A recent article on the Clearwisdom website, "Be On Guard to the Attachment of Comfort and Ease," was of particular interest to me, since my attachment to comfort is especially serious. As it says in the article, "The attachment to comfort can make one lazy and produce attachments to fear, sentimentality, zealotry, fighting, fame, and profit. It is a form of demonic interference that is hard to be aware of and is thus most dangerous." Reading this, I thought to myself, "I cannot continue to be this way. It has been a long time since I have sent forth righteous thoughts at midnight every day." Although I continued to do the three things (study the Fa [the teachings of Falun Dafa], send forth righteous thoughts and clarify the truth about Falun Dafa and about the persecution to the world's people), I was far inferior to those who were truly doing well. I had strong fear, did not want to be diligent, and was lazy. All of these resulted from the attachment to comfort, and because of this, I could not concentrate on studying the Fa.
As a practitioner, I knew it was dangerous to let this continue. Cultivation requires one to endure hardship, to put forth effort, and to unconditionally follow the requirements of Dafa.
I thought of the story "Women's Kingdom" in Monkey King. The ruler of the women's kingdom was willing to yield her throne to Monk Tang and let him enjoy all the richness and royalty of that position. Had Tang had the attachment to comfort and stayed in the women's kingdom, he would not have been successful in his quest for the scriptures. I feel that every tribulation on the path to India of Monk Tang and his disciples was a test to see if they were steadfast enough. It is the same as the tests that we encounter today to see if we are steadfast in Dafa. We are being tested constantly to see how much we can give up the attachment to sentimentality, to see if we still have attachments to fame and profit, or to see if we become zealous when we do something good or are being praised. I find that I still do have the attachment to comfort. Looking inward, I find I am not that steadfast toward Dafa. My belief in Dafa is not that strong, and I lack benevolence and do not have a sense of urgency. I indeed need to take heed, and I am grateful that this article reminded me.
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