(Minghui.org) There are some practitioners in my area, especially elderly ones, who have experienced illness karma tribulations for a long time. Some became depressed amidst the endless pain, unable to find the root cause of their problem. Some even passed away.

Why is there illness karma? We know that Dafa practitioners have no illnesses because Master eliminated our karma when we started practicing Falun Gong. In cultivation during the Fa-rectification, Master does not arrange any big tribulations for us. Any severe illness symptoms must be a “test” arranged by the old forces to target certain loopholes in practitioners' cultivation, including small loopholes that have not been dealt with for a long time.

How should we deny the illness karma test? The manifestation of illness karma has a pattern and a course. Some illness karma tests appear suddenly, but actually developed gradually over a long period time. If we could sense traces of the illness karma during its development, it would be easier to overcome it. Once it becomes severe, it is harder to overcome. I believe that as long as we are clear in principle and have righteous thoughts, all evil can be eliminated.

We remember how delighted we when we started practicing Falun Gong. But after practicing for 10 or 20 years and reading Zhuan Falun hundreds of times, some practitioners have become numb and no longer feel that they are improving in their realms of mind. What happened?

Actually the answer to this question is also the root cause of the illness karma test.

Master taught us, “the Law manifests in different forms at different levels.” (from “The Second Talk” in Zhuan Falun)

If we continue studying the Fa and look inward to improve our hearts, the book Zhuan Falun will manifest new principles to us, aiding our improvement and guiding us to cultivate toward higher levels.

Some practitioners have overlooked the basic requirements of looking inward and improving their heart nature. As a result, many attachments or mentalities have remained untouched for more than 10 years. Their levels have not improved. New principles therefore cannot manifest to them.