The Joy of Assisting Teacher With Fa-Rectification
(Clearwisdom.net) During the course of cultivating in the Fa-rectification period, there have been several times when I have felt worried, frustrated and anxious. There have been many tribulations that tore at my heart and tested my faith. I have failed quite a few tests because of the lack of righteous thoughts. While working on Fa-rectification projects, I have oftentimes felt pain because of looking at things with an unclear mind and human attachments.
Yet, sometimes when I have studied the Fa a lot, am clearheaded and am able to look at things from the perspective of a larger scope instead of my tiny human attachments, I feel the immense joy and peace of validating the Fa. I feel that I am doing and carrying out the sacred mission that I have waited countless time periods for.
While assisting Teacher in validating the Fa, because we slack off on Fa-study, we often look at things with strong human notions and attachments. For instance, we prefer to take part in big projects, which we believe will save more beings, rather than small ones. We feel anxious when things are not going according to plan. We feel worried when the result of a particular project is not up to our expectations. When the world's people do not understand us, we even start to wonder, "Are we really doing something purposeful?"
But, instead of looking at things narrowly with our human thoughts, when we really do take a look at it from a much larger perspective, all these things vanish into nothing. What are Dafa disciples doing during the Fa-rectification period?
We are assisting Teacher to rectify the Fa. We are carrying out a sacred mission that directly determines the futures of so many sentient beings and future cosmoses.
Looking at it from that perspective, aren't we blessed? During this period of the Fa-rectification, all of us who have had the predestined fortune to obtain the Fa and assist Teacher have been given the best of everything.
Indeed, Teacher had us do these things not for Teacher or Dafa, but truly for us to succeed in cultivation.
I first heard Master talk about this portion of the Fa in "Fa-Lecture During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference":
"I can tell you, all those things that you do are actually done for yourselves--not a single thing is done for me. At the same time, I can tell you that since the day you started cultivation, and all the way up to today, none of what I've told you or what I've asked you to do was for others. Your cultivation can benefit humankind and society, in cultivation Dafa disciples can become more mature toward one another, and while being persecuted Dafa disciples can reduce the pressure and the losses from the evil persecution. But all of these are by-products. The real purpose of all those things you do is for you to succeed."
I was stunned. I had always thought that I was doing things for Dafa and for Master.
Yet, since then, I have slowly come to realize how much doing the three things --studying the Fa, clarifying the facts and sending righteous thoughts -- are really benefiting my true self! When I do the three things well, I truly feel a sort of inner cleansing.
For instance, one time, I was involved in activities to hand out flyers and collect petitions from people as support for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong. It was a typical experience -- there were people who had never heard about Falun Gong before, there were those who signed whole-heartedly, those who did not care at all, and those who misunderstood Falun Gong.
But when the day had ended, and as we packed up our items, I felt a powerful inner cleansing. Because I had studied the Fa a lot earlier in the day, I felt more sensitive and that I could understand what had really been going on. I felt immense cosmic bodies inside my main body being rectified, purified and saved. I felt as if countless sentient beings were expressing their gratitude to me from inside my body!
Sometimes, I have even used this excuse -- "We will not get much support, or nothing much will happen by handing out flyers or doing this event" -- to not take part in Dafa activities. I always try to take part in activities that I feel will have more impact, which more people will support, etc. But that one day's event truly showed me how beyond surface appearances, many things were happening to ourselves, as well.
My understanding is that when we truly do the three things to the best of our abilities, we are consummating countless cosmic bodies and rectifying the Fa. It may appear as though there has not been much effect on the human surface, but the effect is huge in other dimensions. Also, even if we do not get much support on the surface while validating Dafa, we should remember that it is secondary. Of course, more support for Dafa is very good, but it is not the most important thing. The most important thing is that as we validate Dafa and do the three things well, we are purifying ourselves, saving sentient beings in our cosmic bodies and consummating everything that we should.
These understandings of mine are still incomplete. I only wish to express my viewpoints about how fortunate we are to be given a chance to rectify the Fa in the human world.
Category: Journeys of Cultivation