Some Suggestions for New Practitioners
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Dafa in 2013. As a new practitioner, I have made some mistakes during these past few years. Since we are at the final stage of Fa rectification and shouldering the heavy responsibility of helping Master with the Fa rectification, each one of our steps is of utmost importance.
We have harbored various attachments, which have been taken advantage of by the old forces. I would like to share some of the problems that I have encountered and my understanding of them.
Stop Undermining the Fa
My truth-clarification work was done mainly through the Internet during these past few years. Because I did not have a good understanding of the Fa, I was not able to tell if the materials I put on the Internet were in line with the Fa.
After reading the notice posted on November 6, 2014 by the Minghui website, I became worried.
I had inserted links to Master's audio lectures and books inside the materials I distributed. Luckily the links no longer worked, otherwise, they would continue undermining the Fa.
New practitioners must be cautious when posting materials on the Internet. I suggest that every practitioner delete all electronic files of Master's books and articles, unless they are official versions from the Minghui website. Even truth-clarification materials from normal websites should be carefully examined before we use them.
Some practitioners propagated Master's new articles on the Internet to show off. It caused some non-practitioners to misunderstand who Master is. Some practitioners used cartoon characters as their profile images, which showed their lack of understanding of the Fa.
I suggest that new practitioners study the Fa well, and also read all the notices from the Minghui website. This will help prevent future actions that undermine the Fa.
Don't Talk at Too High of a Level in Truth Clarification
I hesitated to clarify the truth to my colleagues due to a lack of Fa understanding and the attachment of fear. I did not dare to directly tell them about the principle of karmic retribution, so I beat around the bush and talked about reincarnation instead.
Some of them did not believe it, so they did not want to listen to me further. Sometimes, it took me a long time and a lot of energy to finally get them to learn about Falun Gong.
Master told us:
“... if you talk about things at too high of a level while clarifying the facts, and say that gods are doing things or watching over things, not everyone will be able to understand such things. I think that if you speak at too high of a level, they won’t be able to accept it. It would be as if you were telling them, “Don’t listen to me clarifying the facts, as I’m just talking nonsense.”” (Fa Teaching Given at the 2014 San Francisco Fa Conference)
Clarifying the truth is intended to bring forth ordinary people's kind nature, so that they can make the right choice between good and evil. It won't work if we talk around the real issues.
After I realized this problem, I adjusted my mindset. I was then able to talk to my colleagues about Falun Gong and the persecution a lot more effectively.
Bearing No Hatred in Our Hearts
I used to be interested in politics before I began practicing Falun Gong. I often forwarded news about social injustice to others and felt discontent about the state of politics and society.
After I obtained Dafa, I understood that everything that happens in society is not coincidental, and I no longer forwarded anything irrelevant to cultivation and saving people.
But along the way, I still made some mistakes. When I talked about the evil deeds of the Chinese Communist Party to people, I felt aggrieved and became angry. People could feel my hatred. They misunderstood me and thought that I was just “being political.”
Although I was not interested in political power at all, my words and actions had a negative effect. Practitioners cultivate compassion. We should awaken people's kindness, so that they could distinguish good from evil.
Everything we do affects people around us. We must walk our paths well and save more people. Even though we sometimes have shortcomings, Dafa and Master will harmonize things around us when we truly look within and correct ourselves.
As new practitioners, we should improve quickly to avoid further losses to Dafa and sentient beings.