PureInsight | March 21, 2005
[PureInsight.org] Cultivation is a solemn matter. It is a process of continuously letting go of one's desires, attachments and ordinary people's mindsets. It is also a practice of letting go of the attachments to fame, gain and sentimentality. Cultivation in Falun Dafa comes solely from one's main consciousness and is one's own choice. It can only be done by the heart. Whether one can do it or not depends on whether one is steadfast and firmly believes in Dafa, whether one has built a solid foundation in cultivation, as well as whether one really upgrades one's mind persistently.
Because we are cultivating in an ordinary human society, we should try to conform as much as possible to the state of ordinary people. It means that we need to pay even more attention to our conduct and need to ensure that our minds are pure. Our every move, every word, and every thought shouldn't appear radical or seem strange to the ordinary people. We should avoid leaving negative impressions on ordinary people in our daily lives so as not to damage Dafa's image. We understand that the power of our thoughts and words generates unbearable force for ordinary people. Therefore, in our daily life, we need to pay attention to the cultivation of speech and behavior.
I remember a fellow practitioner once made an estimate that there are at least seventy Dafa projects. My personal view is that the number of projects is calculated according to everyday people's thinking. Actually, it's hard to get the correct count. For a practitioner, there is only one project, and that is, assisting Teacher in the Fa-rectification and saving sentient beings. The path to rectify the Fa is boundlessly wide and spacious; we need to take the righteous path and to establish undeniable mighty virtue. Every decision is our own choice. We are responsible for ourselves and the sentient beings of our own universe. Everything we do is done only for ourselves.
Therefore, we only need to ask ourselves that whether we are really making up our minds to do it with genuine concentration. The process of strict refinement is more important than the attachment of achieving a perfect result. The power of Dafa is boundless. Through continuing studying the Fa, strengthening the confidence of rigorous cultivation, clarifying the truth, and sending forth powerful righteous thoughts, every Dafa practitioner will have supernormal abilities. As practitioners elevate their minds, their power will be tremendous through the true thought. Teacher let us cultivate in the Fa-rectification period; naturally, it accelerates the development of every Dafa practitioner's natural ability as well as his or her righteous thought – supernormal abilities. Every opportunity in the Fa-rectification will not come back again; we need to grasp it at this moment, and do well in every thing at every opportunity.
I recognize that Dafa practitioners must keep firmly in mind what Teacher said:
"But if your righteous thoughts are strong, then Master and the Law-guardian Gods can do anything for you." ("Fa-Lecture During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference")
"Cultivation is up to you, gong is up to the master;" as everything is arranged by Teacher, as long as we take every step well with the righteous mind and behavior, the old forces will not be able to interfere with us or sway our righteous beliefs and thoughts. Therefore, as we do the three things - studying the Fa, clarifying the truth, and sending forth righteous thoughts, we only need to really use our mind and our best efforts. Everything will follow the natural course. I wholeheartedly wish our Dafa practitioners will work together diligently, [not] comparing ourselves with each other, and encouraging each other to improve as one body. Let us join our minds and continue to cultivate ourselves diligently with righteous minds and thoughts, and perfectly harmonize with and replenish each other to form a whole body as one group.
Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2005/2/26/31299.html