The Importance of Maintaining Righteous Thoughts
(Minghui.org) Dafa practitioners must assist Master during the Fa-rectification period, instead of validating themselves, doing whatever they want, or showing off. When a practitioner has righteous thoughts, it facilitates saving beings. However, we are cultivating in ordinary society and still have human tendencies.
Inner Meanings of the Fa
What are righteous thoughts? Dafa practitioners know what righteous thoughts are. They arise from believing in Master and the Fa, doing the three things, following the Fa principles in word and deed, and not slacking off. In practice, however, often times our words and deeds do not conform with the Fa principles, or what the Fa principles require of us.
From studying the Fa, I have come to understand more inner meanings of “righteous thoughts.” As mentioned in the Fa: “Falun Dafa is an upright Law.” (The Great Way of Spiritual Perfection), “righteous Fa-principles” (“Dafa Is All-Encompassing” from Essentials for Further Advancement II), and so on.
In the past I had only a superficial understanding. After it became evident to me that “Falun Gong does much good and no harm to any government or nation in the world ...” (Teaching the Fa at the Conference in the Midwest-U.S.), I further understood that Dafa has only a positive side and positive factors. It has nothing that connotes negativeness.
Dafa Has No Negativeness
Dafa will only bring blessings to a community and all living beings, without having any negative impact. Dafa's principle's are not like ordinary people's principles, which have both positive and negative aspects, and are governed by the principle of mutual-generation and mutual-inhibition. When we ourselves do not change our notions, and hold on to human thoughts, we may produce negative thinking and understandings in our cultivation.
For example, when a practitioner is arrested, the person who is trying to “transform” the practitioner claims that because of him, the practitioner's work unit will lose the 'civilized workplace' award, his coworkers will lose some bonuses, his parents' and brothers' jobs will be affected, and so on. Upon hearing this, some practitioners may think that their cultivation has brought loss and harm to others.
But these losses are caused by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) trying to suppress Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Isn't it that the CCP is destroying human morality and your family? When one compromises, it shows that he lacks true righteous thoughts and righteous belief in Dafa, a cultivator's sense of holiness and pride, and a clear understanding of Dafa and of the evil nature of the CCP.
Dafa Practitioners’ Role in Society
Dafa does not owe anything to anyone, and will only bring blessings to people. Practitioners should hold righteous thoughts. We should correctly understand our roles in this final stage. We should have a good understanding of Dafa, and not be confused by affection for family or revert to being like everyday people.
On an occasion when a family member, who is also a practitioner, was arrested, some family members felt troubled and hid the Dafa books and materials, as if Dafa had brought disaster to them. They relied on the law and found a lawyer. When clarifying the truth to relevant departments, they were controlled by emotions. When the situation developed not as they wished, they complained and accused others. As reflected in their behavior and mentality, they interpreted all occurrences as bad things. In the process, they didn't know how to cultivate and couldn't find their own path.
Some who were arrested and detained, thought, “I was persecuted by the police illegally, so I should remember their names to expose them. I will stay firm and won't “transform,” and I will practice the exercises, oppose the persecution, go on a hunger strike, and shout slogans. I will write “Falun Dafa is good” on prison clothing and on the wall, and will recite Lunyu when police tell me to recite the prison rules – I have no fear. These thoughts were all centered on what they wanted.
Selfishness blocked the practitioners' true nature and prevented them from seeing the purpose of their coming to this world, the suffering of sentient beings, and the longing to be saved by the knowing side of all beings.
Making the Right Choice
In the midst of being in a maze, being polluted by propaganda and atheism, and after experiencing countless political movements, some people in China are afraid of interacting with Dafa practitioners and listening to the facts about Dafa. They thus lose many opportunities for salvation.
Master is watching how practitioners look within to eliminate attachments in the midst of tribulations and conflicts, and how they clarify the facts about Dafa with compassion, rationality, and wisdom, as well as how they validate Dafa and save sentient beings. Therefore, practitioners should care only for what Master wants.
Clarifying the truth is not “fighting” or “shouting” the truth, but being protagonists in saving people. How should we take up this role? “Pacify the external by cultivating the internal.” (“Pacify the External by Cultivating the Internal” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
We must first purify our own hearts, establish the appropriate atmosphere, and then clarify the facts rationally. After a being understands the truth, he or she will make the right choice.
The only thing Dafa disciples need to do today is to save people. Master has saved us, and we want to assist Master in saving others. Regardless of how complex the environment appears, it is not complicated. As long as we hold pure righteous thoughts, positively view the police and others, and keep our words and deeds in line with what people can understand, the situation will be less complicated.
All beings came for the Fa, and the Fa can save them. As long as we grasp this relationship, we can find our way, understand our identity, and know what to do. With the present celestial changes, the disaster is approaching. We are not here to see people's retribution; that is not our wish. We should have a sense of responsibility for others and blame ourselves for not cultivating well if we can't save people.
Dafa is compassionate, all encompassing, peaceful, and wonderful. Practitioners should display this to the world. We should hold compassion, peace, and selflessness to awaken all beings to the compassion of Dafa, so they can make the right choice.