Consider Fellow Practitioners with Divine Thoughts
(Clearwisdom.net) I have been a Falun Gong practitioner for about six years. When I noticed conflict between practitioners, or when I was of a different opinion than fellow practitioners, I became annoyed and indignant. Just like Teacher said:
"Some students have, throughout the course of their cultivation, always looked outward, sought external solutions, and looked for things outwardly, focusing on things such as how others are not treating them well, saying displeasing things, acting too much like ordinary people, always being hard on them, or never accepting their ideas. As a result, you have stopped doing anything that Dafa disciples do to validate the Fa, and have even stopped cultivating in a fit of anger. " ("European Fa Conference")
Although the conflicts did not make we walk away from the practice, my heart was heavy and I complained in my mind, "Why does he/she not act according to the Fa? This is not the behavior of a practitioner."
In September last year, I saw many practitioners' articles on the Minghui/Clearwisdom website about memorizing the Fa and was deeply touched. It is amazing that many elderly practitioners are determined to memorize Zhuan Falun. I thought, "I'm so young, why can't I memorize this precious book?" Therefore, I took up my courage to memorize the Fa. If truth were told, I tried to memorize the Fa many times before, but I just didn't stick with it. This time, I decided that even if I could only memorize a few sentences a day, I must continue . I adopted a relatively easy way that was memorizing one paragraph a day. After I memorized one paragraph, I did not repeat it and continued with the next paragraph. It took me about half a year to recite Zhuan Falun from memory, paragraph by paragraph. I enlightened to many Fa truths and it became relatively easy to abandon many attachments.
On a day after I finished memorizing the Fa, I suddenly felt I was able to treat fellow practitioners with greater tolerance and no longer held a negative opinion of others. I remembered Teacher's words:
"Why can this be done for a practitioner, then? It is because a practitioner is most precious, for he or she wants to practice cultivation. Therefore, developing this thought is most precious."
"'When one's Buddha-nature emerges, it will shake 'the world of ten directions.' Whoever sees it will come to give a hand and help this person out unconditionally."
"Once a person wants to practice cultivation and this wish is developed, the great enlightened people will see it and consider it very precious." (Zhuan Falun)
I understood that the standard of gods looking at humans compared to humans looking at other humans is completely different. Often, practitioners' feel that fellow practitioners' don't behave like practitioners should. They think that practitioners behave worse than good everyday people. This is because we forget to use the standard of a god - which is to regard the thought of practicing cultivation as the most precious when associating with fellow practitioners. An everyday person, no matter how good his behavior, is still living in human society. If he does not practice, he has the heart of a non-practitioner and is still an ordinary person in the eyes of enlightened beings.
If we all use such divine thoughts when looking at fellow practitioners, one will feel that they are too precious. One will stop having bad opinions about practitioners, eliminate the gaps between each other, and cooperate better.
Actually when studying Zhuan Falun diligently, one will find that Teacher has used the word "precious" many times. Before, I only thought about Teacher's mercy, but now I realize that he sees us as precious. It never occurred to me to treat fellow practitioners with divine thoughts.
I used to hold the wrong attitude about practitioners and thought at times when interacting with fellow practitioners, "This practitioner is very good, I am willing to talk to him/her. This one appears to dislike me a little, so I want to keep my distance from this practitioner." Actually, these were my attachments. If every practitioner is seen as most precious, then we can truly form one body.
This is my current understanding. Please kindly point out any misunderstandings in my thoughts.