Don't Be Confused By Illusion
The leadership change after the 16th Congress of the Chinese ruling Party should not become a distraction to our sending forth righteous thoughts and eliminating the evil elements in other dimensions. Any change to external elements has some reason behind it. As Falun Dafa practitioners, we are witnessing and participating in Fa-rectification at this special period in history and we should not be influenced by any external factors. Instead, we should always keep Teacher's instructions in mind and do what we should do. As practitioners, if we depend on humans to end the persecution, that act is a human attachment that hinders the progress of Fa-rectification. In a deeper sense, it shows a practitioner's wavering belief in Teacher. It is also a manifestation of inadequate righteous thoughts. This attachment is very easily taken advantage of by the evil forces to make an excuse for further persecution of Dafa practitioners.
In fact, Teacher told us a long ago, "When this test concludes, all bad people will be destroyed by gods. Those Dafa disciples who are able to come through the test will leave through Consummation. Those people who'll be left behind will have to eradicate sins by paying, with horrible suffering, for the sinful karma they owe from their entire past; only then will they be able to enter the next stage of history. Dafa disciples have nothing to do with the criteria for the people of the future." (from Minghui Editors' Eliminate Evil) Personally, I think there are two priorities for us at this moment.
The first is to attach great importance to sending forth righteous thoughts and to coordinate with other practitioners in the midst of Fa-rectification. In order to truly eradicate the evils, we should not leave any opportunities for the evil forces to interfere. We have to continue to clarify the truth. At the same time, we should study the Fa more and more so that we can constantly break through obstructions in our cultivation practice by assimilating ourselves with the Fa. The second is to help those who haven't given up their fundamental attachments to humanness yet. We should remind them that Teacher and all the genuine practitioners who have been persecuted in the tribulations are still waiting, amidst their suffering, mainly for them to break away from humanness, and to give up their attachments to the human world.
Teacher said, "In the midst of the Fa-rectification, a god's single thought about Dafa determines his existence or destruction. Can those who've obtained Dafa regard things as everyday people do? If a person has obtained the Fa but isn't able to validate the Fa, does he still deserve to be a Dafa disciple? No matter how he 'persists in studying the Fa and doing the exercises' at home, he is being controlled by demons and is 'enlightening' along an evil path." (from Minghui Editors' Serious Teaching) The main excuse that evil employs to persecute us is nothing other than our fundamental attachments that we are trying to cover up. With the Fa-rectification in the human world drawing closer and closer, these people are in the most dangerous situation. Therefore, it is our responsibility as Fa-rectification disciples to help them break away from humanness.
Teacher said in Touring North America to Teach the Fa that, "To treat it as an ordinary human persecution against other human beings, to think with an ordinary human mind, 'When will they restore our name? When will it end?'-- think about it, are these the thoughts a Dafa disciple should have?" If we practitioners count on everyday people to improve the vicious environment in China, the more we are attached to this, the more persecution the evil will create by taking advantage of this attachment because we give them a good excuse to persecute us. Teacher said in his article "No Politics" that, "But it's true that in political circles there have been some upright persons who are concerned about the country and the people, though they are only a drop in the ocean." Teacher also said, "Human society is a good place for cultivation, since everything here can lead to attachments. Precisely because of this, a person who is able to step out of it and get rid of all his attachments to human society is magnificent and is able to reach Consummation."
I firmly believe that the Fa's rectification of the human world is drawing near, in a supernormal way instead of by the so-called "restoring our name." Teacher told us that we could not reach consummation without cultivating until no attachments remain.
"All things throughout ages, like fleeting smoke and passing clouds, Bewilder the ordinary human heart." ("Dafa Clears Up Confusion," from Hong Yin, Teacher's collection of poems, unofficial translation.) Jiang's having to exit from the stage of history shows us the constant change of the human world and the ephemeral nature of human life. Fa-rectification disciples, let's cherish this great historical moment that has never occurred in the past and will never happen in the future. Let's remember how fortunate we are to obtain the Fa, to cultivate, and to assist Teacher in the human world during the Fa-rectification period.