Respecting Master and the Fa
(Minghui.org) One day in 2011, a practitioner called me saying her daughter's toenail had come off in an accident. The pain was so intense that the practitioner's daughter couldn't sleep. The practitioner didn't know what to do, so she asked if I could come over to help.
Reducing the Pain
When I got the call, it was almost midnight, but I went to her home anyway. The teenage girl was crying in bed with her mother by her side. “We were moving a table earlier today. Because I pushed too hard, she stubbed her toenail and it peeled off, and it's causing a lot of pain,” said the practitioner.
The teenager was also a practitioner, so we understood that we should not acknowledge this interference. I suggested that we send forth righteous thoughts, but after some time, the pain didn't go away. While the girl was sobbing, we thought about what to do. I said to the practitioner, “How about we ask Master for help?”
The practitioner nodded, and took out a Dafa book from a box under the bed. When I saw that there were dozens of Dafa books in the box, I was surprised. Why would we do this? The bed is a place for sleeping and during the hot summer days, and we may not be wearing many clothes. Should we treat Dafa books in this way?
The practitioner said the apartment was small and she had too much many things in it. Nonetheless, she opened Zhuan Falun to the page with Master's picture. The moment she knelt down, she stopped crying and fell asleep within a few minutes.
The practitioner apologized and hoped Master could forgive her. She then got up, moved all the Dafa books to the highest level of a dresser, and put them in order.
This is a serious lesson for us. In addition, I have also noticed other behaviors that are not respectful of Master and the Fa:
Placing Dafa books in a drawer with other miscellaneous things. Above the drawer there are clothes including pants or socks.Putting eyeglasses on top of Dafa books or placing a Dafa book face down.Using advertisement printing materials as a book cover, or using a random paper slip, including tobacco packages, as a bookmark.Licking one's fingers before turning the pages of a Dafa book.Some casually place Dafa books on the side of the comforter that is in contact with skin.Some touch their feet when reading Dafa books, or place Dafa books close to their crotch.Some transcribed lectures or part of lectures and casually treated them as trash.Some chatted with each other while listening to Master's audio lectures.Some wrote out Master's poems and put them up in the house as decoration without Master's name or the date.Some read Dafa books without washing their hands after using the bathroom.For convenience, some read Dafa books in a half-sitting position.Some do the exercises in dirty clothing, without washing their face or combing their hair.Some place Master's picture in a table drawer on the balcony, with underwear or socks hanging above the table.Casually using all kinds of advertisements or even animal pictures in the back of a photo frame for Master's picture.Some put food in front of Master's picture but do not clean the area in a timely manner. As a result, some food gets rotten and moldy.In front of Master's picture are cigarette lighters, matches, or incense ashes.Using broken photo frames—sometimes even with one corner missing—for Master's picture.Changing underwear in front of Master's picture.Stamping on or treating pages misprinted when producing Dafa books.
At this stage of Fa-rectification, we should be clear on the issue of respecting Master and the Fa. Otherwise, the consequences can be very serious.
“All the Fa I just talked about was to tell you one thing: whether you respect me or not, as your Master, I really, truly don't mind. Back then, as I was saving you, a lot of you were cursing at me. There were people who were cursing at me even while at my classes. I don't mind. I just want to save you. (Applause) What I'm trying to say is, personally I don't mind at all how you treat Master. I'm not affected by any factors at any level of the cosmos. But there's one problem, which is, if you don't respect Master, it's wrong according to the principles of the cosmos, and the old forces will take advantage of the gap and destroy you because of this. They'll have seized the biggest excuse to destroy you, since they've seen the entire process of my saving you.” (“Fa-Lecture During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference”)
Master also said:
“When you're disrespectful of your Master, do you know what I think? I don't mind in the least. Right now, do you know who I am? You only know the human image I manifest. What manifests before you over on the other side are also images within the cosmos. In the future you won't know who I ultimately am. No being in the cosmos will know who I ultimately am. Whether you treat me well or not, I don't mind in the least, but the old forces will destroy you in the tribulation. Watch out!” (“Fa-Lecture During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference”)
We should pay close attention to this and do well in our cultivation journey.