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A Competitive Environment Can Disturb Practitioners' Cultivation

May 29, 2015 |   By a Falun Dafa practitioner from China

(Minghui.org) In some areas in China, including my local area, some practitioners compete with each other for the position of Falun Dafa coordinator. Their competitive mentality has created a division among practitioners and affected the coordination of activities. This mental state is far from what Master asks of Falun Dafa practitioners. Master said,

“Falun Dafa is for cultivation practice—it is not a job. All of our volunteer workers must first be genuine cultivators with high-level xinxing, as they are role models for xinxing cultivation.” (“It is not a Job, but Cultivation Practice” from Essentials for Further Advancement)

Competitive Environment

The cultivation environment in some areas, including mine, is greatly affected by the competitive mindset of some practitioners, and often resembles that of a competitive environment like that of some everyday people.

Practitioners that actively compete for the coordinators position have not let go of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mentality, which advocates fame, gain and emotions. They imitate the mannerism of CCP officials and are pompous, domineering, bossy, as well as fostering dissension. Besides, they often display an inflated ego and validate themselves extensively.

Master said,

“We do not need the types of leaders like those among everyday people.” ("It is not a Job, but Cultivation Practice," in "Essentials in Further Advancement")

There are many different ways these people employ in their quest to become the local coordinator. Often, those who take the competitive stance form groups and will make sure that practitioners that could be a competitor for the position are ostracized. To achieve this, they will backbite, malign and denigrate.

I have noticed that the competitive practitioner networks just like ordinary folks who want to land a high paying position and promote themselves extensively. They kowtow and attach themselves to the local coordinator to do that person's bidding.

They are afraid that anyone would hold a successful activity, which could make them a competitor for the coordinator's position.

One person even claimed that her dream told her that she is the designated local coordinator and thus demanded she take over that position.

This type of environment is not conducive to the one body concept and is something that most likely was arranged by the old forces.

Good Cultivation State

Coordination is the process of organizing people or groups to work together in a cohesive and harmonious manner.

Master addressed that practitioners should emulate Gods in the heavens by discussing a given issue and come to an agreement. Master said:

“The Gods in the heavens, no matter what kind of Gods they are, whenever something happens in the heavens they discuss it together.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Discussion on Creating Fine Art”)

There has been very little sharing among local practitioners over the past years. Although some sharing was arranged with practitioners from other areas, but only a few practitioners from our local area were asked to participate.

Therefore, given the discord among practitioners, some asked that a group Fa study be held and suggested that Master's book Essentials for Further Advancement, and other lectures by Master that address the coordinator's issue be studied.

After extensive Fa study, the organizers then asked that an exchange of views on the overall coordination issue be held. This was in hopes to improve the local cooperative environment based on the Fa.

However those that were responsible for the discord did not participate. Master said,

“Then how can we do the assistant job well? First off, you should treat yourself as one of the students instead of considering yourself above them.” (“How to Provide Assistance,” in “Essentials in Further Advancement”)

Solving Problems As One Body

A Dafa coordinator's responsibility is to assist Master. In this case, competition is not an issue. It does not matter who does what, as long as one achieves what Master wants.

When Master began to teach the Fa, he created a cultivation practice environment for Dafa disciples. All persons in charge, including leaders of the research committee, were most of the time appointed by Master. At least it was the case in my city.

This practitioner's responsibility was to coordinate practice sites, experience sharing conferences and the spread of Dafa activities.

However, the persecution put a stop to the cultivation environment established in China after July 20, 1999. This was also an arrangement by the old forces, in an effort to emphasize individual cultivation and destroy the existing group cultivation practice environment established by Master.

The coordinator should let go of self unconditionally and support fellow practitioners in their efforts to disseminate the facts about Dafa.

All practitioners can play a role today and have responsibilities to create a harmonious environment in which more people can participate and improve and share together. Practitioners can form a truly indestructible body in the region and do what Master has asked of us. Thus, more practitioners could achieve the standard that Master sets.

Dafa forms selfless gods who are not interested in fame or go after personal interests. However, they would lay down his or her life for Dafa.

Let's study Master's lectures, as wisdom is given by Master. Gradually, we can solve all problems by studying the Fa and cultivating our minds, and establish a harmonious and cooperative environment. We can truly form a one body which is indestructible.