(Clearwisdom.net) Recently I shared this understanding with a fellow practitioner: "With the Fa-rectification having come to the present stage and so many local practitioners having been seriously persecuted, why aren't there many karmic retribution cases locally? Master told us that karmic retribution cases would happen on a large scale. Why haven't retributions happened on a large scale locally? We really have to search inward."

After continuous discussion in recent days, I developed a deep understanding of "immediate retribution in this lifetime."

Ordinary people believe that, "when it's time, all good and evil will be rewarded respectively." But this is a warped principle. This belief actually contains aspects of "having no alternative" and reflects someone who does not fully believe. Human society is a realm of delusion. No matter whether someone does good or bad things, most people are rewarded or receive retribution in their next lives. Therefore, immediate feedback is impossible. Moreover, during reincarnation, people's memories are purged of the past. They have no idea about their previous lives, and cannot understand the interconnection between their previous and current lives. Therefore, people feel happy when they have good or smooth lives, and feel pain when they have difficult lives. They may blame God and other people, "God is not fair to me!" They really don't know everything is karmic retribution. Under hopeless conditions, people loose their belief in God, stop behaving well, and eventually destroy themselves. Especially in China, the evil party uses so-called "atheism" to destroy the morality of humankind. Without belief, people dare to do all kinds of bad things. In such a way, the moral standards of human society have quickly degenerated, and human beings are on the verge of destruction. As practitioners, we realize that this is the arrangement of the evil old forces due to their wanting to weed out sentient beings.

If a person could immediately receive a reward after doing a good thing, or quickly receive karmic retribution after doing a bad thing, he (or she) could easily experience the existence of the heavenly rule, "good will be rewarded with good, and evil with evil." Thus, people would not dare to be evil and accumulate endless karma that they could not pay back. Because the universe has deviated, people can no longer verify the existence of the heavenly rule. People behave badly until they loose all their virtue, and then they head for destruction. My personal understanding is that this is one of the elements which caused the old universe to deviate.

The future universe will exist forever. In my understanding, the rule of "good will be rewarded with good, and evil with evil" will exist in the future. No matter if one does good or bad, a person will receive returns in their current life. Master taught us this in the Fa-rectification verse, "The Fa rectifies heaven and earth, immediate retribution in this lifetime." (Essentials for Further Advancement II)

In my personal understanding, Master wants to rectify the deviated rule of "good will be rewarded with good, and evil with evil" in human society.

As the Fa-rectification progresses, the rule "good will be rewarded with good, and evil with evil" is gradually starting to surface. For example:

  1. If people believe "Falun Dafa is good" while facing dangerous situations, or when they are very sick, and then they recite "Falun Dafa is good," "Truth, Compassion, Tolerance is good," miracles will happen immediately.
  2. Quite a few ordinary people receive immediate retribution after doing bad things to Dafa or Dafa disciples.

However, many ordinary people, especially those who persecute Dafa and Dafa disciples, have not received any retribution yet, and they still behave badly. They often talk boastfully, saying "Where is the retribution? I did a lot of things to persecute Dafa, why haven't I received any evil returns?" Therefore, they intensify their efforts to do more bad things. I have some understandings about this situation as well:

Master 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. Even though the old forces do exist, if you don't have those thoughts they can't do anything."

In my personal understanding, the reason for the situation is the result of Dafa disciples' righteous thoughts. The objective of the old forces is to destroy sentient beings. When they persecute Dafa, instead of rewarding them with evil right away, the old forces arrange the retribution to come later during the Fa-rectification of the human world.

If we send forth righteous thoughts with the mindset of hatred, not only will our righteous thoughts not be effective, but also the old forces will take advantage of our loopholes. The more you hate, the less possible the evil doers will receive retribution.

Some fellow practitioners even think that it is not good behavior to let evil people who persecute Dafa disciples receive retribution. Their various understandings all come from misunderstanding the Fa.

If all Dafa disciples could rise to a higher level through understanding the Fa's principles, we could realize that making those who persecute Dafa practitioners receive immediate retribution is true compassion and salvation. We could also understand that this thought reflects great virtue and the retribution should arrive as early as possible. Every day exists for the needs of Fa-rectification and for saving sentient beings. If those beings don't receive retribution until Fa-rectification in the human world arrives, they will loose their chance to survive. The only thing left for this kind of being is elimination. It would definitely bring adverse effects on saving sentient beings.

Therefore, if all the practitioners in an area could follow the progress of Fa-rectification, the karmic retributions in the area should occur more often. In this way, ordinary people could really see the rule, "good will be rewarded with good, and evil with evil." Ordinary people could then see both the merciful and the dignified sides of Dafa. Hence, they will respect Dafa and be saved.

Let us send pure and firm righteous thoughts that all the people who persecute Dafa and Dafa disciples receive retribution in this life. Let's save more people and sentient beings in order to perfect and harmonize what Master wants.

July 13, 2007