Tolerance Is Not Indulgence
After reading the article entitled "The Greatness of Tolerance" written by a fellow practitioner and posted on the Clearwisdom website, (http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2003/5/9/35424.html) I felt that there is a serious problem. Here are my thoughts:
First, it is a heart of pursuing comfort. The practitioner mentioned in the article as being irresponsible when spending money was probably not studying the Fa diligently and developed a pursuit of comfort. Of course, as Dafa disciples, we ought to pay attention to our attire and manners, but too much attention to this will develop an attachment to material comfort. As Master stated, "The desire to show off plus the attachment of zealotry are most easily exploited by the demonic part of your mind" ("Definitive Conclusion" from Essentials for Further Advancement).
Practitioners give us the money they made through hard work and saving because they have great trust in us to do the Dafa work. We should never forget our mission and responsibility, which is assisting Teacher in the Fa-rectification. When we don't do well in some area, the old forces will take it as an excuse to persecute us.
I know two practitioners who are engaged in making truth-clarifying materials. They strictly follow the principles of the Fa in their everyday lives. They always buy the cheapest groceries. In Spring, they can buy over ten pounds of spinach with one Chinese dollar. Spinach at that low price is always tough, but they just cook it in boiling water, add some salt, and eat it like that. All the practitioners who saw this shed tears. These two practitioners previously had very good living conditions. Now, however, one of them just sleeps on the floor on several pieces of folded cardboard, with a blanket in winter when the temperature is less than minus ten degrees Celsius. In order to save money, he doesn't even use a thermal blanket. Some practitioners have said, "To waste even one penny of Dafa money is a crime." They usually visit several stores before purchasing any necessary equipment or parts, as they care as much about price as quality. It's not that they are miserly; it's just the right thing to do, as every penny we have should be spent where it is most needed to save lives.
With respect to tolerance, I think practitioners are one body. Whenever we spot a problem, we should point it out, as we mean well for that person and are responsible for him. Being tolerant doesn't mean being indulgent. If we notice a problem but fail to point it out or correct it, it will grow as one tribulation builds on another, or it will be strengthened and enlarged by the old forces to cause us unnecessary damage.
As we are disciples of the Fa-rectification, we have to walk each and every step steadily and righteously so as not to be unworthy of Master's benevolent salvation.