"Also, with those people that you run into by chance, who you run into in daily life, and the people you run into at work, you should all clarify the truth to them. Even when in your daily life you pass by people so quickly that you don't have a chance to talk to them, you should still leave them with your compassion and kindness. Don't lose those who should be saved, especially those with predestined connections. Actually, a lot of Dafa disciples say when they're clarifying the truth, 'I'm going to go clarify the truth now,' as if at that moment they're going to clarify the truth, but they don't clarify the truth normally. Saving beings should permeate every single aspect of your daily lives at this time. If you can all understand and really see its importance, I think you'll probably save more beings. Now the world's people are gradually becoming more clear headed, and the impact of clarifying the truth right now is even greater. The audience those evil beings have is getting smaller and smaller, so you must understand this issue clear headedly." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Atlanta Fa Conference")
It has been almost five years since Teacher talked about the issue of compassion in 2003, and also it has been well over ten years since Teacher began widely teaching the Fa in 1992. For each one of us, how many brief encounters with people have we had? How much compassion did we leave with them? And how many sentient beings have we missed saving that we should not have missed? Many of us in the course of our lives have had an opportunity to connect with a person but ended up never seeing that same person again. Many fellow practitioners are clarifying the truth, but many people are so busy that they miss the opportunity to listen to our valuable message.
1. Have compassionate thoughts toward all people
Through studying the Fa I came to understand that the people in the world we come across are the ones that have a karmic relationship with us, so we must focus on clarifying the truth to them. As far as I'm concerned, whether in a bus depot, a marketplace, or areas outside schools, I often stop to send forth righteous thoughts. Especially while seated in a bus depot, I'll take a seat near a quiet corner and send forth righteous thoughts. I feel a strong energy field that encompasses everyone around me.
Nowadays, there are all kinds of people on the streets: beautiful ladies, handsome men, homely ones, pretty ones, and beggars. What kinds of thoughts do we think about them? Are they compassionate? If the thoughts are bad, they have a negative effect, because a thought of ours is a substance that has energy. At the same time, we'd lose virtue (de). Also, our bad thoughts, which are alive, can have an impact toward developing viciousness in the person--it'd be just the same as pushing the person closer to hell. If our thought was compassionate and good, it'd help the person develop a bright future, and the person would be savable. Therefore, don't take any of your thoughts lightly, as it could make a big difference between heaven and earth! Save more people with righteous thoughts.
A few years back there were reports among practitioners about how some fellow practitioners were utilizing the power of mind--righteous thoughts--to plant "Falun Dafa is good" and "Truth-Compassion-Forbearance is good" into the minds of others. The results seemed excellent, capable of changing people. Now it may be advisable to add, "Quit the Chinese Communist Party to be safe" and "Do the three withdrawals ASAP."
2. Have compassion toward all fellow practitioners
Ms. Liu told me about an amazing experience. A relative of hers is a fellow practitioner. For a long time there was friction between them that greatly impacted their cultivation states.
One time while she was relaxing at home, she suddenly felt very uncomfortable, just as if a big, dark cloud was covering her. As she was rather sensitive, she thought that sudden feeling must have come from her relative. So, out she went over to her relative's and asked, "Did you bother me at home again a little while ago?" Her relative said, "Yes." Ms. Liu said, "Even though I have a lot of shortcomings, your bothering me and getting angry not only doesn't help solve the problem, but it also has an impact on your cultivation and mine: you feel sleepy while studying the Fa and sending forth righteous thoughts, and I am not as clear headed as before. I suggest that it would be better for us to think more of each other."
They both knew to look within to solve problems, yet they still weren't able to forget the wrongs of the other. In view of this, Ms. Liu came up with a solution. Prior to solving their problem, each of them set up her own protection shield to dissolve any bad messages from impacting her own field and which would keep them from doing the three things. Each of them would no longer think of the wrongs of the other. Gradually, their situations changed for the better, and they became happier.
Through this incident, I realized the importance of our thoughts mutually impacting fellow practitioners.
One practitioner said, "It isn't easy for everyone to withstand the current pressure. In this dimension of ours, we have to endure pressure from our family as well as society, and in other dimensions we've been persecuted by the evil, not to mention our own karma. The whole thing has been very difficult. Is it appropriate to add extra resentment, unfair comments, or bad things from fellow practitioners?" Therefore, it's advisable, I think, that we not hold grudges against fellow practitioners and that we send forth righteous thoughts with compassion for fellow practitioners in order to enable them to become better and to save more people.
3. Regard all things and all substances with compassion
We are saving all sentient beings. That includes not only humans but also their tables, chairs, houses, roads, flowers, trees, etc. They are all living beings that need to be regarded with compassion. In the background of everything lies a long historical trail. We need to send forth righteous thoughts to disintegrate the bad elements of their lives so as to enable them to be saved.
Since we are all urgently saving people, every thought of ours is very important at this time. We are nearly 100 million Dafa disciples, and we come across people daily. If everyone of us could leave all sentient beings with compassion and send forth righteous thoughts with fields of purity, peacefulness, and great compassion, what kind of place would this world be? Would there be a place for evil to hide? Our houses, our streets, villages, counties, and cities would be shining like gold.
Someone asked, "How do we leave sentient beings with compassion?" What I think is that as long as we have the sincere wish, "Leave sentient beings with compassion," our Teacher will help us, other divine beings will help us, and Teacher will be happy.
Fellow practitioners, I hope we all value every thought of ours, and with the limited time remaining, let our most righteous and purest thoughts shine over all sentient beings.
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