Walking Out of Tribulations
(Clearwisdom.net) My wife had some sickness karma that she could not eliminate. This happened some time after she started her cultivation. She was anxious and unable to validate the Fa and worried that she might bring negative effects to Dafa.
I often told her, "If I were you, I would not be able to stay home after
seeing Dafa being slandered. I would go and speak out. I would do so even if I
were afraid. No matter how crazy the evil is, your 'illness' will disappear if
you think this way." I felt I was not showing off and that was my
understanding at that time.
Through studying the Fa and doing the three things, I learned many lessons and I have become more mature. I have had deeper understandings of the Fa and I know my duties as a Dafa disciple. I also feel that I have a responsibility toward the Fa, to fellow practitioners, and to sentient beings. I know it is my responsibility to protect the Fa.
Some practitioners had sickness karma for a long time and could not pass this test. Certain practitioners often had conflicts with non-practitioners and even viewed each other as enemies. Also, a number of practitioners hid at home to study the Fa and did the exercises but seldom went out to clarify the truth. Some did not pay attention to their safety or other practitioners' safety.
Certain practitioners did not pay attention to details regarding their daily
life and they often looked unclean. Some blamed each other often and looked
outward instead. Unfortunately, a few practitioners were brainwashed and even
betrayed other practitioners to the authorities. I think that such incidents
occurred because the practitioners lacked the sense of duty and responsibility
in validating the Fa.
When practitioners' went to Tiananmen to validate the Fa, some wanted to join but were always stopped by their human attachments. Other practitioners understood that they must protect the Fa and they must not to be stopped by human attachments. Therefore, they dressed neatly and said, "I'm coming back the day after tomorrow."
They went to Tiananmen and calmly held a banner saying, "Falun Dafa is
Good" and they shouted this with a voice that shook the whole universe,
forgetting their human side. Afterward, they came back safely. If they did not
have a strong sense of responsibility in protecting the Fa, they would have not
gone to Tiananmen and they would have not been able to come back safely.
Where did such responsibility come from? Teacher has told us:
"A Dafa disciple completely opposes everything arranged by the evil old forces. Clarify the truth thoroughly, eliminate the evil with righteous thoughts, save all beings, and safeguard the Fa with determination, because you are a part of Dafa, indestructible; rectify all that is not righteous. Those who are "reformed" and those who are being saved can only be beings who were deceived by the evil. Those who are being eliminated are the evil beings and the evil old forces. Those who are reaching Consummation through all this are Dafa disciples; and through all this Dafa's mighty virtue is established." ("Essentials for Further Advancement II: Dafa is Indestructible")
My understanding is that this is the duty and responsibility of a Falun Dafa
practitioner during the Fa-rectification period. We came here with a duty and
responsibility--validating the Fa and saving sentient beings. We are true Falun
Dafa practitioners during the Fa-rectification only when we fulfill our
promises. This requires a strong sense of responsibility.
Where does this sense of responsibility come from? It comes with our understanding of our duties, doing the three things well, looking inward, eliminating human notions and being selfless. It encompasses our strong compassion and righteous thoughts. It reflects on everything we do validating the Fa, as well as in our daily life.
With this sense of responsibility, we automatically protect the Fa. We also feel responsible for our own actions, our fellow practitioners, all beings in the universe, the future of the universe, and all the positive and negative elements in the universe. This automatically brings positive things to Dafa and we thus, we can do the "three things" smoothly. If we are responsible, we feel as if we are indomitable enlightened beings and are the guardians of the universe with endless power. What are the evil forces then? They are only spoiled garbage under our feet and could be easily eliminated with a single thought.
A local practitioner who was arrested and later released. Other practitioners asked him, "Did you write a guarantee statement?" He sighed, "How could I get out of there if I didn't? I have so few righteous thoughts." I would say that this practitioner did not know what a Falun Dafa practitioner during Fa-Rectification is. He did not cultivate to the point where he had a sense of responsibility.
Without this sense of responsibility, in my opinion, one is not a Falun Dafa practitioner during Fa-Rectification and has not melted into the Fa. Thus, one can not feel the power of the Fa and how great Dafa practitioners are. They would feel that they are small and poor. So, one then would still be attached to various degrees of selfishness.
How can this kind of "cultivation" get rid of the attachments to
fear, competitive mentality, profit and the mentality of showing off, which are
contained in selfishness? How can one achieve a good result? How can one be
truly healthy? The evil will use such selfishness as an excuse to disturb,
persecute and constrain us. With this in place, they make us waste the precious
time that Teacher has given us to save people. This brings many negative effects
to the image of Dafa and makes it more difficult in saving sentient beings.
"If you are still unclear about what a Fa-rectification disciple is, you won't be able to step forward in the current tribulation, and you will be led by the human world's pursuit of comfort to "enlighten" along an evil path." ("Essentials for Further Advancement II: Fa-Rectification Period Dafa Disciples")
As long as we know clearly what Falun Dafa practitioners during Fa-Rectification
are, we eliminate selfishness and human notions. We go beyond self and cultivate
to a sense of serving the Fa, which is a sense of responsibility. We also
fulfill our duties, making us true Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples, and
we can surmount all ordeals. Since we are elements of the Fa, the power of the
Fa shines upon us. The power eliminates illness, human attachments and the old
If we have such a sense of responsibility and duty, we are truly the protectors of the universe and will become gods. Gods can not get "sick." Gods do not fear. Gods do not have tribulations.
The above sharing is my own understanding. Please point out anything improper.