Wenda20191124 55:15
(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)

ONE WILL NOT ACHIEVE ANY SPIRITUAL STATUS BY MERELY PERFORMING VIRTUOUS DEEDS WITHOUT ELEVATING ONE’S STATE-OF-MIND

Caller:
Master Lu, you mentioned that a person’s merit is his ultimate token for admission to heaven, hence it is very important. In the case where one focuses on cultivating himself spiritually, but he doesn’t go out to help others or perform any virtuous deeds at all, he will end up in the Sound-hearer or Pratyeka Buddha realm because he has a high level of spiritual cultivation but lacks meritorious blessings. Conversely, if a person puts in a lot of effort in helping others, but he does not pay attention to his state-of-mind nor cultivating himself, will he achieve any spiritual status in the end?

Master Jun Hong Lu:
If one does not have a high level of spiritual cultivation, how can he ascend to heaven? Think about those philanthropists, they will only be an even richer philanthropist in their next life. What‘s the point? It’s meaningless! Many people in society are doing a lot of good deeds now. They will ascend to heaven certainly but they will still fail to escape from the cycle of rebirths. Their cultivation will come to naught.

Caller:
Also, if a person put in a lot of effort in accumulating merits and does not pay attention to cultivating himself spiritually, he may become troubled whenever things turned out to be unpleasant, hence resulting in his merits diminishing.

Master Jun Hong Lu: 
The diminishment of merits is even worse in this case! A person who does not cultivate himself spiritually and loathes every single person around him, even if he performs meritorious actions, he may still harbour aversion towards others. Seriously, if you do not have a high level of spiritual cultivation, you can’t survive a single day in this world as nothing pleases your eyes!

ONE WILL NOT ACHIEVE ANY SPIRITUAL STATUS BY MERELY PERFORMING VIRTUOUS DEEDS WITHOUT ELEVATING ONE’S STATE-OF-MIND