Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference

(Li Hongzhi, May 23, 2004)

Good afternoon! (People reply, "Good afternoon, Master!")

I've said before that when the overall Fa-rectification moves forward and eliminates the evil, and when you help people become more and more clear about us as you clarify the facts, that's when the evil beings become fewer and fewer. Although the old forces no longer exist, the things they arranged in the Three Realms are still having an effect. So in other words, even though the evil beings left now are few, and today the world's people as a whole are rapidly awakening, the evil still won't quit just like that. So during this time, before the evil beings are ultimately and completely eliminated, they still play a role and they are still that evil--it's just that their power has diminished now and there are fewer places where they can do evil.

At present, in addition to a Dafa disciple's own, personal cultivation, you need to do a large amount of things to clarify the facts. So I think that for Dafa disciples clarifying the facts has become a unique way of cultivation for you cultivators today. This has never, ever happened before. And it can be called Dafa disciples' magnificent feat of validating the Fa and saving sentient beings during the Fa-rectification. You know, in the past when people cultivated they only sought their own Consummation. But the things Dafa disciples have in front of them are major. You know, I've said many times that none of the people in today's world have a simple background. If none of them have a simple background, then the people that you save, the lives that you save, the sentient beings that you save are not ordinary beings, and it's not something an ordinary cultivator could do. Only Dafa disciples of today's Fa-rectification period are able to do that as they validate the Fa, only they are worthy of doing that, and only they are allowed to do that. So what I'm saying is, the historic responsibility you shoulder is significant, and you are laying the foundation for the future.

You know, the work being done by the Fa-rectification on everything in the cosmos is in its final stage. But in this Three Realms very very final, higher-level beings still exist, and their existence is having a separating effect, and so the evil [beings] are still able to do evil in the world. Even though the Three Realms is minute compared to the enormous cosmos, it corresponds to it, similar to how the focal point of the cosmos would. Although this Earth is minute, and although who we are dealing with are beings at the lowest level of the cosmos--human beings who are similar to gods and have the outer appearances of gods--and even the way you cultivate is one where you begin from the lowest method of cultivation in the cosmos, you have enormous missions.

As Dafa disciples have clarified the facts you have saved many beings who were supposed to be saved, but it's not enough. In fact, so far, what you've accomplished is still limited, and in terms of numbers the proportion is still quite small. The Dafa disciples in Mainland China, in particular, have the greatest responsibility. The main body of Dafa disciples is in China, so the Dafa disciples there should do even better; through lessons learned they should become more rational and more clearheaded, and do things more righteously; they should allow more sentient beings to be saved; and they should have the effect of the main body of Dafa disciples. Everything the Dafa disciples in other regions do revolves around the main body of Dafa in Mainland China, and is restraining the evil's persecution, lessening the pressure for the Dafa disciples in Mainland China, and helping the Dafa disciples in Mainland China to clarify the facts. Overall, looking at the situation of Dafa disciples validating the Fa as a whole, in the Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples have basically played the role of Dafa disciples.

Of course, there are still a small number of people that are exceptions, and there have always been people who aren't diligent, because, after all, there are three different situations with Dafa disciples. The first one is where they made an agreement early on with Master to come here, and the second one is where they formed a karmic connection in history--the people who formed a karmic connection with me in different historical periods. And the third group are those who came in when I imparted the Fa this time and had the door wide open; they had a good base, and seemed pretty good and like they could make it. But in actuality, how they have acted hasn't been that satisfactory. Even today there are people whose conduct in their personal lives is not at all that of a cultivator; as for people like that, no matter how many things you do, you can't Consummate. While [Dafa disciples] clarify the facts, [some people] squander the money Dafa disciples have scrimped and saved for making materials. I have always taught you to think of others first in everything you do, but does that even cross your mind when you use Dafa disciples' money or possessions? The evil takes advantage of the slightest gap and glares menacingly at every single word and action of yours. Whatever you're attached to, that's what the evil beings will strengthen, and when your mind is off they will make you irrational. Everyone is putting out for Dafa, and yet some people shamelessly ask for compensation from other students. Are you cultivating? Who are you negotiating terms with? Why do you come across as nothing like a cultivator? And how are you going to establish a cultivator's mighty-virtue? Do you think Master is leading you in some ordinary people's political thing? There are also people who haven't been clearheaded or calm, they aren't mindful of security matters, and even less so are they mindful of other people's safety. Back when this [third] group of students joined the ranks of Dafa disciples, it was known that, when they experienced trials, when they experienced tribulations, and as their enormous karma was reduced and eliminated, their tests would be severe; but it wasn't known at that time whether they would be able to make it. Of course, that group of irrational people is small.

Looking at the current situation, I think most of them are basically okay, but there are still ones who aren't, who look at the Fa in a human way, look at the persecution of Dafa disciples in a human way, and look at the three things that Dafa disciples should do in a human way. And especially when it comes to informing people about the facts, there are still many people who aren't making it a priority. Here I'm mainly talking about the students in Mainland China. Some people's righteous thoughts are still inadequate and they aren't able to make a priority of informing people about the facts. And during the persecution some people have even had a very bad impact; sometimes they're with it but after a while they get foggy-headed again. Human beings... no matter where you come from, and no matter what kind of a base you have, once you come to this human place you have entered a world of delusion, and it is indeed hard for someone to step out of this phony state of a human society and this phony culture created by the old forces. But at the same time each being is not entirely in delusion, as he still has a side of him that's aware and still has the fundamental base of his being that's founded on his own, inborn, original nature. All these things can have a positive effect and should have a very good effect. In other words, you should have righteous thoughts. In terms of how people have done in reality, I see that some people have performed very poorly. But you know, what has Master come here for? In terms of the Fa-rectification my purpose is none other than to save all beings, and that includes the world's people, the people on earth. (Applause) So [I] have got to save those who can be saved. How I look at things is different from how you or the world's people do. When a human being sees someone make a mistake he finds it almost unforgivable. But I don't look at things that way. I look at an entire being overall, and even when there's just one thread of hope, I'll give him hope. (Applause)

Some everyday people say, "Doesn't your master have great abilities? Why doesn't he do such and such?" Things are not like what they think. People's True Thoughts determine who of them is to be weeded out, and yes, they can be destroyed in the turn of a hand. But what have I come here for? Why have I endured so much for all beings? [If I did things that way,] wouldn't I have done all of that in vain? A being on earth corresponds to the cosmos and corresponds to major things, so this is a focal point, and when a person sins it is not a matter of one person sinning--think about it, it could very well involve a gigantic cosmic system. If that's the case, then when one being is destroyed perhaps a gigantic cosmic system is destroyed. And in some cases it goes beyond this, because if a being on earth has committed sins, then [what about] those who have used him, who arranged it, who have manipulated him, who instigated it, whose factors were playing a role... what's involved is not just one cosmic body, or two cosmic bodies, but gigantic cosmic bodies, which are all responsible for it. This is the cosmos's law! And this is a fundamental standard by which the cosmos's Fa-rectification positions all beings. When someone has done bad things at this human place, if you just go after the human being, the human being can't bear the full responsibility, and no matter to what extent you destroy him he can't bear the full responsibility, as it's not a simple matter of a human being having sinned--it results from having the factors of high-level beings involved.

But on the other hand, if the person's righteous thoughts truly come forth and he becomes clearheaded, then when he wants to do something, the high-level beings will look at that side of a person as well. If a person truly wants to do good things, then nobody has the right to make him commit sins, and whoever does that will be cast down. When a being's main body can have a positive effect, then even if in history that being had become bad, his sins can be reduced, because the Fa-rectification criterion for the entire cosmos is to look at a being's stance towards the Fa-rectification. The overall state of the human beings on the earth is controlled by higher realms, so human beings' attitudes are, [in turn,] affecting those higher realms and even higher levels.

Many students have the ability to see some scenes and situations, but actually, let me tell you that all of those are specific manifestations of certain beings at different levels in the enormous cosmos--they are all manifestations of those different lives' and different gods' individual beings. But what's most important are the manifestations of their enormous Main Body Kings, who usually know much of the true situation and whose manifestations are different from those of their specific beings. That's why what some students see are not the manifestations of the Main Bodies. So for our Dafa disciples, clarifying the facts in actuality far transcends your personal cultivation. Your personal cultivation only makes for the fulfillment of one being, yet the role that you serve in saving sentient beings makes for the fulfillment of a great multitude of Main-Body beings, boundless numbers of beings, and even greater cosmic bodies--that's how big what you are shouldering is!

Of course, we don't acknowledge any of the things that the old forces arranged--I as your master don't acknowledge them, and Dafa disciples of course don't acknowledge them either. (Applause) But after all, they did do what they wanted to do, so there's all the more reason for Dafa disciples to do even better and cultivate themselves well in the course of saving all beings. When you encounter ordeals during your cultivation, you have got to cultivate yourself and look at yourself--that doesn't mean acknowledging the ordeals arranged by the old forces and trying to do well amidst the ordeals they've arranged, that's not the case. We negate even the very emergence of the old forces and everything that they've arranged; we don't even acknowledge their existence. We're fundamentally negating all of their things, and all of, and only, the things you do while negating and getting rid of them is mighty-virtue. It's not that you're cultivating amidst the ordeals they created. Rather, you are to walk your own path well while not acknowledging them, not even acknowledging the elimination of their ordeals' manifestations. (Applause) So looking at it from this angle, what we need to do is completely negate the old forces. Dafa disciples and I don't even acknowledge the manifestations of their last-ditch efforts.

There's a law in the cosmos that all of you know about, and that is, all beings have to bear responsibility for all the good consequences and bad consequences they've brought about throughout history. In eliminating all of the persecution arranged by the old forces, how much Dafa disciples put in is how much they'll get out. Even an average, ordinary being will, after bearing responsibility for the good things and the bad things, be rendered in the future everything he accumulated. All of the persecution and pain that Dafa disciples have been subjected to during this persecution will result in greater glory being bestowed upon Dafa disciples in history's future. That kind of glory is something that has never existed for any of the beings in the cosmos since the beginning of time, because Dafa disciples are disciples forged by Dafa during the Fa-rectification period and they are part of the Fa-rectification. This affair itself has raised Dafa disciples to a very high position. What's more, they are Dafa disciples who are directly saved by Master.

This affair itself brings a great deal of honor, so Dafa disciples need to be worthy of such an honor. But now that Master said that, don't go and act like you've again realized something, and then some of you might immediately stop doing everything else and focus solely on, and do nothing but, Dafa things. In that case you might then be used by the old forces, because what they are doing is taking advantage of your gaps. Today, what I'm telling Dafa disciples to do is to cultivate among ordinary people in a way that conforms to ordinary people as much as possible. You can't go to extremes. Just go about things steadily like that and fully play the role of a Dafa disciple as you validate the Fa. You have many, many challenges; in addition to doing well in things to validate Dafa, in this world you also need to maintain relationships with other people, with your family, and in society. It is hard. It's hard, but that is the path that a Dafa disciple must take.

I said long ago that I'm doing this in two steps. If I were to complete this in one step, then the tribulation would have been a global one. There would be billions of Dafa disciples obtaining the Fa, but there would also be many playing a negative role; it would be at least in the hundreds of millions, and that would have made this tribulation worldwide. If this were done that way then the whole world would be caught up in it and no one could escape it. Every single person, every single being, would have to position himself in that one round--those who can cultivate, those who can step forward, those who oppose it, those who have different views... they would all be positioning themselves. Then if you had billions of people who came all at once to cultivate in Dafa, if this approach to cultivation weren't used, then when you'd have billions of people leaving the secular world to devote themselves to cultivation, that'd be a disaster for human society, and it would be irresponsible to mankind and to the Fa at this level. Although I separated it into two steps and those things didn't happen, won't there be masses of people cultivating Dafa in the future? Well this approach to cultivation may just be the path left for the future masses of cultivators.

In terms of Dafa disciples' responsibilities, there are still many things that need to be done in greater depth, especially clarifying the facts. Doing a better job of informing people about the facts more deeply is tied to the people of the future obtaining the Fa, tied to all beings being rescued, tied to negating the old forces, tied to eliminating the evil and this persecution, and tied to your own Consummation. In fact, some students haven't really done too well all along; many Mainland students are still making all kinds of excuses for not stepping forward; and there are some who have been "transformed," they are ashamed of it, but then they're embarrassed and can't lift up their head and step forward, and they are discouraged. And then there are a number of people who are like this: they too haven't stepped forward all along, but have been hiding at home and reading [Dafa] books, and have even been making excuses for doing that, when the truth is, it's their fear at work. I hope that the other Dafa disciples in Mainland China will help these people and ask them to step forward and do what a Dafa disciple should do. This thing hasn't ended yet, so for any being it still presents an opportunity and a chance.

The way gods see it, saving sentient beings is absolutely not something done in a manner like in human society, where after someone makes some mistakes human means are used to correct him. Gods are merciful and have the greatest capacity to forgive, and they are truly responsible to beings, instead of focusing on a person's actions at a given time. That's because gods awaken a being at a fundamental level, and enliven a being's Buddha-nature at a fundamental level. So looking at things from this perspective, you still need to step up your clarifying the facts some, and still need to do it in greater depth, do it better, and do it more solidly; you absolutely can't just go through the motions. Only when you do it earnestly can you save that many people. So no matter what excuses a small number of people and some people with ulterior motives in Mainland China use to stop the [Dafa] students from informing people of the facts, they are interfering, and it's the evil using human beings to interfere with you. People who do that either have a crooked understanding or have been used by the evil, or it's a case where some people with ulterior motives are playing a negative role. Clarifying the facts is something you must do, and you must do it to the end. It's not something we do according to the old forces' arrangements; we completely negate everything of the old forces.

There's another thing I want to talk about. As you know, as Dafa disciples continually cultivate themselves while they validate the Fa, many bad things that were formed among everyday people have been gradually removed during your cultivation process, but some things have only been reduced, while many things have truly been removed. So the things that have been reduced aren't completely removed. There's a reason you can't get rid of them completely yet, and it's to allow you folks, before you Consummate, to live in ordinary society, to save sentient beings in ordinary society, and to do the things that a Dafa disciple should do today. But since these attachments will often show up in your cultivation and your life, they show up in your words and actions in different settings, and can even show up in every single thought of yours during your daily life. When you're affected by a human attachment, then at that moment, or for that short while, or on that matter, your behavior is the same as an ordinary person's. If you often fail to follow the requirements for a Dafa disciple, a cultivator, then aren't you an ordinary person?

It's fine to have those human things--when you are able to restrain them in your actions, strengthen your resolve, firm up your righteous thoughts, and handle yourself well, then that's cultivation. Without those things it wouldn't count as cultivation. It's exactly because you have those little things that you're able to cultivate yourself and strengthen your resolve in the process, and when you are able to cultivate yourself in this complicated environment and amidst this persecution, you demonstrate even more the greatness of a Dafa disciple. That's how these things work. But if you're not careful then a lot of times they will make you come across as very attached.

In fact, as Dafa disciples validate the Fa, a lot of times they argue among themselves in order to do well informing people about the truth and in other Dafa disciples' things. You've seen how some students have acted, their human attachments are quite strong, and some students are easily affected by their human attachments. I've noticed a situation for a long time now, but I haven't discussed it with you because the things you do to inform people about the facts and the other things you do to validate the Fa are all very important, so I didn't want them to be watered down by this, and that's why I haven't discussed it in all this time. Have you noticed that a lot of our students can't take criticism from others? As soon as they are criticized they get mad and aren't able to take it. These things stick out pretty badly now. Think about it carefully. You can't even take criticism from me, your master. Today you all know that Master is truly doing things for your sake and has been speaking about the Fa to you with compassion. If I were to change my demeanor and talk to you bluntly, immediately you wouldn't be able to take it, really. Some people say, "No matter how Master puts it to me I'll be able to take it." That's what you think. Your cultivation has to be solid and sound, so you must truly meet the standard.

You know, why is it that many things, many attachments, can't be removed just like that? Why is it so hard? I've always told you that particles make up particles level by level from the microcosm all the way to surface matter. If you took a look in the extreme microcosm at the material formed by what your mind is attached to, [you'd see that] they are mountains, huge mountains, made of hard, granite-like rock, and once they are formed there's simply no way for a human being to move them. You know, in the cases of many cultivators in the past it was their subordinate soul that was cultivating, their masters couldn't do anything at all about those things, and that's why in their cultivation there was just no way they could keep this body. It's because they couldn't get rid of those big mountains, they couldn't take down those big mountains. They could only try to restrain them--restrain them while they were in concentration (ding) or in a state of no-thoughts--not let them have an effect during their current lifetime, and not let those thoughts arise during their cultivation. That was all they could do. They tried their best to prevent the side of them that can be Enlightened through cultivation from being affected, [they tried to] avoid getting so bad that they'd stir up those attachments, as those bad effects could make their cultivation fail and make them drop down--they tried to prevent things from getting that bad. That's why at a certain time when they were able to reach Consummation they would hurriedly discard this body. They couldn't delay for even a second.

When a cultivator doesn't want to get rid of his attachments, quite often his excuse is, "When other people criticize me, I don't want to hear it, but if Master says something to me I'll want to hear it." But if Master said something to you, would that big mountain of yours just be gone by itself? Would that hard rock just dissolve without cultivation? If I did that for you then it wouldn't count as you cultivating, so I can't do that, and you yourself have to cultivate it away. There are many things that you can't do but that Master can. And so how does Master do them? It's not like as soon as we come into contact I'll remove them. When your righteous thoughts are firm and when you can repel those things, I remove them for you bit by bit; however much you can do, that's how much I remove for you and diminish for you. (Applause) But since you're a cultivator, you have to truly hold yourself to the requirements for a cultivator. Even though sometimes you still can't quite get there yet, you've got to at least have those righteous thoughts, and you've got to cultivate yourselves.

Right now a lot of students don't recognize [these problems] at all. With Master not having addressed this type of issue for a while, a lot of people are really indulging these things. I talked about these things in Zhuan Falun long ago, and they are things a cultivator needs to take care of right at the beginning. "Not hitting back when attacked, and not talking back when insulted" is not just something you say, rather, you should be completely unaffected, and it's something you come to understand from the Fa. I've told you to study the Fa a lot, to study the Fa, study the Fa, study the Fa... When you don't give weight to Fa-study, those things are bound to be indulged. You don't want to hear displeasing things, you only want to hear pleasing things, and [you say or act like] "I can't stand it when other people irritate me." Think about it, everyone, isn't it ordinary people who, living in the ordinary world, care about enjoying those pleasing things and who enjoy hearing pleasing words? You're a cultivator, so do you want those ordinary things? Let me tell you, since you're cultivators and you're among ordinary people, you just have to listen to those displeasing words, and you have to be able to listen to those displeasing words. (Applause) Otherwise, when you haven't even resolved this most basic cultivation issue, how could you call yourself a Dafa disciple?

You're a cultivator, so why is it that sometimes you have lengthy arguments where you refuse to give ground? Why do you always say it's because of other people's attitudes? Why is it that whenever someone else says something you're affected? Aren't you supposed to remain unaffected even when someone verbally assaults you? Many of the factors that contribute to a conflict are caused by that thing at work. Whenever someone hits on that thing you become rash and worked up, your heart even starts to pound, and at that moment you don't think of being responsible to the Fa but just get angry and can't get over it. Some people always insist, "My, how come that person always has such an attitude? Why is he like that with everyone?" And there are some people who say, "Well nobody thinks too highly of him." But if you ask me, your master, you're all wrong. When none of you are attached anymore to wanting to hear pleasing things, when none of you are affected when you're insulted, see if he'll still be like that. Exactly because you people have those attachments, there exist factors that hit on your attachments; and exactly because those attachments of yours are stirred up, you get irritated; when all of you have those attachments, the situation where everyone is irritated by the person who hit on their attachments comes about. If you can all keep a calm and steady state of mind while being assaulted by strong words, and you're not at all affected, then see if those factors still exist.

Didn't I tell you that nothing that happens to a cultivator is by accident? Haven't I told you many times that a cultivator should stay unaffected? Today Master just has a flesh body appearance in the human world, but Master has many, many abilities, and I have countless Law Bodies, and all of them are resolving the things that should be resolved for Dafa disciples, they're resolving Fa-rectification related matters during the Fa-rectification, and doing many, many things. But none of that manifests here. What I've been telling you, though, are upright principles, Fa-truths of the cosmos, and Fa that creates Great Enlightened Beings. You're a Dafa disciple, so what should you seek and what should you cultivate? Have you even forgotten these most basic, simplest things?

Yes, you are clarifying the facts, are busy doing a lot of things, and there are many things to do; that has demonstrated the extraordinary side of Dafa disciples. But don't forget to cultivate away the most basic things! It's not like "at the critical moment I'll be good enough"--that's not necessarily true. A conflict always arrives when you don't expect it, so at a critical moment you might not be good enough, because it's not like what you think, nor is it something you can just say. Just like when you cultivate Buddhahood, you might say, "When I really get up there I guarantee you I'll be good enough, and I won't be attached to anything." But how are you going to be good enough when those factors of yours are still there? You won't be, and it's because this is how a being is made. A stone is a stone no matter where you place it, and a piece of gold is a piece of gold no matter where you place it.

You all know that during your cultivation, even when you don't specifically think about something, bad thoughts come up on their own. And why is that? Isn't it because that thing is there? When any conflict arises or anything happens, I've told you that not only should the two parties in the conflict look for reasons on their part, even any third party should think about himself--why are you the one who observed it? When you are a direct party in the conflict, that's even more the case, but why won't you cultivate yourself?

Today I brought this up because I felt it was time for me to address it, so I thought I'd use this opportunity. Now that I've talked about that, you need to be mindful of it and should take it seriously. Make your actions as Dafa disciples validating the Fa more sacred, and don't act like ordinary people. When an ordinary person does Dafa things he only accumulates blessings, but the things Dafa disciples do to validate the Fa are meritorious contributions, so you should Consummate yourself well.

I'll talk about another issue. You know, many things of Dafa disciples will be left for the future; they won't necessarily be left for human beings, perhaps they'll be left somewhere in the cosmos. Since you are validating the Fa, you are exploring whether you can do certain things in certain ways, and are blazing a path for the future. Even though these things manifest here on the earth, at this human place, if you magnify them [you'll see that] in different realms they manifest in other ways. Each Dafa disciple has to make and complete his own path, and your paths in cultivation are all different; in other words, each person's cultivation path is different. All of the future states of the various kinds of beings that are at different levels of the cosmos might manifest in you to a certain extent, so it all depends on whether the paths you yourselves walk in validating the Fa are straight, good, and will work. Factors this huge are involved.

Some of you have supernormal abilities while cultivating; some people can see things, and some people can use certain supernormal abilities. As I just said, everyone is walking on a different path that a Dafa disciple should walk, and the paths you make and complete will have an impact on the future of the cosmos. So there must be a reason for letting a certain Dafa disciple have supernormal abilities while he cultivates; it must be for the purpose of laying the foundation of something for the beings of the future. That's how enormous Dafa disciples' responsibilities are, that is, you have such important tasks on your shoulders! There are many things that I haven't told you about or don't want to tell you about fully, lest you develop all kinds of attachments.

If these people who have supernormal abilities while they cultivate don't walk their paths well, if they're interfered with today, they develop a crooked understanding tomorrow, and something gets them all in a frenzy and they can't tell up from down the day after tomorrow, then I'll tell you that you haven't walked well the path that's been arranged for you. Such a path has been arranged for you because there are such factors in the cosmos, which have been given to you, and you are entrusted to walk that path. Do you understand what I mean? (Applause) However, a small number of students who have supernormal abilities have failed to live up to their great missions and have not done well. They're smug about the little tiny abilities they have, and their problem even goes beyond showing off, they've even gone on a long detour, some of them have even developed crooked understandings, and still they haven't realized it! You have failed to live up to the great trust placed in you by the cosmos, and that's no minor thing. So, being a Dafa disciple you need to be mindful of every facet of things. When Dafa disciples look back at the path they have taken, [they'll see that] in different settings each person was walking his own path, and that there was a reason behind even the type of job you had in the human world, the lifestyle you had, etc.

The Fa I'm teaching here today applies to all students, and that includes those in Mainland China and those outside of Mainland China. These are problems that have arisen with the whole body. Dafa disciples have actually done very well while they validate the Fa during this time, and there are many specific things that I don't want to talk about, because I'll wait and let you see for yourselves those wonderful, amazing, and sacred things. At this time, as long as you can steadily do well with the three things that Dafa disciples are supposed to do, you will be able to make it through--you'll definitely be able to make it through. (Applause)

I'll say this again: I don't want to leave a single person behind. That's why Master's thinking is usually different from yours. Sometimes you think that certain people are iffy, certain people are unsavable, certain people are this or that... but my thinking is different from yours. You know, today I have opened the door for saving people so wide; the way things are in terms of jobs the sentient beings in human society have is such that people are doing all kinds of work, and I want to save each person. As long as someone has learned the Fa, I want to save him, I don't want to abandon those people. (Applause) When you Dafa disciples develop even stronger righteous thoughts among you, that will be what's most magnificent. Starting from each person, let's truly make our environment a very righteous one, and then all the unrighteous factors will dissolve, and all the students who haven't conducted themselves well will see where they fall short, and it will make them do better.

With human beings... when a being can obtain the Fa today in history, it's no ordinary thing--he's so fortunate! But as soon as he loses the Fa, do you know what he faces? It's really horrific, because when he fails to fulfill the major responsibilities and the huge missions that were bestowed upon him, then, accordingly, that's like the inverse of a being's Consummation, and he will truly have to enter the gate of no-life. You folks can't just go and abandon a person without trying hard enough. No matter what kind of mistakes someone has made, or what kind of a person he is, I still want to give him a chance. Of course, in human society there are, after all, a number of people who aren't good enough anymore, so just let them be. Today I'm mainly saying that our Dafa disciples need to do better, and we should cherish those who have obtained the Fa.

Those who haven't done well should think carefully about these things, and be sure not to take Master's mercy lightly. You don't have to believe me; you can go about things your own way. But I have repeatedly said that the fact that such a major thing has come about in human society, that such a massive number of people have done all that they have in society, and the fact that the Fa that I, Li Hongzhi, have taught is something that people throughout the ages always wanted to know about and wanted to obtain but couldn't, (applause) none of these things are by chance. Think it over calmly. Those who haven't done well, make sure you don't destroy your eternal life because of your irrationality and human attachments.

That's all I'm going to say today. Thank you. (Long, enthusiastic applause)

Editor's note: The translation is subject to further improvement so as to be closer to the original text. Latest Update: June 10, 2004.

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