Letting Go of Selfishness and Saving Sentient Beings

By a Practitioner in Mainland China

PureInsight | September 22, 2008

[PureInsight.org] From the beginning of the 2008, the evil party has used the Olympic Games as an excuse to carry out even more frantic persecution of Dafa practitioners. As a result, more than 8,000 practitioners have been arrested this year. After being arrested, the homes of practitioners were ransacked, which resulted in serious financial losses as well. From the standpoint of manpower and financial resources, the damage is tremendous. The damage varies from place to place, and in some areas, the effort to validate Dafa and clarify the truth is almost paralyzed.

How should we handle this persecution? We should carry on with our Fa-validating activities in every area as soon as possible. Let's turn from being passive to being active and shoulder this responsibility like Dafa practitioners should. In order to do this, it is vital that we cultivate ourselves well. When I looked at this recent escalation of the persecution that resulted from our attachments to the Olympics, I found that I had not turned around my basic way of thinking. I was still looking at matters through my selfish human notions, and therefore, deep down in my heart, I had an expectation: I thought that the persecution has lasted nine years and it is time for it to end so I can reach consummation. It is this attachment or that attachment. If I could have acted like a god and not thought about myself but only about saving sentient beings, would I be attached to an early conclusion of the persecution or to a relaxed environment. Absolutely not! There are so many people who have been deeply poisoned. Just think about this and the fact that if they have not withdrawn from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its puppet organizations, then when the CCP collapses, all of them will be buried along with the CCP. In the same token, those practitioners who have not done well will lose the opportunity to catch up and thus lose this predestined opportunity of the eons. If we really are thinking about those people, we would not want to see the Fa-rectification finish early and we would hope that the period of Fa-rectification would be prolonged so that we can save more sentient beings and give more chances for practitioners who are not so diligent or who are afraid to step out.

Human beings are selfish and self-centered, but righteous gods are selfless and considerate of others. Only when we change from being selfish and self-centered to thinking of others first, can we truly walk beyond the boundary of being human. We are about to consummate to become gods, and under no circumstances, no matter how dangerous and evil the situation, will gods think of themselves first. We must negate this persecution, so we should not be afraid of it. What we have in front of us is our cultivation environment, and we must face it with righteous thoughts no matter how cruel it may be. That is the environment in which we validate Dafa and save sentient beings. As a result, we can become beings who are selfless, humble, and have great compassion.

”Now is the final moment that concludes arrangements that are eons old” (“Fa Teaching at the 2008 New York Conference”). No matter what kind of difficulty we encounter during our validation of the Fa, we must confront it—it is only temporary. As long as the Fa-rectification has not concluded, every day presents an opportunity for us to save more sentient beings. When we think about those who are deeply poisoned and will be eliminated and suffer terribly in hell, all that we are enduring now is not even worth mentioning. We are trading our personal sufferings for the salvation of countless sentient beings. Wasn't that our wish before we came down? The mercy of gods is an eternal state! Let's do our best for saving sentient beings!

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2008/8/28/54571.html

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