On Sending Righteous Thoughts
(Minghui.org) Sending righteous thoughts is a special power that Master gave us and is our sacred responsibility. The target of our sending righteous thoughts is clear, “Eradicate all evil that damages Dafa, disintegrating all of the dark minions and rotten demons, and purging these final forms of interference in other dimensions, encompassing all of it and leaving out none.”
But some recent sharing articles on Minghui.org mentioned that some practitioners use sending righteous thoughts for protection. They sent righteous thoughts when their non-practitioner relatives were sick, took college admission exams, or when they were having difficulty in their workplace.
Master said, “Under special circumstances one may eliminate evil—this can be done. This hasn’t existed before in the cultivations in history. The various correct states that you are displaying at this time in each and every regard, and how you handle things in all kinds of situations, are all being left for history. So they’re both serious and crucial.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2001 Canada Fa Conference” in Guiding the Voyage)
We cultivate ourselves to save others. We send righteous thoughts to save people and this special power should not be used for our personal interests or to help family members. If so, what is the difference between sending forth righteous thoughts and praying to Buddha or divine beings to satisfy personal interests?