On the U.S. Election: Pacify the External by Cultivating the Internal
(Minghui.org) I felt a bit depressed lately. It was a mixed feeling. I wasn’t sure if I was disappointed in President Trump, worried about the American people, or doubtful about my faith in Master. I felt disconsolate like when the persecution of Falun Dafa initially started in 1999.
I calmed down and began reading Master's teachings. After I read “Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference,” I felt my thoughts becoming more clear. I would like to share my recent insights with fellow practitioners.
On the issue of Trump’s re-election, we seem to be pinning our hopes on ordinary people again. The lessons in this regard are too profound for fellow practitioners in mainland China. When we saw the former prime minister Zhu Rongji sympathize with Falun Gong, we pinned our hopes on him and he was taken down; when the current Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping was taking down the corrupt officials [who were also involved in the persecution of Falun Gong], we pinned our hopes on him, only to see things going in the wrong direction. Now, we are pinning our hope on Trump and expecting him to dismantle the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after being re-elected. Now, two months have passed since election day, and it remains uncertain what the final result will be.
Master clearly inspired us with these Fa teachings:
“The Three Realms’s entire formation and the creation of the earth were for this final affair today. What’s displayed here among men is a group of good people saving the world’s people and leading society to change for the better, redeeming the world and mankind. But as seen from the cosmos, it is Fa-rectification taking place, and it involves measureless and countless sentient beings, gigantic universes, and immeasurable cosmic bodies. So those trifling things that are to be gained here among men, or political power, can in no way compare. But once a Dafa disciple is here among men for this affair, he must rely on Dafa if he is to tell right from wrong. One enters into illusion upon joining the world of mortals, and so no one can see the reality of things very clearly. Only from this Fa can you gain guidance on how to conduct yourselves. Thus, real experience over these years has born out that with good Fa-study a Dafa disciple can avoid losing his bearing, and no matter how complicated this society may be, or how much things may be in flux, he can, if he manages to truly align his cultivation with the Fa, not be led astray by the false appearances here—even as a range of human attachments, thoughts, temptations, and things that may stir up attachments as well as all sorts of superficial things, conspire to interfere with his cultivation.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
Master made it very clear that our job is to save people:
“You have likely seen many prophecies to this effect, with some putting the survival rate at one in ten thousand, one in a thousand, or only one in ten households. Whatever the figure, they wanted to destroy sentient beings on a massive scale. The essential goal of Dafa’s vast spreading in the world, however, and saving of sentient beings, is to redeem everything—to save all sentient beings capable of being saved. And that is why we have done as much as we can, trying our best to save more.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
It seems that in the course of this election matter, we just need to stand at the right base, not to be disturbed or interfered with. We just need to focus on saving more people, which is what we should do.
[Editor's note: Both ordinary people and Dafa practitioners are clarifying the truth, but we have the power of the Fa behind us, which can eliminate the evil and really save people. We can participate in marches and rallies as ordinary people do. But in addition to that, we have our sacred undertaking of sending righteous thoughts, which is a greater power granted by Dafa, something ordinary people do not have.]
In this end-time chaos, only when we consistently maintain our righteous thoughts can we stay unmoved and undisturbed by the surface phenomena.
Master reminded us:
“Mercy is offered before the great disaster arrives, but the Fa-rectification is pitilessly strict.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
Let us be more broad-minded and not just see only the results of Trump's re-election or dismantling the CCP. Let's look at the big picture at the macro level. Let us work harder to help all beings make the right choice in the battle between good and evil.
This is my understanding at this level, and please kindly point out shortcomings.