We Cant Lower the Standard Just Because of Difficulties
(Clearwisdom.net) I was startled when I heard that a Dafa truth-clarification material production site had been destroyed by the Chinese Communist Party. After learning the truth, I found out that some practitioners in that area had had serious problems for a long time. They were even violating Dafa principles, which they failed to take seriously and finally gave the evil a chance to persecute the practitioners and destroy this site.
Below are some issues that we need to carefully analyze so that we can find the true reasons which caused that material production site to be destroyed and how we should face the reality with righteous thoughts.
At the beginning the practitioners in that area decided to set up a material site so that they could better clarify the facts to people. The local coordinators started collecting money not only from the local practitioners but also from rural practitioners any time they needed it. However, once the coordinators received the money they would treat the funds as their own private property. A coordinator bought some equipment with the funds and treated it as his property. Although he didnt know how to make truth-materials himself, he was still unwilling to let other practitioners touch the equipment. His fellow practitioners had discussed this issue with him many times, but he held on to the equipment himself rather than let other practitioners use it. In the end all the equipment was confiscated by the CCP.
Another coordinator bought two cell phones for himself with the money collected from practitioners. One cell phone cost more than 3,000 yuan and another one cost more than 1,000 yuan. He tried justifying keeping the cell phones, saying he would be easier to reach. The truth-material site had stored a lot of supplies to be used in the coming year. However, a practitioner from another truth-material site wanted a bottle of carbon powder. The coordinator was not pleased.
There were just over 10 copies of Masters lectures on hand and the coordinator only gave out copies to practitioners he was on good terms with, otherwise he told others to make their own copies and he really wouldnt ever give them any. In order to become a local leader, several coordinators mutually struggled, were suspicious of one another, and envied each other. They refused to accept each other.
Later a coordinator was arrested. He cooperated with the CCP and told them about the site and some other Dafa information.
However, the police didnt react immediately because they wanted to catch more practitioners. Meanwhile, Teacher mercifully hinted to local practitioners that they should be rational and pay more attentions to their own safety, but they didnt recognize the warning. Practitioners from other regions came quickly after hearing the bad news and discussed with the local coordinators whether they could take the equipment and supplies to another place, but the local coordinators refused to allow this. They said, "These things belong to us. No one is allowed to move them!" In the end, the police took all the equipment and supplies. Among the local practitioners, one was arrested, two had to leave their homes, and five practitioners homes were ransacked by the police.
I was shocked when I heard the facts. How could such phenomena of seriously violating Dafa happen in this area, at this time?
Perhaps at the beginning the practitioners in this area wanted to have a truth-material site so that they could clarify the facts better and save more people, which was a good idea. But during the process, they didnt pay too much attention to cultivating themselves. They used ordinary peoples methods to achieve their purpose and in the end they had gradually deviated from Dafa without knowing, giving the evil a chance to persecute the practitioners and ruin the site. I am not referring to any one particular practitioner who had problems but to the practitioners as a whole in that area that didnt realize how serious the problems were. What happened was not only some things that had to do with the factors of the old forces interfering and persecuting but also had to do with the long-term lack of studying the Fa among the practitioners in that area.
The CCP has ruled China for more than half a century. Using the excuse of revolution, it slaughtered 80 million Chinese. Many Chinese people have been poisoned by the party. They use the threat of "revolution" to do anything they want and it doesnt matter how evil it is. The CCP has drummed into the Chinese people the very evil notion that as long as they can achieve their brand of "justice and truth," they can use any method at all! Therefore, the Chinese people, including Dafa practitioners, have completely absorbed the CCPs culture. If practitioners dont study Dafa diligently and dont understand the Fa from the Fa, they will be affected by the evil notions. Then, in order to save people and solve present problems, they may not consider their behavior and whether or not they meet the standard of Dafa. In the final analysis, the practitioners in that area didnt totally and comprehensively understand Teachers Fa and didnt meet the standard of Dafa and this was all caused by human notions.
We should understand that Dafa and the achievement of a new universe are first. Only Teacher can save the universe. We practitioners assimilate to Dafa and save people according to Teachers requirements for Fa rectification period Dafa practitioners. This is because Teacher has given us this glorious opportunity. Without Teacher, we can do nothing. Therefore, whatever we do, we must do it according to Teacher. We need to deeply understand Teachers Fa and only then can we achieve the standard that Dafa requests of us at different levels so that we can do things well.
In 2001, I had a job in another state. I wrote some truth-materials, but because I didnt know any practitioners in the new area and couldnt find any source of truth-materials I took those truth-materials to a local copy shop. Back then, the environment was very vicious, so many copy shops didnt dare print Dafa truth-clarification materials. With great difficulty, I finally found a copy shop. I asked the owner, "Do you make copies of Falun Gong materials?" He replied, "The material must criticize Falun Gong." I hesitated and handed the truth-materials to him. I thought that I would let him read the truth-materials first and then Id decide what to do. However, he thought that the truth-materials I had given him were criticizing Falun Gong, so he started to print without carefully reading them. Then I thought, "As long as you copy them for me that will be alright," so I didnt say anything. Later he discovered that the materials were clarifying the facts about Falun Gong, so he secretly went to the police station and reported me to the police. Soon after, I was arrested by the police, although later I walked out of there with righteous thoughts. I still lost my job and Dafa books.
Later I found out why I had been persecuted. In order to get the truth-materials copied I had forgotten to clarify the truth to the person who misunderstood Dafa. Although on the surface what I had done was for Dafa, in fact, I had used a human heart to do Dafa work; I had let the evil notion take advantage and persecute me.
This was a serious lesson for me. It helped me understand that we cant lower the standard because of difficulties. To save people also cant be an excuse to make mistakes.
From that time on I have always strictly measured myself according to Dafa. If we dont follow Dafa principles when trying to solve a present difficulty, we will deviate from our original purpose and what we were meant to achieve from the beginning in the long run. Actually, all that we have achieved is not because our xinxing levels have met Dafas standard and then Teacher creates a better environment for us. It is because all of the factors are already in Dafa. How can we regard what Dafa has created as our own achievements? Without Teacher, we cant even cultivate a practice for one day and how could we even discuss saving sentient beings?
Dafa is merciful to all beings, but at the same time it's solemn and dignified. Dafa has also its standard, which is unchangeable and unbreakable for all sentient beings. Without Dafa, saving sentient beings would not work; it would be just talk and what we did would be taken advantage of by the evil. The gods also cant tolerate this behavior and use the excuse of helping Teacher to rectify the Fa to actually achieve their own self-interests.
I hope that the practitioners in that area can wake up from this painful lesson, so they can remove their selfishness and the attachment to self. Only by doing so can they assimilate to Dafa and really take responsibility for themselves and for all sentient beings.
Finally let us review Teachers lectures together:
"There are standards for Dafa disciples, and the Fa also has standards. It's not like everyone can just muddle around together and pass muster. Every person's soul is being hit upon, every person is genuinely cultivating himself, and every person is thinking about how to be responsible to his own life! Why are some of you not able to do this?! Looking at you, Master is so worried! Looking at you, Master is so worried! Master's words today might have been harsh, but maybe it wouldn't work if I didn't use a heavy hammer. If I'm not able to save you it will be my greatest regret. It would be great if you could be as worried as I am." ("Lecturing on and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference")
"For cultivators, though, when it comes to raising the requirement on your xinxing and letting go of your attachments, there's absolutely no wiggle room, and the standard can absolutely not be lowered, because we need to be responsible to the future, and to the cosmos and the sentient beings of the future. Many Dafa disciples will achieve the status of gigantic beings in the future, and they will encompass many sentient beings, even boundless beings. So if your standard is lowered, then that level of the cosmos won't last long and that level of the firmament won't last long, so you have to meet the standard." ("Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Vancouver, Canada, in 2003")