Purifying Our Righteous Thoughts (Part I)
(Clearwisdom.net) Here I would like to talk about my understandings on eliminating the evil elements in other dimensions, how to purify our righteous thoughts, how to enable our righteous thoughts to use the power of Dafa as a whole, and also on disciples outside of China's trip to Europe. Please point out anything inappropriate.
1. Why do we eliminate the evil
Master told us, "When we eliminate evil you should keep in mind that if you have the intention of showing off, have ordinary human fears, or have impure thoughts, you won't be able to achieve the goal. Why do you have ability like this? It's only because you are a great cultivator. So when you send forth that thought it couldn't have been sent by anyone but a great cultivator." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2001 Canada Fa Conference," Guiding the Voyage)
Then, what kind of thoughts does a great cultivator send? In other words, since we have to look at the issue of why we eliminate the evil from the perspective of a great cultivator, then we must also ask ourselves, what is "the perspective of a great cultivator?"
What is the reason for eliminating the evil? Is it because the evil persecutes Dafa and Dafa disciples, which is very detestable behavior? Is it because we will provide people with a peaceful and just environment to learn about the truth and Dafa after the evil has been eliminated? Is it because we must break through the old forces' arrangement?
I realized that these reasons might be correct on a certain level, but they are not the most fundamental reason for us Dafa disciples to eliminate evil. Then what is the fundamental reason? In fact, Master has already told us, "So, if the evil has reached the point of being no longer savable, how to handle it isn't a question of one's personal cultivation--it is guarding the Fa of the cosmos. When necessary, one can use different abilities from different levels to eliminate it." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2001 Canada Fa Conference," Guiding the Voyage)
"Zhen, Shan, Ren is the Fa! And It is the manifestation of the Great Fa of the cosmos at different levels. It is absolutely not some human theory or guiding principle for ordinary human living, as human beings take it to be. If the evil has already reached the point where it is unsavable and unkeepable, then various measures at different levels can be used to stop it and eradicate it." ("Beyond the Limits of Forbearance," Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I realized that eliminating evil is "guarding the Fa of the cosmos" ("Teaching the Fa at the 2001 Canada Fa Conference," Guiding the Voyage), and as Dafa particles, we must play this role. This is the fundamental reason for eliminating the evil.
I also want to explain why the previous reasons are not pure enough:
The first reason contains human sentimentality, so it's not pure enough;
The second reason is a result produced by the evil being eliminated. If we do well and eliminate all the evil, such an outcome will indeed be the result. However, this is not the most important reason for eliminating evil. If we eliminate the evil just for this purpose, it would be an attachment. It actually should be an outcome of "natural attainment without pursuit." (Falun Dafa-Lecture in Sydney) Moreover, as Fa-rectification Dafa disciples we clarify the truth unconditionally. Master said, "When someone comes to persecute the Fa, what should you, a disciple, a particle of Dafa, do? Shouldn't you let the truth be known and make people aware of the facts? This is looking at it in terms of you. You are a particle of Dafa, so you should play this role." ("Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. Fa Conference," Guiding the Voyage) I realized that as long as we are Dafa disciples, it's only natural for us to clarify the truth when Dafa is suffering persecution, and this action should be taken throughout the entire process. Clarifying the truth and sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil when it's beyond salvaging are our responsibilities as a particle of Dafa. These responsibilities might be judged differently or have different emphasis in different time periods, but they are states that come about naturally.
As for the third reason, my understanding is that Master's Fa-rectification is just Fa-rectification. Doing things according to what is required by Dafa's principles, assisting Master to rectify the Fa and breaking through the old forces' arrangements -- these are all included as a part of Fa-rectification. Fa-rectification isn't limited to breaking through the old forces' arrangements; our mission and responsibility is to assist Master to rectify the Fa, not just to break through the old forces' arrangements. If we say that assisting Master to rectify the Fa is for the purpose of breaking through the old forces' arrangements, we would be in fact overstating the old forces' arrangements, and our mindset would have been limited.
To be continued...