Keeping Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Faith
Recently a fellow practitioner forwarded me an article that said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was preparing to launch a massive assault on Falun Gong practitioners in China. After I finished reading the article, my heart was laden with worries at first, but I quickly realized that I shouldn't be feeling this way as a Falun Gong disciple in the Fa-rectification period. I immediately started studying Teacher's new articles. Soon I attained a righteous mentality and understanding.
It is the goal of the old forces and the Communist evil specter to persecute Falun Gong practitioners and to obstruct Teacher's Fa-rectification. They will stop at nothing to destroy us and ruin our cultivation practice. They are constantly lurking around us, always ready to pounce on us the minute they see an attachment or an opening. However, they have no power over our cultivation path or us. It is Teacher that has the power over our cultivation practice and us, but that's not to say we don't need to have righteous thoughts and righteous actions. If we cannot strictly follow Teacher's teachings or if we fail to do the three things well, we would be like the man with a copy of Zhuan Falun in his hands yelling on the streets that he is free from all danger because Teacher is watching over him. With that in mind, it is likely that fellow practitioners in those areas where the persecution is more severe may have strong attachments or loopholes.
We should ask ourselves if we have any fear. If we do, what are we afraid of? If we should complete our cultivation practice in the next minute, have we already eliminated all of our attachments? Are we ready to let go of everything and leave for paradise with Teacher? If the answer is yes, what are we afraid of? If the answer is no, we truly have to study the Fa more to identify and eliminate our remaining attachments.
Look at those people manipulated by the evil CCP, including the policemen and the staff members of the 610 Office nationwide. They are also sentient beings waiting for Teacher's salvation. They are directly manipulated by the CCP to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. They are the most pitiful lives in the universe. If we shy away from them, they will lose the opportunity to know the truth and never have a second chance. As Falun Gong practitioners that cultivate compassion, how could we watch them lead themselves to their dooms and do nothing to save them? Our immensely compassionate Teacher has saved us from Hell. As Teacher's disciples, what should we do when we see people falling into Hell? If we fail to save these most pitiful lives, how will we be able to face Teacher or sentient beings?
Teacher has repeatedly taught us that we must completely deny all of the old forces' arrangements. I have come to the understanding that they are not entitled to arrange any persecution. As long as we follow what Teacher requires of us and have righteous thoughts and actions, we are fully capable of denying their arrangements. We are completely denying all of the head evil's persecution. None of its persecution should be carried out on earth!
Countless fellow practitioners' cultivation experiences have validated the fact that only Teacher can determine the Fa-rectification. Therefore, no one is able to touch a Falun Gong practitioner who has righteous thoughts and righteous actions.
Dear fellow practitioners:
Let's review the following passages of the Fa. I believe that they will help nurture righteous thoughts in us.
Teacher said, "But you should always remember one thing: no matter who is interfering, it's all temporary, all illusions, not the main body, and it's all just like air flowing through. There are all kinds of material elements and beings everywhere in the dimensions, there are so many of them they're immeasurable. They are there with or without an image, and they are beings in microcosmic dimensions and in different dimensions. Before the Fa-rectification is done, the microcosmic Gods in the cosmos are all in their own dimensions, which exist at the same time and same place. Whether they stay here or don't stay here is just a concept. Those elements, form or no form, exist there naturally, and they have no influence on you at all. Nobody can manipulate Dafa disciples who have righteous thoughts and righteous actions." ("Fa-Lecture During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference")
Teacher said, "My situation isn't something that ordinary beings can imagine. During the Fa-rectification Master has taken into his body the lives of all beings in the cosmos and the lives of all the various elements. First off, it's for safety reasons in the Fa-rectification--the lives of all beings are here with me, so no one can do things that would jeopardize the cosmos." ("Fa-Lecture During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference")
Teacher said, "[...] the old forces' interference targets the cultivation of only a small number of you. I'm saying that I don't acknowledge the old forces' interfering with Dafa disciples, because the Dafa disciples are my disciples, and nobody else is worthy of handling them. And even less could we let them succeed in their plot to use Dafa disciples and impose things on the Dafa disciples to achieve their goals, ruining my disciples. The reason they've been able to interfere is, they have seized on your attachments and shortcomings, and then there's your karma left over from your past. The persecution also stems from these factors. The Fa-rectification beyond the Three Realms doesn't have that direct of a connection with you, but you are here during the Fa-rectification period and you're here when Master is here, and you are Dafa Disciples in the Fa-rectification period." ("Teaching the Fa at the Meeting with Asia-Pacific Students")
Teacher said, "Of course, it's not that the evil has stopped persecuting, but that those factors the old forces arranged, in being destroyed, have become less and less, and the evil no longer has much strength. But even without that much strength, as long as it still exists it's still very evil, very bad. But the evil no longer has that much strength and it doesn't have the environmental factors that it needs, so it can no longer control that many of the world's people or other beings. And then when the world's people and all other lives aren't controlled by the evil, it's much easier at that point for you to clarify the truth. If you do it well, then the people of the world and all beings will wake up. And once the beings wake up, the evil has no audience at all and it really can't do things rampantly. People will oppose it and isolate it, and the evil won't be able to do whatever it wants, since nobody will listen to it. That's what the current trend is; it is the change that's come about in the course of saving all beings." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Atlanta Fa Conference")