May 5, 2005 at 8:27 pm #5346
I found karma in the Falun Dafa! Is this another version of karma???
Comments from Buddhists and Bodris school welcome!!1
(1) The Origin of Karma
Karma is a type of black substance that is the opposite of virtue. In Buddhism it is called sinful karma, while here we call it karma. So doing bad things is called producing karma. Karma is produced by a persons doing wrong in this life or in past lives. For instance, killing, taking advantage of others, infringing upon others interests, gossiping about someone behind his or her back, being unfriendly to someone, and so on can all create karma. In addition, some karma is passed on from ancestors, family and relatives, or close friends. When one throws punches at someone else, one also throws ones white substance over to the other person, and the vacated area in ones body is then filled with the black substance. Killing is the worst evildoingit is a wrongdoing and will generate heavy karma. Karma is the primary factor causing sickness in people. Of course, it doesnt always manifest itself in the form of sicknessit can also manifest as encountering some difficulties and the like. All of these things are karma at work. So practitioners must not do anything bad. Any misconduct will produce negative influences that will seriously impact your cultivation.
Some people encourage collecting the qi of plants. When they teach their exercises they also teach how to collect qi from plants; they discuss with intense interest which trees have better qi and the colors of different trees qi. There were some people in a park in our northeastern region who practiced a kind of so-called qigong in which they would roll all over the ground. After getting up, they would circle around the pine trees to collect their qi. Within half a year the grove of pine trees had withered and turned yellow. This was a karma-generating act! It too was killing! Collecting qi from plants is not right, whether its viewed in light of our countrys greening, the maintenance of ecological balance, or from a high-level perspective. The universe is vast and boundless, with qi available everywhere for you to collect. Knock yourself out and go collect itwhy abuse these plants? If you are a practitioner, where is your heart of mercy and compassion?
Everything has intelligence. Modern science already recognizes that plants have not only life, but also intelligence, thoughts, feelings, and even super-sensory functions. When your Third Eye reaches the level of Law Eyesight, you will discover that the world is a totally different place. When you go outside, rocks, walls, and even trees will talk to you. All objects have life. No sooner does an object form than a life enters it. It is people living on Earth who categorize substances as organic and inorganic. People living in temples get upset when they break a bowl, for the moment it is destroyed, its living entity is released. It hasnt finished its life journey, so it will have nowhere to go. It will therefore have extreme hatred towards the person who ended its life. The angrier it gets, the more karma the person will accrue. Some qigong masters even go hunting. Where did their benevolence and compassion go? The Buddha and Dao Schools dont do things that violate heavens principles. When one does these things, it is an act of killing.
Some people say that in the past they produced a lot of karma, for example, by killing fish or chickens, by fishing, etc. Does this mean that they can no longer cultivate? No, it does not. Back then, you did it without knowing the consequences, so it wouldnt have created extra karma. Just dont do it anymore in the future, and that should be fine. If you do it again you will be knowingly violating the principles, and that is not permitted. Some of our practitioners have this kind of karma. Your attendance at our seminar means that you have a predestined relationship, and that you can cultivate upward. Shall we swat flies or mosquitoes when they come inside? As to your handling of this at your present level, it isnt considered wrong if you swat and kill them. If you cannot drive them out, then killing them is no big deal. When the time has come for something to die, naturally it will die. Once, when Sakyamuni was still alive, he wanted to take a bath and asked his disciple to clean the bathtub. The disciple discovered many bugs in the bathtub, so he returned and asked what he should do. Sakyamuni said it again, It is the bathtub that I want you to clean. The disciple understood, and he went back and cleaned the bathtub. You shouldnt take certain things too seriously. We dont intend to make you an overly cautious person. In a complicated environment it is not right, I think, if you are nervous at every moment and afraid of doing something wrong. It would be a form of attachmentfear itself is an attachment.
We should have a compassionate and merciful heart. When we handle things with a compassionate and merciful heart we are less likely to cause problems. Take self-interest lightly and be kindhearted, and your compassionate heart will keep you from doing wrong. Believe it or not, you will discover that if you always hold a spiteful attitude and always want to fight and contend, you will even turn good things into bad ones. I often see some people who, when right, wont let others be; when this type of person is right he has finally found some grounds for mistreating others. Similarly, we shouldnt stir up conflict if we disagree with certain things. The things you dislike might at times not necessarily be wrong. When you continuously raise your level as a practitioner, every sentence you say will carry energy. You shouldnt speak as you please, since you will be able to restrain everyday people. It is particularly easy for you to commit wrongdoing and create karma when you arent able to see the truth of problems and their karmic causes.
(2) Eliminating Karma
The principles in this world are the same as those in heaven: Eventually you have to pay what you owe others. Even everyday people have to pay what they owe others. All the hardships and problems you encounter throughout your life result from karma. You have to pay. The path of life for us genuine cultivators will be altered. A new path that suits your cultivation will be arranged. Your master will reduce some of your karma, and what remains will be used to improve your xinxing. You exchange and pay for your karma through performing the exercises and through cultivating your xinxing. From now on, the problems you confront wont happen by chance. So please be mentally prepared. By enduring some tribulations, you will come to let go of all the things an everyday person cant release. You will run into many troubles. Problems will arise within the family, socially, and from other sources, or you might suddenly encounter disaster; it could even be that you will get blamed for what is actually someone elses fault, and so on and so forth. Practitioners arent supposed to get sick, yet you might suddenly come down with a serious sickness. The sickness could come on with intense force, causing you to suffer to the point where you are no longer able to bear it. Even hospital exams might yield no diagnosis. Yet for an unknown reason the sickness might later disappear without any treatment. In fact, your debts are paid in this manner. Perhaps one day your spouse will lose his or her temper and start a fight with you for no reason at all; even insignificant incidents might trigger big arguments. Afterwards, your spouse too will feel confused over his or her loss of temper. As you are a practitioner, you should be clear as to why this kind of incident takes place: Its because that thing came, and it was asking you to pay for your karma. To resolve these sorts of incidents, you have to keep yourself under control during those moments and watch your xinxing. Be appreciative and thankful that your spouse has helped you pay for your karma.
The legs will start to ache after one sits in meditation for a long while, and sometimes the pain is excruciating. People with a high-level Third Eye can see the following: When one is in great pain, there is a large chunk of the black substanceboth inside and outside of the bodycoming down and being eliminated. The pain one experiences while sitting in meditation is intermittent and excruciating. Some understand it and are determined not to unfold their legs. The black substance will then be eliminated and transformed into the white substance, and it will in turn be evolved into gong. Practitioners cant possibly pay for all of their karma through sitting in meditation and performing the exercises. They also need to improve their xinxing and enlightenment quality, and to undergo some tribulations. What is important is that we be compassionate. Ones compassion emerges quickly in our Falun Gong. Many people find that tears start to fall for no reason while they sit in meditation. Whatever they think of, they feel grief. Whoever they look at, they see suffering. This is actually the heart of great compassion that emerges. Your nature, your genuine self, will start to connect with the nature of the universe: Zhen-Shan-Ren. When your compassionate nature emerges, you will do things with much kindness. From your inner heart to your outer appearance, everyone will be able to see that you are really kind. At that point no one will mistreat you anymore. If someone were to treat you unfairly then, your heart of great compassion would be at play and you wouldnt do the same to him in return. This is a type of power, a power that makes you different from everyday people.
When you encounter a tribulation, that great compassion will help you overcome it. At the same time, my Law Bodies will look after you and protect your life, but you will have to undergo the tribulation. For example, when I was lecturing in Taiyuan there was an older couple that came to attend my class. They were hurrying when they crossed the street, and upon reaching the middle of the road a car came speeding along. It instantly knocked the elderly woman down and dragged her along for more than ten meters before she finally fell in the middle of the street. The car couldnt stop for another twenty meters. The driver got out of the car and said some rude words, and the passengers sitting inside the car also uttered some negative things. At that moment the elderly woman remembered what I had said and didnt say anything. After she got up, she said, Everything is all right, nothing is broken. She then went into the lecture hall with her husband. Had she said at that very moment, Oh, it hurts here and it hurts there, too. You need to take me to the hospital, things would have turned out really badly. But she didnt say that. The elderly woman said to me: Master, I know what that was all about. It was helping me pay for my karma! A great tribulation was eliminated and a big chunk of karma was removed. As you can imagine, she had really high xinxing and good enlightenment quality. She was that elderly, the car was travelling that fast, and she was dragged that far before finally hitting the ground hardyet she got up having a right mind.
Sometimes a tribulation seems tremendous when it comesso overwhelming that there looks to be no way out. Perhaps it stays around for quite a few days. Then a path suddenly appears and things start to take a huge turn. In fact, its because we have improved our xinxing and the problem has disappeared naturally.
In order to improve your realm of mind, you have to be tested by various tribulations in this world. If your xinxing has really improved and stabilized, karma will be eliminated during the process, the tribulation will pass, and your gong will develop. Dont be discouraged if during xinxing tests you fail to watch your xinxing and you conduct yourself improperly. Take the initiative to find what you learned from this lesson, to discover where you fell short, and to put effort into cultivating Zhen-Shan-Ren. The next problem that will test your xinxing might come shortly thereafter. As your gong potency develops, the next tribulations test might come on even stronger and more suddenly. Your gong potency will grow a little bit higher with every problem you overcome. The development of your gong will come to a standstill if you are unable to overcome a problem. Small tests lead to small improvements; big tests lead to big improvements. I hope that every practitioner is prepared to endure great suffering and will have the determination and willpower to embrace hardships. You wont acquire real gong without expending effort. There is no principle in existence that will let you gain gong comfortably without any suffering or effort. You will never cultivate to become an enlightened being if your xinxing doesnt become fundamentally better and you still harbor personal attachments!
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