Thoughts on Sickness Karma
(Minghui.org) I Recently got in touch with a fellow practitioner who had been interfered with by sickness karma for over three years. He has had symptoms of a stroke and a brain tumor and he is unable to take care of himself.
Although many practitioners have been taking turns studying the Fa with him and sending forth righteous thoughts, his situation has not improved and has actually worsened.
Why does this practitioner linger on like this? I have some thoughts about it that I wish to share.
What Is Our Basis for Cultivation?
Are some practitioners truly cultivating or have they stepped into the practice for the sake of returning to good health? Are they truly helping Master to save sentient beings? As a practitioner in the Fa-rectification period, we should validate the Fa and harmonize what Master wants, not bring any losses to the Fa.
A local elderly female practitioner broke her hand when delivering Falun Dafa truth-clarification materials. The next morning, her hand was swollen and her family suggested she see a doctor. Of course, she did not go to a hospital.
A couple of days later, with the New Year around the corner, she thought that she should validate the Fa and wash sheets and bed covers. While doing this household chore, her hand didn't hurt at all.
One day, she felt very dizzy with symptoms similar to the migraines she had before practicing Falun Dafa. She had to stay in bed and was unable to eat. Fellow practitioners gathered at her home to send forth righteous thoughts with her. After they left, she didn't get up and thought that something was wrong. She stayed in bed and worried about her health.
Then she got up, went out, and posted information about Falun Dafa on walls. By the time she returned home, she had returned to good health. Why? She gave up the attachment to self and only thought of others' welfare.
Master Can Do Everything For a Diligent Practitioner
Another practitioner experienced the symptoms of stroke. But she denied all arrangements by the old forces. For a while she couldn't even raise her hands, but about half a month later, she returned to good health.
A male practitioner came down with sickness karma. He ignored it and got up daily, although it took two hours to get dressed. Within a short time he returned to good health because he improved his xinxing, so Master dissolved all that was harming him.
A female practitioner’s breast festered due to torture in a brainwashing center. She was in a very poor health. Another practitioner did the exercises with her and after an hour she was back to good health.
As Master said:
“When you encounter difficulties, sit down and study the Fa some more, and as long as you are righteous in thought and action, there will be no barrier that you can’t pass through.” (“A Reply to the Dafa Disciples of Peru” in The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol. III)
Only when we believe in Master and the Fa without any reservation can Master do everything for us.
Always Keep in Mind Our Mission
A male practitioner was unable to eat and got out of breath just talking. He was driven by sentimentality and worried about his wife and kids. Then he decided to truly cultivate and said to Master in his heart, “Trust everything to Master!” A few days later, he returned to good health.
“In such cases there are only two choices: You either go to the hospital and thus give up on trying to overcome the test, or you completely let go of everything, behave like an upstanding and noble Dafa disciple who has no resentment or attachments, and leave it to Master to arrange whether you stay or go. When you are able to do that, you are a god.” (“Teaching the Fa in the City of Los Angeles” in 2006)
I had a similar experience in early 2006, I was persecuted by the evil in other dimensions because of my strong attachments. I felt sleepy all the time and could not hold my hands properly when sending forth righteous thoughts. I also fell asleep when studying the Fa. Moreover, I lacked an appetite and became emaciated.
I was thinking about what Master did for me and another fellow practitioner who was tortured to death. Then I said to Master from deep within my heart, “Master! I may not fulfill my mission. I do not pursue anything now. But I hope not to bring any harm to the Fa! ”
With Master's protection, I finally got out of the hopeless situation. No matter how dangerous our situations become, we must never forget our great Master.
Improving by Looking Within
In my understanding, some practitioners fail to overcome sickness karma for several years, because they have not let go of the attachments to fame, sentimentality, and material interests.
When sickness karma is attacking us, we should look within and get rid of any gap that the old forces can take advantage of and use to attack the practitioner. It is not easy to eliminate sickness karma when it becomes stronger, and that creates great difficulties for the practitioner.
Those practitioners who overcome sickness karma are those who truly look within, find their shortcomings, and improve their xinxing.
When practitioners look within, send forth righteous thoughts, study the Fa, and do the exercises, but their situation does not improve, they have missed a great opportunity to rise in levels. They lacked true righteous thoughts and failed to remove their attachments.
“As I said, superficial changes are for others to see. Whether or not you can be saved depends on the change and ascension of your own heart. If change does not occur there, you cannot improve and nothing can be achieved.” (“Dafa Cannot be Used” in Essentials for Further Advancement)
Let us cherish the last golden opportunity of Fa-rectification. Let us follow our master promptly until reaching consummation! Please point out kindly any inaccuracies in my understanding.