Respect for Master and the Fa Is of Primary Importance
(Minghui.org) An elderly Falun Gong practitioner in my area was looked up to and generally regarded as an “outstanding” practitioner by others. He was educated and had a university degree. He seemed to have a deep understanding of the Fa principles and studied the Fa well.
He wrote articles for Minghui.org and also helped other practitioners write articles. He worked hard to validate Dafa. He worked closely with a local coordinator and was in charge of delivering materials about Falun Dafa. Even though he was in his 70s he never complained and could easily carry large packages of materials up and down several flights of stairs. He actively talked to people about Falun Dafa and the persecution.
But suddenly one day one half of his body became paralyzed. He was confused and could not speak clearly. He could not study the Fa or practice the exercises. When he was taken to a hospital, doctors were unable to find anything wrong. Fellow practitioners were puzzled and sent righteous thoughts for him. He remained this way for a week, and then passed away.
Fellow practitioners went to his home to collect his Dafa books and materials. When they looked at the books they were surprised to see that he had written on all of them including Zhuan Falun. He'd circled some sentences or added reversed srivatsa symbols. He wrote his name on some books or added his poems. Some pages were marked in various colors.
The practitioners were shocked that he treated Dafa books like they were ordinary textbooks and circled or marked sentences he thought important.
Master taught us, “Some people’s comprehension just doesn’t improve. Some folks just go and start marking up this book of mine. Now, those of us with open Third Eyes can see that this book is full of dazzling colors, and sparkling with golden light, and every word is in my Law Body’s image. If I lied I’d be cheating you, so I’ll tell you: the marks you make are so dark, and you dare to just mark it up like that?” (from “The Ninth Talk” in Zhuan Falun)
We do not know why this practitioner did not follow Master's teaching about this.
Master's Fa is a ladder for us to rise to high realms. Studying the Fa well is a guarantee for us to reach consummation. But in order to study the Fa well we must respect Master and the Fa. Marking up Master's books is being disrespectful, especially since Master clearly told us not to do this. The old forces saw this practitioner's loophole and dared to take him away.