A Problem Solved After Letting Go of Attachments
(Minghui.org) I began practicing Falun Dafa in 1995. I recently solved a problem by looking within.
I found a place for our local group's Fa-study last April, and paid the rent for the entire year. I felt pleased that we had a place to study the Fa for an entire year.The landlord paid me a visit two days later and said, “You still owe me some rent money, you did not give me the correct amount.” I remembered counting it out so I was confused as to why she felt that way.
“As a cultivatorOne always looks for one's own faults’Tis the Way to get rid of attachments most effectivelyThere’s no way to skip ordeals, big or small[During a conflict, if you can remember:]“He’s right,And I'm wrong,”What’s to dispute?” (“Who’s right, who’s wrong” from Hongyin III)
“Let's both think back to when I paid you,” I said. “I counted out 650 yuan for the entire year's rent, do you remember that?”
I was thinking everything happens for a reason.
“Thus, our practitioners should be like this even less so, as a practitioner should follow the course of nature. If something is yours, you will not lose it. If something is not yours, you will not have it even if you fight for it. Of course, that is not absolute. If it were as absolute as that, there would not be the issue of committing wrongdoing. In other words, there are some unstable factors. But as a practitioner, you are in principle protected by Teacher’s fashen. Others cannot take away what is yours, even if they want to. We therefore believe in following the course of nature. Sometimes, you think that something should be yours, and others also tell you that it is yours. Actually, it is not. You may believe that it is yours, but in the end it is not yours. Through this, it can be seen whether you can give it up. If you cannot let it go, it is an attachment. This method must be used to get rid of your attachment to self-interest. This is the issue.” (Zhuan Falun)
She smiled and said that she now remembered that I paid her the correct amount and went home.
But several days later, she came to see me again. She insisted that I did not give her enough rent money. She looked upset and kept insisting. I tried to explain and felt my heart was moved. She just would not give in. Why is this happening yet again? Is there an attachment on my part? I decided that there was.
'Whatever it is that you encounter, the first thought should be to scrutinize yourself, and it’s called “looking within.” ' (“What is a Dafa Disciple” from Teaching the Fa at the Conference XI)
After remembering Master's Fa, I felt better.
“Master,” I said, “It is my attachments that resulted in this problem. The attachments of seeking fame and gain, anxiety, complaining, a competitive mentality, the feeling of being wronged, fear of any trouble and lack of kindness. Master, I don't want these attachments. I am now eliminating them completely.”
After I found my attachments, the landlord said, “I'm sorry, I don't know why I am having a difficult time with this. I do remember you paid me the exact amount. I would never over-charge you, I have just been a little flustered lately.”
Then I said: “I know you are an honest woman. And I am sorry if I was not patient with you. My Master teaches us to be good and follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and I think I failed today. Please forgive me.”
After the landlord left, I thought, “Dafa is capable of anything as long as we keep our righteous thoughts and actions. Master, without your protection, I cannot walk a step on my cultivation path. A thousand words can all be summed up in the words – I believe in Master and the Fa. ”