1 Many Dao cultivators who were committed and worked very hard in the beginning quit in the middle. The main reason is demonic hindrances and obstacles. Whether demonic hindrances and obstacles befall a family, or karmic debtors of past lives come to claim their rights, these happenings affect the body.
2 Once a physiological problem sets in, a Dao cultivator experiences psychological changes, which, in turn, affect his nature, making him restless and making him change his mind or give up cultivation altogether.
3 To cultivate [the Dao] requires one to endure trials and tribulation, suffering and tempering, physically and mentally, as well as enduring them for the sake of eliminating karmic obstacles. Eliminating karmic obstacles requires even more tempering and suffering.
4 Sickness is also one way of eliminating karmic obstacles. This type of sickness will not be life-threatening and will not cost one his life. The purpose is to provide him with an opportunity to eliminate karmic obstacles.
5 If the karmic obstacles are not manifested through sickness, there are other ways to temper him. It is all up to him to understand the reason behind his trials and tribulation.
6 Chanting the Grand Orison is another way for a person to eliminate his karmic obstacles. There is a price to pay when it comes to cultivating the Dao.
7 As we talk about contributing your ideas, your strengths, and financial donations, it is asking you to contribute yourself. Contribute your intelligence, your energy, your strength and your personal wealth for the benefit of the public. All of these accumulate merits and virtues.
8 None of the material things in the physical world can be taken with you when you die, and none of them can be used to eliminate karmic obstacles. Material things must be turned into energy and dispersed. This is why we talk about contribution.
9 The first type of contribution is financial. When you donate money, you turn material wealth into a spiritual equivalent for eliminating karmic obstacles and for accumulating merits and virtues.
The Anthro-Celestial Research College, the Anthro-Celestial Cultivation College, December 2, 1992