Our Understanding of Opposing Old Force Arrangements
(Clearwisdom.net) There are not many practitioners in the county next to mine. The persecution has been rampant there, and few practitioners were able to step forward to validate the Fa. Therefore, we considered it our responsibility to save sentient beings in this neighboring county. One day, five practitioners from my county drove to the neighboring county to distribute truth-clarification materials. By the afternoon we heard that these five practitioners had been reported to the police, arrested, and were being held in a detention center. It was suggested that we all should send forth righteous thoughts to rescue these detained practitioners.
One practitioner saw the following scene when sending forth righteous thoughts that day: As the five practitioners decided to distribute truth-clarification materials in the neighboring county, sentient beings in that county had already knelt down awaiting these practitioners, even before the practitioners departed. Gods and Master's Fashen were also helping to clear the field. It was indeed a splendid scene. However, during the process of truth-clarification, several practitioners had conflicts and were unable to cooperate well with each other, which was then taken advantage of by the old forces.
Upon hearing about this incident, some practitioners remained calm, and some became anxious. After sharing our understandings according to the Fa, we all gradually calmed down.
At that time, Master's lecture, "Fa Teaching at the 2008 New York Conference," had just arrived. In it, Master said the following:
"No matter what hardships or ups and downs Dafa disciples have gone through along the way, in retrospect, those were but a means of tempering you. It has made you more mature and helped you to remove your human attachments in the process, culminating in your progression towards Consummation. That is the path you have traveled."
"No matter what it is you have encountered as you've gone about validating the Fa, it is all, I will tell you, a good thing--and that's especially so in these years of persecution--for those things have come about specifically because you do cultivation. Those ordeals and the suffering, no matter how great or harsh you find them to be, are good things, because they take place solely on account of your cultivation. A person can eliminate karma and shed human attachments when he goes through ordeals, and through ordeals he can improve."
With five practitioners arrested at the same time, this would seem, according to human notions, to be a tragedy-- a problem that would make everyone worry. However, from the perspective of Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples, wasn't this an opportunity for us to further validate the Fa, eliminate the evil, and clarify the truth? Wasn't this an opportunity for us to improve as one body?
When such things happened in the past, we usually sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate evil and made plans to rescue the fellow practitioners. As the Fa-rectification momentum sets higher standards for us, how can we do better? Through Fa-study, we realized that now we needed our hearts to have an even broader capacity, stronger righteous thoughts, more compassion, and better cooperation.
In "Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference," Master said,
"Rather, you are to walk your own path well while not acknowledging them, not even acknowledging the elimination of their ordeals' manifestations."
"Dafa disciples and I don't even acknowledge the manifestations of their last-ditch efforts."
In the past, we had difficulty understanding Master's words, "not even acknowledging the elimination of their ordeals' manifestations."
Practitioners were arrested and the persecution is continuing, how could we not acknowledge the old force's manifestation? Considering what we Dafa practitioners saw in another dimension this time, we realized that sentient beings' clear-minded side was waiting for us to save them. It was the old forces that interfered with this. On the surface, the evil may appear reasonable, as if they made these arrangements to help with Fa-rectification. In fact, they were doing these for their own interests, and it is committing sins against Dafa. Master does not acknowledge it, and we need to oppose and eliminate them completely.
Finally, we came to understand that, regardless of how rampant the persecution may appear, we should remain undisturbed. We should no longer follow the lead of the old forces and consider things within the framework of the persecution. If we merely focus on rescuing practitioners, we are still acknowledging the persecution to some extent--and such a situation would create more pressure on the detained practitioners.
It is those who are responsible for the persecution that are in real danger, including agents from the police, state security division, 610 Office, detention center, etc. Master intended to save everyone, but the old forces arranged for them to do bad deeds so as to eliminate these beings that they look down on. We Dafa disciples are not afraid of these tribulations, since none of them could stop us from reaching consummation as we follow the guidance of Master and the Fa. On the other hand, those people who committed bad deeds will lose their lives forever. We have to save them who, although they have not yet learned the truth, as actually came here for the Fa.
Therefore, at this critical moment, we Dafa disciples should first consider others. Since those practitioners went to a neighboring county to save sentient beings, we should all support them, continue to do what they did, completely eliminate the evil, clarify the truth, and truly save people there!
After being clear from the perspective of the Fa, we naturally knew what to do next. Every day we gathered together and drove to the police department and detention center to send forth righteous thoughts. We intended to disintegrate all evil arrangements and eliminate the vicious elements that hindered the salvation of sentient beings. Some practitioners went to the neighboring county's police department, administration, and domestic security division to clarify the truth.
With our steady and righteous thoughts, the detained practitioners also did well. We cooperated with each other to send forth righteous thoughts and clarify the truth. Within several days, the practitioners came home, and their vehicle was returned not long afterwards.
Throughout the process, we did not spend much effort organizing our actions. Practitioners acted on their own, based on what should be done and what could be done. It appeared simple, but the results were very good. Later, we received feedback from practitioners in the neighboring county, "The environment suddenly improved after that incident, as if the evil had diminished. In the past, the police often came and threatened to send practitioners to a brainwashing center. Now, when someone reported a practitioner to the 610 Office, agents from the 610 Office said, 'Let it be, as long as they do not go to Beijing to appeal.'"
The reason we were able to achieve this success was because we were following the Fa. We were thus able to witness the power of Fa. Righteous thoughts disintegrated the old forces' influence, and true compassion touched those who came for the Fa. Therefore, the evil arrangements were eliminated.