It has recently been reported on the Clearwisdom website that Falun Dafa practitioners in Mainland China were arrested for distributing the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. In some areas, there were mass arrests, and material sites were destroyed. From an everyday person's viewpoint, it occurred because wide distribution of the Nine Commentaries stirred up the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at its roots, and the evil attempted to frantically continue its plans. However, as Falun Dafa practitioners, we know things are not as simple as they appear. They were caused by cultivation factors. Everything occurring in the human world is just a manifestation. What takes place is actually determined by factors in other dimensions.
Teacher told us:
"As I've said, everything that happens today in the ordinary society is the result of Dafa disciples' thoughts. Even though the old forces do exist, if you don't have those thoughts they can't do anything." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A")
"When the persecution in Mainland China started, if all of the Dafa disciples had managed to act fairly righteously like now, the persecution would have never gotten off the ground, and those evil things would have been destroyed instantly. The human world is no place for them to make a display of evilness." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2004 International Fa Conference in New York")
It was so even in 1999 when the evil ran rampant. So, in 2005, when the evil in other dimensions has been eliminated on a massive scale, and less and less evil remains, how could such seriously destructive events still occur in China? Shouldn't practitioners in China calm down and look into the problems we have in our cultivation?
Here is some feedback from various aspects in this period of time. Some practitioners in China still resist the Nine Commentaries. Some still have concerns about promoting the Nine Commentaries and believe we are "getting political." Teacher has made it very clear in Teaching the Fa at the 2005 Manhattan International Fa Conference" regarding this point:
"Even though you really aren't doing political things it insists that you are. Whenever they have persecuted and attacked people, they have always made up lies, riled people up, and attempted to justify their persecution. And when they attack somebody they always call the person whatever names they feel like calling him. Dafa disciples just do the things that Dafa disciples are supposed to do. They are clearheaded and rational, and they know what they are doing, and none of the evil lies or the accusations that stem from the Party culture can interfere with or jar them."
On the other hand, when we do not fear the evil attacking us as "getting political," do we truly understand from the Fa principles that Falun Dafa practitioners will never indulge in politics?
When the Nine Commentaries was first published, some practitioners were quite excited. They felt they could finally take action. They thought that we had always claimed that we did not get political, and dared not to direct our spears at the CCP, and that now we could do things without restraint until the CCP was eliminated. If we take eliminating the CCP as our goal, how are we different from ordinary people's political groups? Some practitioners' families were persecuted by the CCP in its various political movements of the past. Their families were broken up and some family members were injured or killed by the CCP. Now they are persecuted by the CCP for cultivating Falun Dafa. So they tend to have sentiments similar to ordinary people's desires for revenge when they do things. The evil is still acting maliciously. If we promote the Nine Commentaries with such competitiveness and hatred, it's hard to avoid trouble because we are doing it as ordinary people, not as Falun Dafa practitioners. When the notice of sending out righteous thoughts was first sent out by Clearwisdom editors, some practitioners were glad and thought, "We have always been asked to be tolerant. Now we finally can fight with the evil." These are not the righteous thoughts of a Falun Dafa practitioner.
Some practitioners who have been actively clarifying the truth believe that they no longer need to revel the facts of the persecution to people. They think they just need to promote the Nine Commentaries, and that if everyone knows of the Nine Commentaries, the CCP will collapse, and the Fa-rectification will be finished. All kinds of thoughts have evolved. In some areas in China, the materials sites have completely stopped making truth-clarification materials, and only printed the Nine Commentaries. Of course, the Nine Commentaries should be promoted. However, we must ask ourselves why and how the Nine Commentaries should be promoted. As practitioners, we must have a clear and correct understanding of these questions from the principles of the Fa in order to handle it well.
We need to print the Nine Commentaries, as well as informative materials about Falun Dafa and Falun Dafa books. We need to make all three simultaneously without ignoring any one of them. We must balance these well. What Teacher teaches us is Fa. It's not an excuse for us to justify something to be done by ordinary people.
The universe is undergoing Fa-rectification. A practitioner's aspiration is to assist Teacher in Fa-rectification. A practitioner should not be interested in the political struggles of human society. How can he reach consummation with his attachments to human society? The CCP is the worst being created in the universe. If it didn't damage Fa-rectification, Falun Dafa would rectify it and turn it into a good being. However it interfered with the Fa-rectification, and the gods decided to have it weeded out. Its destiny has been determined, and we are just cleaning up the garbage. No matter what happens in human society, no matter how the situation changes, the original intention of Falun Dafa practitioners, to save more sentient beings, should never change. Today we are using the media to promote the Nine Commentaries. The goal is to save more Chinese people who are deceived by the CCP instead of competing with the CCP. Otherwise we would be degrading ourselves.
The things done by a cultivator often appear to be the same as those done by ordinary people. Perhaps ordinary people will judge using their notions and say that we are getting political. However, we should understand it clearly in our own minds and clearly know what we are doing. The same action carried out with different levels of understanding would achieve different results. The principles of cultivation are within every step of our cultivation process, from beginning to the end. Our minds determine the outcome of the things we do. If our hearts improve, and we do things with the mind of a cultivator and not that of an ordinary person, we can do things quickly and effectively.
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