My Understanding of Going through the Maze
(Clearwisdom.net) I would like to share with my fellow practitioners the understanding I recently obtained while doing the three things.
The Three Realms is like a complex maze. Originally, the maze did not have any exit at all. Then Teacher changed the maze by connecting all the paths together. He provided detailed explanations about them, and directions to return home for those who are trapped in the maze. Teacher has provided signs at every crossroad for people who want to return to their original home, and shown them the shortcuts. Furthermore, Teacher is watching above the maze, putting a big golden bell on his side and holding a golden stick in his right hand. He is continuously calling out to us, "People, rush and go back to your home. Hurry!" Then he waves the golden stick and hits the golden bell to wake people up occasionally. However, there are still some people who have not heard him or have not understood his words, and still walk in the opposite direction in the maze.
When reading Zhuan Falun, I feel as being in a boat navigating through the vast ocean. When reading Teachers articles, I see many huge light towers along the path of the voyage, radiating golden light in order to help every boat to find the correct path.
Teacher said in Zhuan Falun, Lecture Three, "Practicing only one Cultivation Way":
"At present, I am the only person in the world teaching a righteous way in public. I have done something unprecedented. I have furthermore opened this door so widely in the Dharma-ending time."
I asked myself, "Where are the gates to heaven that Teacher has opened for sentient beings?" There are plenty of them. Cultivating while living among ordinary people. Participating in group exercise, group study of the Fa, attending Fa conferences, and freely teaching the exercises. The websites Clearwisdom.net (English version of minghui.ca), Pureinsight.org (English version of zhengjian.org), The Epoch Times, and the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. Truth-clarification materials, art exhibitions, music concerts, radio, television, the waist-drum team, the Divine Land Marching Band, the Chinese New Year Global Gala, and more. These are all the gates that Teacher has opened for sentient beings. Teacher has done all of this and only asks his disciples to guard the gates and to make sure they are open. Only Dafa practitioners have the qualifications and are capable of guarding these gates. Even so, I still did not spend my full energy to do this small thing. I felt sorry for myself and thought, "You will not gain anything if you do not lose. The more you do, the more you will gain, and you will not gain anything if you have not done anything." Now I understand it. Everything that I do is for myself. The process of doing is the process of returning to our true homes.
During the past half-century, Chinese people have been taught to conform their thinking to twisted Communist theories. The theory of class struggle has been transplanted into their normal lives. The thought of fighting with others is so strong and natural in their minds that they do not even recognize it. If you dig deep into the root, you can find peoples competitiveness during fights between spouses, in the struggles between coworkers and even in the disharmony among our fellow practitioners. Having been eroded by the absolutism for so long, people are used to only think about one side. If we put all sentient beings in our hearts and treat saving sentient beings as our top priority, we will do much better.
Lastly, I would like to make a suggestion to fellow practitioners, when you study Teachers Lecture "Teaching the Fa in the City of Los Angeles" from February 25, 2006, please also read Teachers article "Digging Out the Roots" in Essentials for Further Advancement several times.
Above is my understanding at my current cultivation stage. If there is anything incorrect, please point it out to me.