It is a rare opportunity and a glorious honor for practitioners to do the three things (study the Fa [the teachings of Falun Dafa], send forth righteous thoughts and clarify the truth about Falun Dafa and about the persecution to the world's people) and to realize our prehistoric pledge. Sentient beings envy and respect us.
I did not always put my whole intention into doing the three things because of my cultivation level and other factors. This then caused different results, and affected the sacredness of what I did. If I continuously reminded myself to have strong righteous thoughts, to leave all household affairs behind, to eliminate any human attachments or notions, to save people, and to realize my prehistoric pledge when showing display boards, distributing truth-clarification materials, or clarifying the truth (about the illegal persecution of Falun Gong in China)to people at tourist areas, the result was good.
When my mind was not stable, I sometimes brought human attachments and notions to truth-clarification sites. Not being able to suppress my human thoughts, my space became impure and righteous thoughts were not stable. As a result, several mainland Chinese tourists would make irresponsible remarks or even use bad language. Sometimes, I did not take responsibility or have the intention to save people and took clarifying the truth as some routine work. I did not think about the risks that sentient beings took to descend to the human world, and that only Dafa can save them. They have lost their direction and we have the responsibility to save them. With that thought, my sense of responsibility as a practitioner was
gradually strengthened, and it was more sacred to do things.
No matter if it is during Fa study, sending forth righteous thoughts, or cultivating ourselves, how much effort we put into our intention and attention will not only affect our cultivation, but also our overall effort to save sentient beings. For example, some practitioners often do not participate in group study or group exercise. Their excuse is that they can study the Fa and do the exercises at home. For those practitioners who do participate in group study, they think it's Master's requirements to participate in group study and group exercise, and it is the path that Master is leaving to people to obtain the Fa and for practitioners to verify the Fa. These thoughts actually harmonize what Master wants, which do not involve personal factors and put one's thoughts on the whole group.
In our daily life and work, some cultivation factors can be easily neglected. We can easily treat household affairs and our daily interaction like ordinary people's activities. We forget that we are cultivators, and forget that we are practitioners during the Fa-rectification period. In this special time, we use all human formalities, improve ourselves in cultivation, and assist Master to rectify the Fa. If we put all of our intention in material reality, we will not do well with our relationships and cannot distinguish what is more important.
Cultivation is a process of continuous improvement, a process from not believing to strongly believing, from having an unclear understanding of the Fa to a clear understanding, and from an easily disturbed mind to a determined heart. When we gradually eliminate human attachments and have a pure heart, the things we do are also pure. We will thus put more effort into validating the Fa, clarifying the truth, and doing well the three things. Just like that, our cultivation as a whole will catch up and many difficult problems in work and our daily life can be resolved.
The above is my understanding at my level. I welcome all comments.
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