Improving as One Body (Part II)
Six practitioners who worked out of a mall in our area heard that they would be arrested the next day because they were believed to have truth-clarifying materials.
After we heard the news, we discussed as a group what to do. I said, "First of all, let's take all Falun Gong books and truth-clarifying materials out of the mall. Then we'll notify all fellow practitioners to send forth righteous thoughts. We must not allow any arrests to happen. We should first be responsible to sentient beings, and secondly we should also be responsible to the police and the 610 Office staff. If they persecute Falun Gong practitioners, wouldn't it add more new karma to their future lives? Further, if they persecute practitioners, they won't be able to pay it back in the future! So keeping in mind the fate of the sentient beings and being responsible for all the righteous factors in the universe, we need to eliminate all the evil elements thoroughly."
The next afternoon, the six practitioners went to work normally and indeed nothing happened. All was resolved under our practitioners' strong righteous thoughts as a one body. I think that Master will help us resolve many things if we all think about issues from the viewpoint of the sentient beings, and follow the principle of the new cosmos - thinking of others first.
At the end of 2004, one night around 9 pm, a practitioner called me and said that his sister, who is also a practitioner, was vomiting blood and that it seemed very serious. He asked me to go to his home immediately. I notified two other practitioners and hurried to his home. On the way there, I was thinking as I walked: I don't have much confidence since this practitioner usually doesn't cultivate firmly. When I got to her home, she couldn't even move her eyeballs and had only very little strength left.
We sat down and started to send forth righteous thoughts. I was very nervous and couldn't clearly remember the verse for sending forth righteous thoughts. A practitioner reminded me, but there was no effect even after 20 minutes had passed.
I gradually rectified my own thoughts and mindset, and reminded myself of Master's teaching:
"In providing salvation to humankind, the Buddha School does not attach any condition or seek returns, and it will help unconditionally." (Zhuan Falun)
The practitioner belongs to the righteous factors in the universe, so we should be responsible for all the righteous factors in the universe unconditionally. We should not feel that we should help her if she normally does well, or that we don't like to help her if she doesn't. Further, all practitioners belong to one family and we are one body.
But 40 minutes later, the practitioner still remained unconscious. I then remembered Master's words. So I said, "We will keep our promise. If you (the evil spirits) leave our place, we will offer you a benevolent resolution. Otherwise, we shall eliminate all of you completely." The practitioner woke up as soon as the sentence came out of my mouth. The first words she said when she woke up was, "Thank you all." We later on persistently sent forth righteous thoughts for one more hour. She eventually recovered entirely. We saved our practitioner from the edge of death after two hours' effort.
This case has fully changed our thinking and understanding. Before, two practitioners had died of disease-like symptoms. This was because we were not clear about the Fa principles and thought that it was her own business. Her life was taken since she didn't cultivate well. We were helpless and saw her die. But thinking about that now, wasn't it wrong?
II. On the Issue of Righteous Thoughts
Righteous thoughts come from firm belief in Dafa and Master. We must hand over everything of ours to Master and let Master arrange it all.
In November 2004, a fellow practitioner was reported to the police while distributing truth-clarifying materials in her own bus. The traffic police kept her bus but the practitioner escaped with righteous thoughts. When she informed us to send forth righteous thoughts, a thought occurred to me. Had she listened to me, things might be different because I had kindly reminded her to do it with reason and wisdom. However, I immediately asked myself, "Is it wrong for the practitioner to try to save the sentient beings? Of course, it is not! Since it is not wrong, we should eliminate the evil without any hesitation." Therefore, I started to send forth righteous thoughts.
When I sat down, I asked my son and nephew who were two young practitioners, "Can we allow the evil to persecute our fellow practitioners?" They all said, "No!" I said, "Then, let's now thoroughly eliminate it!" At that time, we sent forth righteous thoughts every right hour. Somehow I missed twice. When I started again, I remembered what Master had said, "The next person's things are your things, and your things are his things." ("Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference") I asked myself, "Have I regarded the practitioner's things as my own?" "No, for sure." I realized my state was not right and I had selfishness in my mind. Our practitioners are all one same family. Why should I not send forth righteous thoughts with my heart? At that time, I felt I was truly the universal protector responsible for all righteous factors in the universe and to eliminate all evil.
Next day, nothing happened to the fellow practitioner. Her bus was returned to her as well. I believed it was because our practitioners as a whole had eliminated all the evil factors in other dimensions.
III. Saving Sentient Beings with Benevolence
Once there was an experience sharing at my home. In order to let his daughter and son-in-law to obtain the Fa, a practitioner told them about the experience sharing. However, his son-in-law was the director of the Discipline Inspection Committee in my work unit and he reported the gathering to the head of the bureau. The head of the bureau was so scared that he shifted my position to the countryside, which separated me from the group cultivation environment.
Not long after, a fellow practitioner called me and told me that the director of the Discipline Inspection Committee had a stroke and that his life was in danger. The hospital warned his family to prepare for the worst.
Hearing the news, I felt shame and regretful. I felt ashamed as we did not do well, which had caused the sentient being to commit a crime towards Dafa. I felt regretful as I didn't let him know the truth of Dafa earlier. If he passed away like this, it would be the biggest pity in my life because I didn't carry out my responsibility. A sincere thought rose in my mind, "Master, please help your disciple and let him live. I will tell him the truth about Dafa to truly save him and to truly have him have a good and wonderful future."
The miracle indeed happened. He was out of danger and gradually regained consciousness. After staying in the hospital for a period of time, he was allowed to go home to recover. I went his home to see him. Although he had improved a lot, he still couldn't stand up. I told him, "If you say the words 'Falun Dafa is good' sincerely, you must be able to stand up!" However, he said, "the CCP is good."
On the way home, I kept thinking, I came to save him but why he didn't listen to me. Suddenly Master's words occurred in my mind, "It would be good if they could manage to search within themselves for the things that they have been able to find in others." ("A Dialogue with Time" from Essentials for Further Advancement) I realized there must have been some factors in my mind that made me think that the CCP was good. I suddenly understood and started to send forth righteous thoughts to clear myself when arriving at home. I asked Master to help me to eliminate all factors in myself related to the CCP. I didn't want any tiny bits of thoughts on it. Next day, I went to the director's home again. As soon as I walked into the room, he started to cry.
I knew it was my compassion and forgiveness that had touched the good side of him. When I told him again to say "Falun Dafa is good," he kept nodding his head. I said, "As long as you read the words sincerely, you will be able to stand up again!" I let him listen to Master's lectures and the music of "Pudu." A sentient being was saved.
Just as Master said
"Only when we're able to be forgiving can we save people. If every Dafa disciple could think that way, then think about it, with that power from compassion, would there still be any room for bad factors to exist?" ("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Western U.S. Fa Conference")
Fellow practitioners, we should ask ourselves from the bottom of our heart, "Have we done our best in carrying out our responsibilities? Have we reached the state of benevolence and mighty forgiveness that Master talks about?" Master doesn't want any of his disciples to be left behind. We should not leave any of the sentient beings alone. Fellow practitioners, I believe that as long as we have mighty benevolence and forgiveness, with the powerful righteous thoughts, we will be able to save more and more sentient beings.
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