(Minghui.org) I have recently been pondering: in the last 16 years, among 70 million practitioners how many have truly tried to “attain the righteous Enlightenment of selflessness and altruism”? How many have truly treated “helping Master to rectify the Fa” as the top priority?
From May 1992 to July 1999, Master wanted to have at least 100 million practitioners studying the Fa. But the old forces only wanted 70 million. As a result of the persecution 30 million practitioners, who obtained the Fa before 1999, do not have a solid foundation in cultivation.
How many practitioners have really kept improving themselves through cultivation, and put priority on truth-clarification work and saving people over the last 16 years? If we use the time spent every day and the number of people being saved as the indexes to measure, then probably less than 10 million practitioners have been truly diligent. Perhaps there are tens of millions who still cultivate, but do not prioritize Master's wishes.
Many practitioners, who obtained the Fa before 1999, diligently study the Fa and do the exercises, but prioritize their daily life and work over truth-clarification work and saving people. They have made great achievements in daily work, and never want truth-clarification work to “interfere with” their daily life and personal cultivation.
Many practitioners do not study the Fa or do the exercises often. They don't believe that Fa-rectification will end soon. In their minds, they still need to meticulously take care of affairs in their daily life. With such mentality, these thoughts and behaviors have become less and less like a Dafa disciple.
Many practitioners also have the attachment to time and the end of the Fa-rectification. They keep looking for “signs” of the end. They get excited when seeing a “sign,” but then get frustrated when their prediction doesn't come true. In this process, their human notions have induced much interference.
All of these practitioners are actually waiting for an end to the Fa rectification. 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.
“So during this process, during the Fa-rectification period, Dafa disciples are faced with the responsibility of saving the sentient beings of the future.”
“Because in humankind's large-scale weeding out process, some good people will be left to serve as the progenitors of the future human race; also, during the period when the Fa rectifies the human world, a glory is to be created for Dafa whereby mankind reciprocates Dafa, and it will be a period in which Dafa flourishes in human society.” (“Fa Teaching at the U.S. Capital”)
Master explicitly reminded practitioners again in 2012:
“When history is marching ahead and a path is extending forward, no one can block what the heavens have decided. During that process you should do your utmost to save more people and enable them to remain. Indeed, I tell you as Dafa disciples that you still really need to save more people, for I had arranged for this to happen: I will have the people of the future repay Dafa—that is, the people who survive—and they are going to create for Dafa an era of the greatest glory, a time of unparalleled magnificence. So that is something to be done by human beings. But what could be accomplished if only a handful of them remained?” (“2012 International Fa Conference at the U.S. Capital”)
The goal of Fa-rectification is to save more people. But can this be achieved when practitioners have strong attachments to the end of Fa rectification? Can it be reached when practitioners are managing their everyday lives, and pursuing fame and interests in society?
All practitioners know that this is not possible, but many practitioners always conduct themselves based on their own thoughts. Although they know Master's words are correct, they treat Master's teachings as some way of gaining information or messages, but they do not try to understand or accept the teaching as the Fa.
Human notions and habits have been formed by emotion over thousands of years. Many practitioners accept Master's teachings only if it fits with their own notions. If this is not the case, they just regard the teaching as a theory. They read the Fa, but at the same time they want to enjoy the offerings from everyday society.
This phenomenon is common among practitioners. Although for many it is not intentional, they do not actively try to get rid of these human notions and habits.
I know that many practitioners are willing to spend a lot of time studying the Fa and doing the exercises, but I hope that they can spend a little more time on writing experience sharing articles to publish on the Minghui website, telling fellow practitioners how you strive forward and use every moment to clarify the facts and save people, and how to help Master rectify the Fa.
I hope that the “period in which Dafa flourishes in human society” is achieved by practitioners' efforts and achievements in saving people. The successful result is important, but the process we must go through is equally important.
The above are some of my thoughts at my current cultivation state. I sincerely hope that we will not slack off and get trapped by human notions. I hope that we, ourselves, will not become the obstacles on the way to the end of Fa rectification, so that when the end comes, we can all say that we have not let Master down.