Mighty Power Comes From the Fa
(Clearwisdom.net) Master said in "Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston" that "under that kind of overwhelming pressure, we have been able to rectify the Fa in the human world to this extent, to have the world's people come to really know us, and to have people all over the world truly see what we're about. That's no easy feat." When we look back at the difficult situation since July 20, 1999, "At this point we've basically allowed all governments and the vast majority of people around the entire world to know that our Falun Dafa is good. They all know that we're being wrongfully persecuted, they all know the ugly nature of the evil head scoundrel in China and the warped, disgusting face of that tyrant and they can see clearly the evilness of the gang of political scoundrels." (From "Touring North America to Teach the Fa") This is not only because our Dafa practitioners persisted in clarifying the truth amidst adversity, more importantly, we displayed the solemnity, firmness and diamond-like unshakableness of Dafa.
In the past, I often thought that with such an important Fa-rectification mission, how have our practitioners inside and outside of China been able to carry it out step by step with such limited manpower and resources?
For example, we practitioners outside China, in our daily lives, use all kinds of methods to clarify the truth to people. We demonstrate the exercises in community activities, we do photo exhibits, we let the media and government on various levels know about the Fa, and we distribute flyers on the streets, etc. However, the reality is that we're short on both manpower and time, and what we've done is actually very limited. Are all these superficial things we did the true reason that so many people awakened?
Master said, "...it's also because your kindness and mercy in the ordinary human society and your righteous, Dafa disciples' performance have both been affirmed by the people of the world and been affirmed by Gods. These are what make the environment we have today possible." ("Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. International Fa Conference") I realized that what truly enabled the people around the world to awaken was that we displayed purity and benevolence through assimilation to Dafa, and we were affirmed by the righteous gods in heaven. When our words and actions are carried out from the perspective of the Fa, the boundless power of Dafa would manifest itself with no obstruction. However, when we are attached to the methods of everyday people or even ignore the principles of cultivation, then we are not able to achieve the purpose of validating Dafa and offering salvation to people, no matter how hard we try on the surface. All power comes from Dafa.
In the recent incident in Iceland, the democratic Icelandic government made a terrible decision under threats and pressure from Jiang's regime. It refused to grant visas to Falun Gong practitioners, denied entry to practitioners, refused to let practitioners board planes, unreasonably restricted practitioners' peaceful appeal activities, detained practitioners in airports, demanded practitioners to sign pledges not to protest, etc. These behaviors have darkened the future of the Icelandic people.
Given this situation, the people and media of Iceland stood up and resisted their government's incorrect decision. They gathered together to march and appeal to support Falun Gong practitioners. Some people also collectively signed a document published in the largest national newspaper, in which they apologized for their government's incorrect behavior. All of this support for Dafa and Dafa practitioners greatly encouraged practitioners. The fact that within several days, such an incident provoked such a great reaction and that the people stood up and resisted the evil, is actually a manifestation of Dafa's boundless and omnipresent power. The Fa is the true cause behind all these occurrences.
During Fa-rectification, there are many high-level elements that we do not yet know about, which are the fundamental causes for the changes in the human world. In fact, everyone in the world is anxiously waiting to obtain the Fa. Their knowing side hopes that they can position themselves well at the time when the Fa rectifies the human world. Their knowing side also hopes that they will be able to remain at the time of the Fa's rectification of the human world, obtain the Fa and cultivate, and eventually reach Consummation and return to their own paradises. In a democratic country the government is chosen by its people, so the government's decision represents the people's will. When the Icelandic government made such a wrong decision, the knowing side of the Icelandic people saw the dangerous situation they would be facing. They did not want to be taken into darkness, so they stood up and fought against their government's wrong decision and therefore positioned themselves well. What we saw in the human world was the Icelandic people standing up "overnight," and they used all kinds of methods to express support for Falun Gong.
Of course, Dafa practitioners must clarify the truth and offer salvation to people. Master said, "...especially since these things and everything that you're now doing are all interwoven with your responsibilities to Dafa, and since they include Dafa disciples' own profound and critical factors...You've got to try hard, and you've got to do well, because what you want is to consummate everything, and you have responsibilities--you have come with the mission and responsibility of saving sentient beings." (Touring North America to Teach the Fa) Over the course of the Icelandic incident, our practitioners indeed did a lot of work, such as visiting media, government officials, human rights groups, and directly promoting the Fa to the people, which helped to garner the people's support. However, during Fa-rectification, we should have a rational understanding of our efforts and the outcome. We should keep a clear head at all times and position well the relationship between ourselves, Dafa and Master.
Here I want to revisit Master's words -- "No matter how much work a person in charge has done among everyday people, he is working for Dafa out of his own will. The success of his work is only a manifestation among ordinary humans. It is the mighty power of Dafa itself and the specific arrangements made by my Law Bodies that enable people to obtain the Fa and spread the Fa widely. Without my Law Bodies doing these things, even protecting the people in charge could hardly be ensured, let alone spreading the Fa widely. So don't always think of yourselves too highly. There is no fame, self-interest, or official titles in Dafa, but only cultivation practice." ("A Heavy Blow" in Essentials for Further Advancement)
Although the Icelandic people showed great support for Falun Gong, this support did not completely come from their understanding of the truth about Falun Gong. For some people, it was because they were upholding their own freedom and human rights. In addition, because the Icelandic government has not yet made any effort to remedy its previous decision, the future of the Icelandic people is still uncertain. As Dafa practitioners, we not only have to clearly know what kind of outcome our individual work has to achieve in order for us to fulfill our historic duty, we also have to grasp the opportunity to continually carry out deep, thorough truth-clarification work to the relevant governments and people. We must help people as much as possible to position themselves well, so that they can have a bright future.