Let Go of Personal Interest to Broaden the Heart
(Minghui.org) My husband gave up Dafa cultivation many years ago. I always wished that he would start cultivating again. However, he was not only indifferent to me but also became depressed. He stayed in bed and played games on his computer and phone every day. He even started buying lottery tickets online.
One day he hesitantly told me that he had spent all our savings on lottery tickets and maxed out our credit card. In addition, his other credit card had a debt of 50,000 yuan that was incurred by a relative. I was a little surprised but immediately told him, “Don't worry about it. Try to get rid of your bad habits. I care more about you than money.” He started to cry. Since then, he talks to me in a gentle way and allows me to play Minghui podcasts at home, which he hadn't allowed before.
The relative who used our credit card is also a practitioner. When I learned about the problem, I thought, “This is not a big deal. Helping practitioners return to Dafa is more important. The money is a small matter. We all came from a high level, and if we looked at the earth from the cosmoses we came from, the earth is just a speck of dust. So debts in this world are even tinier. To help a practitioner is more important than collecting a debt.” With such righteous thinking, I felt that I was completely assimilated to the Fa.
Master taught us:
“Yet as a practitioner you will find the things that people take seriously to be very, very trivial—even too trivial—because your goal is extremely long-term and far-reaching. You will live as long as this universe. Then think about those things again: It doesn’t matter if you have them or not. You can put them all aside when you think from a broader perspective.” (Chapter III, Falun Gong)
As practitioners, if we can broaden our perspective, we can overcome any tribulation. Fa-rectification in this universe is the most important thing right now. We are helping Master to rectify the Fa. All the things we attach to and all the tribulations we face are really nothing compared to Fa-rectification.
Besides letting go of this issue, I also looked inward and found the deeply-hidden pursuit of personal interest. When I looked at my past tribulations, all were related to this attachment.
When I gradually broadened my mind, I felt my resentment and selfishness shrink and my compassion grow. I also saw my husband change for the better, and I believe he will come back to Dafa soon.
When I saw practitioners who were bothered by debts or focused on earning money, I thought they were treating those things like everyday people would. Their tribulation seemed much bigger than they actually were. Everything in this world revolves around Fa-rectification. No matter how big the tribulation seems, as long as we rectify ourselves and do the three things well, everything will go in accordance with Fa-rectification and the tribulations will be dissolved.
In addition, there are many righteous gods who follow Master’s requirement to cooperate with Dafa practitioners. So we should not attach too much to everyday people’s things. I don’t mean that we should let go of all everyday people’s things and go to extremes; rather, I mean all Dafa disciples should have righteous thoughts.