"Further Remarks on 'Politics'" - My View on Conforming to Everyday People's Society
(Clearwisdom.net) I did not become aware until today that a thought occurred to me after reading Master's new article, "Further Remarks on 'Politics,'" namely, that we can finally use political methods to deal with the evil Party. Examining this thought carefully, it is just like a common people's mindset! When I watched the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre incident on CD, I felt as emotional as everyday people. Today, when I studied "Cultivation Practice is Not Political" and "Dafa Will Forever be Pure Like Diamond" in Essentials for Further Advancement, I was suddenly jolted mentally awake and realized that I have deviated from the standards and requirements of the three things we Dafa disciples must do well.
We have come to this world to assist Master in the Fa-rectification and rescue sentient beings. We merely choose and make use of things in ordinary people's society to accomplish what we should do. No matter what form we choose, it bears the significance and inner connotation of Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples and is totally different from what it is in common people's society. People demonstrate their everyday political behavior on this plane while we are not fettered by those notions. We are merely using the format of everyday people's society to validate Dafa and rescue sentient beings. Since everything was created for Dafa, we can choose what we can use; our assimilation into the methods and formats of society is also done for the maximum purpose of rescuing sentient beings. Let us review together Master's teachings, "Cultivation Practice is Not Politics" and "Dafa Will Forever be Pure Like Diamond."
Cultivation Practice is Not Politics
Some students are discontent with society and politics; they learn our Dafa with this strong attachment that they don't abandon. They even attempt to take advantage of our Dafa to get involved in politics--an act born of a filthy mindset that desecrates Buddha and the Fa. They certainly won't reach Consummation if they don't abandon that mindset.
In my lectures I have repeatedly stressed that the form of human society--no matter what type of social or political system--is predestined and determined by heaven. A cultivator does not need to mind the affairs of the human world, let alone get involved in political struggles. Isn't how society treats us testing cultivators' hearts? We should not get involved in politics.
Such is the form of our Dafa cultivation practice. We will not rely on any political powers at home or abroad. Those people of influence are not cultivators, so they certainly cannot hold any positions of responsibility in our Dafa--either in name or reality.
My disciples, you must remember that we're doing true cultivation practice! We should abandon those ordinary human concerns for reputation, profit, and emotion. Do the conditions of a social system have anything to do with your cultivation practice? You can only reach Consummation after you have abandoned all of your attachments and none of them remain. Other than doing a good job with his work, a cultivator will not be interested in politics or political power of any sort; failing this, he absolutely isn't my disciple.
We're able to have cultivators obtain the Fa and achieve Righteous Attainment, just as we're able to teach people to be kindhearted in society--this is good for the stability of human society. Yet Dafa is not taught for the sake of human society, but for you to reach Consummation.
September 3, 1996
Dafa Will Forever be Pure Like Diamond
Religion cannot be mingled with politics, or its leader will necessarily be preoccupied with worldly affairs. Paying lip service to teaching people's hearts to be good and leading people back to the pure land, these people's hearts are bound to be evil and hypocritical; what they pursue is surely fame and self-interest. Power is what everyday people crave, while fame is a great obstacle to reaching Consummation. This person is bound to gradually become the leader of an evil religion. Because religion's goal is to teach people to be good so that they can eventually return to their heavenly paradise, the principles it preaches must be higher than those in human society. If they are applied to politics in the human world, it is the most serious corruption of heavenly principles. How could Gods and Buddhas be driven by human attachments to get involved in the dirty political matters and power struggles of human society? This is what a human being does when driven by his demon-nature. Such a religion is bound to be used by governments to engage in violence and launch religious wars, thereby becoming an evil religion that harms mankind.
Having "all people practice religion" will not do, either. First, this can easily alter religious doctrines and reduce them to theories of ordinary human society. Second, religion can easily be turned into a political tool that will tarnish the Buddha Fa's image. Third, religious leaders will become politicians, and this will make religion come to an end, thereby turning it into an evil religion.
Falun Dafa is not a religion, but future generations will regard it as one. It is taught to human beings for the purpose of cultivation practice, rather than to establish a religion. There can be a large number of people learning Dafa, but it isn't permitted to turn all of a nation's citizens into religious followers and make everyone take part in the unified activities of cultivation practice. Dafa cultivation practice is always voluntary. Never force anyone to participate in cultivation practice.
At no time in the future may Dafa be used for any political matters. Dafa can make people's hearts become good, thus stabilizing society. But by no means is it taught for the purpose of maintaining the things of human society. Disciples, keep in mind that no matter how much pressure there might be in the future from political forces and other powers, Dafa can never be used by political powers.
Never get involved in politics, nor interfere with state affairs. Truly cultivate and become benevolent. Keep Dafa pure, unchanged, and indestructible like diamond, and it will thereby exist forever.
September 7, 1996
February 28, 2007