Sharing with Practitioners Who Left Home to “Study the Fa with a Calm Mind”
(Clearwisdom.net) When sharing amongst local practitioners recently, we found a group of practitioners who had left their families and homes. They rarely read Minghui Weekly and some of their families do not know where they are or what they are doing. Some had not been home for over 6 months. Some had left their kids at home, causing misunderstandings with their husbands and other family members. These families have now verbally attacked Master and Dafa. These groups of practitioners live together, and claim that they are “studying the Fa with a calm mind.” They said that practitioners should all “study the Fa with a calm mind” like them, yet they refuse to disclose where they live, as if it was a secret. If they found practitioners who agreed with their living arrangements, they would invite these practitioners to their house.
Forming groups of ten people, or in twos or threes, they travel in different districts of Tangshan city to share their experiences with practitioners who they are familiar with. Each of them carries a big backpack with all of Master’s lectures inside. Each book has many paper slips of certain Fa passages. When they share their experiences with other practitioners, they would open the books, selectively read the Fa and explain the Fa based on their own understandings. When fellow practitioners pointed out that their actions were not in accordance with the Fa, they replied that other practitioners who don’t carry books like them do not study the Fa as often as they do. They showed off how they carried the books with them everywhere, as if this meant that they studied the Fa a lot.
When some practitioners said that they should seize the time to save more people, they said: “You have not cultivated yourself well yet. Without compassion, how can you save people?” They asked practitioners to find a quiet place to study the Fa with a calm mind and cultivate themselves well before going out to save people. When practitioners asked them if they go out to save people, they claimed that they specialize in saving religious people, which meant that they do not try to save everyone.
They picked on problems of other practitioners according to their own understandings. They told practitioners to pick on others like they do. When they urged practitioners to leave home to study the Fa, those practitioners said that Falun Dafa does not cultivate this way and refused to go with them. They told them: “If Master tells you that you have reached consummation and it is time to go, are you going to stay here with your family?”
Some practitioners did not go with them but still agreed with them, and as a result they have been interfered with by these practitioners. Fellow practitioners, why not evaluate this with Master's Fa? We cannot follow people instead of the Fa! Master asked us to do the three things well, so we should do all three things well. If Master has not told us to leave our homes and wander about, being selective in trying to save only religious people, then we should not do that.
Master told us to cultivate by conforming with everyday society as much as possible. We cultivate without leaving society and by directly cultivating ourselves. Master has told us so many times to hurry up and save more people. Now it is time to eliminate the evil with righteous thoughts and to save sentient beings that are about to be destroyed. How can we leave our homes and only care about our own Fa study?
“So amidst this persecution of sentient beings we need to clarify the truth to people, and at the same time cultivate ourselves well and eliminate the evil with righteous thoughts.” (“Touring North America to Teach the Fa”)
Those who have followed these practitioners are doing so because of their attachments. Master said that we should study the Fa more often with a calm mind, but it does not mean that we should leave home and find a place to live together! We all have families and careers; if we abandon our families, then aren't we the same as monks and nuns? Isn't it going to cause losses to Dafa and saving sentient beings?
“Namely, every time Dafa's progress enters a new stage, there are some students who evaluate Dafa cultivation with human thinking. The path of Dafa disciples' cultivation is such that your cultivation doesn't involve breaking from the secular world, it's that kind of path. ” (“Teaching the Fa in San Francisco, 2005”).
Master also said:
“But as you go about truly cultivating yourself in your day-to-day life, the society that you come into contact with is your cultivation environment. The work and family environments that you spend time in are both settings in which you are to cultivate yourselves, are part of the path you must walk, are what you must handle, and handle correctly at that. None of these should be glossed over.” (“Teaching the Fa in Canada, 2006”)
Master also said:
“What I've told you is that you should be a good person wherever you are and have others say that you are a Dafa disciple. You need to handle the things in your family well and handle the things in your workplace well. As Dafa disciples, how well you've cultivated is precisely reflected in these areas, in front of the world's people.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Western U.S. Fa Conference”)
My understanding of “Study the Fa with a Calm Mind” is not that we adopt the formality of cultivation; instead it means that in all kinds of circumstances, we should have a calm mind. Only by getting rid of attachments, can we become tranquil and have a calm mind.
“Remove all attachments for true non-action.” (“Non-action”, Hong Yin)
“The ability to achieve tranquility is gong, and the depth of ding indicates one’s level. ” (Zhuan Falun)
If we are not interfered with by any human notion under any circumstance, we will truly be able to have a calm mind and truly obtain the Fa.
I hopethat those practitioners will quickly come back and do the three things well according to their own situation, and save those sentient beings that have pinned their hopes on them.