The Solemnity of Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts
(Clearwisdom.net) The ability to send forth righteous thoughts is a treasure Master bestows on every Fa-rectification-period Dafa disciple. We should truly understand its connotation and make it play a most powerful role. Since we cultivate in society, we have many daily things to do to balance the relationship between our family, our work, our social life and Dafa work and Dafa study. Time flies. I put down what I'm doing, and what I'm thinking, and completely throw every triviality behind me during those times when I am sending righteous thoughts into the universe. My mind then harbors only the pure Fa-rectification verse and powerful word, "Mie"(Chinese word for "eliminated"). At that moment my mind is calm and I have no other thoughts. I sit straight while holding one palm erect. It is so solemn and holy... I feel the mighty power of the Fa and sacred responsibility as a Dafa disciple. The moments of sending forth righteous thoughts are the times of the day when I feel most clearheaded and most wonderful. The more righteous thoughts we have, the more powerful they are and the more people we can rescue.
"All manner of evil are purged,
all manner of life born"
("Unobservant" in Hong Yin II, translation Version A)
Of course, I'm not always so clearheaded when sending forth righteous thoughts. Sometimes my attachments cause interference. The following are a few stories to share with fellow practitioners about sending forth righteous thoughts.
1. Getting rid of doubting my own ability, and having a firm, righteous belief
I am a practitioner cultivating in a locked state, in which my celestial eye cannot see other dimensions. Every day when I browse the Minghui/Clearwisdom website and read those articles that expose the persecution of practitioners, I try to send forth righteous thoughts to strengthen those practitioners who suffer the persecutions and to eliminate the evil behind the persecution in other dimensions.
One afternoon it was almost 5:55 p.m. when I finished reading the articles on the website. After cleansing my mind for the first five minutes in sending righteous thoughts, I held my palm erect to start the second part. I had a thought, "Today I will eliminate all the evil elements exposed on the Minghui site, including the evil things happening in all regions of China." Just as I had this thought, another popped up, "There are so many evil elements. My ability is limited. How can I reach all of them? Maybe I should aim at one target at a time and eliminate them one by one."
I started to wonder how I should think, and whether I have such an ability. I decided to calm my mind first and think of the issue according to the Fa principles. Once I calmed down, I realized that the doubting of my ability was not right and did not conform to the Fa and Fa requirement for us. It was a big interference that must be eliminated. I realized that there were heavenly warriors around us and around the many divine abilities we have. Furthermore, we have Master to strengthen us. All of our abilities are so powerful. How could we restrain them from displaying their mighty power, because of our human notions on the surface?
Master has told us,
"When disciples have ample righteous thoughts
Master has the power to turn back the tide"
("The Master-Disciple Bond" in Hong Yin II, translation version A)
Thinking of these things, I felt my righteous thoughts becoming stronger and stronger. Suddenly I felt surrounded by a powerful energy, and my whole body was sweating. Although I could not see in other dimensions, I could feel that my righteous thoughts were omnipotent, wherever they reached.
2. Sending forth righteous thoughts during an intercity bus ride
Recently I took an intercity bus for a business trip. There was a VCD player on the bus. The driver selected a VCD to play that showed scenes slandering Master and that poisoned the minds of the people.
What should I do? I realized I should send forth righteous thoughts to make the VCD unable to be played. Another thought occurred, "Will it work? How can a good VCD player suddenly stop functioning?" A minute passed. Although I had sent righteous thoughts, it seemed not to be working. The show was still playing and the vicious words in the show kept entering my ears. I was a little confused and was thinking about giving up. "The show will only last a few minutes. It will be finished soon," went through my mind. (Now I realize that such a thought is so evil. How could I think of giving up?) Another thought occurred: "I'm a Dafa practitioner with righteousness and dignity. I came to this world to assist Master in Fa-rectification. How can I retreat in the face of evildoers?"
"Human history does not exist for [people] to take being human as its final goal, nor is human history a recreation ground created for the evil to display its viciousness. Mankind's history was established for the Fa-rectification, and only Dafa disciples are worthy of displaying their glory here." ("To the 2005 European Experience Sharing Conference")
Thinking this, I gave up all other thoughts and blocked all sounds from the show. I sent a righteous thought, "No matter how, I must destroy this evil today. The VCD must stop playing." Just when this thought emerged, the VCD player suddenly stuck. The driver waited for a while but the VCD still couldn't finish its presentation. He had to replace it with a movie.
"...it will take effect as soon as your thoughts emerge" ("Stop the Evil Acts with Righteous Thoughts")
I have had many experiences regarding sending righteous thoughts, including many things that didn't turn out well. I will try hard to improve myself according to higher standards and try to do better.
Here I quote a paragraph from Master's teachings,
"Let me tell you, all those who remain and that can persecute Dafa and Dafa disciples are due to our students themselves. Students who haven't taken sending forth righteous thoughts seriously: the evil in the dimensions that you are supposed to shoulder and be responsible for has not been eliminated. That's the cause. So you must take sending forth righteous thoughts seriously. No matter whether you think you have the ability or not, you should do it. What you eliminate from your own mind are ones which have an effect within the expanse of your own body; at the same time, you need to eliminate the external ones, which are directly related to the dimensions you're in. If you don't eliminate them, then they not only persecute you and restrain you, but also persecute other students, other Dafa disciples. As you know, the persecution that Dafa disciples in Mainland China suffer is quite severe, so each student has to truly, clearly realize what his responsibility is, and when he sends forth righteous thoughts he has to be able to truly calm his mind and truly produce the effect of righteous thoughts. So this is something extremely critical, extremely important. Then if every student is able to do that, I can tell you, with five minutes of sending forth righteous thoughts together, the evil in the Three Realms will never exist again--that's how important this is. But it's been a long time since you started sending forth righteous thoughts. The evil beings that have been eliminated are really many. From another perspective, since how well each person does in the process of his cultivation, his improvement, and his understanding, and how well he does in the Fa-rectification is directly related to his own cultivation, and also directly related to the level he has elevated to, Master cannot require too much of you. I'm only telling you its importance. How far a person wants to cultivate to and what realm a person wants to reach are his own business. Master can only tell you the importance of sending forth righteous thoughts." ("Fa-Lecture at the Conference in Florida, U.S.A.")