My Understanding of “Teaching the Fa at the Discussion on Writing Music and Creating Fine Art”
(Minghui.org) For a long time, I had never thought that Master's “Teaching the Fa at the Discussion on Writing Music and Creating Fine Art” was closely related to me. I thought it was for practitioners who write music or create fine art, and had almost nothing to do with me. So, I rarely read this teaching.
However, when I recently read the book The Ultimate Goal of Communism, a sentence shocked me: “Traditional culture praises gods, and the evil Party's culture praises demons.” Although I knew it, I was still shocked by this sentence.
Since the sentence is related to culture, I decided to read Master's teaching on music and fine art. Master said:
“But if human beings paint Gods--think about it everyone, Gods are glorious, magnificent, and emit merciful, benevolent energy that benefits people--the people who render the paintings or create the sculptures benefit in the process of completing the artwork, and at the same time the artist develops good thoughts while he creates artwork of Gods, and therefore Gods may help him strengthen his righteous thoughts, and remove the karma on the artist's body and his thought karma. After others look at that kind of artwork they'll benefit, they'll become broad-minded, they'll have good thoughts in their minds, and it will make their character nobler. And when Gods see humans having upright thoughts, they'll remove dangers and calamities for humans.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Discussion on Creating Fine Art,” Teaching the Fa at the Discussion on Writing Music and Creating Fine Art)
After reading the Fa, I came to the understanding that the Creator has created China’s 5,000-year-old divine culture, and his purpose is to teach us how to praise and respect gods, and eventually be protected by gods.
The evil Party teaches people to praise and respect evil, and communicate with evil. Eventually, people will be controlled by the evil, lose energy to the evil, and be destroyed by the evil.
This further reminded me: if a cultivator is jealous of others, competitive with others, and refuses to listen to criticism, isn't this providing the evil with energy and allowing the person to be controlled by the evil?
Especially during the resistance against the persecution, some practitioners exhibit competitiveness which comes from Party culture, and use non-compassionate means to eliminate the evil. As a consequence, they could not effectively clarify the truth or save people.
There is a fellow practitioner in our area who has been arrested and detained five or six times. Each time, he used non-compassionate means and fought with the police violently. He won every time, and no labor camp dared to take him. But he didn't realize that the competitiveness and the fighting mentality is demonic, not what Master wants:
Consequently, the last time this practitioner was arrested, he was sentenced to prison. He is jailed in a different city. Fellow practitioners’ efforts to rescue him failed.
We often see demon nature, although unconsciously, in daily cultivation. Sometimes, when practitioners have different opinions, they also treat each other with demon nature.
The good mannerisms and requirements for speech and behavior in traditional Chinese culture is also a manifestation of respecting gods. It is also a requirement for gods to protect us.
However, after decades of the Party’s rule, today’s Chinese people speak and behave very differently than the ancient Chinese.
Some practitioners do not pay attention to what they wear or to personal hygiene. They don’t realize that this laziness is also demon nature.
A fellow practitioner in our area was imprisoned in a detention center for 10 days. He didn’t do the laundry or take a shower during that period. The other inmates did not understand. They commented, “Why don’t Falun Gong practitioners do laundry or take showers?”
Party culture infiltrates every aspect of our lives. Some practitioners are controlled by Party culture without knowing it.
How do we receive protection from the gods? Master has said very clearly in the fine arts lecture. Good music and fine arts that praise the gods is one of the ways. In ancient history, some great emperors, kings, and military generals also used good music to educate people and defeat their enemies.
In summary, Dafa disciples’ studying the Fa, doing the exercises, sending forth righteous thoughts, and clarifying the truth are all following Master’s requirements; as a result, we are protected by the gods.
The above is my personal understanding. Please correct me with compassion, if I’ve said anything that is incorrect.