Let Go of Human Notions and Follow the Fa

Tong Zhen

PureInsight | October 3, 2011

[PureInsight.org] In Lunyu, Master said: “The Buddha Fa is most profound; among all the theories in the world, it is the most intricate and extraordinary science. In order to explore this domain, humankind must fundamentally change its conventional thinking. Otherwise, the truth of the universe will forever remain a mystery to humankind, and everyday people will forever crawl within the boundary delimited by their own ignorance.”

Through cultivation, I know only Fa-principles are the right way, but human notions have been very strong after numerous generations of reincarnation. Very often when encountering problems, I tended to react with human notions.

For example, when seeing physical discomfort in other practitioners, such as a headache, coughing, or nasal congestion, I often thought they had caught a cold. I knew it was not illness, but I did not say that out loud. Instead, I had a deep notion that catching a cold would lead to nasal congestion or headache. From the Fa we know that all the discomfort is due to karma. Then, how can the cold weather “produce” more karma? In fact, many of these thoughts came from human notions, not the Fa.

When looking deeper, I found more examples like this.

For instance, when seeing some practitioners dozing while sending forth righteous thoughts or when their hands were not straight, I would think they had not slept well. These practitioners also agreed. An everyday person is often sleepy when lacking sleep, but these are just principles in everyday society, while our cultivation is guided by the Fa, which is beyond the level of ordinary society. If we are able to strengthen our main consciousness and focus our attention, we will not feel sleepy, even if we did not sleep well. Plus, sending forth righteous thoughts is a sacred war between the righteous and evil, and it is an honor to participate and eliminate the evil. Even if we did not sleep well, our hands would still be straight.

I remember after my release from detention, I sometimes experienced physical discomfort. My family attributed this to the poor diet while in detention for a long time, since there were hardly any vegetables or fruit. In the beginning, I did not think much about it, but later on I thought about adding dietary supplements. But the more I thought about it, the worse my health became. Then I realized that physical discomfort was caused by karma, so how could supplements reduce my karma?

Master said: “With every bit of improvement in your state of mind, some bad things will be eliminated from your body,” (Zhuan Falun, Lecture One) and, “This directly involves our own minds. In order to eliminate this negative thing, you must first change your mind” (Zhuan Falun, Lecture Four). When my xinxing dropped to the level of an everyday person, my physical body also dropped. How could dietary supplements in everyday society remedy our gong? I remember reading a story in the past that when Milarepa was cultivating, he sometimes only consumed about 30 pounds of grain per year and yet his gong potency still increased.

In Essentials for Further Advancement II, “Also in a Few Words,” Master said, “Indestructible righteous faith in the cosmos’s Truth forms benevolent Dafa disciples rock-solid, Diamond-Like Bodies, it frightens all evil, and the light of Truth it emanates makes the unrighteous elements in all beings’ thoughts disintegrate.” But, as we are sometimes influenced by human notions and unable to see with the flesh eyes, we question the effects our righteous thoughts. In “Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa,” Master said, “Do you realize that with all that being sent out, all around the world it formed into a sticky, glue-like substance, and it took just a very few evil beings to be able to interfere with you. It was not something that you could clear out, and it directly blocked our Dafa disciples’ ticket sales and blocked the Dafa disciples who were sending out true righteous thoughts. It was not something that could be cleared out.” All these human notions were formed in everyday society and they have interfered with our cultivation. During the final steps of Fa-rectification, we have to align ourselves with the Fa so that we can catch up with the Fa-rectification process and do well in saving the sentient beings.

The above are my own personal understandings. Please kindly point out anything inappropriate.

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2011/8/9/76539.html


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