On Respecting Our Master and the Fa

Xinming from Toronto

PureInsight | April 7, 2003

[PureInsight.org] Master mentioned the issue of respecting Master in his lecture during the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference (Los Angeles) on February 15, 2003. When I first heard the lecture, I initially thought that Master was talking about other practitioners and, furthermore, that those who had this problem should not be disrespectful to Teacher. I did not think I had such a problem.

Later on, I recalled a practitioner's experience-sharing on the Internet. He mentioned that in the past, when he read Master's new articles talking about problems of practitioners, he always thought that Master was talking about others. By careful self-examination, however, he discovered that Master was actually talking about himself. In this way he learned that he should judge himself by the standards of the Fa.

With this in mind, I thought a lot about the shortcomings that some of our fellow practitioners and I have that may seem trivial. I think we should really pay attention to our own shortcomings and do better. For example, sitting casually in the chair with one leg crossed over the other during Fa study was a common posture among our fellow practitioners. One practitioner recommended that we should not do that. So, for a period of time, I made an effort to avoid this and sat straight during Fa study. But when I saw a lot of practitioners sitting casually with one leg crossed, I thought maybe we should not be too concerned about these "minor" things. I started to sit that way again.

Before long, a female practitioner brought up this issue again. She, too, thought we should not do that. She said we should study the Fa with a pure heart and show our respect to Master and the Fa. She would have mentioned it long ago, but worried it was making a fuss over a trifling thing, since everyone was busy doing Fa-rectification. After hearing her words I thought about it again carefully. I felt that this was actually not a minor thing, but only appeared to be trivial, while actually reflecting our attachments. The Gods in the heavens listen to the Fa on their knees and we only need to sit straight but we still do not do it. Instead, for comfort sake, we stick to the casual pose of one leg crossed over the other. This really should not happen.

After studying Master's latest Fa-lecture, I felt that we all should do better in respecting Master and the Fa. For example, we should treat Dafa books with respect and not like ordinary books. We should wash our hands before reading Dafa books. We should keep the books clean, and so on. In another words, we should treat Master and Dafa with more respect and a purer heart, and do everything with righteous thoughts. We should not indulge ourselves and overlook many "trivial" things.

Translated from http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2003/2/20/20503.html

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