Harmonizing As One Body
(Minghui.org) I encountered many tribulations on my cultivation path, but learned that as long as we believe in Master and the Fa, we can pass any test and tribulation. However, we must let go of selfishness and other attachments, so we can harmonize as one-body.
Master Helps When in Need
I worked at a friend's company in 2009 and the owner knew that I practiced Falun Gong. He had me handle many important issues. I was arrested and detained at a detention center at the end of 2009 and police threatened to transfer me to a forced labor camp.
The guards ordered criminals to brutally persecute practitioners. I was a scholar who has never come across such a situation and therefore was under a lot of pressure.
Meals were small and not enough, and 20 minutes after a meal I was hungry again. The guards confiscated money my family gave me so that I could buy some food. Inmates beat me and I felt lonely, helpless and weak. I sent forth righteous thoughts every day as often as possible, but it did not make much of a difference.
Therefore, I said to Master in my mind, “Master, this place is not for me. I cannot study the Fa and do the exercises here. I should not stay in this place.”
I dreamed that night that the man I had worked for smiled at me and that I worked again for him. I was released unconditionally a few days later. I learned that my employer and my family had worked on my release.
Before my arrest I always thought that Master did so much for us, thus we should not bring more troubles to Master. I now realize that my understanding was not in line with the Fa. Actually, I did not fully believe in Master and the Fa. Master said,
“When disciples have ample righteous thoughtsMaster has the power to turn back the tide” (“The Master-Disciple Bond”, Hong Yin Vol. II)
When we are facing difficulties, we can ask Master for help. This shows our belief in Master and the Fa. Master said,
“My Law bodies are aware of everything. Whatever you think about, they’re aware of it, and they can do anything. If you don’t cultivate they won’t look after you, but if you do cultivate, they’ll help you all the way to the end.” (Zhuan Falun)
There are indeed things we cannot solve by ourselves. At that time, Master will help us and harmonize everything. Therefore, when we cannot solve an issue, why don't we ask Master for help? This is not a human notion, but a righteous belief.
Understanding the Fa-truths
One of the most difficult attachments for a scholar to let go of is the attachment to knowledge. A scholar may wonder whether his articles can play an important role or how his articles are evaluated. This is a very strong attachment to fame and self-interests and must be eliminated.
Four of us practitioners were asked to write an article about the persecution meant to awaken the public's conscience. The main issue was to rescue practitioners who were imprisoned. At the same time, it should help clear the mind of people poisoned by the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) lies.
When it was time to pick the article we were all of a different opinion. After a lengthy argument, the practitioners finally chose my article and asked me to revise it based on all their suggestions. I felt very honored.
Then, the practitioner whose article was not chosen said that my article lacked compassion and asked me to rewrite it completely. The arguments started again and the third practitioner's article was chosen.
At home I realized that Master used this opportunity to expose my attachments. I calmed down and looked inward. I found many attachments, such as pursuing fame and self-interests, resentment and jealousy.
I understood another Fa-truth, that it did not matter whether my article was used, as long as we achieve our goal, which in this case is rescuing practitioners and helping people understand Falun Gong.
We worked as one when rewriting the article, kept the framework, contents and the tone of the article, but changed it to make it perfect. It was accepted by all practitioners.
During this process I understood the role I play in harmonizing the one-body, as well as how to let go of many attachments that stopped me from being one with my fellow practitioners.