Looking at My Own Attachments While Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts to Rescue a Fellow Practitioner
(Clearwisdom.net) A practitioner I know is good at computer technology and has been doing technical work for Dafa. In the past several years, he played a very important role in helping set up local truth-clarification material production sites. He used software to break through the Internet blockage so he could download truth-clarification materials from websites blocked by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He did well in clarifying the truth, saving people, and validating the Fa. Gradually, other practitioners and I came to depend on him heavily. At the time, we didn't realize that our actions were not within the Fa. What we did deviated from the Fa, and we let our attachments grow. When there were any problems with our equipment, we seldomly looked at the problems from the perspective of our xinxing and cultivation state. We treated the issue purely from a technical perspective and asked for his help even for very small problems. As we built more and more material sites, he got busier and busier and became exhausted physically and mentally. He had less time to study the Fa, too. Eventually, he was arrested by the police.
When I first heard the news, I was very sad. On the one hand, I resented the policemen's malicious actions. (I should get rid of the resentment mentality since the police should also be saved.) On the other hand, I felt sad for the practitioner. Since it already happened, what should we do? I live far from this practitioner, and I'm not very familiar with the situation there, so it was not feasible for me to go clarify the truth and request his release. What I could do to help the practitioner was to send forth righteous thoughts and eliminate the evil factors that persecute practitioners. We needed to rescue the practitioner as soon as possible to lessen the damage to that area's truth clarification effort. So I notified other practitioners about this and stressed to them the importance of getting the practitioner out. (Since the practitioner was doing technical work, he mostly worked with practitioners at material sites and didn't work much with other practitioners. Most practitioners didn't know him very well.) We sent forth righteous thoughts for this practitioner for quite some time, but he was still detained. I was quite worried. Other practitioners also kept asking about his condition. The more other practitioners asked about him, the worse I felt. What was the matter? How come sending forth righteous thoughts didn't work? It must be due to the attachments that other practitioners and I still have. Our attachments affected the rescue of the practitioner. The attachments probably increased the difficulty for the practitioner and created a roadblock for him. The old forces took advantage of our gap.
I opened Teacher's lecture Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Western U.S. Fa Conference. In it, Teacher said:
"A single human thought can become an obstacle that hinders your improvement. That's why there's a saying in cultivation, 'Have the desire to cultivate, without the desire to obtain gong.' You can cultivate but you can't be attached. When you have no human desires and aren't attached to anything, you'll cultivate quickly, improve quickly, and have fewer ordeals. Whenever you have attachments your cultivation will be slow."
Teacher's lecture opened my mind. Referring to Teacher's Fa and looking inward, my confusion went away and I had a deeper understanding. I realized that sending forth righteous thoughts to rescue fellow practitioners itself is a process of cultivating and elevating as one body. The rescue effort ran into roadblocks because our improvement as a whole had problems. The reason our improvement was stalled was due to our human notions--our reliance on other practitioners and our attachment to technology. Our righteous thoughts are powerful. But in order to disintegrate the evil, eliminate the old forces and meddling deities, and get rid of evil factors' interference to Fa-rectification and their persecution of practitioners, we need to be in a right state of mind when we send forth righteous thoughts. We need to have a clear understanding of the Fa, a pure mind, and the "do but not pursue" mentality. Teacher told us in "Learning the Fa" in Essentials for Further Advancement: "Keep in mind: One should gain things naturally without pursuing them."
Our understanding should be based on Fa. The reason why a practitioners can play an important role in saving people and validating the Fa is due to the power of Dafa, not himself. Practitioners are validating the Fa, not Dafa validating practitioners. Our every thought and every idea should be on the Fa. Only then can we have the right attitude towards technical practitioners, only then would we not form the ordinary people's mentality of depending on others, which deviates from the Fa.
Teacher said in "Abandon Human Attachments and Continue True Cultivation" in Essentials for Further Advancement:
"Anyone who comes to study the Fa--no matter how learned he is, how big his business, how high his rank, what special skills he has, or what supernormal abilities he possesses--must actually practice cultivation. Cultivation practice is magnificent and solemn. Whether you can abandon your particular human notions is a major test that you will have difficulty passing, yet you must pass. After all, as a disciple truly practicing cultivation, you must abandon these attachments since you can never reach Consummation without abandoning these notions."
Looking back at myself, I had the attachment of depending on the other practitioner from the very beginning. The mentality of depending on others was my attachment. Why did I depend on him? I depended on him for his technical skills. What was I attached to? I was attached to his importance to the local truth clarification effort. The old forces are trying to take advantage of our attachments. They tried to make us focus on technical practitioners' technical skills. They also tried to magnify our attachment to this practitioner. All these led to the practitioner's arrest. After his arrest, what was my first thought when I sent forth righteous thoughts to rescue him? My thought was to stress to other practitioners the importance of rescuing this practitioner. My thought of stressing the importance intensified my attachment. In other dimensions, the evil old forces saw our intensified attachment and took advantage of our gap. They used our attachment as an excuse for the persecution. The old forces cannot use the fact that some practitioners are good at technical skills as an excuse for persecution. They didn't dare to persecute practitioners based on this. They could only use our intensified human notions to persecute practitioners. Our human notions and attachments were used by the old forces to intensify the fellow practitioner's tribulation. The old forces instigated the practitioner's arrest.
Teacher said in "Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.": "As I've said, everything that happens today in the ordinary society is the result of Dafa disciples' thoughts."
The evil was able to carry out the persecution of the practitioner as a result of our attachment to depending on technical practitioners. Human sentimentality also contributed to the persecution. Since the practitioner's arrest, although we continued to send forth righteous thoughts, our strong attachments formed a barrier against our righteous thoughts, which slowed down the whole area's improvement. As a result, we couldn't form a strong energy field to dismantle the evil factors and eliminate all the evil. This aggravated our fellow practitioner's tribulation.
I put my understanding into action so we could improve as one body. When I sent forth righteous thoughts again, I first eliminated my attachment. I then sent forth powerful thoughts to completely dismantle the evil factors in other dimensions. I also asked for Teacher's help. The practitioner quickly left the place of detention with dignity and returned to the path of assisting teacher in Fa-rectification and saving sentient beings.
The above is my personal understanding. Please kindly correct me if you find anything inappropriate.