PureInsight | December 1, 2008
[PureInsight.org] Because I am a cultivator, during the course of my cultivation, I sometimes know who I was in my previous lifetimes. So, I have developed an attachment to this. I often go to search for reports or books describing these historical characters. I praised this activity as, “Resolving my current issues through looking back at the past.” In fact, this is an attachment to the past and to fame. Every time I saw how wonderful these people were, I felt satisfied in my heart.
Even though I know this is not appropriate, I still could not get rid of this attachment. Then, a couple of days ago when I was studying “Touring North America to Teach the Fa,” I saw that Master said, “So all of the culture that's been passed down from history was made by Dafa disciples; and of course there was also Master, who was leading you. Mankind's history is like a play, and you played all the roles--from kings to common folk, from heroes to villains (laughter), from intellectuals, to famous people, to heroes.” I suddenly realized that no matter who I was in history, that was only a role. There was nothing more to it except that it was just a role I played in that particular play. Who would consider a role in a play as one’s true self? In fact, the one who is currently cultivating and doing things is the real self.
Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2008/10/14/55386.html