The Importance of Keeping Righteous Thoughts at All Times
I have been working on [providing] Falun Dafa materials [for practitioners and ordinary people] for over one year. During this period, I have encountered various kinds of tests and tribulations. Writing down my practice experiences to share with my fellow practitioners has been my wish for a long time.
I came to this city half a year ago. At that time, no local practitioners were working on Falun Dafa materials. Many practitioners couldn't get Teacher's new articles in time, let alone clarify the truth to ordinary people. Braving great dangers, a practitioner from another area would repeatedly bring us Teacher's new articles and truth-clarifying materials in a leather suitcase. I was deeply touched by her actions and decided to work on Falun Dafa materials in the city. Soon after, I got in touch with some local practitioners. With their great help, I set up our own materials distribution center. Since then, we have been able to get Teacher's articles right away and read Fa-rectification experience sharing articles, written by practitioners both inside and outside of China, on Clearwisdom Net. Many practitioners have thus stepped forward and have very actively gotten involved in Fa-rectification activities. On April 25, 2001 and July 22, 2001, dozens of practitioners from our area went to Tiananmen Square to validate the Fa.
Just as things were getting better, the practitioner who was in charge of downloading materials from the Internet was arrested. He failed in the xinxing test and provided the police with the contact information of more than ten practitioners who had been working with him on the materials. We encountered great difficulties, but we were not intimidated into submission. Instead, each one of us kept resolute righteous thoughts and tried our best to do an even better job on the materials task. We soon came through the bad situation, meanwhile getting more practitioners to join in helping us with the materials. Now, one can see small Falun Dafa posters all over our city. We also deliver truth-clarifying materials to everyday people's homes by putting them under their doors. We have printed out 650,000 copies of truth-clarifying materials within just five months.
Recently I have been busy working on the materials, yet I've ignored learning the Fa and cultivating xinxing. I didn't banish distracting thoughts when I couldn't focus on reading Falun Dafa books. Sometimes I even took reading the books as a burden. I just wanted to finish a chapter and then go to bed. When I had conflicts with other practitioners, I didn't check myself first; instead, I blamed others. I slacked off and became complacent. I wanted other practitioners to do more work so that I would have more time to learn the Fa and go to bed earlier. I remembered, from Clearwisdom Net, how some practitioners said that we should fight against unrighteous thoughts every minute and every second. But I didn't take this seriously and thought they were just making a fuss over nothing. Once while I was editing an evil-exposing article written by another practitioner, I didn't condemn the vicious persecutors. Instead, I started to criticize the practitioners that hadn't done very well during the persecution. After editing, I emailed the article to another practitioner but he found the file empty. I tried sending it again but he just couldn't receive the article. Then I came to realize that the evil was taking advantage of my omission. It controlled me and the bad results were reflected in this dimension. I had been experiencing illness karma for over ten days and the printer didn't work either.
Yesterday, six cops from the local police station suddenly came to our materials distribution center. They came to check our identities. At the time, only one practitioner was there. She was very calm and kept in mind that she would absolutely not allow any malicious people in. So while calmly talking to the cops, she kept sending forth righteous thoughts and eradicating the evil by reciting the verses of "The Fa rectifies the Cosmos, the Evil is completely eliminated. The Fa rectifies Heaven and Earth, immediate retribution in this lifetime." Finally the cops left without coming inside. This event touched my heart. I remembered that just yesterday morning, I had dreamt that I clearly saw the words "Falun Dafa disciple" on the screen of my computer. I came to understand that it was a hint from Teacher. Teacher was trying to remind me to treat myself as a Falun Dafa disciple and be diligent all the time! In the article "Fa-Rectification Period Dafa Disciples", Teacher said, "Cultivation and Fa-rectification are serious. Whether you are able to treasure this period of time is, in fact, a matter of whether you can be responsible to yourselves. This period of time will not last long, but it can forge the mighty virtue of magnificent Enlightened Beings, Buddhas, Daos, and Gods of different levels, and even Lords of different levels. It can also destroy overnight a cultivator who has reached a really high level but who has become less strict with himself." After the dream, I felt so ashamed of myself. I would bring real trouble to my work in Falun Dafa and I wouldn't be worthy of Teacher's mighty compassion and hard efforts of saving me if I continued to not pay attention to this issue.
I have written down my experiences to totally eradicate all the things in my mind that were inviting demonic interference. Also, I hope that other practitioners remember to keep righteous thoughts all the time. We need to eliminate all the distorted notions and the old evil forces that reside in our bodies while eliminating the evil within the Three Realms. We need to take steady steps in our practice.