Removing Ordinary People’s Attachments

A Falun Dafa practitioner from China

PureInsight | May 10, 2012

[] I am a Dafa practitioner from Luo Yang city in China. Before practicing Falun Dafa, I had arthritis in my left knee, which caused me a lot of pain and suffering. After practicing Falun Dafa, the pain and the illness disappeared. However, recently I began to suffer from the arthritis again. At the very beginning, I thought I was being persecuted by the old forces. I sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate it. But there was no effect and to the contrary, it became more painful. It was very difficult for me to sit, stand up or squat. I kept on practicing the exercises. When I did the fourth set of the exercises and the meditation, I felt sharp pain. I ignored it and continued to practice. The pain went away.

One morning, I was doing some housework after I finished the exercises. I felt the pain from the arthritis again. I suddenly realized that it could be Master who was implying to me that I had not been diligent enough in cultivation and had the attachment of trying to avoid family conflicts. As soon as I thought this, the pain in my knees disappeared right away and I felt much better. However, I soon forgot my enlightenment of being diligent again while I was busy with my housework in the morning. I started feeling the pain again. I went to have a nap at mid-noon but couldn’t fall asleep because of the sharp pain. Later, I was so sleepy that I indeed fell asleep. I was then awakened by a terrible pain. I had never had such sharp pain before. What was going on here? I suddenly realized the enlightenment of being diligent that I had earlier that morning. I immediately talked to Master in my heart: “I, your disciple did the wrong thing. I should not hold onto the ordinary people’s attachment of avoiding family conflicts. I should treat and view myself as a Falun Dafa practitioner, and do what a practitioner should do. I realize my own mistakes.” When I talked to this point, I could feel that the pain in my knee was gone. I got up from the bed and stood up. There was no pain at all. Although I did not have pain over the next few days, I still felt so unwell that it was hard for me to sit, stand up or squat. However, the pain gradually went away day by day. I understood that it was a reminder for me to get rid of everyday people’s attachments. I sincerely thanked Master for caring for and considering me, as well as warning me in time to avoid the bad consequences that may have come about had I not enlightened to this problem.

My family had a lot of conflicts. I have tried my best to exercise tolerance a lot during these years. Sometimes the conflicts were tough, as my wife has a strong personality. She never listens to me—no matter if she believed that what I said was right or wrong. I focused on my wife’s various mistakes, which made me unsettled and restless. I thought to myself: “I cannot live like this. What should I do? I cannot get a divorce; instead, how about running away from this home which has no warm feeling?” I was not thinking from the standpoint of a Dafa practitioner. This was the cause of the bad pain in my leg. The pain reminded me to look inside myself to dig out my attachments and remove them. I came to understand from the principles of the Fa that upgrading xinxing is the main, key point of cultivation.

I really want to sincerely thank Master again. I also would like to take this opportunity to share with practitioners who are in the same situation as mine that we must negate the old forces when we have symptoms of illness. We must look inside ourselves and scrutinize our xinxing to see whether we are meeting the requirements of the Fa, and quickly rectify ourselves if we have ordinary people’s attachments.

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