Sharing with Fellow Practitioners on the Issue of Illness Tribulations
(Clearwisdom.net) Recently, a few practitioners in my county suffered from illness karma and used everyday people's methods to cure it. Actually similar things have often occurred during the past few years. I want to share with practitioners regarding these issues.
1. When practitioners who suffer from illness karma use everyday people's methods to cure it, should they send forth righteous thoughts at the same time?
My understanding is that it depends on the standpoint of sending forth righteous thoughts. If the practitioner just wants to solve the problem of life and death in the human world and is afraid of death, sending forth righteous thoughts probably will have no effect. If the practitioner wants to continue to do the three things well, negate the old forces' arrangements and get rid of the negative impact on saving the sentient beings, then sending forth righteous thoughts will be effective, since they have confidence in the Fa and deny the old force's persecution.
Certainly practitioners should study the Fa well and improve their understandings of the Fa as soon as possible. Letting go of life and death is fundamental.
"In such cases there are only two choices: You either go to the hospital and thus give up on trying to overcome the test, or you completely let go of everything, behave like an upstanding and noble Dafa disciple who has no resentment or attachments, and leave it to Master to arrange whether you stay or go. When you are able to do that, you are a god." ("Teaching the Fa in the City of Los Angeles")
Certainly Master will still give opportunities to the practitioners who use everyday people's methods [to heal illness]. Just as Master said,
"If someone makes a mistake, it can only be considered a state during the cultivation process, and it can't be said that the person is no longer good enough, nor can it be said that he will always be in that state. That is merely one state in the process." ("Teaching the Fa in the City of Los Angeles")
My understanding is that the opportunities will not always be there since the Fa-Rectification will end some day.
2. If a practitioner who was persecuted by illness karma used everyday people's methods to cure it, should other practitioners send forth righteous thoughts to help him?
If a practitioner is being persecuted, there must be evil elements in his dimensions. We send forth righteous to eliminate the evil elements which persecute him. We should not only pay attention to the practitioner's change on the surface of their body, we should pay attention to sending forth righteous to help the practitioners and consider practitioners' things as our own things. We should let the practitioners really feel the power of the one body.
Certainly it is more important to study the Fa together with the practitioner and help him to improve their understanding of the Fa as soon as possible. Disregarding the status of the practitioner's personal cultivation, whether we help the practitioner and how we help him are all displays of our own xinxing. At least we should have thoughts of encouraging the practitioner to cultivate diligently.
On the other hand, many practitioners who did not cultivate diligently or who deviated from our righteous cultivation way or who used everyday people's methods to cure illness karma under the persecution of the evil came back after studying the Fa and with practitioners' help. They are now doing the three things well. Actually Master does not want to give up on any Dafa practitioners. He uses all kinds of opportunities to save practitioners. So we also have no right to let practitioners go easily. We must know what Master wants and we have to take action. Moreover, these kinds of interferences have enormous destructive power and especially have a negative impact on everyday people. So helping practitioners is also being responsible to the whole body of practitioners and sentient beings.
Fellow practitioners should also think about this: Does this kind of phenomenon have something to do with our whole body? Do we really understand the Fa rationally? Did we really let go of life and death? Do we put Dafa in its primary place? When practitioners are persecuted in any way, do we display the deviated notions of selfishness and indifference, which come from the old cosmos?
Will taking the time and energy to help these practitioners affect our validating the Fa and clarifying the truth? Certainly to a degree. I think every practitioner will handle it well. At the same time, is our time all that tight? The time we waste every day is enough to help practitioners who were persecuted by illness karma, those who haven't stepped forward, or those who are still in prison.
The above is my personal understanding which is very limited. Please kindly correct me if there is anything improper.
February 5, 2007