Some Thoughts on Using Divine Powers
Recently, I read a Minghui (Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net) article regarding experiences with using divine powers. Later, I heard other practitioners talk about how to use divine powers. For Falun Dafa practitioners during the cultivation process, everyone has experienced using different divine powers and demonstrating divine powers. All the divine powers displayed come from our cultivation of the Fa. Actually, as a Dafa practitioner, sending forth righteous thoughts is a display of divine powers.
'In the past it wasn't called "sending forth righteous thoughts," it was "divine powers"--using divine powers, Buddha Fa's divine powers. Everyday people have referred to it as "supernormal abilities." ' ("Fa-Lecture at the Conference in Florida, U.S.A." )
Falun Dafa practitioners all come from very high levels. We are the Dafa disciples who help Teacher rectify the Fa and we will certainly go back to high levels again. So every Dafa disciple who truly cultivates himself has divine powers. When practitioners send forth righteous thoughts with a pure mind, it is always very powerful, no matter whether it displays in this dimension or not.
"Actually, every Dafa disciple has abilities. It's just that the abilities do not manifest in the surface dimension, so they think that they don't have supernormal abilities. But regardless of whether they can manifest in the surface dimension or not, when a person's True Thoughts come forth they are very powerful." ("Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful", Essentials for Further Advancement II )
Teacher also mentioned divine powers many times. My understanding is that divine powers cannot display if we intentionally try to use them. To the contrary, it is an attachment if we intentionally pursue them, and we certainly won't have divine powers if that's the case. Also, we cannot use divine powers for everyday peoples' matters, which will make the divine powers less divine. Most importantly, the divine powers we have include Teacher's sacrifice for us and Teacher's strengthening and protecting us.
I can still recall the time we went to Beijing to validate the Fa. Once, we went to Tiananmen Square to display a banner reading "Falun Dafa is good! Restore my Teacher's reputation!" Later, we were arrested and transferred to the Pinggu County Detention Center. Three days later, we were taken to our home town's deputy office in Beijing by the police from our hometown. At that time, I had the chance to walk away. But I did not. Instead, I told the police officer, "Just a minute ago, I had a chance to escape. But I thought it would be better if you let me go. In that case, you will do a good thing." The police officer said, "I do not dare to do that. If I let you go, I cannot keep my job anymore." Then the police watched us more cautiously.
At night, the police officer asked me, "Are you still going to run away." I said, "Yes. Our practitioners' righteous thoughts can let us just walk away." My pure thought really scared the police officer. When it was time to sleep, the police officer put my quilt on the ground and said they needed to cuff me to the table legs. I said, "Do you really think the cuff can restrain me? In the detention center, the cuff opened seven times." The police officer did not believe me. I said, "You can call the detention center to verify it." Later the police officer asked the service lady if she remembered me. I said, "It is really funny. You want her to remember what I look like in case when I escape, she can tell you." They also smiled. Finally the police officer did not know what to do. He asked me, "Are you going to escape tonight?" I said, "I won't run away tonight. I did not eat well and sleep well for a few days. I want to have a good sleep." The police officer said, "We won't cuff you tonight. Please go to the bed to sleep."
The next morning after breakfast, I told another practitioner who had also been arrested, "Let's recite the Fa." She said she could not recite and asked me to recite for her. Then I started to recite "Lunyu". While I was reciting the Fa, the police officers fell asleep. But there was still a service lady standing in front of the door. I started to grab my bag and coat from the bed while still reciting the Fa. Then I thought that the service lady should not stand there. Soon the lady also left. So under Teacher's strengthening and protection, I left the deputy office and went back home safely. These kinds of miraculous things happened to me many times. All these miraculous things explain the Fa principle that when we conform to the Fa, and our pure thoughts are based on the Fa, our divine powers will display. It is just as Teacher said, "When disciples have ample righteous thoughts Master has the power to turn back the tide" ("The Master-Disciple Bond", Hong Yin Vol. II)
On the other hand, if we cannot use divine powers, it is not because we do not know how to use them, it is because we do not have righteous thoughts. If our xinxing meets the requirement of the Fa, our divine powers will display naturally. But since Dafa disciples are still cultivating in the human world, sometimes our point of view can be limited by what we see with our eyes and can be restrained by a human mindset. If we do not see the world using Fa Eyesight, but by using human notions, we are on the same level as humans at that moment. Then our divine powers won't display. So it is not that we do not have divine powers, but that our divine powers are restrained by human notions. Teacher said,
"But the premise is that you have strong righteous thoughts, no fear, and no human attachments, apprehension, or hatred; only when you're in that state will it be effective, and it will take effect as soon as your thoughts emerge." ("Stop the Evil Acts with Righteous Thoughts")
It is very natural that practitioners have divine powers during cultivation of the Fa. Even if it looks like we do not have divine powers on the surface, we should not pursue them. As long as we study the Fa well, assimilate to the Fa, validate the Fa and cultivate ourselves diligently, we will have everything we should have. Teacher said,
"With such an enormous Fa here, the Fa will be with you when your thoughts are righteous, and this is the greatest assurance. But on the other hand, when your righteous thoughts are inadequate and not in line with the Fa, you will be cut off from the Fa's power, and it will seem like you are alone and getting no help. Even if the things you are doing are Dafa things, you still have to conform to the Fa or else the Fa's power will not be there." ("Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan")
In short, we should not have the attachment of pursuing divine powers and we should not use divine powers for everyday peoples' matters. Our Dafa disciples have everything, but we cannot display it freely among everyday people. While we help Teacher rectify the Fa and save sentient beings, and while we validate the Fa and protest the persecution, everything we do should be based on the Fa. We can use our divine powers to thoroughly eliminate the evil beings and factors in other dimensions that persecute Falun Dafa practitioners and poison sentient beings. We can use our divine powers to stop evil peoples' acts. We should not use divine powers for anything inappropriate.
"You have to reach a state in which you have such things but have no heart for them, in which you can do such things but without attachment." ("Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan")
Let us strive forward together, and walk our path of cultivation righteously and diligently, to leave a righteous path of cultivation for the future mankind.