Cultivating With a Clear Mind
(Clearwisdom.net) A few days ago, a local practitioner responsible for coordinating truth-clarification work was suddenly arrested by the police. They ransacked his home and confiscated all the equipment used to produce Falun Gong materials. The equipment was worth nearly 30,000 yuan. I am one of the coordinators in this area and kept in close contact with him. My mental health was slightly affected by the news. Yet my responsibility as a practitioner prevented me from dwelling on any negative thoughts. I immediately notified local practitioners to send forth righteous thoughts and began to collect evidence of illegal activities against the arrested practitioner.
At noon today, I put together and printed relevant materials. I sent the file to a fellow practitioner responsible for producing informational materials about the persecution of Falun Gong. Then, I went to this practitioner's home. He said, "When you hear bad news, you should immediately eliminate any bad thoughts and send forth righteous thoughts." At that time I received a text message from my wife, "Be careful. Someone is following you. The police have formed a special task force to investigate this case!" A minute ago I was confident. Now, I suddenly felt under a lot of pressure and overwhelmed. I could hardly keep my composure. I knew that this was a test concerning my attachment to fear. But, I couldn't help feeling scared. The fellow practitioner told me confidently, "Don't even expect the evil beings to arrive. You must think of dissolving them!"
At that time two practitioners arrived for a meeting, so I left. On the way home, I repeatedly recited the Fa to reinforce my righteous thoughts. However, bad thoughts kept coming at me. Just as soon as I eliminated one bad thought the next one popped up. After I arrived at home, I sat in lotus position and began to clean the dimension responding to me. Then, I carefully looked within and sent forth righteous thoughts to disintegrate evil beings. Yet, evil beings tried hard to interrupt my thoughts and reflected sinister thoughts into my mind.
Suddenly I remembered a passage of the Fa. Teacher said,
"I am rooted in the universe. If anyone can harm you, he or she would be able to harm me. Put simply, that person would be able to harm this universe." (Zhuan Falun)
I have a steadfast believe in Master's words. Yet, I was afraid. What on earth caused me to be so scared. Why was I unable to differentiate this thought from my thoughts? Teacher must have hinted when he saw me so helpless because I remembered another passage of the Fa. Teacher said,
"We absolutely cannot promote among students somebody's being attached to writing a book to expose the persecution and for that purpose being transformed by the evil. Do you know what "transformation" means? In fact, what Gods see is: the person got out of there to expose the evil because she could no longer endure it, and her pursuit of getting out was really an attachment that she wasn't able to let go." ("Master's Fa Taught in the International Teleconference")
All of a sudden, everything became clear. Indeed, the fear of being persecuted was an attachment I wasn't able to let go. I worked and had kept in close contact with the arrested practitioner. I understood that the persecution was a demonic tribulation that grew exponentially based on our human thoughts. These human thoughts and logic that had been in existence for thousands of years seemed to be deeply rooted in my heart. In addition, I was arrested before and am one of the coordinators. Now that a practitioner was arrested, the police would surely locate me through the confiscated items. Fear of being persecuted was deeply rooted in my heart. I sent forth righteous thoughts to prevent myself from being persecuted. I harbored such an impure intention when I sent forth righteous thoughts. It was exactly because I had fear that I attracted the evil beings.
"All of you are already aware of the principle of mutual-generation and mutual-inhibition. If you are not afraid, the factor that would make you afraid will cease to exist." ("Eliminate Your Last Attachment(s)")
Once I had identified the attachment, I became clearheaded. I said to Teacher, "This impure thought does not belong to me. I refuse to acknowledge it. I beg Teacher to help me eliminate it." In a split second, I was no longer scared. The attachment disappeared. The impure thought had lost its root.
When I was writing this paragraph, I suddenly remembered another passage of the Fa. Teacher said,
"You will find that when a doctor at a psychiatric hospital picks up an electric-shock club in his or her hand, immediately the patients will be too scared to utter anything absurd. Why is it? At that moment, this person's Main Spirit becomes alert, and it fears the electrical shock." (Zhuan Falun)
I sent forth righteous thoughts to keep from being persecuted. I behaved just as a psychiatric patient who is too scared of an electric-shock club.
I thank Teacher for helping me differentiate bad thoughts and identify my attachment! Teacher said,
"In practicing cultivation, you are not making real, solid progress on your own, which would effect great, fundamental changes internally. Instead, you rely on my power and take advantage of powerful external factors. This can never transform your human nature into Buddha-nature. If every one of you can understand the Fa from the depths of your mind, that will truly be the manifestation of the Fa whose power knows no boundary--the reappearance of the mighty Buddha Fa in the human world!" ("Cautionary Advice" in Essentials for Further Advancement)
Fellow practitioners, let's assimilate into the Fa, maintain righteous thoughts that will eliminate the evil and become genuine practitioners of the Fa-rectification period! Let's attain what Teacher expects of us. Teacher said,
"To reduce the losses, and to save sentient beings, put your Dafa disciples' powerful righteous thoughts to full use! Show your Mighty Virtue!" ("Righteous Thoughts")