My Fellow Practitioners, No More Persecution
(Clearwisdom.net) My heart aches every day when I read articles about the persecution on the Clearwisdom website. I would like to share some thoughts about how to distance oneself from becoming a target for persecution.
1. Do the "three things" well, studying the Fa is the key
The three things Teacher has asked of us are to: study the Fa, clarify the truth, and send forth righteous thoughts. I personally think "studying the Fa" is the most important. Only by studying the Fa well, can one succeed in cultivation. Clarifying the truth can then be done with sustainable strength and strong righteous thoughts and the goal of assisting Teacher in Fa Rectification is achieved. Teacher has repeatedly emphasized the importance of studying the Fa well,
"No matter how difficult your environment is, no matter how busy you get, you cannot forget to study the Fa. You must study the Fa, because it is the absolute, most fundamental guarantee of your improvement. I can't meet with every student, especially with the current situation in Mainland China. And under these circumstances where our students aren't able to see me, they can't come find Master whenever there's an issue, so they can only take the Fa as the Master. " (Fa-Lecture at the Conference in Florida, U.S.A.)
2. Eliminate attachments and truthfully look inward
As a practitioner, if one tries to clarify the truth without studying the Fa well, it is similar to a solider going to war without much training. He/she is disadvantaged and is easily defeated. A practitioner may harbor undetectable attachments deep down inside. Although the intention is to save sentient beings, thoughts of failure to achieve consummation because from failure to complete their vows can create a distraction. A practitioner is easily interfered with when the heart is not steadfast and may become the target of persecution. Therefore, if we maintain the purest heart when working to save sentient beings, our truth-clarification acts will be successful.
3. Treat oneself as a true cultivator
As practitioners, we must at all times bear in mind that we are practitioners and not ordinary people. We must know that we are protected by the Falun installed by our Teacher, and that ordinary people cannot harm us. Teacher said, "Our Law Wheel protects you if you're a true cultivator. My roots are all deeply planted in the universe, and if someone could affect you, he could affect me, and to put it directly, he'd be able to affect the universe." (Zhuan Falun) Teacher has stated very clearly that as cultivators, no one can affect us.
4. Hold pure and strong righteous thoughts when clarifying the truth
We must hold strong righteous thoughts when clarifying the truth. Some practitioners have anxiety when clarifying the truth. They fear encountering a policeman or worry about other people who are passing by reporting their activities to authorities and so on. A person attracts whatever they fear, and they may indeed become the victim of persecution. Why does a practitioner fear an ordinary person? We are guided by our Teacher, and what we do is sacred in nature. We know our Teacher will safeguard his disciples, so there is nothing to be fearful of. When we hold strong righteous thoughts the wicked is fearful of us. Remember, we are on the road to godhood!
5. Remember that Teacher is always with us
Some practitioners cry out to heavens to help them when they are being tortured, forgetting that Teacher will protect them. Some practitioners suffer torture passively. They do not remember to send forth righteous thoughts to counter the acts of torture and actively eliminate the evil. If we always keep in mind that we are the Teacher's disciples, and follow Teacher's arrangements, then there will be no more persecution.
Please critique my humble opinions.
Written on October 17, 2009