Doing What We Should and Not Allowing the Epidemic to Dictate Our Actions
(Minghui.org) The ongoing coronavirus epidemic is overwhelming, and it has terrified people throughout China and raised concerns across the world. Some practitioners are also confused and not clear on what is going on. While diligent practitioners continue to cultivate themselves and save people as usual, some practitioners were disturbed and worry about how to prevent it like everyday people.
I have been thinking about this and would like to share some thoughts.
The Current Situation
When reading Zhuan Falun with other practitioners today, I misread a word and thus repeated the entire sentence: “Many people have not thought about why this situation takes place.” (Lecture Four, Zhuan Falun) As I talked with another practitioner about this, she reminded me to look within and think about it further. This led me to reflect on this and gain more understanding of the epidemic as a practitioner.
In the past 20 years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been suppressing Falun Dafa with massive hate propaganda and brutality, including the unprecedented crime of forced organ harvesting. This has created enormous sins and as a result, a large number of people are in danger. To some degree, it is similar to plagues in the Roman Empire taking place following the widespread religious persecution there.
This could be an arrangement by the old forces, as the number of people involved is quite huge. Liu Bowen, a sage in the Ming Dynasty, wrote in his prophecy that,
“Among the poor about 1000 out of 10,000 are saved,while among the rich only two or three out of 10,000 are spared;If one is unwilling to repent of wrongdoings regardless poor or rich,his or her days could be numbered in the near future.”
We cannot acknowledge such arrangements by the old forces and have to try our best to save people. Some practitioners, however, have been influenced by these things. They think that it is too difficult to save people now. With this mindset, even if we go out telling people the facts about Falun Dafa and discuss quitting the CCP organizations, we may encounter too few pedestrians who are available on the street to talk to. Not only do these passersby keep a distance from us to avoid potential infection, our family members too could block us from going out. If we acknowledge the status quo and choose to do nothing, we are actually following an arrangement by the old forces.
Understanding Things Based on Fa-Rectification
“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)
That requires us to continue doing the three things and opposing arrangements by the old forces. Once after studying a lecture of Zhuan Falun, a practitioner shared a poem from Master,
“He comes with Truth that gives him free reignAnd travels the four seas with a free and easy spiritThe Fa’s principles spread throughout the worldHis Fa Boat sets sail, loaded full with sentient beings”(“Tathagata,” Hong Yin Vol. II)
This practitioner kept telling people the facts about Falun Dafa. With Master’s help, the number of people who have quit the CCP organizations through her has increased from several people a day, to more than 10, and now over 20 a day. She is always touched by Master’s compassion along the way, and was in tears when she told her story.
Another practitioner said that she could not just sit at home doing nothing. “Very often I could help more than 10 people to renounce the CCP organizations every day,” she said, “If I stayed at home, my entire day would be wasted.”
Other practitioners also think the same way. Apparently we have not saved enough people. Master is extending time and creating opportunities for us.
Master also said,
“Of course, there are also some students who've seen certain things that will occur in the Three Realms as a whole. But these cases are rare lately, because this history has been re-arranged. Many prophecies, for example--no matter whether they are accurate or not regarding the later stage--can shock and frighten the evil, give the world's people hints, and warn and wake up the world's people. So they can have certain positive effects. Dafa disciples can't do things according to some prophecy, though. You should do things according to the Great Law!”
“You are creating history, you are creating the future, and anything arranged by anyone else doesn't count.” (“Teaching and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. III)
Fulfilling Our Mission
Right now, the entire world is concerned about the coronavirus epidemic and people in China are even more worried. During this process, the CCP has shut down cities, blocked roads, and isolated communities. On the surface, the CCP claims that it is doing so to protect people, while in reality it has deprived people of access to more information and kept them from traveling overseas for uncensored information. We cannot acknowledge that since it is the old forces’ arrangement.
By following Master’s words, we can send forth righteous thoughts, save people, and change the world. We are here to help Master save people. If people are isolated, how can we save them? We should be clear on this.
I did not do well in the past and had wasted many opportunities. Now, I am trying to improve—that is, remaining determined regardless of the external situation. As long as we have the heart, Master will make arrangements for us. After all, the things that we do would not be possible without Master’s help.
When going out on the street, I often greet people and tell them that Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is the most righteous, “Keeping it in mind and being a good person will help us stay away from trouble.” I often talk with them about quitting the CCP organizations and reciting the words “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
One thing to note is that we do not want to get too close when talking to people, since they may be afraid of infection. Another challenge for me is that my family does not want me to go out, worrying that I might bring the virus home. They stopped after I showed them the following words from Master Li,
“Your spiritual journey has been well designed, and your body isn’t allowed to become sick. Really, it’s not allowed to be sick. That’s because no illness is allowed to invade you now; any pathogen would be killed by the positive energy you have.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2019 New York Fa Conference”)
We have to do better and keep saving people. I would like to conclude my sharing with the following words from Master,
“Anyway, I just want to tell you that, as Dafa disciples, you should know how enormous your responsibility is, and this is not a child’s game. This undertaking has already come to the last stage, and I am extremely worried, yet you still do not treat it seriously. In the end, however, it will be too late even if you cry. Everything in the human world was arranged purposefully so as to arouse people’s attachments; there are so many things that prevent you from being saved. You do not consider yourself a cultivator and follow along with those things?! You are the hope for all sentient beings, and you are the hope for lives in your area!” (“Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference”)