PureInsight | September 27, 2012
[PureInsight.org] Everyone has the attachment of fear. Even cultivators have it, just on different levels.
It isn’t frightening to have the attachment of fear. What is frightening is to forever be unable to walk out of its entanglement.
There are many forms of fear. Some people think that without the wicked persecution against Dafa they wouldn’t have fear. In fact, it is not like that at all. When Dafa was being spread, some people had all kinds of fears: fear that others wouldn’t understand why they practiced Dafa, fear that others might say they’re full of blind belief, fear that their families would oppose, fear of giving up smoking and drinking, fear of enduring the pain of crossing their legs during the sitting meditation or raising their arms during the standing stance exercise, fear of not consummating, etc. In short, there was a lot of fear.
Fear is a series of doors, a series of obstacles—a thick, strangulating rope on the cultivation path that prevents many from moving forward. Fear is also like a fine net covering fame, fortune, and sentimentality in which many are held helpless in captivity. People with karmic relationships who can’t get past these obstacles are unable to enter Dafa; thus a predestined opportunity slips by creating eternal sorrow and remorse for their souls
During the Fa rectification cultivation period, when facing the evil persecution, some practitioners fear being tracked while using their cell phones to clarify the truth, of being reported on while convincing others in person to quit the Chinese Communist Party, or of being arrested while distributing Shen Yun discs. This fear keeps them from stepping forward to save countless people. Some are so fearful that they even give up cultivation. Some come to deviant understandings of the Fa after enduring untold hardships. But when they finally return to Dafa, a permanent stain on their cultivation path is left behind.
As the immense force of Fa rectification gets closer to the end, and evil factors are being destroyed in large numbers, some people start fearing that Master doesn’t want them, that they haven’t performed well and there isn’t enough time for them to make up for their mistakes.
Such are the numerous attachments of fear. Master disclosed to us a long time ago: “All of you are already aware of the principle of mutual-generation and mutual-inhibition. If you are not afraid, the factor that would make you afraid will cease to exist. This is not to be self-imposed, but is achieved by truly and calmly letting go of it” (Essentials for Further Advancement II, “Eliminate Your Last Attachment(s)”).
Stop fearing, fellow practitioners. Let us set aside all attachments of fear, let go of all our big and small burdens, and cultivate with dignity as we pick up our pace on the divine path. In closing I will share Master’s poem “What’s to Fear?” from Hong Yin Volume II (Translation Version A) for mutual encouragement:
What’s to Fear?
Should you have fear,
it will seize upon you
If thoughts are righteous,
evil will collapse
The cultivator’s mind
is loaded with Fa
Send righteous thoughts,
and rotten demons explode
Gods walk the earth,
validating the Fa
February 29, 2004
The above is my personal understanding. Please point out anything inappropriate.
Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/node/112085