To Fellow Practitioners (July 30, 2001)
Let Go of All Human Thoughts and Attachments, Walk Towards Consummation in an Open and Dignified Manner
“No matter what, though, as a cultivator, you shouldn't get too happy about anything you hear. Maybe what Master just said is itself a test for you. Get rid of any attachment you have, and don't think about anything. Just do everything a Dafa disciple should do, and everything will be covered.” ("Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. International Fa Conference")
What Master Said Is the Fa, But Different People Understand Things Differently
What Master said is the Fa, the principles, but there is an issue of whether everyone can correctly understand Master's original intention. “Different levels have different Fa” (Zhuan Falun) It's to be expected that different practitioners have differing understanding of Master's words, but there is no “authority” in Dafa. It is very dangerous in cultivation if we mistake a certain practitioner's personal understanding as Master's original intention and even carry it out as everyday people's executive order.
Let us calm down and study the Fa more, truly “understand the Fa from the Fa.” ("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston")
“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 Dafa particles in the overall situation of Fa-rectification.
There is no everyday people's style of leadership and authority in Dafa: Everyone is Master's disciple, each Dafa disciple should understand the Fa from the Fa at any time and anywhere and constantly rectify our human notions and warped thoughts formed in our minds over thousands of years. [If] each and every Fa-rectification disciple exerts his/her power as a Dafa particle and takes responsibility for the Dafa work he/she performs, without using human thoughts and worldly wisdom as standards of conduct in the face of conflicts, our strength will be even greater.
This is also directly related to whether we, as a whole, can walk righteously and whether each of us can return to our original, highest realm. If everyone does righteously, there will be no audience for the incorrect things. “rectify all that is not righteous” (“Dafa is Indestructible” ) "The Buddha-light illuminates everywhere and rectifies all abnormalities." (Lecture Three, Zhuan Falun)
Walk One's Path Righteously
Please bear in mind that we are Dafa disciples walking the final phase of our journey towards Consummation. Walking a righteous path is also one aspect of our validating the Fa.
Are the following teachings in Essentials for Further Advancement still fresh in everyone's mind?
“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.” (“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!” (“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?” (“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.” (“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.” (“A Person in Charge is Also a Cultivator”)
“Fa-Rectification and Cultivation”
Master published a new article, “Fa-Rectification and Cultivation,” on July 8, 2001, in which He said:
“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. ...”
Make Every Effort to Overcome the Restrictions on True Information about Falun Gong in the Mainland
Make every effort to overcome the blockade on true information about Falun Gong in the mainland. The fact that people are unaware of the truth is a way for the evil to sustain itself. When everyone learns the facts, the evil will collapse.
Inform the Whole of Society That Innocent People Are Being Tortured to Death –Stop the Killing and Rescue the Victims
Torturing to death people who pursue Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is a heartless act, as is the repression of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance itself and people's right to freedom of belief. Any government, state, or nation needs to position itself correctly with regard to these major issues of principle.
Deaths have recently increased significantly, so we must take urgent action. We must help society as a whole learn that these deaths are a result of torture and persecution, so that governments in different countries, local communities, and common people will be outraged and take action to help Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted in China. This is truly saving humanity.
Make use of any and all opportunities to appeal to the whole of society: “Stop The Killing!” “SOS! Urgent! Rescue the Falun Gong Practitioners in China!”
“Clarify the Truth Comprehensively”
Practitioners should first clarify the facts so that people can see the truth clearly. Only by clarifying the truth comprehensively can we truly save people and strike a sympathetic chord. This holds true for people in all the different professions, of all different social strata, of all ages, from all different countries, and of all different cultural backgrounds. They will then sense the urgency of the situation and extend their help.
1. What is Falun Gong? 2. What does Falun Gong do? 3. Why is Falun Gong suppressed? 4. The truth about “April 25” and “July 20” 5. Why is the suppression of Falun Gong the most evil suppression in human history? 6. Why appeal for urgent rescue? 7. Clarify slanderous remarks 8. Dafa cultivators' righteous belief is indestructible 9. Natural and man-made disasters, predictions …
Everyone is welcome to help supplement, modify main points, and provide and collate relevant information. For more details, please read “Clarify the Truth Comprehensively:” http://www.minghui.ca/mh/articles/2001/7/7/13042p.html
Help People Understand and Bear in Mind That “It's a Heavenly Principle that Good Will Be Rewarded with Good and Evil Will Receive Retribution”
At present there are “natural disasters,” injuries and deaths of lawless police officers, and corrupt officials being brought to justice in mainland China. They are directly resulted to the crimes against Dafa committed by sentient beings there. Each and every corrupt official who has been exposed has personally played a role in fanning the flames and fomenting the evil trend to slander Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and persecute Falun Gong. The natural and man-made disasters are only the beginning of the retribution. If they still don't come to their senses, greater disasters are yet to come. Reminding people of the principle of “good will be rewarded and evil will meet with retribution” is truly cherishing and being compassionate to sentient beings.
Dafa Disciples' Steadfast Righteous Thoughts Are Absolutely Unshakable, Because Our Renewed Life Is Formed in Fa-Rectification
When the evil authorities brainwashed Falun Gong practitioners in mainland China, they gave them mind altering drugs, adopted despicable means such as psychological warfare, and publicly made use of practitioners' attachments yet to be cultivated away to induce them to give up cultivation. Those practitioners then did “what a Dafa disciple absolutely should not and cannot do.” (“Dafa is Indestructible”)
“Master wants to save all sentient beings. But the evil forces are truly committing sins against Dafa by using all sentient beings, with the ultimate purpose of destroying them.” (“Dafa is Indestructible” June 23, 2001) By keeping the Fa-rectification's overall situation in mind and firmly using righteous thoughts to treat everything, the evil mind-altering drugs will be unable to affect us.
Fa-Rectification Is Dafa Disciples' Mission, Everyone Should Fully Play the Role of a Dafa Particle in Fa-Rectification
Master 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 things 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)
Dafa Particles Should Treat Everything With Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in Mind
We are Dafa particles who have rectified the Fa. We should measure everything from the perspective of Dafa, treat it with Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and truly manifest compassion and mighty virtue with pure and clean righteous thoughts.
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Minghui Editorial Board
July 30, 2001
Updated January 2, 2005