(Clearwisdom.net) What are our first thoughts when we hear news of our practitioners being persecuted? Some practitioners start to think about what those persecuted practitioners have done wrong and what gaps they have; in other words they complain about and criticize them. My fellow practitioners, are we on the Fa when we do such things?

Teacher taught us:

"To tell you the truth, the entire cultivation process for a practitioner is one of constantly giving up human attachments." (Zhuan Falun)

The attachments shown by the persecuted practitioners are human mentalities that have not been gotten rid of.

When practitioners have righteous thoughts and actions, they are improving based on the Fa and are reflecting what they have cultivated well. So we cannot simply pick on the persecuted practitioners’ shortcomings, because having such a narrow view will keep us from seeing the whole picture, and it is a kind of recognition of the old forces.

Teacher said:

"During a human being's journey toward divinity, since it is a human being--and not a god-- cultivating, he will definitely make mistakes in the process of cultivating, and there will definitely be tests that he doesn't pass well. And of course there are those who make huge mistakes. Once you have recognized your problem, the key question is whether you are determined to get rid of it. Only when you are determined to emerge from it can it be called cultivation, and that is cultivation." ("Pass the Deadly Test")

So we should totally negate the arrangements by the old forces, send out strong righteous thoughts, reinforce practitioners’ righteous thoughts and actions, and help them break out from the evil’s dens. No matter what shortcomings our practitioners may have, we should never accept the so-called "tests" by the old forces, which is as important as not allowing the old forces to use "tests" as an excuse to persecute \practitioners.

Teacher said in "Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference:"

"We negate even the very emergence of the old forces and everything that they've arranged; we don't even acknowledge their existence."

We should walk in a dignified and upright manner on the road that has been arranged by the Teacher, cultivate in human society, among Dafa practitioners, and in all kinds of conflicts, instead of cultivating amidst the tribulations brought about by the old forces.

Of course, the practitioners that are being persecuted should look inward as soon as possible and find out the reasons that allowed the evil to take advantage of them.

"Calmly reflect on the attachments you have

Let go of your human thoughts

and the evil will naturally die"

(from "Don't Be Sad" in Hong Yin II, provisional translation subject to improvement)

Similarly, each of our practitioners should look inward, because the evil does not pick a particular practitioner; they attack all of us. Only in this way can we harmonize ourselves as one body and strengthen the field of righteous thoughts instead of being driven by human attachments and intentions, or being taken advantage by the evil. We should thoroughly stop the imprisonment and persecution of practitioners in detention centers, forced labor camps, and prisons.

That is only my understanding at my level. I would really appreciate it if Dafa practitioners could benevolently point out any shortcomings in the article.