Dafa Disciples' Cultivation State Determines How Many Sentient Beings We Can Save
(Minghui.org) The extremely fierce U.S. election situation has become the focus of the world's attention. The outcome of the election not only concerns the next U.S. president but also determines the changes in the global structure and the future direction of the world. It also touches the hearts of Dafa disciples to various degrees. In every sense, this is a big test and a big selection of all the people in the world who know about the election.
Earlier on, some of my fellow practitioners thought that as the chosen one, Trump would surely win in the end, so that there was no need to send righteous thoughts for him. It was only after seeing Master’s new scripture “On the General Election” that I realized that sending righteous thoughts for the U.S. election is not about getting involved in politics, but about eliminating the evil’s interference with the divine's arrangement in other dimensions.
During the election process, various fraudulent acts were exposed: dead people voting, voting machines being connected to the internet and manipulated, vote counting fraud, mail-in vote fraud, etc. A large number of mainstream media outlets blatantly turned their backs on the truth and sided with socialist groups backed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) behind the scenes.
For Dafa disciples who have endured more than 20 years of severe persecution at the hands of the CCP, many of us have more or less placed some hope in Trump to help end the persecution after winning re-election. So it’s indeed difficult to stay out of it and not be affected.
However, when we have an attachment to relying on ordinary people, the outcome usually is the opposite of what we had wished for. For example, we used to hope that the CCP’s former prime minister Zhu Rongji could succeed Jiang Zemin, the leader who launched the persecution of Falun Dafa, so as to vindicate us, but our attachment made the outcome worse.
After Xi Jinping came to power, he took down corrupted officials and abolished the labor camp system, which led to the early release of a group of fellow practitioners who had been illegally imprisoned. Because of that, Xi was generally well-liked in the beginning and some even held him in high regard, only to see him become a different person since then.
With the U.S. election, we had hoped to see the results being overturned through the exposure of fraud. We had also counted on the Attorney General to initiate an investigation into the fraud or the Supreme Court's upholding justice. But now, no hope is in sight yet, and we see Trump being betrayed by people working closely with him.
Some people say this was to expose those hidden disloyal followers and then to take them down all at once. I disagree with this view. Why do we have to eliminate people after they have done something bad, instead of saving them before they do bad things?
It is only because we have not done well, we have not been able to eliminate the evil in other dimensions and our human hearts have been taken advantage of by the evil to cause interference, that the situation is getting worse and worse.
Many practitioners have watched the media programs run by fellow practitioners outside of China. It is no problem for a fellow practitioner to explain things from an ordinary person’s perspective, but we shouldn’t be paying too much attention to it. I have already seen fellow practitioners being affected by the programs and their human attachments being stirred up, including curiosity, competitiveness, resentment, irritability, depression, and lack of faith. Are we ordinary people or cultivators? Are we the audience of those media programs or the lead actors in this play of saving people? Perhaps our obsession with the election has inadvertently encouraged the evil to manipulate the election even more.
We are Dafa cultivators and our goal of cultivation is to get rid of all attachments. When we cultivate in the secular world and interact with ordinary people all day long, we can easily be affected by current affairs in society, be they good, bad, righteous or evil. On top of that, we have to cultivate away our notions formed from before.
Master reminded us:
“Though a battle between good and evil is taking place, you have to ensure that you do not let it negatively affect you, and should do even better at getting the truth out and saving people. And as you work to raise awareness, you must be sure not to think or act too much like an ordinary person. Only by staying clear on what you are doing will you manage to not get caught up in things and do even better.” (“Greetings to the Taiwan Fa Conference,” Team Yellow Translation)
Master also taught us:
“As I've said, everything that happens today in the ordinary society is the result of Dafa disciples' thoughts.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)
No matter what happens, cultivating ourselves well is the key. Let us “Cultivate until not one attachment is left” (“Cultivating in a Maze,” Hong Yin, Translation Version B), not be swayed by anything in the world, stay firm in our righteous thoughts, and fulfill our historic mission.
This is my understanding at my current level. Please kindly point out any shortcomings.