Rectification - Some Reflections from Using a Copy Machine
(Clearwisdom.net ) A copy machine was brought into the place where we live, so it would be more convenient for us to reproduce truth-clarifying literature. After we tested this machine, a fellow practitioner said that it made too much noise and might expose what we were doing. Indeed, we should be careful. However, it sounded very quiet to me. "The machine does not make much noise and it will not disturb our neighbors." The next day, the fellow practitioner bought several pieces of foam boards and tried to make a noise-proof box for the machine. It looked strange and funny to me. Later she also found it odd.
The copy machine had been used to copy truth materials for over one year and it should have become indestructible. But now, it always suddenly stops working. My fellow practitioners became anxious and wanted to have it repaired.
Teacher said, "Whenever a tribulation comes, you do not see it with the side of your original nature but view it completely with your human side. Evil demons then capitalize on this point and inflict endless interference and damage, leaving students in long-term tribulations" ("Expounding on the Fa"). "Yet we are still cultivating and still have some last ordinary human attachments. When a problem arises, we have to examine ourselves first to see whether things are right or wrong on our part. As for the interference by evil in other dimensions, we must seriously eradicate it with righteous thoughts" ("Fa-Rectification and Cultivation").
While fellow practitioners were discussing what to do next and how to repair the machine, I sat quietly beside the machine and sent forth my righteous thoughts, "The Fa rectifies the cosmos, the Evil is completely eliminated." I said in my mind that I did not believe the current degenerated science could impede Fa-rectification. I spoke to the machine, "You come here to help in Fa-rectification and to assimilate to the Fa. You should do well what you are supposed to do. You should not assume that since you have done a lot and have done everything well, you no longer need to do it anymore. Even until the last day [of Fa-rectification], you would still be eliminated if you say that you do not want to do it anymore. You and I are one body and we are assimilating to the Fa together." I talked to the machine with all my heart.
After a while, the machine started to work again. However, there was always a dark line on the copied material. A fellow practitioner said that maybe this was because the reflector was dirty. After cleaning the reflector, the line became less dark, but it was still there. A life is assimilating to the Fa during Fa-rectification. Master said in "Further Understanding" of Essentials For Further Advancement: "Do you know this? As long as you are a cultivator, in any environment or under any circumstances, any troubles or unpleasant things you come across, even if they involve work for Dafa or no matter how good or sacred you think they are, I will still use them to eliminate your attachments and expose your demon-nature in order to dispose of it since your improvement is the top priority. If you are able to succeed in improving yourself this way, what you do then, with a pure heart, will be the best and most sacred." While I silently rectified myself, my heart became purer and purer with the harmonious rhythm of the copy machine, the quality of the copied materials became better and clearer.
The next morning, the machine stopped working again. The fellow practitioner's human thoughts came up again and she wanted to have it repaired. I reasoned with her that we should eliminate the interference by cultivating our hearts and looking inwards. Although she appeared to have agreed with me, she was still worried. She said, "You give it a try. If it really works, then it must be me who has problems." "No, the cultivation is a serious matter. 'Studying the Fa with attachments is not genuine cultivation.' ('Towards Consummation'), 'what you do then, with a pure heart, will be the best and most sacred' ('Further Understanding'). Dafa is so solemn, and how can we treat it just by trying?" I turned and left to study the Fa. After a while, another fellow practitioner came. I found, after I finished my Fa-study, that both of them were sitting there trying to think of ways [to repair the machine]. However, the copy machine still did not work. As I did yesterday, I spoke to the machine. Teacher said, "If every one of you can understand the Fa from the depths of your mind, that will truly be the manifestation of the Fa whose power knows no boundary--the reappearance of the mighty Buddha Fa in the human world!" ("Cautionary Advice" of Essentials For Further Advancement) A miracle happened again. The copy machine started to work again with a melodious rhythm.
Afterwards, I said to those two fellow practitioners that they only knew to solve it in human ways and only searched outside themselves rather than inside. They appeared to have agreed with me, but, in fact, what I said did not go into their minds. I was very worried.
One day later, the machine stopped working again. I sent out my righteous thoughts to eliminate the interference but failed. It must be me whose heart became impure. We stopped doing everything and started studying the Fa. Each practitioner held a book and studied the Fa. After a while, a practitioner stopped studying and said that the machine must have become normal. I thought that I should finish reading this section, so I did not move. The machine was still not working. A moment later, they dissasembled the machine and found that a part was broken. A practitioner went out to buy the replacement part. I sat there and felt so pained in my heart! I felt that an inharmonious field was all around us.
All the other practitioners left. I silently kept looking for and eliminating the evil hiding deeply (whether within myself or from the outside). After a while, the practitioner who went to buy the replacement part came back. He gave it a try and then told me that it should be installed this way. I checked and immediately found what he said was not right, so I did not follow him. He suddenly became angry for my not following his instructions. I knew this was not his true self. Teacher said, "I am a person who dislikes fighting with others, and neither was it worth a fight with him. Whenever he brought some bad things upon me, I would just clear them up. Afterwards, I would resume my lecturing." ("Consecration" in Lecture Five of Zhuan Falun). At that time, my mind was somehow astonishingly calm. A miracle happened again and the machine resumed working. I felt very pleased.
The copy machine stopped working again. Oh, I realized that I had only felt happy and forgot to silently recite the Fa-rectification verse in my mind. So again I purified my heart and eliminated the evil. My mind was incomparably calm. Another practitioner came back and took a look at the machine, touching it here and there, but it still did not work. The practitioner said, "It still needs to be repaired even if you want to continue to use it." After a while, the copy machine showed a signal indicating a need for an overhaul. I was very disappointed and felt very disappointed in my heart. During the interference, why couldn't we do it right? During Fa-rectification, why couldn't we rectify ourselves first? Our impure mentalities were exposed one after another. "Machine, you and I are one body. The unclearness of your copying quality reflects the impurity in my heart. Your stopping working means that my cultivation has omissions." I felt very painful in my heart. "Machine, you did nothing wrong. It is still my fault." Teacher told us that a thing happens because of many underlying causes.
"Let us repair it! The machine indeed needs an overhaul."
" 'One gets into trouble because one's own values and mind are not correct or righteous.' " ("Spirit or Animal Possession" in Lecture Three of Zhuan Falun)
"Do a repair! Indeed we need to do a better 'repairing' of ourselves."
Please kindly correct anything above that is improper.
Editors' note: This article touched a phenomenon that is often encountered during Dafa work, and a question of how to eliminate interference with righteous thoughts. From extensive practice, we have realized that machines and human brains are all made of matter in the Three Realms. The impure matter therein and the dimensions that have not been touched by Fa-rectification have countless ties with the matters in various dimensions. Therefore, in addition to sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the external interference and impurities from the external environment, it should not be neglected that one should eliminate the impurities both within oneself and the environment around oneself (including machines). When a practitioner timely eliminates and isolates the external interference, calms down and finds one's own shortcomings in understandings of the Fa, and firmly gets rid of these shortcomings, the evil will gradually lose its possibility of existence and the practitioner will become diamond-solid and indestructible.