Watching Shen Yun Strengthened My Righteous Thoughts
(Minghui.org) I am a young practitioner whose mind has been poisoned by the evil party's atheism. When it comes to believing in supernormal capabilities, I don't have faith all the time. Sometimes I would hesitate to use them. After watching Shen Yun Performing Arts 2012, I have a lot to share with fellow practitioners in this regard. Please kindly point out anything incorrect.
In the dance number Choice, the kindhearted police officer is killed by his fellow police officers for protecting a friend who practiced Falun Dafa. Following the initial shock of her friend's death, she immediately sent righteous thoughts. At that same time, the divine and Buddhas from other dimensions assisted her and effectively revived the kindhearted police officer. I was very touched by the program and realized that Teacher has indeed given us such powerful abilities.
“As a matter of fact, with regard to the veteran students [that started] prior to the persecution, I raised all of you to your positions. As long as you can go about things with righteous thoughts and righteous actions you can protect yourselves perfectly well, and that applies as well for new students that joined later. It's just that some students simply don't have righteous thoughts. They have all the things in place, and yet when experiencing persecution they still look at things with a human mindset and still have a big pile of attachments. What is Master to do?”
(Teaching the Fa in San Francisco, 2005)
Teacher has told us that we are equipped with all that we need. I realized that it was the human notions developed over tens of thousands of years that had prevented me from believing in what Teacher said. I didn't really have faith in Teacher and the Fa, although I said that I did.
In the dance, the practitioners who had departed came back and sent forth pure and powerful righteous thoughts, causing the persecutors to flee. As a result, the persecution was dissolved. Just as Master said in Teaching the Fa in San Francisco, 2005,
“If every Dafa disciple can think and act righteously as he goes about things and can look at things with righteous thoughts under any circumstance, none of you will become afraid when facing persecution. If that is how you are, who would dare to persecute you!”
There were eight practitioners in the dance and five were sending forth righteous thoughts. I also noticed that there were Five Buddhas displayed on the stage backdrop behind them. In the dance about Jigong, at my level, I could see that when Jigong wanted the bad guys to freeze, they could not move; when he wanted them to go to the right, they went to the right. When he ordered them to beat each other up, they all beat their master up. I was so impressed and admired the supernormal abilities Jigong had at his disposal.
In the number, The Dafa Practitioner's Magical Encounter, the practitioner writes “Falun Dafa is good” on the wall and talks to people about the goodness of Falun Dafa. When the police catch up with him, the celestial maidens assist him, and the police officers are the ones that end up suffering. In the end, the police have to flee. This showed me that Dafa is both compassionate and principled. This also sent a warning to the police to stop doing evil things so they won't be eliminated in the end. We must truly do what Teacher requires of us because,
“The basis of what Dafa disciples do is saving people and doing good. These righteous thoughts are to stop wicked people from doing evil, to warn other bad people, and to prevent the world's people from committing sins, and their purpose is still to save all beings. ”
(“Stop the Evil Acts with Righteous Thoughts”, February 15, 2004)
I have two levels of understanding of the story:
First, we have the ability to restrain the evildoers with righteous thoughts. It is just that when our righteous thoughts are not sufficient, this prevents our abilities from coming forth. I am reminded that many practitioners are still suffering from brutal persecution or have died in police custody. I am really sad about it. Some practitioners, including me, could not bring ourselves to read the reports of the persecution. We were upset when some practitioners did not restrain the evildoer with righteous thoughts, but suffered passively. Looking back at the times when I was not solid in my cultivation, I realized it was caused by the ideas from atheism. Most of the practitioners in China were brainwashed with atheism. To break away from this, we must study the Fa. Only with the Fa's power can we break through the systematic brainwashing and arrangements of the old forces.
Secondly, the celestial maidens may be guardians arranged by Teacher. If we have righteous thoughts and actions, Teacher and the guardians will be in charge. I personally enlightened to the possibility that the appearance of the fairies suggests that when those being persecuted do not have righteous thoughts, those of us sending righteous thoughts outside can assist them. Master has said,
“Whereas real Buddhas are guardians of the cosmos and are responsible for all righteous elements in the cosmos.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. Fa Conference” from Guiding the Voyage).
We have such a responsibility and mission to support and complement each other so that we may better assist Teacher in saving more sentient beings.
I realized early on that Teacher uses Shen Yun to teach us about cultivation and where we may be lacking. However, since I didn't enlighten very well, I was not very diligent. After thinking about this for a few days, reading articles on the Minghui.org, and encouraged by other practitioners, I decided to write about my understanding. Some of the younger practitioners may be just like me, and lack confidence about using supernormal abilities. Thus, I decided to share my understandings with others.
Allow me to end my sharing with Teacher's words in “Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference”,
“The fact is, at this time Dafa disciples have to do divine things, because for Dafa disciples their personal cultivation is no longer first and foremost. Saving sentient beings and reconstructing the colossal firmament during the Fa-rectification are the purpose. You have to do Fa-rectification things and things to save sentient beings, so you need to clear away the obstacles presented by this environment and validate Dafa.”