Painful Lessons Learned from the Human Mentalities of Waiting and Dependence on Others
(Clearwisdom.net) There are not many Dafa practitioners in our area, a remote mountainous region in Sichuan Province. Most of the Dafa materials in our area were provided by practitioners from big cities such as Chongqing and Chendu, and we've had them since the late 90's. We were able to get new materials for a while after July 20, 1999. Later, the old forces destroyed the truth-clarifying materials distribution sites in the big cities, and thus our source of supplies was cut off. One fellow practitioner who had been supplying materials to our area was illegally arrested. This practitioner was illegally sentenced to five years in prison and died there after being severely abused. Another fellow practitioner from another area who came to deliver and distribute truth-clarifying materials in our area, was also seized and sentenced to prison. At the beginning of 2000, a few local practitioners established a truth-clarifying materials distribution site. It was later destroyed by the communist regime. Several practitioners were arrested and sentenced to prison or subjected to forced labor. One was sentenced to eight years in prison. One year later, a practitioner from a nearby county came to help us to set up another materials distribution site. It was destroyed within a year, and some practitioners were seized and subjected to forced labor.
The old forces continued to destroy our truth-clarifying materials distribution sites mainly because we had the human mentalities of waiting and relying on others. They arrested the practitioners involved to see whether the rest of us would still just wait for help from others and whether we would remain steadfast and cultivate ourselves. However, we didn't learn from the painful lessons or look inward to find our own loopholes but instead tried to blame others: such as someone has attachments or someone else is not paying attention to security, as well as other inappropriate accusations. Our mentality of waiting and relying on others actually pushed those fellow practitioners involved in producing and providing us with truth clarifying-materials into a deep hole. They work very hard day and night and thus had little time to study the Fa and practice the exercises. This may have strengthened their attachment to doing things and provided the old forces with excuses to persecute them.
If we get rid of the mentality of waiting and depending on others, and each practitioner tries to learn to use the Internet and prepare materials ourselves, we will be able to ease the burden of fellow practitioners working at the materials distribution site. They will not be burdened by having to help us and they will have more time to study the Fa and practice the exercises. The old forces will not have any excuse to persecute them. Furthermore, our mentality of waiting and relying on others also pushed other practitioners into potentially dangerous situations in order to keep ourselves safe. If we hang onto these everyday person mentalities, how can we reach Consummation? Someday when we return to our places as kings, will we still wait around and rely on others? Aren't we supposed to cultivate ourselves and steadfastly walk our own paths?
Some may have excuses such as old age, low education, poor memory, etc. From outward appearances, this may be true, but aren't we Master's disciples? Whether something is difficult or not depends on whether we have the strong desire to save sentient beings. As long as we are determined to assist Master in Fa-rectification and to save sentient beings, Master will surely open our wisdom and help us to overcome every single difficulty.
There are many stories on the Minghui website [Chinese version of Clearwisdom] about how fellow practitioners in the countryside became skillful in preparing truth-clarifying materials. Many 70 or even 80-year-old practitioners learned to use a PC and get on the Internet. Let us get rid of our human mentalities of waiting and dependence on others, and do well ourselves during this last stage of our cultivation path.
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