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“No one would pocket anything found on the ground,
and doors are not bolted at night”
- Series of the Bright Spots of the Second Home (now New Oasis for Life)(14)
(Translated by Tongxin and Edited by Kaer)
January 27, 2014
I remember that when I was young, whenever my family would go out to work in the fields, they would just close the doors and hang the locks on the bolts, but they would never lock them. The doors were only locked when we went away for several days, but in today's residential areas, the fences are very high and doors are secured with big, heavy locks, and people always worry about security. In the city, when people are home, they lock their doors from inside and when they go out, they feel unsafe unless they lock all the doors and windows at several levels. The morality of society has rolled so far back, that people have to take these extraordinary measures to prevent themselves from being robbed and all their possessions being stolen. What does this do to people's stress levels?
In the current society, integrity has become a luxury which is precious and random. “No one would pocket anything found on the ground, and doors are not bolted at night”, are these not the expectations of most people? At least, they are for me. I do not like to live with security guards and locks; they are tiring and annoying. I would rather live simply and relaxedly.
Consciousness creates reality, so maybe my image-thinking helped me, because when I came to the Second Home, my image came true. I find that in the Second Home, you need not worry at all about security, there is no need to worry about losing anything because even if you forget or misplace something, no one would take it, so you will find it in the same spot even after many hours or several days. In the evening, you need not lock your door or close your windows before going to bed, but just close your door, or even leave it opened for the breeze, and enjoy a sweet, relaxed sleep without any worries about security or harassment.
The Second Home aims to build up an example of a new life mode for people, which will become the most ideal life mode in the world. Therefore, “No one would pocket anything found on the ground, and doors are not bolted at night” is necessary. The value of our home is that you do not take anything you find on the ground or anywhere else, as long as it does not belong to you, whether within or outside of the community. When walking on the street, people will not take anything even there are gold and diamonds on the ground. Because of such a value, in our five years community practice, there has never been any event of stealing. Anything you misplace or forget somewhere, you can find it and take it back at any time.
In the Second Home, everyone has their own bedroom, which is a sacred and private space which no one may ever enter unless invited. As long as the doors and curtains are closed, nobody will come to disturb you, and pushing the door open is absolutely forbidden, even if nobody answers after knocking. In the daytime, as long as nobody is in, the doors, curtains, and windows are left open, and only the cleaning sisters will enter. Therefore, there is no need to lock the doors. This is the same in the evening. I have been living in the Second Home for more than four years and I have never locked my door or windows at night, it is absolutely safe here.
Some might ask, “but what if a member does not follow the values? From the current situation in society, such worry makes sense, but in the Second Home, it is totally different. All members living in the Second Home have read Chanyuan Values and resonate with them, have hearts which have been purified by those Values, and have come here mainly to sublimate their own life quality for contributing themselves to the building of and creation of a new life mode, and for beautifying their soul gardens. Thus, nobody would be greedy and harass other people or take their things. The facts have also proven that we have already realized the ideal life of, “No one would pocket anything found on the ground, and doors are not bolted at night”.
“No one would pocket anything found on the ground, and doors are not bolted at night”, is a dream that so many people, from ordinary laborers to many saints, sages, and grand philosophers have sought for thousands of years. It seems very difficult to be realized, but in the magical Second Home, this ideal has surely come true.
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