Experiencing the Power of Compassion in Dafa Cultivation
(Minghui.org) Master said in the Fa teaching given at the 2011 New York Fa Conference “What is a Dafa Disciple:”
“True compassion doesn’t have any selfishness mixed in, and one will, when dealing with anyone, or sentient beings in general, look at things with righteous thoughts and loving kindness.”
In two previous articles, I mentioned a story about how the old forces in my world were eliminated due to continuously attacking me. When the elimination occurred, those former high-level beings, like firewood, spilled all over, and awaited their final disintegration. Upon seeing the tragic scene, I made a wish to offer them salvation.
When my compassionate wish came forth, Master showed me a huge lotus pond. The round green lotus leaves spread over it. Lotus flowers elegantly stood above the water. A small area in front of me was not covered by lotus leaves. I could see the transparent water.
At this time, in the following sequence, I saw three types of fish: carp, loaches, and eels. The carp were playing in the water. The loaches jumped up and down. The eels lingered and swam in circles. I got the hint. Master asked me not to give up on this living being and not to leave any regrets in my Fa-rectification cultivation. Carp (ji) has the same pronunciation as the Chinese word for hurry (ji). Loach (ni qiu) has the same pronunciation as save (jiu). Eel (shan) has the same pronunciation as kindness (shan). Therefore, I firmed up my determination to be kind to all sentient beings.
In “Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference,” Master said:
“With my Fa-rectification, the old forces have played a lot of tricks and done a lot of things. Not only did they arrange those things, but they also wanted to show to those enormous beings in the cosmos who aren't involved what they do, and so they tried their best to do things in a more slick way.”
“These are the two parts arranged by the old forces: one part is to play a negative role, and the other is to play a positive role.”
My personal understanding is that when we came from our paradise, many living beings in our worlds arranged elements to help us return through cultivation. These elements were arranged according to their understanding of the Fa principles of the old universe.
The beings that came along with us were of two parts as well: one to play a positive role, another a negative role. Of course, Dafa doesn't acknowledge such arrangements.
However, for Dafa disciples, it is easy to assimilate the positive beings to Dafa. As for the negative beings, as long as we are diligent in Dafa cultivation, we should be able to elevate our levels rapidly. They then don't have any reason to play their negative role.
Dafa disciples can clarify the truth to them and save them. After all, they are beings in Dafa disciples' worlds. Their purpose of coming to the human world is also to return to the heavens. It's only that they have been arranged by the old forces to play a negative role.
When I enlightened to this Fa principle, Master showed me that I have come to the site of elimination, and my task is to help the firewood stand up one after another. They used to be high-level gods.
Once I helped a being up, it immediately recovered its energy and spirit. The renewed lives didn't have their old hostile mood any more. They respected and admired me. They lined up in queues and waited for me to walk by them one by one.
As I finished Master's 9-day video lectures once again today, Master showed me that many beings were watching Master's Fa lectures in a huge theater. When Dafa disciples study the Fa, our sentient beings are studying the Fa too!
I saw a multi-level shelf with boxes of apples on each level. The apples were big and red. They were of good quality. I walked by the shelf and saw another one. This one shelved beautiful red strawberries! I thought: “These may be the fruits of Dafa disciples' cultivation.”
I saw the image of Buddha Maitreya. He smiled happily at me with his mouth wide open. Was he happy for me? I thought of Buddha Milarepa's story. After Buddha Milarepa attained the Dao, he saved a lot of people, including his aunt who harmed him a lot.
Dafa disciples cultivate according to the principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance. When we encounter beings that bring trouble or even persecution to us, we should try our best to save them with the compassion we cultivate from Dafa cultivation, unless they give up their opportunity!
Let's review Master's Fa in “Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference:”
“Compassion is an enormous energy, the energy of righteous gods. The more compassion that is present, the greater this energy becomes, and it can disintegrate anything that is bad. This is something that has never been taught, be it by Shakyamuni or cultivators of the past. The greatest manifestation of shan is compassion, and it is an expression of tremendous energy. It can disintegrate all that is not right. And naturally, the power of your compassion will grow in proportion to your level, which is to say, it is determined by your cultivation level. The strength is determined by the height of one's ultimate rank, for sure.”