Dafa and Dafa students have experienced the most evil, most malicious, destructive trial--something never seen before in history. Dafa and its students, who have truly been performing as the most magnificent cultivators of a righteous cultivation way, have come through the trial. In the human world, all individuals, organizations, and groups do things in human society in order to achieve something in this world. Dafa disciples, however, are getting rid of all ordinary human attachments--including the attachment to their human lives--in order to reach the realms of higher beings. This is why we've been able to come through the most evil, most malicious, and most indecent persecution in human history. This is what those evil wretches could not have expected.
Since you are qualified, true cultivators who have met the standard, you cannot be threatened by loss of money or material interests; and those are things that a cultivator needs to let go of, anyway. What's more, these cultivators can even let go of life and death: how could they fear the threat of death? Although several wretched people are still doing evil, those most evil beings who are at high levels of the cosmic body have already been completely eliminated in the process of the Fa's rectification of the cosmos. The evil ones who are at the most superficial level, that of humankind, will soon have to pay for all of their sins as they are completely eliminated during the Fa's rectification of the human world.
In Mainland China these days, some secret agents who claim that they are Dafa students have been making their way into labor camps and other places where students are being held, for the purpose of doing harm. They deceive students by claiming that they [the secret agents] have already reached Consummation, and by using other means. They tell the students that the students have already reached Consummation and no longer need to practice, that the students should conform to everyday people as much as possible, that the students should turn in their books, and so on. With this nonsense, they have deceived some students who, in the midst of tribulations, don't want to stay in the human world and want to reach Consummation as soon as possible. In the Fa, I have told you to conform to everyday people as much as possible while cultivating. I have never said that you should conform to everyday people [in and of itself]. If you are no different from an everyday person, are you still a cultivator? Dafa disciples--future Buddhas, Daos, and Gods--how can you let those evil, ridiculous buffoons take advantage of any gaps?
It is in fact time to let go of your last attachments. As cultivators, you already know that you should, and in your actions you have, let go of all worldly attachments (including the attachment to the human body) and have made it through the process of letting go of life and death. Then is being attached to reaching Consummation an attachment? Isn't it also an attachment born of human desire? Would a Buddha be attached to reaching Consummation? As a matter of fact, those cultivators who are truly approaching Consummation don't have this attachment. In teaching the Fa, I have talked about the principle whereby a school student who does his schoolwork well will naturally be admitted to college, whereas a school student who is attached to being admitted to college but who doesn't do his schoolwork well won't be admitted. It isn't wrong for a cultivator to wish to reach Consummation, but your mind should be on the Fa. While continually cultivating you will unwittingly meet the standard for Consummation. Those Dafa students who are unable to endure the suffering are especially likely to have thoughts of leaving the human world and reaching Consummation soon. This allows the evil to take advantage of their gaps. You have already made it through the most difficult time. So as for your last attachment, you must be sure to let go of it. I know all of the suffering of my disciples. The truth is, I treasure you more than you treasure yourselves! All evil in the cosmos is being eliminated at an unprecedented speed.
Over the past year, students' own karma, inadequate understanding of the Fa, inability to let go of attachments amidst tribulations, inability to deal with things using righteous thoughts amidst painful trials, and so on, are the main reasons behind evil's escalation of the persecution, and are the true fundamental excuses that the evil has used to damage the Fa. Nonetheless, however much a cultivator puts forth in cultivation, that much he will gain when he reaches Consummation. Do you still remember how one time when I was teaching the Fa, a student asked whether a cultivator could cultivate to an Attainment Status1 higher than where his life had originally come into being? If a cultivator can let go of the thought of life and death under any circumstance, evil is sure to be afraid of him. If every student is able to do this, evil will of itself no longer exist. All of you are already aware of the principle of mutual-generation and mutual-inhibition. If you are not afraid, the factor that would make you afraid will cease to exist. This is not to be self-imposed, but is achieved by truly and calmly letting go of it. Whenever I see you suffering, Master feels even more troubled than you; whenever you do not take a step well, it really pains my heart. Everything that the evil has done has actually targeted the attachments and fears that you have not let go of. You are future Enlightened Beings who are becoming Buddhas, Daos, and Gods, and you are not concerned with the losses and gains of this world. So you should be able to let go of everything. If you weren't attached right now to reaching Consummation, the evil would not have been able to take advantage of this last gap.
When those wretches posing as Dafa students try to make you falter, they usually tell you that they are students themselves, that they have reached Consummation, and other nonsense. It's remarkable that you are able to let go of life and death, but you shouldn't develop an attachment to reaching Consummation. That would be an omission! It is also exactly the gap that the evil takes advantage of. Since they are saying that they have already reached Consummation, ask them to fly up in the sky to show everyone, or ask them to recite a paragraph of Zhuan Falun as a test. One who has reached Consummation is a Buddha, Dao, or God with boundless radiance, and he will have the magnificent image of a God, having all of the Buddha Fa's divine powers--he will no longer have a human appearance. How could those petty buffoons who go to labor camps and act mysterious deceive Dafa disciples? Although they have found several dozen deceivers--dregs of humanity--to put on this disgraceful act, just by having your heart unaffected you will be able to handle all situations.
At present, the evil in the cosmic body has already been completely eliminated, and the Fa has finished rectifying the Three Realms. Only the most surface level of matter's shell is still being broken through. This is happening at a rapid speed, and is approaching the wretches in the human world and those vicious murderers who have beaten to death or injured Dafa disciples (future Buddhas, Daos, and Gods).
Eliminate your last attachment(s). Everything you have accomplished through cultivation practice has already established your infinitely wonderful, and sacred, future Attainment Status. Take every step well, and don't tarnish what you have already attained. Let the part of you that has been fully cultivated glow with an even purer brilliance.
August 12, 2000
1. This term is also sometimes translated as "Fruit Status."