Overcoming Tribulations by Firmly Believing in Master and the Fa
(Minghui.org) Every practitioner is given a different test paper and each of us is tested on different subjects. Some practitioners are tested on “sickness karma,” car accidents, family tribulations, or persecution. Though we are tested on different subjects, in reality each test is asking the same question: “Do you believe in Master? Do you believe in Dafa?” If we firmly believe in Master and the Fa, we can overcome anything.
Firmly Believing in Master and the Fa
I have come to realize that with many attachments, as we dig them out and get to their root, the issue is really one of believing in Master and the Fa. Take, for example, the so-called issue of “illness.”
“As a genuine practitioner, however, you cannot practice cultivation with an ill body. I will purify your body.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
Do we still have any so called “illness” if Master has already helped us purify our bodies? If we acknowledge it as illness, aren't we then not believing in Master? I think that this is a huge sin.
Then what exactly is hindering us from believing in Master and the Fa? I enlightened that by not being diligent in our cultivation as arranged by Master, many attachments emerge and become obstacles that hinder us from believing in Master and the Fa.
I sometimes look back over my own cultivation, especially to the times where I did not pass a test well, or the times that I stumbled in cultivation. I ask myself what attachments caused those issues to arise? Did I eliminate those attachments and find the root cause of them?
Reflecting After Tribulations
Master has used the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to create selfless and altruistic lives. Diligent practitioners are untouched by the old forces because these practitioners have achieved the state altruism. For example, when police went to practitioners’ homes to harass them, instead of thinking how badly they might be persecuted, diligent practitioners only think about how to save those pitiable policemen who came for the Fa and are being used by the old forces.
When our bodies manifest abnormal states, we should remember that we came to obtain the Fa to save the countless sentient beings from our worlds and that the old forces are not allowed to persecute the sentient beings within our bodily systems. There are still many sentient beings in this world that I have yet to save and I cannot have this abnormal state interfering with the salvation of sentient beings.
The old forces are lives of the old cosmos, and they are selfish. When we cultivate ourselves to be selfless, will the old forces be able to reach us?
Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts To Eliminate Interference
When we correct our fundamental understanding, sending righteous thoughts is no longer for ourselves, but instead is to be responsible for the righteous and virtuous elements in the cosmos.