The Old Forces Exist in the Very Thoughts of Dafa Practitioners

An Overseas Dafa Practitioner

PureInsight | January 21, 2007

[] When I read
articles on the Minghui website, I always caught sight of the words
"the old forces" and "many fellow practitioners' loopholes are being
taken advantage of by the old forces." I kept thinking, "Where are the
old forces now?" Teacher has said many times that Fa-rectification in
the universe has reached the human level and that the higher levels
have all been rectified. Why, then, is there so much interference with
Dafa projects? Why are Dafa practitioners in China still being
persecuted so frequently?

Concerning the old forces, Teacher said in "Teaching the Fa at the
Western U.S. Fa Conference, February 21 and 22, 1999, Los Angeles":

"Since it's Fa-rectification, what is
being rectified? What are being rectified are all the old things that
have deviated from the Fa. The deviated things from the past have
become a force and formed a system, and these things have been playing
a negative role from top to bottom."

I then thought: "Teacher has already rectified the old forces at high
levels, where are the old forces at the lowest level?" When I read the
section of Consecration in Zhuan Falun, I had some understanding:

"In the past, there were relatively
fewer so-called earthly Buddhas and earthly Taos. Now, however, there
are many. When they commit wrongdoing, the higher lives will kill them.
When this is about to happen, they will run and get on the Buddha
statues. Usually, a great enlightened person does not casually
interfere with the principles of everyday people. The higher a great
enlightened person's level is, the less he or she would bother to
interfere with the principles of everyday people, not even a bit."

I have come to understand that the old forces exist in each and every
thought of Dafa practitioners. For example, the biggest activity
overseas right now is the NTDTV New Year Spectacular. Every Dafa
practitioner is involved in selling tickets. I couldn't comprehend, at
the beginning, why Teacher wants us to spend so much energy and
resources for this activity. Although I had such thoughts, I still did
the work since Teacher wants us to do it. I thought I might come to
know the reason during the process of doing it. As I was busy doing
another project, I did very little in helping ticket selling. During
the course, my every thought was shown in front of me just like it was
reflected on a screen. I knew Teacher must have his reason for wanting
everyone to get involved. What is that intention? I understand, from my
level, that when I stand on the street, or when I visit store after
store, or when I introduce it to others, I am making a breakthrough in
the process. Some practitioners said that the old forces are trying
hard to interfere, but I wondered who in the universe could block the
Teacher's way. Some practitioners said there exists a very large force,
but I wondered how any force could be greater than Teacher's Fa. When I
have broken through my doubt, my human notions, and my various
obstacles, it is actually breaking through the old forces'
interference. I think that the path arranged by the old forces exists
in our minds. When we use the Fa to rectify the unrighteous thoughts we
are negating it. Under the guidance of righteous thoughts we are
walking on the path arranged by Teacher. It is due to the old forces'
element when we complain or get angry. The things we do in such
situations are the old forces' arrangement. When we are lazy or jealous
of others, it is the manifestation of the old element in our thoughts.
I realized that when our thoughts or actions are not based on
Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance we are conforming to the
arrangements made by the old forces.

Now I understand why Teacher wants us to do all three things. If we
don't have the Fa in our thoughts, we will not be able to distinguish
what the old forces' arrangements and what is needed by
Fa-rectification. If we do not send forth righteous thoughts, we will
not thoroughly eliminate the remaining evil spirits of the vicious
Communist Party, which interferes with people of the world and us. If
we do not clarify the truth and enter Fa rectification, we won't be
able to walk on the path arranged by Teacher, many of our attachments
won't be discovered, many sentient being won't be saved, and we won't
be able to reach the requirements of each level required of us. When I
saw the play "Eternal Oath" in the NTDTV New Year Spectacular, I
wondered what was written in my oath? How much have I fulfilled? It
must be in the oath that I am cultivating in the ordinary people's
society. The three things Teacher wants us to do must also be in the
oath. I realized fully that I hadn't fulfilled my oath while I was in
China. Teacher's enlightenment allows me to walk to this point. When
all Dafa practitioners break through every thought arranged by the old
forces, then it will be the time the old forces and the evil spirit of
the Communist Party will thoroughly disintegrate and more sentient
beings will be saved. We will not fail to live up to Teacher's
benevolent salvation, then. Under no circumstances should we forget we
are the cultivators walking on the path of godhood.

Thank you, Teacher.

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