Discussion about Practitioners Helping Practitioners
(Clearwisdom.net) I heard about the following situation from those in my Fa-study group: the coordinator of an area displayed very serious sickness karma. Many practitioners went to her home to help her. Some helped her look for the reasons in her xinxing, some studied the Fa with her, some sent forth righteous thoughts for her, and some gave a hand with the housework. It has been a long time now, and her situation hasn't gotten better - and might even be worse. Based on Master's Fa, I'd like to talk about what I enlightened to from this situation.
We're studying the same Fa. Everyone is cultivating, and everything we encounter or hear about is a good opportunity for our cultivation; therefore, we should always find the problems within our xinxing and rectify ourselves based on the Fa. Then, we can share what we have enlightened to with her, hear her thoughts, and discuss with her from the Fa, instead of talking about her current situation. The effect might be better.
Everyone will encounter all kinds of tribulations during cultivation, and it's just that some appear to be bigger than others. As long as one firmly believes in Master and Dafa, one will pass the test. Whoever goes there to help needs to let go of his own attachments first. Otherwise, he would only strengthen the bad factors in the dimension of the person who's being helped. If that's the case, it's better not to go.
No matter what we do, a cultivator should do things based on the Fa and rise above human emotions. Sure, helping someone who is having physical difficulty is a good thing. If the practitioner cannot take care of herself and there's nobody around to help, it's not wrong for other practitioners to help with the housework. However, we must be clear about the situation based on the Fa. As a cultivator, suffering is not a bad thing. (Of course that which is imposed by the old forces is a different matter that we need to completely deny.) Some of the suffering is the result of having done bad things. We must pay back our debts, and that requires that we suffer. Therefore, those practitioners who went there to help do housework for a long time, think it through: should we go? Does that help her or make her recovery slower?
Now, I'm in an abnormal situation myself, and sickness karma is showing itself pretty seriously. I know this is due to the fact that my root attachments have not been eliminated and due to my deviation, but I have firmly remembered Master's words: "The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts." ("Drive Out Interference" in Essentials for Further Advancement II). The things that a Falun Dafa practitioner encounters, no matter whether they seem to be bad things or good things, are all good. No matter how bad the thought karma interferes with me, no matter what situation I am in, I have only one thought, one belief, which is: to firmly insist on studying the Fa. I do my best to remember the Fa, and work hard to do things based on the Fa. The methods I use to study the Fa include watching, reading, reciting, writing without reference, and copying. After a period of time, I feel that I'm progressively more clear on the Fa, and I do better with rectifying myself based on the Fa. The interference I've had during Fa-study has gradually diminished. I have come to understand that: "Having heard the Dao in the morning, one can die in the evening." Being able to study the Fa and being able to cultivate in the Fa is an incomparable honor. These little troubles of mine are really not worth mentioning.