To Fellow Practitioners(updated July 30, 2001)
The words spoken by Master are Fa and principles, not merely specific matters on the ordinary human surface. Everyone has to come to terms with the issue of whether they can correctly understand Master's original intended meaning. "There is different Fa at different levels." That different practitioners have different understandings of Master's words is a normal phenomenon, yet there is no "authority" in Dafa. To take any particular practitioner's personal understanding as Master's original meaning and even implement it as though it were an everyday person's command is very dangerous in cultivation practice.
Let us all quiet our hearts and study the Fa more, and truly "understand the Fa through the Fa."
"Clarify the truth thoroughly, eliminate the evil with righteous thoughts, save all beings, and safeguard the Fa with determination," (Dafa is Indestructible) and solidly play the role of a Dafa particle in the overall situation of Fa rectification.
In Dafa, there are no leaders or authority figures of ordinary people. Everyone is Master's disciple. Every Dafa disciple should understand the Fa through the Fa at all times and in all situations and, in the course of Fa rectification, continually correct the ordinary notions and warped thinking formed in one's head over thousands of years. Every disciple in Fa-rectification should bring into play the power of a Dafa particle and be responsible to the Dafa task that they are doing– rather than give up the principles of Dafa by turning around to take, in the face of conflicts, human attachments, human sentiments, and worldly ways as his code of behavior. Doing this will make our overall strength even greater.
This also directly relates to the issue of whether we, as a unified body, can keep straight on the path and also whether each and every one of us is able to return to our own original highest realm. If everyone does everything in a righteous manner, then un-righteous things will have no audience. "Rectify all that is not righteous." The Buddha-light illuminates everywhere and rectifies all abnormalities.
"One must remember: We are Dafa disciples traveling along the final path of Consummation. Taking your path well is also one aspect of validating the Fa."
"No matter what, though, as a cultivator, you shouldn't get too happy about anything your hear. Maybe what Master just said is itself a test for you. Get rid of any attachment you might have, and don't think about [such] things. Just do everything a Dafa disciple should do, and everything will be covered." ("Lecture on the Fa at the Washington, D.C. International Conference")
"First off, you should treat yourself as one of the students instead of considering yourself above them... Students will measure every move an assistant makes according to Dafa, and whether it is good or not can be clearly distinguished." (from "How to provide assistance")
"Nobody should treat Dafa as his own exclusive thing. Get rid of that thought that you've been treated unfairly! When your mind cannot get over something, isn't it caused by your attachment? Our students shouldn't think that this has nothing to do with them!" (from "Further elimination of attachments")
"Dafa belongs to the entire universe, and not to any one, insignificant individual. Whoever does the work is spreading Dafa. It is not important whether it should be done by you or by others. Are you going to bring to a paradise this attachment that you cannot let go of, and contend with Buddhas?" (from "Further elimination of attachments")
"No matter how much work a person in charge has done among everyday people, he is working for Dafa out of his own will. The success of his work is only a manifestation among ordinary humans. It is the mighty power of Dafa itself and the specific arrangements made by my Law Bodies that enable people to obtain the Fa and spread the Fa widely. Without my Law Bodies doing these things, even protecting the people in charge could hardly be ensured, let alone spreading the Fa widely. So don't always think of yourselves too highly. There is no fame, self-interest, or official titles in Dafa, but only cultivation practice." (from "A heavy blow")
"Why do I specifically write this article for you? Because every act and every statement of yours directly affects students. If you are doing well in your cultivation, you will do well in spreading the Fa in your local area and students will do better in their cultivation. If this isn't the case, you will harm the Fa." (from "A person in charge is also a cultivator")
On July 8th, 2001, Master issued a new article "Fa-Rectification and Cultivation." Master says: "In the face of the groundless harming, in the face of Dafa's persecution, and in the face of the injustice forced upon us, we cannot handle things or categorically accept things the way it was done before in personal cultivation, because Dafa disciples are now in the Fa-rectification period. If a problem isn't caused by our own attachments or mistakes, then it must be that the evil is interfering or doing bad things..."
Use every effort to break through the blockade Mainland China has on the truth. That the people are unclear on the truth is the foundation upon which the evil is depending to maintain itself. When the people have all understood the truth that will be the moment that the evil completely collapses.
Killing innocent, kind people who live by Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truth-Compassion-Forbearance) is not only utterly devoid of conscience, it is a persecution against the basic rights to existence of human beings, it is a persecution of the right to believe, it is a persecution against "Zhen-Shan-Ren." It is very dangerous for any government, country, or nationality to not have a correct stance on something this critical.
Recently, the number of death cases has increased tremendously. This is why we must urgently mobilize, use different means and methods, different channels, to effectively help the entire society know about those cases of deaths that have come about through the persecution (as well as other cases of persecution that are equally vicious). This enables different levels of governments, different organizations, and the people in every country and every region to take action apart from being shocked by the cases, and it enables them to stand up for the public good, for humankind, and for basic moral values. This is truly saving humankind.
Through various channels call upon the entire society broadly and profoundly: "Stop the killing," "SOS! Urgent: Rescue the Falun Gong Practitioners Persecuted in China."
Only if there is first clarification of the truth by practitioners will there be the seeing of the truth by the people of the world. Only by clarifying the whole truth can there be overall salvation of the people. Allow righteous people of all occupations in society, all social strata, all ages, all races, different countries, and different cultural backgrounds to resonate with the urgent rescue and extend a helping hand.
The large-scale "natural disasters," the injuries and deaths of lawless policemen (and their family members), the punishment by law of the corrupt officials, etc., that have occurred in Mainland China, are a direct result of the sins the beings there have committed against Dafa. Every one of those corrupt officials that has been exposed has helped the evil slander Zhen-Shan-Ren and persecute Falun Gong. The current "natural and man-made disasters" are only the beginning of the retribution. If the people don't come to realize it, there will be greater catastrophes still to come. Therefore, telling people that good will be rewarded with good and evil will be met with evil is truly caring about, protecting, and being compassionate to all beings.
When the evil ones brainwash Falun Gong practitioners in China, they even administer psychotropic drugs without the practitioners' knowledge, use psychological tactics, exhaust them physically, and other devious and underhanded methods. They blatantly take advantage of the attachments that the practitioners have not yet removed to lure them into renouncing cultivation, and make them do "what a Dafa disciple absolutely should not and cannot do."
"Master wants to save all beings. But the evil forces are truly committing sins against Dafa by using all beings, with the ultimate purpose of destroying the beings" (Dafa is Indestructible, June 23, 2001). Handle everything with the big picture of Fa-rectification in mind and with determined, righteous thoughts. Then the evil's attempts to confuse us will not be able to make us falter at all.
Teacher recently said: "So in clarifying the truth, don't wait, don't rely on others, and don't just hope for changes in external factors. Every one of us is creating history for the future, that's why everyone is not only participating in group activities, but also taking the initiative to look for work to do. As long as something is good for Dafa, you should take the initiative to do it, take the initiative to work on it." (To All Students at the Nordic Fa Conference, June 17, 2001)
We are Dafa particles who have gone through Fa-rectification. We should evaluate and handle everything from the perspective of Dafa and with Zhen-Shan-Ren in mind. Truly manifest the compassion and the mighty virtue of our pure, righteous thoughts.
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