Importance of Saving People and Not Just Cultivate Ourselves
(Minghui.org) We all know that the Fa-rectification has reached the very end, so many practitioners have begun reading Master's teachings intensively. Some read Zhuan Falun in one or two days, but they no longer think it’s important to study Master’s other teachings.
When Master’s latest teachings are published, they just read them through but don't apply what Master talked about to themselves. Other practitioners only study the Fa, do the exercises, and send forth righteous thoughts. Some have not clarified the truth for years, yet they still think they're very diligent because they've been doing two of the three things well. They even spread their incorrect perception around, which misled other practitioners.
They are only cultivating themselves, which is very selfish. They even try to find excuses to cover their fear and unwillingness to endure hardships in order to save sentient beings. Because they have strong attachments to their own cultivation and to consummation, they only pay attention to studying the Fa and doing the exercises.
New Wisdom Has Different Requirements
During this special period of Fa-rectification, Master requires us to clarify the truth and save people, yet some practitioners don’t feel that this is important, and find excuses for not doing what Master asked. Isn't this selfish? The old universe was based on selfishness. Lives in the old cosmos would eventually go through the process of destruction based on the law of formation, stasis, degeneration, and destruction. Master wants to bring us and sentient beings to the new cosmos, which is completely selfless, so the new universe will last forever. Dafa will harmonize and renew those degenerated lives.
Master mentioned in the teachings that the new universe has the wisdom to renew itself while the old universe does not. Therefore, the lives of the new cosmos should have different wisdom than lives of the old cosmos. There's an old saying, “Self-interest causes one to get lost.” The selfish nature of lives in the old cosmos hindered their wisdom. While the lives of the new cosmos will be blessed because they let go of selfishness, and do not protect their own interests.
Some practitioners only study the Fa to raise their cultivation level. Their attachment to self-interest has actually become a big obstacle in their cultivation. Master said, “gaining naturally without pursuit” (Fa-Teaching Given at the Conference in Sydney)
Master also said, “One’s gong level is as high as one’s xinxing level” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
The Risk of Losing Everything
How many practitioners can be truly altruistic, set aside their safety and go out to save people? If we can truly meet the requirements and standards of the Fa at different levels, we will get everything we need. We can’t deceive ourselves and say that we no longer need to save sentient beings. If we only pay attention to improving our own cultivation levels, then we're actually heading in the wrong direction.
Some practitioners can see that sentient beings in other dimensions are being saved when they send forth righteous thoughts or do the exercises, so they assure themselves that they are saving people.
Clarifying the truth in order to save people is one of the three things that Master requires us to do. Some practitioners haven’t participated in any truth-clarification projects for a long time because of their strong attachments to fear and self-interest. Others just spend some paper bills with messages about Falun Dafa, thinking that in this way they are doing the three things. They don’t produce truth-clarification materials or clarify the truth to ordinary people, nor do they hang Falun Dafa banners and posters. Some even discouraged others from doing this.
When practitioners were illegally arrested for participating in truth-clarification projects it might be because of loopholes in their cultivation. Other practitioners who hadn’t been participating in truth-clarification projects because of fear or attachments to self-interests may get persecuted by the old forces in other forms. Some developed cancer, others suffered from severe “sickness karma,” or even passed away.
Master acknowledged our efforts to save sentient beings and urged us to study the Fa well and save more people. Then why don’t we do it? We should all know from Master's teachings that if we can’t reach our highest level, even if we are just a few steps away, our heavenly world will be destroyed.
People have recently told me that they saw materials about Falun Dafa everywhere when the persecution began. Now, they can't find them anywhere. Many people are now looking for our pamphlets. Some people liked our pamphlets so much that they collected them and read them over and over again. Each time I get this kind of feedback I feel so encouraged and determined to do even better. But in recent years I've become very discouraged because few practitioners now distribute truth-clarification materials.
Below is a list of some of Master’s recent teachings regarding personal cultivation and Fa-rectification cultivation. I hope fellow practitioners can study them carefully and take this issue seriously.
“Fa Teaching Given at the Fa Conference Marking the Tenth Anniversary of the Minghui Website's Founding”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. X
Touring North America to Teach the Fa
“Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. IV
“Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II
“Teaching the Fa at the Meeting with Asia-Pacific Students”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. VI
“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. IX
Fa Teaching at the 2015 West Coast Fa Conference
“Fa-Rectification Period Dafa Disciples”, Essentials for Further Advancement II
“Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Midwest-U.S. Fa Conference”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. III
“Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Western U.S. Fa Conference”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. V
“Teaching the Fa in the City of Chicago”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. VII
“Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World’s People”, The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol. III
“My Version of a ‘Stick Wake-up’”, The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol. III
“Fa Teaching at the U.S. Capital”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. VIII
“Human Attachments Block the Path”, Hong Yin IV