Eradicate Warped Notions, Treat Fellow Practitioners with Compassion
(Clearwisdom.net) Recently, my thoughts were not pure enough while sending forth righteous thoughts. I thought about what practitioner A mentioned to me regarding some issues that practitioner B had to face. Even though I purged those thoughts right away, I merely treated this as some kind of interference to my sending forth righteous thoughts.
Later on, I felt that it was not that simple. Teacher said, "Whenever there is interference of one kind or another in qigong practice, you should look for reasons within yourself and determine what you still have not let go." (Zhuan Falun) By seeking within, I discovered how the old forces meticulously arrange all of our thoughts and ideas. That is how they disrupt the Fa-rectification and accomplish their deviated goals.
Practitioners still have human sentimentality, as well as attachments of various degrees and natures. They also have deficiencies in their cultivation; thus, throughout their cultivation there will be various conflicts among Dafa practitioners. Once conflicts occur, we could easily deal with them using human notions and mentalities. In order to recognize them and overcome them, our only recourse is to study the Fa diligently. Teacher said in "Drive Out Interference": "The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts."
For example, I was aware that I should point out the obvious attachments and deficiencies whenever I observed them in some fellow practitioners, but the outcome was never very good since I did not have a thorough understanding of the Fa, and my attitude was not pure and sincere when I spoke. Teacher said in "Clearheadedness": "I often say that if all a person wants is the well-being of others and if this is without the slightest personal motivation or personal understanding, what he says will move the listener to tears." I did not have a profound understanding as to how I could achieve thinking for the well being of others. I thought it was just a cultivation level and I had not reached that level.
Today after studying Teacher's "Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Washington, D.C. Fa Conference," Teacher pointed out, "In these situations your conduct should always show Dafa disciples' tolerance, kindness, and niceness. The next person's things are your things, and your things are his things." I realized that on this issue of how to deal with attachments and deficiencies exemplified by fellow practitioners, we must recognize that what practitioners manifest are merely the perceptions and karma acquired throughout this life, not their true selves. We must genuinely treat our fellow practitioners' things as our own things, tell them how to thoroughly eradicate those attachments, how to raise their xinxing (heart or mind nature, moral character), and how to validate Dafa better. The result will be very good if we do so in this state of mind. Dafa practitioners are one body. This unity is the manifestation of Fa, the fusion of our hearts, and the exchange of our true nature. This is the righteous faith in the Fa one gains after breaking through all misunderstandings. Only by doing so can we break through layers upon layers of barriers created by the old forces, and righteously follow our path in the Fa rectification.
Please kindly point out any deficiencies or shortcomings in these understandings.