Things Change When a Practitioner's Thoughts Change
Recently two things that happened to me deeply touched me. I fully realized that a practitioner's every thought is closely connected with sentient beings and relates to whether they can be saved. It is just like Teacher said,
"So, as Dafa disciples go about validating the Fa and saving sentient beings, their attitude, state of mind, and manner of doing things are all critical, for such things can determine what changes take place in this world." ("Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference")
Below are the two things I experienced. I want to share them with fellow practitioners to help us improve together.
1. Damaged Printer Functions Normally
Practitioner A just brought a new laser printer. When I helped her test the printer, I forgot to connect the printer to the surge protector. I heard a "pop" sound from the printer and saw smoke coming out from the bottom. I thought, "There must be something burning inside the printer. It was definitely not a coincidence for a new printer to burn." I tried to find practitioners to fix the printer. The practitioner who understood technology said that it was possible that the printer's motherboard was burned and needed to be replaced. Then I found another practitioner and asked him to find an old printer of the same brand so we could use its motherboard for the new printer. The practitioner told me that the motherboard for a different model may not be compatible with the new laser printer. After spending a lot of time I still couldn't fix the printer. I had to give up.
A few days later, practitioner A told me that the laser printer was fine and worked very well. I was surprised since I saw it smoking. I asked practitioner A what happened. She told me that she asked practitioner B, who knew how to fix the printer, to help her. When practitioner B went to her home, he did not look for what was wrong with the printer. Instead, he suggested that she try to use it first. At the same time, practitioner A also had a thought in her mind that maybe the printer was actually fine. When they plugged in the power cord, the printer worked very well. She said she saw a lot of burned black powder spout out of the printer. This incident touched me but also made me feel ashamed. What touched me is that Teacher has already given us all supernormal abilities and the Fa can do anything for us as long as we use our righteous thoughts. These two practitioners thought that the printer should work, so the printer really did function normally. All beings will be rectified within the Fa. What made me feel ashamed is that I was still limited by my human notions and the illusion I saw using my human eyes to understand things and do things, which definitely could not change a printer that came for the Fa back to normal.
2. Rectifying My Base to Save Sentient Beings
A few days ago, one of my friends asked me to stay with her for a few nights while her husband was away. I agreed. She used to be a leader in a company. I had clarified the truth to her many times and tried to persuade her to withdraw from the CCP. Not only did she not not accept, but she also held this against me. Still, I always treated her with a tolerant heart and continued to clarify the truth to her whenever I found a chance. Later she finally agreed to withdraw from the CCP. Although she withdrew from the CCP, I knew she still had a lot of doubts in her mind. Taking this opportunity to visit her, I told her about Falun Dafa and asked her to recite "Falun Dafa is good" often. She finally understood and was very happy. She also asked me to teach her the exercises and said she wanted to practice Falun Gong in the future when she was not busy at home.
After a few days, I felt that I had told her everything I needed to tell her and her attitude had completely changed. I did not want to stay any more nights since I had some Dafa related work to do at night. But she really wanted me to stay with her at night. This made me very anxious. I thought that maybe I did something wrong and this was interference. When another practitioner came to my home that day, I told her about my dilemma. The practitioner said, "This is a good thing. No matter what our practitioners do, as long as our base point is to save sentient beings, the bad things will turn into good things. Continue to clarify the truth to her. When she understands, she can tell her relatives and friends, which will save them too. So you will still be saving sentient beings." The practitioner's words woke me up. I realized my big gap. The practitioner considered things on the standpoint of saving sentient beings, while I was considering things based on myself and how things should fit my thoughts.
When I looked at things based on the Fa, I also had compassion. That night, I went to see my friend again and told her, "You should help your relatives and friends by telling them that 'Falun Dafa is good' and 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.' You should persuade them to quit the CCP and its related organizations for their own safety." She agreed. The next day, she went to her relatives' and friends' homes and successfully persuaded over ten people to quit the CCP. She said she would continue to do that. She also told me that although she walked a lot during previous two days, she actually felt very energetic and not tired at all. I was very happy for her in my heart. I also deeply appreciated the fellow practitioner's help, which let me use this opportunity to save sentient beings.
From these two situations, I also realized the problems with my xinxing and my gaps in cultivation. I need to cultivate more diligently and catch up with fellow practitioners. I need to continuously rectify myself while saving sentient beings and fulfill my prehistoric vows.
November 13, 2009