Having a Pure Mind to Do the Three Things Well
(Minghui.org) Having a pure mind when doing the three things that Teacher has asked us to do is what is needed to truly cultivate well.
“Its broad and immense, profound inner meaning can only manifest itself to, and be experienced and understood by, practitioners who are at different levels of true cultivation. Only then can one truly see what the Fa is.” “Broad and Immense” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
The Correct Mindset for Fa-Study
At the beginning of my cultivation, I always kept a pure mindset and studied the Fa attentively. As a result, I understood the Fa principals at my level. With the passage of time, and the change in morality in China, I could no longer study as well as I used to.
Each time I finished reading Zhuan Falun, it didn't leave as much impression on me as before. It was as if I hadn't read the teachings at all, and my cultivation state weakened as a result.
The reason for not being able to study the Fa as effectively was related to my mind not being pure. When I could gain an in-depth understanding, I'd study the Fa wholeheartedly. If not, it was as if I was just going through the motions.
This was a manifestation of my belief in Teacher and Dafa not being as firm as it should be. Once I realized this, I began to rectify my mind to gain renewed faith.
“Sometimes, when you’re studying a Dafa book, you’re not concentrating, and your lips finish reading a passage yet your mind isn’t there. That’s because your subordinate consciousness (fu yishi) or other factors were at work. Your attention is present occasionally, only to disappear shortly after. If you have this problem often, then it’s the same as your giving up all these things and giving this Fa away to someone else. You can’t do that, and I don’t allow you to cultivate that way.”
(“Teaching the Fa at the Eastern U.S. Fa Conference”)
From having a deeper understanding of the principals of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance, I came to realize: If one keeps a pure mindset during Fa-study, one's main consciousness will harmonize with the Fa and be able to meet Teacher's requirements.
One day, a fellow practitioner passed on seven pages of names and cell numbers for making truth-clarification phone calls. There were more than 1,300 contacts.
As soon as I saw it, an idea flashed into my mind, “At my age, I have trouble typing fast enough, how long would it take for me finish this task?”
As soon as that thought emerged, Teacher's words came to mind: “In Dafa, age makes no difference, just go ahead and cultivate.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Eastern U.S. Fa Conference”)
Right away, my notion disappeared. It normally took three days for me to complete that many numbers, but I did the job in only a day and a half. The Fa that was me helped break through my notions so I could achieve a high level of efficiency.
Another case involved my daughter, who had been working for a government agency for 17 years and was still employed on a contractual basis. One day, after I studied the Fa with a pure mindset, I came to understand what Teacher said:
“However, for things beyond ordinary people, only by giving it up, can you attain it.” (Lecture in Sydney)
After reading that, I stopped trying to use my connections to help her become a full- time employee of the government.
Unexpectedly, her management offered her a full-time position shortly after I enlightened to this principal.
Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts Correctly
Only by consistently sending forth righteous thoughts, can one eliminate all evil factors and help save sentient beings before the Fa-rectification arrives.
On the other hand, the process of one's sending forth righteous thoughts is also a process of one's cleansing and purifying oneself. Therefore, to achieve this one needs to constantly work on letting go of emotional attachments.
On new year's day, there were a few Chinese Communist Party (CCP) flags hanging at my company. A practitioner saw the flags and asked me: “Did you send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate them yet?” I said, “I hadn't thought of that.”
What she said enlightened me. The next day, after I finished sending forth righteous thoughts in the morning, I held a single thought: eliminate the CCP evil specter in other dimensions and have the flags become tangled. I also asked for Teacher's help to eliminate the evil in other dimensions and have the flags removed.
When I returned to work in the afternoon, the flags had indeed twisted together and stopped waving. I continued to send forth righteous thoughts and the flags became more and more twisted. Two months later, when the company was about to take them down, they were still tangled.
Afterward, I felt that my mind was empty, and so was my dimensional field. I was very tall and grand, and I could feel the sacred “hollowness” of having a pure mind.
When October came, the Party's flags were hung out again. I began to send forth righteous thoughts. After I finished, the flags were tangled up.
Seeing that the flags had become tangled at the command of my righteous thoughts, tears flowed. I truly felt Teacher's kindness for helping me clean up the evil CCP specters.
A Pure Mindset When Clarifying the Facts
Clarifying the facts and saving sentient beings are the great missions of practitioners. One should also use a pure mindset to talk to people. In the past, we had less contact with people who worked in state-run agencies. I had the thought to ask for Teacher's help to bring them to me.
Soon they began to come to me to hear the truth. With Teacher's strengthening of my supernatural capabilities, I managed to help them understand the truth and withdraw their memberships from the CCP.
Over a six month period in 2016, I made use of my early mornings and evenings to go to a nearby square and clarify the facts to people. Within four months, I managed to help 335 people withdraw their memberships from the Party and its affiliated organizations. Many of them were CCP officers.
I came to feel that in truth-clarification work, when one has a pure mind, people will feel our kindness and compassion for them.
One morning, when I was about to ride my bicycle to our local Fa-study, I got a flat tire.
When I went to repair it, I ran into the retired deputy chief of police. He had been in charge of persecuting Falun Gong when he was still working, but I never had a chance to clarify the facts to him. Once I explained that I was a practitioner, and he understood the benefits of practicing Dafa, I helped him withdraw from the Party.
Because of my peaceful mind, he listened to what I said and was quite touched. He knew that I was concerned for him and in the end, he agreed to quit the Party. Then I gave him an amulet which said “Falun Dafa is Good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good.” I advised him to recite it sincerely. He nodded that he would.
I feel that the time Teacher has extended for us is limited, yet there are still so many people to be saved. Time is running out!
I said to myself, “Teacher, you are so kind! Only by having state of one who has first started cultivating and using a pure mindset to do the three things, will I not let down your saving grace. I will treasure my opportunity to cultivate well.”