A New Practitioner Cultivates by Providing Technical Support to Others
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings to Master, greetings to fellow practitioners.
I am a new practitioner. I began practicing Falun Gong in 2008.
To keep pace with Teacher's Fa-rectification and fulfill the grand mission of helping Teacher rectify the Fa, large numbers of family-run material processing sites have been established in our area in recent years. Computers are my specialty, so it's only natural for me to be responsible for the technical part. On my cultivation path I always keep Teacher's words in mind,
"The paths of cultivation are varied
But none is outside the Great Law
When one is attached to nothing
The path underfoot is naturally smooth"
("Unimpeded" from Hong Yin II)
The following are some of my experiences on the path of cultivation.
After doing maintenance on practitioners' computers many times, I came to a better understanding of this poem. All things and all lives came for the Fa and exist for the Fa. Although we cannot compare a computer to our human minds, it is also a life. If we use it for the Fa, then consider it to be a tool used by practitioners to help Teacher rectify the Fa and save sentient beings. Although it appears to be an ordinary computer, it actually has become a Fa implement. A practitioner's ability to use the Fa implement is related to the practitioner's xinxing. If the practitioner can maintain divine thoughts and a righteous heart, the implement will truly become a divine implement. Whenever a Fa implement does not behave as it should, we must realize that it is a result of our xinxing, and we must look inward unconditionally, rectify ourselves, let go of our attachments, remove the obstacles, and become one body with the Fa implement to fulfill our mission.
Visit the Clearwisdom Website with Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Actions
In China now, it is very common for people to use a computer and browse the Internet. For practitioners, the most important use of the Internet is to obtain important messages from the Minghui (Chinese version of Clearwisdom) website so we can keep pace with the progress of Teacher's Fa-rectification. Clearwisdom is the platform for practitioners' sharing, for exposing the persecution, and for saving sentient beings. We download Teacher's new articles, Minghui Weekly, and truth-clarification materials. How sacred and how important it is for practitioners to visit this website.
Teacher has already told us the importance of Clearwisdom, and we must cherish it. As a matter of fact, browsing the Internet is also a process of letting go of our attachments, a process of being steadfast in the righteous thoughts of a divine being, as well as a process of improving and upgrading. The practitioners in our area enlightened to the importance of the website, and many learned how to browse the Internet just so they could access the site. Of course there are still practitioners who need to step forward. They are held back by the notions of being old or not being technically adept, so they are unable to use a computer. Actually, as long as we put the Fa above everything else and are righteous in our thoughts and actions, nothing can stop us.
Elder Practitioner C had recently overcome a bout of sickness karma and was still not able to do normal activities or get around. However, when he learned the importance of accessing Clearwisdom, he said to other practitioners, "I want to read Clearwisdom." He asked his son (a non-practitioner) to buy a computer. After I installed the system and the software for him, I used Freegate to penetrate firewalls used to block websites and visited Dynaweb right away. When we visited Clearwisdom and saw the photo of Teacher Li quietly watching the world atop the mountains after July 20th, 1999, this elder practitioner was very excited. He said, "Teacher, I see you at last!" He used his still very stiff hands to move the mouse and strike the keyboard. He gradually learned to take notes and practiced the procedures for navigating the Internet. He was very earnest in learning. I was really moved by his sincerity, so I tried my best to teach him well. This practitioner quickly learned how to browse the Internet.
Later, there were a few occasions when he could not access the Clearwisdom website. During those times I shared with him from the perspective of the Fa and also gave him technical support. He asked a question that many other practitioners also worry about, "Is it safe to browse the Internet and download truth-clarification materials from my home? Will my activities be monitored?" We shared from two aspects: technical and the Fa.
From the technical standpoint, it is safe for us to use the software to penetrate the firewalls, browse the Internet, and download truth-clarification materials. This is because all of the messages are encrypted. The CCP has no way of decrypting the files and would have no way to know which websites we visited. The CCP also has no way to screen the so-called sensitive words or block the websites it does not like. The CCP has spent billions of dollars on message screening and blocking as well as on the so-called "Golden Shield Project." However, countless people have been penetrating the firewall using software designed for that purpose. Doesn't this show that the CCP is unable to do anything about such "visits?" Therefore, we should not have this worry.
Analyzing it from the Fa principles, we should know that the software used to penetrate the firewall is only a tool we use to visit the websites. The main thing is for us to have righteous thoughts and righteous actions when we visit the websites. As Fa-rectification period Dafa practitioners we are shouldering the sacred task of saving sentient beings and helping Teacher to rectify the Fa, so the evil forces will not allow us any leeway. Any unrighteous factor will be used by the evil forces as excuses to persecute practitioners. Of course, the software we are using to penetrate the firewall is our basic tool. The fundamental point is that, as we browse the web, we must maintain righteous thoughts and righteous actions.
From the technical point of view, it is impossible for the CCP to block the Clearwisdom website. At the same time, we must not listen to the CCP's lies. As true practitioners, our first thought must be a divine one, because we are as tall as Heaven and incomparably noble and we help Teacher to rectify the Fa and save sentient beings. No one can stop us. As long as we maintain righteous thoughts and righteous actions, remain in Dafa, have Teacher and Dafa in our hearts, and totally negate all the arrangements made by the lives that are not good, not righteous, and not pure, and we steadfastly follow Teacher, then no one can stop us. The software that allows people to visit the websites blocked by the CCP came into being for Dafa. When we become one body with the software, we have mighty powers. The blocking of the Internet by the old forces and the CCP will collapse and disintegrate at the first blow.
Take a Righteous Path of Cultivation
Only when we study the Fa more and study the Fa well can we do a good job in processing the truth-clarification materials. In line with the responsibility to ourselves, fellow practitioners, and Dafa, we must set higher standards for ourselves and do everything based on the Fa; then, the power of Dafa will be boundless. If we can really do the three things well, with the Fa as our teacher, we are able to maintain the safety and stability of our material processing sites.
Every time I finished a task I would clearly feel I had made a breakthrough, my xinxing had been upgraded, and my understanding of the Fa principles had improved. When the xinxing of my fellow practitioners upgraded, my technical skill also improved. However, I would never feel that my technical skill was great, since I know everything was given to us by Teacher. Teacher said,
"Some are more capable when it comes to one thing, others with another--you definitely shouldn't let your thoughts run wild based on that. You say that you have such great abilities and so on and so forth, but that was all bestowed upon you by the Fa! Actually, it wouldn't work if you failed to attain that level of abilities. Fa-rectification required your wisdom to reach that point, so you definitely shouldn't think that you're so capable." ("Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference")
These are some of my cultivation experiences. Since I am a new practitioner, if there is anything I did not do well, please feel free to comment and correct.
Thank you, Teacher! Heshi to Teacher!