Elevation in Understanding the Fa Moved Me from Laughing to Crying
(Minghui.org) I attended the trial of a Falun Gong practitioner in our area. When I got there, I saw two rows of armed police standing in front of the courthouse. This seemed so ridiculous to me that I almost laughed out loud.
The next several days, I felt irritable for no reason. Nothing felt right. I was supposed to write a report for work, but my mind was empty. I purchased something online, and it did not come. I studied Falun Gong teachings and exercised, but I felt I was just going through the motions. What was wrong?
Something touched me when I read Master's teachings one day:
“So what's their state of mind? It's tolerance, an extremely immense tolerance, being able to accept other beings, and being able to truly think from other beings' perspectives. This is something a lot of you haven't achieved yet in your cultivation, but you're gradually catching on and achieving it.” ("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.")
I realized what was wrong! I was not able to truly think from other beings' perspectives. I was so focused on how I was feeling at the time, occupied with irritation and resentment. When I realized that, all the negative feelings left me, and I was filled with compassion and peace.
When I settled down and sent forth righteous thoughts, I saw the two rows of armed police again. Looking at their young and perplexed faces, I no longer felt like laughing but felt a deep sense of sorrow for them. They stood there in the frigid cold weather with a blank stare on their faces, as if they were soulless puppets only following orders.
The most pitiable thing was that they were clueless that they were being used to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. They were committing a crime against the great way of the cosmos, and what they would have to face and what the consequences for them would be are unthinkable.
They were completely unaware and had not awakened. They were also lives waiting to be saved—they should not be unknowingly destroyed by the old forces like this. Tears began running down my face. Because of their mistakes, countless lives that they represented would not have a chance either. How sad!
I was surrounded by an atmosphere of compassion, such a wonderful realm. I was deeply grateful for Master's saving grace. Master cleansed my karma, changed me from a selfish, self-centered being to such a wonderful realm, and granted me everything.
How do I repay this? What I can do is to truly think from other people's perspectives, let go of the attachment to myself, and do the three things well.
I came across this Fa teaching:
“So, regardless of the setting or circumstances in which you run into problems, you must maintain a compassionate and merciful heart in handling everything. If you cannot love your enemy, then you cannot reach Consummation.” (Teaching the Fa at the Fa Conference in Australia)
I finally realized the standard that we have to reach as cultivators and the kind of immense compassion we have to develop. As long as we have a diligent heart, Master will help us elevate through every encounter we come across.