Holding Master and the Fa in Our Hearts Amidst Tribulation
(Clearwisdom.net) During cultivation, each of us will experience tests and tribulations. Some have done very well in these situations, and others not so well. There are also some who go over to the other side instead of overcoming the tribulations. I am among those who have not done well. Several practitioners have left a deep impression on me. They hold Master and Dafa in their hearts, and they walk a righteous path with righteous minds.
One practitioner, who is in her seventies, told me a story. One day she, her husband, and her grandchild slept in the same bed. In the morning when she woke up, she found that her husband and grandchild had both been poisoned by carbon monoxide, and they wouldn't wake up. She hurriedly called her son in and had him rush them to the hospital. Later, her son asked her, "You all slept in the same bed. Why were you not poisoned?" She told him calmly, "I have Master [looking after me]!"
Regardless of how severe the evil's persecution appeared to be, one practitioner always said, "This Fa is enormous beyond imagination. The evil is nothing!" With that thought in mind, he overcame many difficulties and dangers, and did many things to validate Dafa.
Another practitioner, who owned a hair salon, persisted in clarifying the truth about Falun Dafa and the persecution to people openly every day while cutting people's hair. She handed out many Dafa materials and saved many people. During the Beijing Olympic Games, the township cadre and village cadre came to see her. She smiled but said to them seriously, "Don't come to see me again. I am not under your control. I follow the words of my Master!" After that, they no longer came by.
That elderly practitioner may not be able to talk much about high level understandings, but her faith was apparent from her statement to her son. We can all feel the preciousness of that thought. She is a Dafa disciple and she has Master, so what does she have to fear? Isn't that the very thing most worthy of Dafa disciples' pride and great fortune? As a disciple of the compassionate, magnificent, and venerable Master, isn't this a most simple, pure, and true righteous thought? As for the practitioner who said, "This Fa is enormous beyond imagination. The evil is nothing," isn't this also a most powerful righteous thought? How could the evil touch him? The same is true for the other two practitioners--with their righteous thoughts, they can't be touched by the evil.
In fact, compassionate Master has told us in "Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference,"
"If upon encountering trying circumstances your thinking can be truly righteous, then, when faced with the evil's persecution and when faced with interference, just one sentence of yours fortified with steadfast righteous thoughts can instantly make the evil disintegrate (applause), and it will make those who are being used by the evil turn and flee, it will make the evil's persecution of you dissolve, and it will make the evil's interfering with you disappear without a trace. One thought born of righteous faith is all it takes. And whoever can hold firm that righteous thought and go the distance will become a magnificent god forged by Dafa."
There will be trying circumstances and difficulties in cultivation. Whether we have righteous thoughts and righteous actions in those circumstances will depend on whether we have Master and the Fa in our hearts.