Firmly Believing That Master’s Arrangements Are the Best
Master told us,
“Also, a lot of our students are concerned about many things, all kinds of stuff. In fact, once you think about those things your realm has dropped. Don't think about anything, and don't worry about anything. Master is compassionate, and he'll definitely arrange for you what's the best. (Applause) You don't need to think, "That's Master being merciful to us," because it's what you've achieved through cultivation, and it results from your own mighty virtue. That's why Master does it for you. (Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Vancouver, Canada, in 2003)
However, in our cultivation, especially when our human thoughts are strong, we always want to make arrangements for our children, our parents or ourselves with human notions. This in fact shows that we do not truly believe in what Master says.
Keeping Strong Righteous Thoughts under All Circumstances
In 2002 when the persecution was most severe, I clarified the facts about Falun Gong to my colleagues and gave them truth-clarification CDs and photos. I also put up truth-clarification photos around my workplace.
Quite a few retired high-ranking officials from the central government reside nearby, so I also put up some photos by their doors. For a while, the atmosphere became very tense, but I always believed that what I was doing was the most righteous thing in the universe.
One day a colleague told me that the manager of our company found out that I practiced Falun Gong and had reported me to higher authorities, and they might remove me from my job.
My workplace was a private company with more than 60 employees and the interpersonal relations were rather delicate. I was in charge of the office at the time.
A little while later, another colleague told me that she heard that the manager wanted to give my job to someone else. I stayed calm and thought: This will give me an opportunity to clarify the truth to him. Whether or not they remove me is not important. After all, my Master is in control of everything.
I held a firm belief: As long as I do things on the basis of the Fa, Master will make the best arrangement for me.
“Qigong practice requires one to value de. In doing the exercises, if you do not think about good things, at least you should not think about bad things. It is best if you do not think about anything. (Zhuan Falun)
My understanding is that it’s not proper for us to be overly concerned about anything, whether good or bad. If I held on to my human attachments in this situation and thought about whether I would be removed or not, or had tried to deal with the situation with my human notions, it would have been no different than walking a path arranged by the old forces, and it would have meant that I did not truly believe in the Fa.
The old forces just want us to think along the lines of their arrangements. They might even create the outcome that you want to interfere with Fa-rectification. As long as we do away with human attachments and keep our hearts on the Fa, Maser will make the best arrangements for us.
What happened next came as a surprise to many. The manager listed me as one of the six “Advanced Workers” of the year. I was given a bonus and a certificate of merit.
Later he said to me, “Falun Gong is very beneficial to one’s health. Feel free to practice at home. I trust you. No one can replace you. You have set an example for others and they all need to emulate you as an advanced worker. At this place, we give a green light to one’s spiritual beliefs.”
Master Has Made the Best Arrangements for Us
I would like to share another story. As long as we do well in cultivation, are firm in our faith in Master, and believe that Master has made the best arrangements for us, things will turn out in a positive way.
I know a practitioner in Beijing. When she was unlawfully arrested in September 2003, her son had just started junior high school. He did poorly in the primary grades, and people expected that he would do even worse now that his mother had been detained.
This practitioner refused to be transformed in the forced labor camp. She kept strong righteous thoughts and validated the Fa whenever possible. Her son witnessed the profundity of the Fa from the way his mom behaved, and he started to study the Fa as well. His schoolwork improved and he became one of the top ten students in his grade in high school.
His mother suffered persecution both in Beijing and at the notorious Masanjia Labor Camp in Shenyang. She never gave in to the persecutors, always kept righteous thoughts, and believed that Master would arrange the best things for her. She walked out of the labor camp with dignity, and her son was admitted to a university in Beijing as he had hoped.
If she had held on to human sentiment and worried about her son with human attachments, the outcome would have been quite different. Her loopholes would have been taken advantage of by the old forces, and she would have been dragged down.
The Fa-rectification continues to move forward. We must let go of all our human attachments and not be confused by them. We must cultivate ourselves well and do well in saving sentient beings. What Master has arranged for us is the best, and only Dafa can make the best of all things.
No matter what circumstances we are in or what difficulties or interference we encounter, we must always keep a firm faith in Master and Dafa.
The above is my personal understanding. Please kindly point out anything improper.