True Belief in Master and Dafa Enables Us to Play the Lead Role
(Minghui.org) Given the old forces’ interference, Falun Dafa practitioners face two choices when cultivating during the Fa-rectification. One is arranged by Master Li, while the other is arranged by the old forces.
If we listen to Master's teachings and follows the requirement of Dafa, we are on the path Master has arranged for us. Otherwise, we are on the path arranged by the old forces. The only way to move forward on the path arranged by Master is to believe in Master and the Fa and act accordingly.
“Whatever you experience during your cultivation—whether good or bad—is good, for it comes about only because you are cultivating.” (“To the Chicago Fa Conference,” The Essentials of Diligent Progress, Vol. III)
“But all the same, Master doesn't acknowledge them. And you shouldn't acknowledge them either. Do things well in an upright and dignified way, negate them, and strengthen your righteous thoughts some. “I'm Li Hongzhi's disciple, I don't want other arrangements or acknowledge them”--then they won't dare to do that. So it can all be resolved. When you can really do that, not just saying it but putting it into action, Master will definitely stand up for you.” (Fa-Lecture During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference)
I understand from Master's teachings that the old forces dare not interfere with practitioners if we do not want or acknowledge their arrangements. Actually, Master is right next to us when we are being persecuted. If we act righteously, Master will stand up for us.
If we do not effectively negate the persecution factors when they occur, we place ourselves in the role of being persecuted, as it in fact is an acknowledgment of the old forces' arrangement. The acknowledgment means we want it, and Master cannot intervene or protect us. Master said, “This is caused by your pursuit, and others cannot intervene. It is an issue of your enlightenment quality.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
As long as you view yourself as a victim of the persecution, you acknowledge the arrangements made by the old forces, and Master cannot stand up for you. We should take everything that interferes with us as a good opportunity to validate Dafa. The old forces can only change our cultivation environment if we don't negate their existence. Whatever our circumstances, we must see them as a good opportunity to validate Dafa, do the three things well, and save people.
We all want the persecution to end. But 20 years have passed, and there is still no end in sight. Why? It is because we look outward and hope for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to collapse or for someone in power to stop the persecution. And we are disappointed.
The End of the Persecution Depends on Dafa Disciples’ Thoughts
Ending the persecution does not depend on someone in power, the CCP, or the old forces. It does depend on Dafa disciples' thoughts. In other words, our thoughts can end the persecution.
Master said, “...everything that happens today in the ordinary society is the result of Dafa disciples' thoughts.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)
We should see the persecution as an opportunity to walk on the path arranged by Master. We should take advantage of the situation to do the three things well, validate Dafa, and save people. In that case, the persecution arranged by the old forces would become validation of Dafa arranged by Master.
Superficially, the victims of the persecution are Dafa practitioners. But, actually, “The ones who are truly being persecuted are the world’s people.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
As Dafa disciples with a mission, we should think of the world's people instead of ourselves, even when we are facing a tribulation. We should work wholeheartedly to stop and deny the old forces' persecution of everyone in the world and to save people.
Believing in Master and the Fa Completely
In ancient China, if one completely trusted another person, one would dare to entrust one’s life to that person. Then how much do we believe in Master?
When suffering from illness karma, do you believe in what Master said: “True cultivators have no illnesses, since my Law Bodies have eliminated them.” (“Explaining the Fa for Falun Dafa Assistants in Changchun,” Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa)
Do you dare to completely let Master take care of your mortality? Are you able to do whatever you should do and do the three things well and save sentient beings?
When you are incarcerated, do you believe in what Master said–that everything is a good thing? Do you dare to completely let Master take care of your life? Are you able to validate Dafa and save people without any negative thoughts in your mind?
If you believe in Master and the Fa completely, you let Master arrange everything you are responsible for, including your life, and you won't have any regrets even if you lose your life. That is truly believing in Master and the Fa. If you believe in Master, you will be able to act completely according to Master's teachings and follow the Fa, and there will be no obstructions on your path of validating Dafa.
If we believed in Master and the Fa completely, took all things as good things and all occurrences as good opportunities to assist Master, and saved sentient beings no matter what happened or where we were, the situation regarding how we have validated Dafa in the human world would be quite different.
When facing illness karma, we should take it as a good opportunity to improve our xinxing. When the police knock at the door, we should take it as a good opportunity to save them. When we are arrested and incarcerated, we should take it as a good opportunity to validate Dafa and save people.
Master Has Arranged for Us to Save Sentient Beings
If that were the case, practitioners would not think of rescuing incarcerated practitioners as rescuing them; it would simply be a chance to cooperate inside and outside the prison walls to save people. From now on, in the minds of Dafa practitioners, there should be no persecution arranged by the old forces; there should only be following Master’s arrangements to validate Dafa and save sentient beings.
If everyone could act with such righteous thoughts, the situation when it comes to validating Dafa in the world would be invincible, the power to validate Dafa would be stronger, and more people would be saved.
We should get rid of the thought of being persecuted and not cooperate with the old forces by playing a supporting role. Master has arranged for us to be the protagonists in this endeavor to save the sentient beings. No matter who we face, we are playing the lead roles to save people.
From now on, we should see the police and 610 Office agents as people we need to save. We should view police stations, detention centers, and prisons not as places where the old forces have arranged to persecute Dafa practitioners but as places where we validate Dafa and save people.
We must completely deny the role of the victim, which the old forces try to thrust upon us. We only acknowledge that we play the leading role that Master has arranged for us. The persecution is an opportunity for us to save people. We are the protagonists who will save sentient beings until the end of the Fa-rectification.
Of course, in clarifying the truth to people, we have to say that practitioners are being persecuted so that people can understand the situation. But in our own minds, we cannot see ourselves as being persecuted.