PureInsight | January 28, 2022
[PureInsight.org] The question of whether to get vaccinated or not had been discussed for a while. In addition, this issue has been singled out in Master’s newly released scripture. From a perspective of personal cultivation, not being vaccinated is a manifestation of our faith in Master and Dafa. From a perspective of assisting Master in Fa-rectification and saving sentient beings, why not getting vaccinated if by doing so we can save people?
We should ask ourselves, “How come we don’t dare to be vaccinated?” “We’re afraid of getting contracted with coronavirus and making mistakes in cultivation.” was the reply. Without getting vaccinated, our travelling and children’s schooling will be affected. Everyone found you different and irresponsible. Then it is harder to tell the truth about Dafa and to help people withdraw from CCP.
Why we dared not to be vaccinated? Master said in Zhuan Falun, “As long as it involves changes in the entire immense space and major changes in society, it is not your fault.” In fact, the epidemic was Gods’ arrangement, whilst we should try to conform to human society. This is not an omission in cultivation, but a thorough Fa study and a strict sense of taking the Fa as Master and not being attached to personal gain and lost.
As an old saying goes, “The meat and wine passed through the intestines, but the Buddha still remained in the heart.” Some monks even used this as an excuse to not eliminate the attachment to getting drunk and eating meat.
In fact, this saying has a profound inner meaning. It is said that when Zhang Xianzhong of the Ming Dynasty attacked Yucheng (Chengdu), he stationed in a temple outside the city and forced the monk to eat meat. At that time, a monk named Poshan said, “As long as you don't slaughter the people there after you attack the city, I will eat meat.” Zhang Xianzhong agreed to him. Therefore, Poshan uttered these words while eating. Some people said that Poshan did not abide by the precepts; some thought that he was timid, and some reckoned that he was a scum of Buddhism. However, Poshan stayed a peaceful mind. He believed that the monks’ staying away from the secular world, observing the precepts, and practicing meditation was to serve the purpose of cultivating into Buddhahood and protecting all living beings. If eating a bowl of meat can save the sentient beings in the city, then he would rather break the precepts and save millions of sentient beings. In his heart, saving sentient beings is what is fundamental in Buddhism. "Saving a life is nobler than building a seven-level Buddha." Being selfless and fearless is the true nature of Buddha.
Simply because we still have yet to improve our enlightenment quality and are attached to fear, we were unable to be clear-headed about the issue of getting vaccinated. The real purpose of cultivation is to transcend the human society and save sentient beings, but to not calculate our personal gains.
Master said in Non-Omission from Essentials for Further Advancement, “There is sacrifice in forbearance. Being able to make sacrifices is the result of improving in one’s cultivation. The Fa has different levels. A cultivator’s understanding of the Fa is his understanding of the Fa at his cultivation level. Different cultivators understand the Fa differently because they are at different levels.
The Fa has different requirements for cultivators at different levels. Sacrifice is evidenced by one’s being detached from ordinary human attachments. If a person can indeed calmly abandon everything with his heart being unaffected, he is actually at that level already. Yet cultivation practice is to improve yourself: You are already able to abandon the attachment, so why not also abandon the fear of attachment, itself? Isn’t abandonment without omission a higher sacrifice? Yet if a cultivator or an everyday person who cannot even make fundamental sacrifices also discusses this principle, he is actually undermining the Fa by making excuses for the attachments he cannot let go of.”
Should we abandon the fear of getting vaccinated, we can achieve complete sacrifice and non-omission. Only when we regard the safety of sentient beings the first and foremost, can we forget about consummation and cultivate into a state of non-omission. After abandoning human attachments, we will be able to comprehend Master’s scripture and present righteous actions.
Dafa is precisely targeting our hearts. Whether to be vaccinated is actually a test. Thanks to different awakening capacity and xinxing level, our responses to the test are varied. Will you dare to sacrifice yourself completely to save people?
Many practitioners in Mainland China kept clarifying the truth to people after they were released from illegal imprisonment. They are not ordinary people at all, but Gods among everyday persons. Will getting a shot really make us feel scared? Some practitioners got confused and did not sort out the relationship between cultivation and getting vaccinated. To conform to unselfishness is genuine cultivation practice, which allows us to be admitted to the new universe.
Please kindly correct me if anything that is not aligned with the Fa.
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