Cultivation Practice is Naturally Within Dafa
It is getting closer to the day when the Fa rectifies the human world. Here I would like to share some of my personal understanding, as a reference for my fellow practitioners.
Teacher's Lecture at the Great Lakes Conference in North America made the duties and requirements clearer for Dafa disciples in the process of the Fa-rectification. That is, we are to keep up with Teacher's process of the Fa-rectification, use our rationality, wisdom and compassion. For the purpose of the Fa-Rectification, we must adopt all possible forms and approaches that are in conformity with the ordinary human society, allow full reign to the particles of Dafa, clarify the truth about Falun Dafa to people of the world, and expose, restrain, and ultimately assist the Teacher to eliminate the evil. The cultivation practice of Dafa disciples is naturally within Dafa.
I. Cherish the Sole Choice of Life Existence
The requirement and the course for the cultivation in the process of the Fa-rectification are different from that of any other cultivation ways, because the cultivation in the Fa-rectification use the universal Dafa to assimilate and transform the being from its origin. This being ultimately comes to the original, purest and magnificent realm that this being has never, ever achieved before. Therefore, any notion of cultivators, even the notion from the level where their real life was produced, would interfere with their cultivation practice.
Cultivators must fill each level of their lives with the universal Dafa, through meticulously studying the Fa and cultivating their hearts. In the course of cultivation, cultivators must try hard to deter the interferences from various notions, until they completely give up layers upon layers of old warped notions, and wholeheartedly and undoubtedly assimilate to the universal Dafa. That is to say, we must study and accept layers upon layers of principles of the universal Dafa. It is not because we think it is good, or we accept it because it is right, but because the universal Dafa is fundamental to the creation of all beings. Its principles are the true account of the diamond-like, indestructible reality of the original, most beautiful cosmos. By assimilating them, one can live; disobey them - one cannot live. Certainly, our great, benevolent Teacher allows Dafa practitioners to take some time to recognize this in their cultivation, and again and again. He gives us time and opportunities to allow us to meet the requirements of genuine cultivators. But now the time has come that the Fa-rectification of the universal Dafa is about to conclude to its successful end. Therefore, all genuine Dafa disciples must have met the requirements!
"Follow Teacher closely, steadfastly cultivating Dafa." Closely following the Fa-rectification process of the universal Dafa is the only path that Dafa disciples, who are fortunately cultivating in the Fa-rectification process, should take in advancing towards Consummation. There is no other choice. It is time for genuine disciples to play their role as a particle of Dafa, clarify the truth for Falun Dafa to people in the world and expose the evil, which is the mission that Dafa cultivators cannot shirk and must accomplish. Teacher said, "What is a Buddha? 'Tathagata' is what humans call someone who's come with the truth and the power to do what he wants, whereas real Buddhas are guardians of the cosmos and are responsible for all righteous elements in the cosmos" [Speech by Master Li Hongzhi at the Western US Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference of Falun Dafa, October 2000].
As a Dafa cultivator, when the evil persecutes Dafa and Dafa practitioners, if a practitioner cannot step forward to validate Dafa, he will definitely not become a particle of Dafa. Those practitioners who do not step forward to validate Dafa, using various excuses, are in danger! All beings in the cosmos are repositioning themselves. No one can escape. Every beings must repay the karmic debts they owed in their previous lives. Only because we are Dafa disciples, our Teacher can bear almost all our karma and save us to return to our beautiful, original home. If one cannot meet the requirements for a genuine cultivator, he cannot have his karma eliminated. He has to bear all his karma on his own. This is the principle of the cosmos, and it has nothing to do with our Teacher. After obtaining Dafa, if one only wants to gain from Dafa, and regards Dafa as a "protective shield," then, when tribulation comes, he cannot step forward to validate Dafa. He definitely cannot become a particle of Dafa. Moreover, from another perspective, he is using Dafa. His sins are great, and he has to repay them; it is extremely dangerous! Our great benevolent Teacher is still giving a chance to those practitioners who haven't stepped forward, and he is still waiting. Perhaps this is the last chance! Be sure to cherish it!
Those practitioners who have not stepped forward: the meaning of the existence of life is to assimilate into Dafa. Now, everything in the ordinary human world will be scattered and disappear like smoke and clouds. Stop hesitating! The bright road for you is right in front of your eyes. Take a look at those extraordinary Dafa practitioners, who heroically and selflessly, walked to Tiananmen to validate Dafa; who consistently persist in using various ways to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa and expose the evil; who endure unknown tribulations and steadfastly cultivate Dafa, and have been imprisoned; who gave up everything they possessed; who were persecuted to death by the evil, because they had firm faith in Dafa and who give up every attachment. They "followed Teacher closely, steadfastly cultivating Dafa." In the process of the Fa-rectification cultivation practice, I urge you - do become particles of Dafa... The way to your original home is in front of your eyes; be sure not to miss it!
II. Bring Full Play to the Particles of Dafa
1. Rational Sublimation
Through the study of the Teacher's "Lecture at the Great Lakes Conference in North America," I feel that we should upgrade our cultivation state and requirements as particles of Dafa to the most clear and rational understanding. That is, we must be aware that Master's words, "No matter what you do for Dafa, and no matter what it is you are doing, you are placing yourselves in Dafa and not thinking about 'I want to do this and that for Dafa' or 'I want to improve myself in this way or that way' like you did before. No matter what you do, you aren't thinking about what you're doing for Dafa, how you should do things for Dafa, or 'how can I do things well for this Fa.' Instead, now you are placing yourselves within Dafa, like a particle of Dafa: 'no matter what it is, I should just do those things." [Master Li Hongzhi's Lecture at the Great Lakes Conference in North America, December 2000]
In my view, at present, we must regard the Teacher's words "clarify the truth about Falun Dafa to people in the world, expose the evil and restrain the evil, and ultimately assist Teacher to eliminate the evil" as a priority and a must, and give up the idea of what our personal cultivation should be. All things related to cultivation practice, such as studying the Fa and cultivating the heart, and so on, should be manifested in the conduct in "assisting Teacher in the human world." I feel we must put the priority on how to carry out the historic mission as particles of Dafa, and do well in what we are supposed to do. What is the purpose to study the Fa and cultivate the heart? It is to meet the requirement of higher realms, until we have successfully reached and satisfied the standard of the Buddhas and Taos. However, it is not merely empty talk to reach the standard of the Buddhas and Taos. It is to genuinely be able to take the responsibility of becoming the beings like them. Actually, all genuine Dafa disciples are guardians of the universal law - Falun Dafa.
At present, when the evil is persecuting Dafa and Dafa disciples, it is the most natural and spontaneous actions of Dafa disciples to be determined in giving our lives to safeguard Dafa. It is also the characteristic and symbol of Dafa disciples. Because as particles of Dafa, as Master Li said: "Nothing we do is for self-interest, much less for some everyday people's organizations. It's for validating Dafa."[Master Li Hongzhi's Lecture at the Great Lakes Conference in North America, December 2000]
2. Raising the Standard
Since we have understood all this clearly, all of us should do our part well in this extraordinary thing to "assist Teacher in the human world." As we do this in the ordinary human society, we must be in conformity with everyday people's society and adopt the norms of the everyday people. Among Dafa disciples, we should establish many highly efficient and safe masses of Dafa particles of various scales, based on the former natural relationship-net. Moreover, focusing on Beijing, we try to connect Dafa disciples all over the country, and keep open the communication access to overseas disciples, in particular to Clearwisdom Net. It is time to expose the vicious and shameful conducts of the evil persons to the public, and distribute the leading, guiding articles on the Fa-rectification among all practitioners. Be considerate, and naturally follow the safe principles. Some disciples fear nothing. They are admirable. But, if this kind of "no fear" contains irrationality and causes damage to the Fa-rectification, we will take action and definitely not shirk our responsibility with the excuse of " what should happen will happen." We should avoid all unnecessary damages to the Fa and the Fa-rectification, as this period in history is no longer personal cultivation, but rectifying the Fa. Dafa disciples, please don't be afraid of troubles. What we are doing is extraordinary and more difficult than any other thing in the ordinary human society. Undoubtedly, we need to put more effort into the Fa-rectification and make greater sacrifices.
3. Adopting Various Methods
Everything should be focused on clarifying the truth, offering salvation to people in the world, exposing, restraining, and ultimately eliminating the evil.
Everything we do should comply with and follow closely the arrangement of our Teacher in the Fa-rectification period. We should persistently use various ways to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa to the public. Teacher says, "Seventy to eighty percent of humankind will obtain the Fa--obtain the Fa in a positive way..." [Master Li Hongzhi's Lecture at the Great Lakes Conference in North America, December 2000]. What we do is just to assist Teacher to lay a solid foundation for Falun Dafa.
Meanwhile, we should adopt various effective ways to restrain the evil and attack the evil, completely using our compassionate nature. We should have Dafa flyers, banners, voices and various symbols that can express the characteristic of Dafa, unceasingly making a showing in the places where the evil fears Dafa most. Tiananmen is one of the places where the evil fears Dafa most. We need to let the worldwide community know the truth and expose the evil. It is also the most direct and best place for those practitioners who haven't walked out of the human confinement (author's personal understanding). During the days when the development of history and the change of the cosmic climate are coming, Dafa disciples will make a predestined, collective appearance at the place where they should be. The purpose of cultivation practice is not for personal Consummation, but for validating Dafa, and for restraining the evil and exposing the evil. Dafa disciples should try to avoid being taken away by the evil and be deprived of freedom, because you are needed in "assisting Teacher in the human world." But once put in prison, we must do well using our righteous mind, wisdom and courage, and must never tarnish the name of Dafa disciples.
4. Solidly Do What We are Supposed to Do
Teacher says, " No matter where you are and what you're doing, you are improving yourself in the midst of the things you're supposed to do. There are reasons behind what everyone does. There's no difference in terms of the realm of Consummation and the progress towards Consummation --wherever you're supposed to reach Consummation, you're sure to go there..."[Master Li Hongzhi's Lecture at the Great Lakes Conference in North America, December 2000].
In the matter of assisting Teacher to rectify the Fa, everyone has the ability to do what he is supposed to do. We should try our best to do well in accordance with our own situation. However, we should not think that some one has done a great thing, and his virtues will also be mighty, thus influencing our own conducts. Actually, all things related to assisting Teacher to rectify the Fa are extraordinary. Some things that appear trivial in the eyes of the ordinary people usually look greater in the higher real realms. When we do things in a small group that is spontaneously organized, it is a "MUST" that some people do this and some others do that. Moreover, someone may be in charge of some things. But, we should not feel uneasy "being under control of others." Everything is for validating Dafa, but not for something personal. When some human thoughts come out in our minds, we should be clear that this is also part of our cultivation.
Meanwhile, as disciples who are still cultivating in the ordinary human society, we have done some inadequate things. Especially when evaluating ourselves with Dafa, we feel we are falling short; we even find ourselves having done wrong deeds in the things we did in the past, and then how can we make up for it? I feel it is unnecessary to pass the same trial again in the similar way, because our cultivation must comply with and follow the process of the Fa-rectification. We cannot arrange our own cultivation, especially in the present serious moment. As Master Li is quoted as saying in the brief clearwisdom.net editorial 'About Psychotropics' of November 25, 2000, we "should work even harder to inform people of the truth so as to make up for what's been lost." I feel that, once we are truly able to break through the framework of our personal cultivation, immerse ourselves in the Fa-rectification of the universal Dafa, and unselfishly participate in the great deed of "assisting Teacher in the human world", all personal inadequacy can be compensated. Master Li reminds us, "Cultivation depends on oneself, and transformation of gong depends on one's Master." This is also part of the principle of the universe.
The process of the Fa-rectification and the spread of the universal Dafa can no longer be resisted. Today, when the universal Dafa rectifies the heavens and the earth, the evil beings in the human realm can only expect a destructive ending. But "The evil has yet to be finally eliminated and is still playing out. You can't lower your guard"[Master Li Hongzhi's Lecture at the Great Lakes Conference in North America, December 2000]. We Dafa disciples must take the sacred duties as particles of Dafa, and assist the Teacher in the human world. The cultivation of disciples is also within Dafa.
Dafa Practitioners from China
December 26, 2000