We Should Treat Master's Writings and Portrait Respectfully
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners know the importance of respecting Master and the Fa. Yet some practitioners still casually place Zhuan Falun—the main book of Falun Dafa—on their kitchen table or bed, as if it were an ordinary book.
I feel that Master's writings are sacred and should be kept in a special, designated spot. For example, we could buy a clean cardboard box in which to store them. When we want to read them, we can take them out, then put them back when we're done.
Some practitioners scribble Master's poems on scraps of paper and leave them lying around. They are not well organized and do not enlighten to the seriousness of their actions.
Some of these people have experienced illness karma after failing to heed Master's hints. Not only did they create untold hardships for themselves and others, but also fell into the old forces' trap.
There are some practitioners who work very hard at clarifying the truth but are reluctant to spend the time and effort needed to organize their own things at home. I think that we should be well organized.
Improving ourselves usually involves some form of commitment, so once we've become fairly organized, we should stick with the new standards that we've set for ourselves.
If we can practice doing this for one week, we will surely be making breakthroughs in our xinxing and showing more respect for Master and the Fa.
Some practitioners place little or no importance on organizing their room, saying, “We need to spend our time saving sentient beings and not worrying if our rooms are clean or not!”
Although we all know the importance of saving sentient beings, having an organized work or living space is important, too. We shouldn't try to compare them to each other.
Since we study the Fa at home, our environment should be generally neat, clean, and tidy. I've visited some practitioners' homes and saw lots of dust on the furniture and floors. Some had not emptied their trash bins for days.
A colleague of mine unexpectedly stopped by my mother's home for a short visit. My mother, who is also a practitioner, had no time to prepare for the unannounced guest.
My colleague later told her friends, “That lady's home is so clean! She looks healthy and has a wonderful disposition.” Thus, my mother's cleanliness made it easier for her to clarify the facts about Falun Gong and the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of the practice.
It actually doesn't take long to clean the floors, chairs, and tables in our homes. Once done, it's relatively easy to maintain.
If possible, Master's portraits should be hung in a clean, separate room, regularly dusted, and not placed near other things like shoes, clothing, or boxes. We shouldn't hang Master's portraits alongside family photos, even if there's no separate room available.