(Clearwisdom.net) When practitioners gathered to share their thoughts on how we should deal with the situation of serious sickness karma, we had different understandings. Some practitioners thought that we should send out powerful righteous thoughts to help those practitioners who were suffering from this form of karma, and that we should not acknowledge the old forces' arrangements. Other practitioners suggested that we recite Master's words, "I'm Li Hongzhi's disciple, I don't want other arrangements or acknowledge them..." ("Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference")

Some practitioners said that sending the righteous thought "Falun Dafa is good" could disintegrate the the old force elements behind the persecution. Fellow practitioners have suppressed the persecution to varying degrees with these righteous thoughts and have eliminated various illnesses. However, for some practitioners these methods did not achieve any obvious results. Why? My understanding is that when we send righteous thoughts, we must firmly believe in Master and the Fa. If we send righteous thoughts solely for the purpose of healing someone's illnesses, selfishness elements are attached to these thoughts and so the righteous thoughts are not powerful.

Master said,

"If you are a true practitioner, our Falun will safeguard you. I am rooted in the universe. If anyone can harm you, he or she would be able to harm me. Put simply, that person would be able to harm this universe." (Zhuan Falun)

If we all firmly believe in Master and walk upright on our cultivation paths, then no matter whether it is sickness karma or another form of interference, they will not be able to touch us.

Some practitioners' cultivation states, however, are very complicated, and diligent practitioners may also show symptoms of sickness karma. Through studying the Fa we came to understand that this state of "sickness" is an illusion. Master said,

"Let me give you an example. In Buddhism, it is said that every phenomenon in human society is illusory and unreal. How are they illusions? Real and concrete physical objects are placed right here, so who would claim that they are false? A physical object's form of existence appears like this, but the way it actually manifests is not." (Zhuan Falun)

All phenomena in human society are illusions. For practitioners, conditions of sickness are also illusions.

Some practitioners did not agree with my understanding, and said that the sickness originates from karma, because some practitioners passed away due to their illnesses. For an ordinary person, sickness is a result of karma. But the conditions of sickness that some practitioners are now showing is different. We know that Master had already pushed every practitioner who started practicing before July 20, 1999 to their correct positions, and Master has not arranged any tests of sickness karma for these practitioners since then. So if a veteran practitioner has an illness, it must be because their cultivation state has gaps which have been taken advantage of by the old forces to persecute them. Master pointed out, "...irrational persecution absolutely is not allowed, and the old forces don't dare to do it if that is the situation." ("Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference")

My understanding is therefore, that the main reason for a practitioner's current state of illness is that they must be still harboring some attachments, and this loophole is being taken advantage of by the old forces. If the practitioners have lingered at a certain cultivation level for too long and are unable to raise their xinxing, or are unable to identify their omissions and didn't pay attention to firmly sending righteous thoughts to eliminate the interference, then the old forces have an excuse to keep persecuting them.

As long as we can take lightly ordinary people's pursuits of fame, personal interest and sentimentality, and conduct ourselves as true practitioners, the sickness karma and interference from the old forces will not be able to touch us, and Master will protect us.

These are my current understandings. Please point out any mistakes. Heshi.