Using the Righteous Thoughts of a Divine Being to Validate Dafa
(Clearwisdom.net) After reading the Clearwisdom website editors' announcement calling for papers on “Divine Occurrences in the Human World” and reading subsequent related articles published about choosing “To be a Human or a Divine Being,” I was very moved. When I recall the cultivation path I have taken, whenever I was able to overcome all the tribulations and overcome my attachment to fear and complete a task which under normal circumstances would be difficult to do, at that time I was filled with steadfast faith in Master and in Dafa. My heart was pure and I had the wish that sentient beings would understand the truth and thus be saved. But more often than not, when I was participating in activities validating Dafa and whenever I met with obstacles and could not move forward, I knew I was blocked because I did not know how to overcome these obstacles. I would feel helpless and thus chose to avoid the situation. Whenever I felt blocked this way, I knew I was trapped by my own human perceptions and attachments, unable to raise my xinxing. I felt lost.
We were fortunate to become Fa-rectification period practitioners in this special period when “divine beings co-exist with humans.” We shoulder the responsibility to assist Master in Fa-rectification and have the mission to save sentient beings. Not only must we walk our cultivation path well, we must come closer to becoming divine beings and fulfill this mission with a divine mindset. It is just as Master told us, “Gods are in the world, validating Fa” (“What’s There to Fear” from Hong Yin II)
However, do we really look upon ourselves as divine beings? Do we truly believe that during cultivation in Dafa, our righteous thoughts can create miracles? Master said,
“Indestructible righteous faith in the cosmos's Truth forms benevolent Dafa disciples' rock-solid, Diamond-Like Bodies, it frightens all evil, and the light of Truth it emanates makes the unrighteous elements in all beings' thoughts disintegrate. However strong the righteous thoughts are, that's how great the power is.” (“Also in a Few Words” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
Master also said,
“After all, a cultivator is not an ordinary human. So why doesn’t the side of you that is your original nature rectify the Fa?” (“Expounding on the Fa” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
I understand that during cultivation, Dafa has bestowed upon us sacred powers. However, due to our own human perceptions, we cannot easily use these abilities. We do not even believe that righteous thoughts have such great power. When we clarify the truth to strangers, we have the thought that we may be reported to the authorities by unkind people and thus be illegally arrested and detained. When the police search our houses and find truth-clarification materials, we anticipate those materials being used as evidence against us and us being put in jail or forced labor camps. When overseas practitioners think that the price of Shen Yun tickets is too high or that we need to put in lots of advertisements and only then can we sell the tickets -- aren't all these human thoughts and perceptions, and obstacles we are creating for ourselves?
When we really believe in Master and Dafa, we will believe that
“'Buddha’s light shines everywhere, propriety and righteousness harmonize everything.' It means that the energy emitted from our bodies can rectify all wrong states.” (Zhuan Falun)
Thus when we clarify the truth, how can people still have bad thoughts? When we can really let go of selfish thoughts about protecting ourselves, and when we really have the pure righteous thought to save people, the evil elements will surely be eradicated. So how can the persecution still go on? I remember last year during the online experience sharing conference for practitioners in China, one practitioner mentioned that when she was giving out fliers, she was reported to the authorities and was taken away by the police. She maintained kind thoughts, a heart of compassion, and clarified the truth to the police. The police very quickly let her go. Later she went back to the police station to ask them to return her Dafa books that they had confiscated. At first, the police did not dare to respond. They continued to avoid her and would not return the books to her. Finally, the police station chief said, “I realized that you are not an ordinary person! Look around here, what kind of place is this? This is a violent organization, a place where we beat up and lock up people! Most people tremble while they are here. Yet you walk in here with ease and we do not know how to handle you.” Later the police indeed returned her things.
Once I heard that overseas practitioners held experience sharing sessions about holding Shen Yun shows. One practitioner believed that all things came and were created for Dafa, thus everyday people's media should help us promote Shen Yun and this is also a chance for the media to be saved. With this wish, he went to the people in charge of a media organization to clarify the truth to them. Very minimal money was spent, yet this media organization ran a lot of advertisements for Shen Yun. When the practitioner was looking for hotels for sponsorship, with the hope of saving the person in front of him, and after he was unsuccessful after talking to more than twenty hotels, he still persisted. He finally found a hotel which was willing to sponsor the entire accommodations for Shen Yun performers during their stay in the local area.
Although these incidents are not manifestations of “supernormal powers,” the righteous thoughts of practitioners still made what seemed to be impossible, possible.
In fact, when practitioners use supernormal powers to stop the police when they are chasing after them; when their hands shrink, making it possible for them to take the handcuffs off and escape; when they stop interference when practitioners encounter problems while distributing truth-clarification materials; when they transfer the pain of the beatings to the people doing the beating and thus achieve the effect of instant retribution; when they get involved in a car accident and remember that they are practitioners and thus escape unscathed with Master's protection -- these miracles all occur to further validate Dafa. They clarify the truth to people who have gathered to watch. There are many other miraculous instances -- all of them are the manifestation of practitioners' righteous thoughts and righteous actions.
These miracles encourage us to be more steadfast in our faith in Master and also further validate the greatness of Dafa and Master's great compassion of saving sentient beings. Let us all write down the manifestations of our righteous thoughts and righteous actions that we have experienced during our cultivation path while we were doing the three things required of us. In this way we can share with fellow practitioners, and encourage ourselves and others to quickly let go of our human attachments and perceptions. We can then use our godly ways to validate this great Fa, just as Master said,
“If every one of you can understand the Fa from the depths of your mind, that will truly be the manifestation of the Fa whose power knows no boundary—the reappearance of the mighty Buddha Fa in the human world!” (“Cautionary Advice” from Essentials For Further Advancement)