(Clearwisdom.net) "The great waves shift the sand, and that is what cultivation practice is all about. What is left in the end will be genuine gold." (Zhuan Falun) These words have touched me very deeply. Here I want to discuss the recent situation in our area and express my hope that fellow practitioners can wake up quickly. I think that these are not individual cases anymore. Danger is approaching some of our fellow practitioners.

Case one: About half a year ago, a practitioner who works at a Falun Gong materials site, 30 years old, single, passed away. She was once diligent and did many things to validate Dafa. Before she started to practice Falun Gong, she had a tumor and was considered terminally ill. After she started practicing Falun Gong, her illness disappeared and she also became more attractive. However, she started thinking of living an ordinary life later and started dating. She prepared to take an examination for an official position for the Chinese Communist Party. She spent time every day trying to memorize the CCP's political lies. Since then, her physical condition started deteriorating and her health gradually returned to the illness conditions she had before practicing Falun Gong. Fellow practitioners reminded her many times, trying to help her. However, she could not let go of her attachments and continued to lead an ordinary life, doing what ordinary people do. As a result, in a very short time her life was taken away by illness karma.

Case 2: Several days before the Chinese New Year, a recently retired fellow practitioner in her fifties suddenly passed away from an illness. She was a veteran practitioner, practicing Falun Gong for many years. She had once stopped practicing Falun Gong for a period of time and went to worship at a local Buddhist shrine. She came down with conditions of illness karma that same night and was resuscitated in the hospital. She then resumed cultivating Falun Gong and did the three things. A half year ago, she was hospitalized several times because of illness karma. Fellow practitioners were anxious for her and reminded her several times that it was not good for her to hold onto the state of living an ordinary life on the one hand and at the same time also trying to cultivate into a divine being, stepping onto two boats at the same time. But, she did not take the advice and refused to wake up. Several days before the Chinese New Year, she passed away.

Case 3: A veteran fellow practitioner is 50 years old. Both she and her husband lost their jobs and were in a difficult situation, both working odd jobs here and there. She went to work in the early mornings and returned home at around 11:00 p.m. Therefore, one can imagine how much difficulty she had in doing the "three things". Fellow practitioners had advised her many times to find an easier job and to spend more time to study the Fa and practice the exercises, but she kept the job with the excuse that she could not shirk her responsibility to her job. She suddenly came down with illness karma before the Chinese New Year and was taken to the hospital for emergency treatment on two occasions. She almost died. She said that she knew Master had saved her. Fellow practitioners had a discussion with her based on the principles of the Fa hoping that she could examine herself and let go of her attachments. Fellow practitioners learned that in her home there were still many things with the CCP's evil spirit; she said that her husband wanted to keep them and would not let her throw them away. She did not do well in clarifying the truth to her family. It was really a painful situation.

The above are situations that have recently occurred around us in my city. The reason that we are still discussing this topic at the current stage of Fa-rectification is because we did not follow Master's teachings to study the Fa well and to look within for reasons.

Our fellow practitioners all have experienced hardships. Several are still being detained and the old forces, in the form of illness karma, are taking away relatively young practitioners one after another outside the detention centers. Fellow practitioners, we must examine how we are cultivating ourselves, whether our cultivation goals are right, whether our motivation of doing things are correct and what are our fundamental attachments. We must use Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance, the Fa of the universe that Master taught us, to correct each and every one of our thoughts, words and actions. We do not acknowledge old force arrangements and should totally reject the existence of the old forces. Fellow practitioners, our current path is not only very narrow, we are walking on a single-plank bridge over an abyss and we should have each and every one of our thoughts based on the Fa. There is no way back except falling into the abyss and being taken away by the old forces, having the long awaited destroyed in a flash of a moment. What we should do is to catch up with the Fa-rectification progress and to follow Master's teachings.

I have put into writing the current situation in our city to discuss with all fellow practitioners in hopes of waking up fellow practitioners so that we can ascend together. We should do well the things we should do, suffocate the evil and do not allow the same situation to happen again.