Getting Rid of Any Attachment to the Current Political Situation
(Minghui.org) Some practitioners pay a great deal of attention to the Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests and the trade war between China and the U.S. They closely watch the ever-changing situation. Though it's helpful to learn about current events for the purpose of truth clarification, some practitioners have developed an attachment and watch NTDTV reports on these topics every day. They hope Hong Kong’s Chief Executive will step down, hope that Beijing will make the right decision or wish the U.S. will take action.
Everything in the world has been arranged. There’s no need for us to be concerned.
Master told us,
“The development of human society and every situation in the universe have been arranged by gods. These things all follow certain patterns...Gods are keeping every aspect of human society under tight control.” (Teaching the Fa at the Eastern U.S. Fa Conference)
“Clarifying the facts and saving sentient beings are what you need to accomplish. There is nothing else for you to accomplish. There is nothing else in this world that you need to accomplish.” (Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference)
“No matter what big things are happening, pretend nothing is going on and just go about, as usual, doing what a Dafa disciple should do. This is the path you're taking today, and this is the [legacy of] mighty virtue you are leaving.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Washington DC Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. VI)
Many practitioners have wasted precious time following current issues. Moreover, their strong attachment could easily leave a loophole for the old forces to take advantage of and make the situation worse. There have been many lessons about this in the past. We should keep our minds clear and not stumble again.
When the current Party leader took power, he brought many corrupt officials to justice. These officials had persecuted Falun Dafa practitioners. Although they weren't punished for their crimes against Dafa, many practitioners were happy about what the leader did.
Master has clearly told us,
“We do not praise or criticize the current leadership, and this is the principle.” (Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference)
However, some practitioners didn't follow Master's instruction. They highly praised the current regime and hoped it would end the persecution. One local practitioner even wrote a poem praising the current regime and hung it up in his house.
“But what's crucial is how Dafa disciples look at things. If one or two people think this way it's not a problem. But if all Dafa disciples think this way, then that's a problem. Do you remember how before April 25th of 1999 that Premier of China said positive things about Dafa? When our students went to appeal on April 25th, he met with some Dafa disciples and said good things. After the persecution started, this caused some of our students to develop a lot of ordinary human thoughts, thinking: "I hope the chief of the evil in Mainland China dies soon. I hope he falls from power so the premier can take his place. And if the premier is in power, won't our name be restored?" Didn't it cross your mind: this is the Fa of the cosmos, so if humans want to attack it, you think they can just attack it? And if human beings want to restore our name, you think they can just restore our name? Humans aren't worthy of that! How could you pin your hopes on an ordinary person? You are Dafa disciples! Each one of you Dafa disciples represents a large, gigantic dimension. What does mankind amount to? It's only that the old forces are using it and have sealed off your greater abilities. How could you think that way about things? If all of you think that way, the old forces will see it and think: "How can they all have those thoughts? Those thoughts have to be removed, so let's make that premier turn bad." They would rather make him turn bad in order to get rid of your ordinary human thoughts. Isn't that right? The old forces have no regard for human life--if they want to kill, they'll just kill. Amidst the Fa-rectification they're only attached to their own arrangements.” (Touring North America to Teach the Fa)
“As I've said, everything that happens today in the ordinary society is the result of Dafa disciples' thoughts. Even though the old forces do exist, if you don't have those thoughts they can't do anything.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)
The current state of the regime has come about due to practitioners' attachments. We need to learn from this lesson and avoid making the same mistake. Don't leave any excuse for the old forces to turn things into the wrong direction.