(Clearwisdom.net) Many Falun Dafa practitioners around the world, especially those who are contact people, have received anonymous phone calls containing false information concerning the staged "Self-Immolation" incident. I believe this is part of the current round of propaganda attacks in China, which started in January 2005 (at the end of last year, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was frequently issuing secret internal documents concerning a new round of propaganda).

I want to discuss the issue from the perspective of cultivation. What are the elements behind the harassment? As practitioners we know that all of the interference and persecution in ordinary human society actually target our attachments. From the human perspective, the harassment is the result of the deceitful nature of the evil hoodlums; from the perspective of a cultivator, it is practitioners' attachments that cause and allow the harassment to occur.

It's not that I wish to point out the issue as it pertains to individual practitioners. I only want to talk about the deeper reasons behind the evil harassment so we can eliminate the evil more efficiently.

The old force's dark minions and rotten demons in other dimensions control the persecution. Without their participation and control, everyday people are completely incapable of detecting the attachments of practitioners. Furthermore, human beings don't dare harm practitioners on their own. Because the dark minions, rotten demons, and all the elements of the evil Communist specter exist in other dimensions, they can clearly see the attachments of practitioners (cultivating in the human world). Teacher said a long time ago,

"Do you know that one of the biggest excuses the old evil forces use at present to persecute Dafa is that your fundamental attachments remain concealed? So in order to identify those people, the tribulations have been made more severe. If you're attached to Dafa's consistency with humans' science, they manipulate wicked human beings to spread lies that Dafa is "superstitious"; if you're attached to Dafa's power to heal illness, they manipulate wicked human beings to spread lies that Dafa forbids people to take medicine and that this has led to 1,400 deaths; even if you say that Dafa isn't involved in politics, they have wicked human beings spread lies that Dafa and Li Hongzhi have foreign political forces behind them, and so forth; if you say that Dafa collects no fees, they say that Master has sought to accumulate wealth through dishonest means. Whatever you're attached to, they have evil ones concoct lies about that." ("Towards Consummation", Essentials for Further Advancement II)

Following the same principle, instead of fundamental attachments, if some practitioners have strong human attachments, which they have failed to eliminate because they have always covered them up, the evil will spread lies targeting these attachments and escalate the persecution in order to weed out these practitioners. I believe this explains why even though the lies and rumors created by the evil are extremely absurd and ridiculous, there are always practitioners who are affected and fall in their cultivation, because these lies and rumors are the reflections of their attachments. Some practitioners' main consciousness' aren't very clear to begin with, and while under attack from within and without, they fail to control themselves as they experience these vicious tests created to destroy them. Some of these practitioners have given up their cultivation and have even collaborated with the evil.

As we face the current round of lies and harassment launched by the persecutors, to avoid further losses in cultivation, I think we practitioners should focus our actions along two different lines. Firstly, we should clarify the truth and expose the lies using all means at hand in the human world. Secondly, we should calm our minds and examine ourselves from the perspective of cultivation, and ask ourselves questions such as: "Do I still have notions deep in my mind, such as a belief that the participants of the 'Self-Immolation' incident really are Falun Gong practitioners, and that other Falun Gong practitioners have hidden the facts?"

If a practitioner has thoughts like these, then that practitioner will definitely be targeted by the evil. If a practitioner doesn't consider the matter from within the Fa until they themselves are subjected to the persecution, or if they try to eliminate the surface manifestation of the problem, then that practitioner will have missed an important opportunity to look within and eliminate the roots of their attachments. Human methods employed to stop the persecution can have a certain effect in easing the persecution, but they can't eliminate the evil factors from other dimensions. If practitioners rely only on those methods, then the duration of the evil tribulation will be prolonged. On the surface, many truth-clarifying activities overseas haven't gone smoothly. I think the reason for this is that some of the practitioners who've participated in the events didn't cultivate their xinxing well and only focused on the work, waiting for changes in the environment.

In "Teaching the Fa at the 2004 International Fa Conference in New York," Teacher said,

"If a cultivator can truly let go of [the fear of] death, then that death will forever be far removed from you. But this isn't something you can will to happen--it's a point that you cultivate to in the Fa, one at which you become that kind of being. When the persecution in Mainland China started, if all of the Dafa disciples had managed to act fairly righteously like now, the persecution would have never gotten off the ground, and those evil things would have been destroyed instantly. The human world is no place for them to make a display of evilness."

I understand from reading these words that if a cultivator is wise and clear on an issue, then that cultivator's field of energy is very pure and righteous, and the evil won't dare approach for fear that they will be instantly eliminated.

Observing with a calm mind, I discovered that many practitioners overseas are well educated and very capable. They firmly believe that "Falun Dafa is good" and are willing to work for Dafa. However, not everyone understands or accepts everything Teacher said. Common xinxing problems such as "digging into a bull's horn" in the manner of everyday people, validating oneself, jealousy, showing off, the competitive mentality, and failure to consider others are all factors that exist among practitioners outside China.

Particularly in the five and half years since 1999, all of the overseas practitioners have been very busy. Active contact people have been even busier. I learned by sharing experiences with other practitioners that many of the contact people don't read Minghui.net (the Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net) believing that they already know all the information and don't need to read the website. During group Fa studies and experience sharing conferences, these contact persons often lecture others or meet in small groups. If they can't maintain a calm mind to study the Fa and send forth righteous thoughts, if they regularly put themselves above other practitioners, their own cultivation will be certainly affected.

Among the practitioners who have received the harassing phone calls, many are contact people. Although from the human perspective it's true that these people's contact information is easily found, I think these practitioners may have the doubts (concerning the participants of the "Self-Immolation" incident) I mentioned above. They also might have been dealing with Falun Dafa work from the perspective of ordinary people, not being strict with themselves in xinxing cultivation, or perhaps their understanding of the Fa has been at the same level for a long time.

I am not talking about any one individual; I only want to discuss the deeper reasons behind the matter. If we can fundamentally eliminate the evil and leave no loopholes or spaces for them, then we can better focus on the things we should do.

The above are only my own understandings.