With regard to things at present, the rotten demons that have taken part in persecuting Dafa disciples have been eliminated to the point that the remaining ones are extremely few and can't have much of an effect. In this circumstance, all of the various types of gods that the old forces let in from beyond the Three Realms before--those that they themselves want to weed out, that are at low levels, that have turned bad, and a portion of whom have the form of Buddhas, Daos, and other Gods--should have disintegrated and been weeded out long ago amidst the old Fa's law of formation-stasis-degeneration-destruction. The reason the old forces let them into the Three Realms at the start of the Fa-rectification was to have them interfere with the Fa-rectification and take part in persecuting Dafa disciples.
The old forces knew that doing those things was an enormous sin. They were afraid of being cast down to hell for directly sinning against the Fa-rectification, so they have controlled from beyond the Three Realms those bad gods (the dark minions) that are within the Three Realms, and the dark minions have in turn directed rotten demons to interfere with the Fa-rectification and to persecute Dafa disciples. All of the persecution against Dafa disciples in these years was done under their direct command. Their sins are boundless now, and the weight of the evil and sins they have committed is now beyond what they can pay for.
The destruction of the old forces as a whole, and all of the last factors that will be eliminated, are related to the enormity of the dark minions' sins. The dark minions have been a part of all the disruptions to things big and small that have happened to all Dafa disciples since the start of their cultivation and all the different situations [that have arisen] in Dafa disciples' personal cultivation; they have seized every opportunity. The number of dark minions is large, while in this dimension their manifesting bodies are quite small. They range from being as big as a coin to as small as the tip of a pen; most of them are the size of a pen's tip. They could hear all of the Fa that I have been teaching over these years, and I have given them chances all along, yet they have kept on doing the evilest of things. As a result of the advance of the Fa-rectification and Dafa disciples' righteous-thought-guided actions, the rotten demons have been destroyed to the extent that too few remain to be of use to them, and so the dark minions are now themselves taking part in the things that the rotten demons have been doing. They are directly persecuting Dafa disciples and interfering with the Fa-rectification.
For this reason, all Dafa disciples, new and veteran students alike: when you send righteous thoughts, besides the targets that you specifically lock in to, aim directly at those dark minions and completely eliminate them. Along with this, when you send righteous thoughts you need to have your mind be more focused, purer, and steadier, so as to mobilize your greater abilities, disintegrate all of the dark minions and rotten demons, and eliminate the final disruptions that are in other dimensions.
Stop letting the evil exploit gaps, and stop being interfered with by human attachments. Do well the things that Dafa disciples should do, and walk the last leg of the journey well. Righteous thoughts, righteous actions.
March 16, 2004
 Translator's note: The term used here in the Chinese text, hei shou (lit. "black hand/s") has sometimes been translated as "behind-the-scenes helpers," and should not be mistaken for a different term.
Editor's note: The translation is subject to further improvement so as to be closer to the original text. Last updated: March 20, 2004.