Practitioners Should Not Have Impure Thoughts
(Minghui.org) An elderly practitioner with a hunched back often went to her community fitness center to use the stretching equipment to help straighten her spine.
She recently sued Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party, who initiated the persecution of Falun Gong. Soon after she mailed her lawsuit, her hunchback disappeared, and she could stand up straight. She was very excited and told others that her hunchback was cured after using the stretching equipment in the fitness center.
Her back returned to the bent position a few days later.
This practitioner has been practicing Falun Dafa for years, and participated in doing the three things that Master asks practitioners to do, but she did not give up her fundamental attachment of having her illnesses healed by getting fit.
“In practicing cultivation, you are not making real, solid progress on your own, which would effect great, fundamental changes internally. Instead, you rely on my power and take advantage of powerful external factors. This can never transform your human nature into Buddha-nature. 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)
Practitioners have displayed various mentalities since the lawsuits against Jiang began in May. Some have actively filed criminal complaints, some have sat by and watched what others did, some ignored it, and some spread rumors that there would be rampant arrests or that Party officials would harass the plaintiffs, etc.
Some practitioners who are not diligent in cultivation joined the wave of lawsuits with the mentality of not being left behind. They became excited at the prospect of the persecution ending soon.
Practitioners should know their responsibility in filing criminal complaints against Jiang. We should sue Jiang in an upright and dignified way. It is not for the purpose of our own consummation, but for saving more sentient beings, especially those involved in the persecution who can repent for their wrongdoing.
Practitioners Should Not Idolize Others
There are practitioners who look to other “well-known” practitioners for guidance, instead of studying the Fa solidly and using Master's teachings as guidance.
They idolize and depend on them, holding high expectations for them. But when these expectations are not met, they become disappointed and develop resentment towards the practitioner.
The dependence on coordinators by many practitioners has brought tribulations to the coordinators. Some have been persecuted severely or even lost their lives. Also, having a dependence on others can hold practitioners back from walking their own cultivation paths well.
One coordinator went from place to place to avoid persecution for years. He did not correct himself in his cultivation, and still goes to various places giving “orders” to others, and continues to ignore other practitioners' warnings about his behavior.
Some practitioners have followed him and have suffered at his expense, but he feels no guilt.
Master recommended that practitioners read Golden Buddha (with Master's comments). The author wrote:
“Some of those people were arranged for by the old forces, with the goal of testing and weeding out practitioners who had strong everyday people's mentalities. Some were placed to exert a negative influence at critical times, and they weren't doing that type of work because their xinxing was better than everyone else's. But Master wants to save all sentient beings, so He would go along with a lot of things and turn things around--changing things' fundamental nature amidst those arrangements, and destroying the old forces' arrangements.”
This is something we need to reflect on.
Practitioners should follow Master's teachings when dealing with major issues during Fa-rectification,. Coordination is necessary, but there are no professional coordinators. When there is an issue that affects several practitioners, every one should cooperate unconditionally if a practitioner proposes a suggestion that is beneficial to the whole body and to saving sentient beings.