Fulfilling Our Mission in This Last Moment of Fa-Rectification
(Clearwisdom.net) A practitioner wrote in the article "Waking Up the People Next to You," "When we heard that Lord Buddha would come down to rectify the Fa, we knelt down under Lord Buddha's feet and made vows to come down to help teacher during the Fa-Rectification. The gods in heaven were all moved to tears by our magnificent behavior. After we finished our vows, we reminded each other that the clear-minded individuals should help wake up those who become lost in delusion. We must remember this: If we miss this opportunity, we will never have another chance to go home." The Fa-Rectification period is near the end. When we all board the boat of the Fa and sail smoothly back home with teacher, have we remembered those gods who came down here with us from the remote holy heaven to help teacher during the Fa-Rectification? They have truly become lost in the delusion of the world and forgotten their missions here. We should not leave them here. We should fulfill the vows we made before we came, wake them up, and tell them it is time to go home.
Teacher rectifies the Fa and reconstructs the colossal firmament. The new cosmos is born during teacher's Fa-Rectification. But the beings who resist Fa-rectification cannot go into the new cosmos and they will be eliminated during the Fa-Rectification. This is the principle of the cosmos. Teacher delayed the end of the Fa-Rectification period again and again because our Dafa disciples hadn't yet met the standard as a whole. Merciful Teacher does not want to lose a single disciple and does not want the beings, who intentionally came down from higher levels to help teacher during the Fa-Rectification, to be eliminated. Teacher can finish saving the sentient beings with just a wave of His hand. Why did He leave this for Dafa disciples to do? Teacher wants us to establish our mighty virtue while saving sentient beings.
The old forces persecution of Dafa and Dafa disciples has already lasted for eight years, and in some areas it still continues to a certain extent. This is a very serious thing. We should really wake up. During our cultivation in the Fa-Rectification period, teacher bestowed us with unlimited wisdom and divine power. But in recent years, I could not always treat the Fa as teacher and examine each and every deed while clarifying the truth and persuading people to withdraw from the CCP. When things were smooth and effective during truth-clarification, I was very happy and thought that I had saved this person. I forgot that actually it was Teacher who saved the person. The attachment of self-absorption is very easily used by the evil. When I could not persuade the person and was misunderstood or even treated rudely by the person, my attachment of pride was hurt and I was very upset. I did not even want to continue to clarify the truth to people face to face. I had forgotten what Teacher said, "Tempering your will is the key to truly raising your level" (Zhuan Falun, Translated by North American Practitioners) When another practitioner and I rode a motorcycle to a remote area to distribute truth-clarifying materials and post truth-clarifying signs, we had to avoid pedestrians for security reasons, and we also faced pressure from our family members who were not practitioners. I felt it was very difficult and bitter. I had forgotten what teacher said,
"A Great Enlightened One fears no hardship
Having forged an adamantine will"
("Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Actions" from Hongyin II, translation A)
When I distributed truth-clarifying materials and suspected I was being followed (which actually was a false impression), I had a strong attachment of fear. I immediately went back home and did not dare to go out for several days. I rationalized that this was acceptable behavior for security reasons. I had forgotten what Teacher said,
"When disciples have ample righteous thoughts
Master has the power to turn back the tide"
("The Master-Disciple Bond" from Hongyin II, translation A)
When I read Minghui/Clearwisdom articles stating that some practitioners were reported while clarifying the truth by people who were deceived, and were arrested and detained to be persecuted, I felt that it was not worth it for Dafa disciples to suffer such great tribulations to save such a person. When I saw that a fellow practitioner's cultivation status was not good, I was very anxious for them and sometimes I even became angry. I had forgotten what Teacher told us,
"Compassion can harmonize Heaven and Earth, ushering in spring
Righteous thoughts can save the people in this world."
("The Fa Rectifies the Cosmos" from Hongyin II, translation A)
Since July 20, 1999, when the CCP started persecuting Dafa and Dafa disciples, Dafa disciples displayed various different cultivation states. Some became more determined to steadfastly cultivate and wrote without reservation to the authorities for the sake of Dafa's reputation. Some were afraid of standing up for the truth and hid at home to cultivate. Some gave up cultivation and did nothing. Some even turned against Dafa. Under these circumstances, Teacher published a lot of articles to guide us and always protected us. He also constantly encouraged the disciples who did not step forward or did not diligently move forward. Teacher guides us on how to validate the Fa well and save more sentient beings during the Fa-Rectification, and shows us the Buddha's infinite grace and immense benevolence. We always talked about "believing in Master and the Fa" and "solidifying righteous thoughts," but how much have we followed that during cultivation? When I had difficulties, I forgot I was a Dafa disciple and all my human notions came out. My righteous thoughts and mercy as a practitioner were all gone at that moment. When I looked back, I felt very ashamed. I had this kind of attachment. Maybe other practitioners also have it. The attachments and human notions assist in the evil forces' persecution of Dafa and Dafa disciples to this day. If we keep strong righteous thoughts at all times, can the evil still keep up the persecution? Practitioners' righteous thoughts and mercy are very important.
After I studied the Fa more and gained a deeper understanding of the Fa, I was able to gradually give up the attachments and solidify my righteous thoughts. The Fa taught me to look inward when things happen and think of others first. Although I did not all of a sudden become selfless, I was able to take troubles without complaint and regret. In the past, when the housework was too much and used up, or reduced my time for studying the Fa and practicing the exercises, I felt angry and helpless. I always thought that it would be great if we could leave society and cultivate in a quiet, remote, place. Now I use righteous thoughts in handling this, and arrange everything well. I understand that Teacher chose the most complicated environment for us to cultivate the Fa in order to save sentient beings and allow us to cultivate solidly to a higher level. In the past when I could not persuade people face to face, I complained about them in my mind. I even had the bad thought that they could just wait to be eliminated. Now if I cannot persuade them immediately, I will keep trying until I persuade them. If I really cannot persuade them, I feel very sad for them. I further understood the Fa principle,
"...whether it's hard depends on the person" and
"'...the Great Law is boundless'--how your cultivation goes all depends on your mind."
(Zhuan Falun, Translated by North America Practitioners)
If we can really use the Fa to guide our actions and thoughts at all times, the miracle of the Fa will be displayed.
Now the root of the Chinese Communist Party has already been pulled out. The persecution is just the expression of some leftover bad elements. But if we do not send forth our righteous thoughts, it will not disappear. As far as our righteous thoughts can reach, all the remaining bad elements will be eliminated. Whether the persecution will finish as soon as possible all depends on our Dafa disciples' righteous thoughts. We should be responsible to ourselves, be responsible to Dafa and be responsible to sentient beings. Saving sentient beings is our responsibility and mission. Fellow practitioners, human notions are the biggest barriers on our path of cultivation. Let us bravely eliminate them.
October 1, 2007