My Thoughts on “The End of the Fa-Rectification Does Not Depend on One's Wish”
(Minghui.org) After reading a recent article “The End of the Fa-Rectification Does Not Depend on One's Wish,” I deeply felt the same way. I also want to share some of my thoughts with fellow practitioners.
At the beginning of the persecution, many practitioners thought the persecution would be finished soon and they actively did things to validate the Fa with human passion and enthusiasm.
The persecution has been going on for 16 years, and Fa-rectification has not ended, however, many practitioners realized that their passion has waned. After all, human passion does not last long and eventually dissipates.
It was said in the above-mentioned article that “But I believe that the end of Fa-rectification does not depend on one's wish, and if we have such a wish, then the result will not be what we expected. With such a wish, one will deeply regret when the Fa-rectification really ends one day.” I very much agree with this.
I think we need to have a basic understanding about Fa-rectification cultivation: what does it take for Fa-rectification to finish, including the levels of our cultivation and the results of the things we are doing.
Fa-rectification cultivation is different from the cultivation that was done in ancient times, which emphasized personal improvement; the cultivator avoided being exposed to anything in society. Fa-rectification cultivation also focused on improving one’s xinxing before the persecution started in July 1999. But, after July 20, 1999, in addition to reaching the requirement of our personal cultivation, we also need to try our best to save the world’s people.
In other words, when we achieve the standard for both requirements, the Fa-rectification will come to an end.
The Consequences Are from Our Own Vows
“I know that among the practitioners seated here, some are not diligent, and some aren’t diligent whatsoever. But Master is thinking: what are you going to do with yourself? Why can’t you have righteous thoughts? Isn’t Master here to save you? Isn’t this Fa here to save you? And moreover, you shoulder the responsibility of saving others. But if you don’t even handle yourself well, what’s going to happen? If you don’t fulfill the vows that you made to gods, the consequences will be what is set forth in your own vows.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2013 Western U.S. Fa Conference”)
When we look back at our own cultivation, have we gotten rid of all of our human attachments? Have we saved the number of people Master wanted? Master wants us to save at least half the Chinese people. There are about one and a half billion Chinese, but only 210 million have quit the Chinese Communist Party – far from the number Master wants.
Take the issue of “Suing Jiang Zemin” as an example. It has been more than four months since the movement started, but only about 190,000 practitioners filed complaints. Suing Jiang is not the only Fa-rectification project, but I think it should be the top project that deserves the highest priority. I don’t want to blame anyone, but I want to ask my fellow practitioners: what happened to the passion we had when we first stepped forward to validate the Fa? Is it harder to sue Jiang than going to Tiananmen Square to appeal?
The Extension of Time Is for All of Us to Gain Salvation
It is easy to lose righteous thoughts and wish for Fa-rectification to end soon when we suffer long-term tribulations. But from the Fa’s perspective, such thoughts are not aligned with the Fa and are not from our true, original selves.
Master told us:
“I questioned before whether the wicked CCP could survive another ten years. The truth is, it could have been much shorter. I could have not let it survive another five years. But do you realize how many of the world’s people would not have been saved, since they were enshrouded by evil? And many Dafa disciples have grown dejected during the persecution and not managed to step forward. Then what good would it do ending it? Isn’t the Fa-rectification for saving people? If I were the only one to leave here, what point would there have been in creating this world? And all of the arrangements made before history would have been in vain. The time has been extended for your sake, and for the sake of sentient beings.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2013 Western U.S. Fa Conference”)
For example, if a high school student does not study hard, but only wishes the college entrance exam to soon be over and dreams about going to a good college, would he be able to achieve it? There are causes, and there are consequences. For Fa-rectification cultivation, the consequences have long been determined, would you be able to bear it if you fail to do well?
Don’t Drift Away with Society's Temptations
“...if you don’t really pay attention to your attitude toward things or how to effectively save people, then that’s a problem in your cultivation.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference”)
“Things of every shape and sort make up the world now and society is so complicated, especially now, with things of the past, future, and present all laid out here to see what you choose. This has also made society more eventful and exciting than ever, which can easily provoke attachments. For cultivators it serves as interference, making it harder to cultivate and to save people. So it truly is hard to cultivate in these circumstances. [Those other beings] can see and are watching your minds and actions. Any of those things can provoke your human attachments. Yet if a Dafa disciple strays from the Fa, and his thoughts aren’t righteous enough, then he can really veer far off course and may even slip quite far in no time.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference”)
Because of Master’s Buddha grace and blessings for Dafa disciples and all beings in the cosmos, Fa-rectification has been extended to today. We need to seize this precious opportunity and do well what we should do. Only then, can we follow the progress of Fa-rectification and fulfill our responsibilities as Dafa disciples.
What is motivating the wish for Fa-rectification to end? In my opinion, it shows that we do not have enough faith in the Fa.
If you think about the cultivation of Milarepa: when his master asked him to build a house, he did it; when he was asked to tear down the house, he also did it; when his master asked him to re-build the house after tearing it down, he still did it. He never had any doubt about his master no matter what he was asked to do, because he knew his master must have the best arrangement for him.
What Master has given us is also the best. We need to remove all of our human attachments and sentimentality, and truly understand the Fa and Fa-rectification cultivation with rationality. Only then, can we do things better.
Above are understandings at my limited level. Fellow practitioners, please point out anything that is not in accordance with the Fa.