators have to overcome one by one.

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