Sharing with Elderly Practitioners on the Importance of Examining Incorrect Thoughts
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa before July 20, 1999. I would like to share my thoughts about practitioners who passed away from illness karma because they had incorrect thoughts that were taken advantage of by the old forces.
My wife and I started practicing Dafa on the same day. She was imprisoned for five years for refusing to renounce her belief in Dafa. She was tortured during her imprisonment and suffered greatly.
She was arrested three times for talking to people about the persecution by the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP). She had severe illness symptoms later and suddenly passed away.
A practitioner mentioned to me that my wife once said, “I won't go to a hospital even if I die.” I understand that the old forces took advantage of this thought and affected her death. Of course, there are other factors in her cultivation that played a part in her passing away.
Old Forces Attack Because of Wrong Thoughts
I met a local practitioner a few days ago. She said that several local practitioners who passed away from illness karma “did not want to live any longer” to avoid the agony that often accompanies illnesses. All of them had symptoms of an incurable illness from one to three years. I enlightened that that time was arranged for them by Master to enlighten and improve.
If they could have denied the old forces' arrangements and walked on the path that Master arranged, they most likely would have overcome the tribulation. Unfortunately, they were not able to take the opportunity to cultivate. Instead, they said that they “did not want to live any longer.” This is something that should neither be a thought or be expressed by a practitioner. It was an excuse for the old forces to take away their human bodies.
A practitioner shared with me about the death of an elderly practitioner who was part of their practice site. The elder practitioner's grandson wanted to be a policeman and was afraid that his grandmother's practicing Falun Dafa would have a negative impact on his career. The elder practitioner was thinking of dying so as not to affect her grandson's career.
While talking to people about the persecution one day, she was surrounded by a group of about eight people. They took her to a military camp and informed the local police station. Officers came and freed her right away.
She became ill after going home. Other practitioners studied the Fa with her, sent righteous thoughts, and looked within. She mentioned this issue about her grandson and passed away soon thereafter.
Negating Old Forces’ Interference
I also suffered from illness karma in recent years and sometimes held incorrect thoughts when the symptoms were severe. However, I knew the thoughts were not my own but had been placed into my mind by the old forces to make me say the words “don’t want to live any longer,” which in their view gave them the right to take away my human body.
I was clearheaded and did not do that. I was certain that I was a disciple of Master Li and must follow Master's arrangements. I negated the old forces’ interference completely. At the same time, I studied the Fa more, sent righteous thoughts every hour on the hour, and looked within to rid myself of human notions and attachments. I felt much better.
We are fortunate to be Falun Dafa practitioners and must treasure this opportunity. We have the great historic mission of validating Dafa and saving sentient beings. How can one leave without fulfilling one’s vow?
“So we have some people who will feel unwell somewhere in the body, and then they jump right to the conclusion that they’re sick. They always have trouble behaving like practitioners.” (Zhuan Falun)
All the troubles we experience are due to our incorrect thoughts. If we behave like practitioners, how would the old forces dare to persecute us?
Many of us elderly practitioners started practicing Dafa before July 20, 1999 and have overcome lots of tribulations. During this final leg of the Fa-rectification, we must remember not to lose our righteous belief in Master and Dafa when facing any tribulation, including that of illness karma.