Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts Calmly and Solidly Like Diamond
(Clearwisdom.net) On Monday morning, while riding my bicycle to the Chinese consulate, one of my tires, which I had just purchased, suddenly went flat. I realized that it was interference. Although initially felt dejected, I did not allow it to disturb my mood. I still went to the consulate and maintained a calm mind to send forth righteous thoughts. The foundation which was laid during my cultivation prevented this interference from disturbing my calm mood. Though a little trouble was created, and I was delayed a bit, my mood remained peaceful, and I continued sending forth righteous thoughts along the way.
Outside of the consulate, I met a western practitioner who told me that she had met with a lot of interference as well. I said to her, "No matter what happens, maintain a calm mind."
Until a few days ago, when sending forth righteous thoughts, my legs would ache so much that I couldn't bear it once I reached 10 minutes. But the obstacle was gone today. The calmer my mind was, the longer I could send forth the righteous thoughts. I didn't even look at my watch and just let myself sit for as long as I could. After a long period of sending forth righteous thoughts, I still felt very comfortable.
I studied the Fa and my reading was continued along very smoothly; my mind was calm. I feel we must purify ourselves through studying the Fa so as to strengthen our righteous thoughts and righteous faith. Without the Fa, one can hardly maintain righteous thoughts; it is truly important. While in Russia, I saw that the practitioners sending forth righteous thoughts from a close distance were studying the Fa and sending forth the righteous thoughts in shifts. I feel it's better to study the Fa as collectively as possible and afterwards send forth pure and righteous thoughts together. This seems to reduce the time of sending forth righteous thoughts, but actually the energy field of collective Fa study is very powerful. When everyone reads the Fa collectively with a calm mind, the field of righteous thoughts is even more powerful and pure. How could the evil possibly exist in this kind of field? While reading the Fa, Teacher gives us insights into the problems we want to solve, and the Fa will strengthen our righteous thoughts and righteous faith. As a result, wouldn't the quality of our next sending forth righteous thoughts be greatly improved? A practitioner sitting next to me told me that she had enlightened to an understanding that in an evil gathering place, studying the Fa has the same power as sending forth righteous thoughts. Oftentimes, one can study the Fa with a calm mind and the time passes without notice. Then when you raise your head and look at the sky, the black clouds have dispersed, and the sunlight shines warmly.
Sometimes, I think of my shortcomings, and my righteous thoughts become less adequate. I think one issue should be made clear. Our doubts that we didn't cultivate well can be put to rest by putting efforts into our future cultivation. We can be firm in our agreement that the persecution and the people leading it should not exist to continue these horrible deeds.
A fellow practitioner's article mentioned that some practitioners' righteous faith has wavered because of not immediately seeing the results of sending forth the righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil factors in other dimensions. I look at the issue this way: we do what we should do. The Fa-rectification has reached this stage, those creating this persecution should not continue to exist to persecute further. We must rid ourselves of our attachments and not allow them to become obstacles. We need to use our righteous thoughts to eliminate all the evil that damages Dafa until it is all eliminated. Our righteous faith should not be shaken by manifestations in this surface dimension. A particle of Dafa is unshakeable like diamond. No matter what has happened, we should firmly use our righteous thoughts to eliminate evil. This is our responsibility and our duty.
Teacher has told us: "As for how much longer this tribulation will last, I don't think you should think about these things much. And don't think about whether you can reach Consummation, either, because any desire you have can become an attachment and can be used by the evil. As soon as that kind of thought emerges, the evil might conjure a false image for you, and this will then cause interference...Get rid of any attachment you have, and don't think about anything. Just do everything a Dafa disciple should do, and everything will be covered."(Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. International Fa Conference)