Maintain a Steady Heart and Treasure the Historic Opportunity to Save People

[PureInsight.org] The rumor that December 21, 2012 was going to be the end of the world spread in the mass public, which for a time became a worldwide sensational story. Some people made many preparations to spend this date safely. We don’t need to speak about what ordinary people are like, but as cultivators we definitely shouldn’t let our hearts be moved by this.

December 21, 2012 was the end date of the fifth solar season in the Mayan Calendar. It was an arrangement of the old universe. As Dafa disciples we all know that Master has said, “Master has spread Dafa for ten years. Even in the human world, predestinations have been greatly changed” (“The Blessings From Dafa”). If we accept the sort of talk in ordinary society about the end of the world, aren’t we going down the path arranged by the old forces? This isn’t a proper state that a mature Dafa Disciple should have!

As I see it, no matter what happens or doesn’t happen in the human world, as Dafa disciples what we should do is to save people based on cultivating ourselves well.

As a matter of fact, what lies behind the enthusiasm of talking about this date is an attachment to time and treating Master’s Fa Teaching with human thoughts. Throughout these years there were many cultivators, no matter in a free environment or under illegal detention, who once encountered a feeling—created by their human thinking—that they should consummate on a certain date but which didn’t happen. The consequences for these practitioners could range from a sense of loss for some time to even betraying Dafa, which could cause big losses to oneself and sentient beings.

This has illustrated a fundamental problem: is the base point of our cultivation pure and righteous? If that practitioner was a mature and rational cultivator, what they were thinking about should have been how to cultivate themselves well and save people, not impure human thoughts such as when one can consummate, when one can be away from this painful environment, or when one can show off one’s abilities to relatives and friends who do not believe in Dafa, etc.

Furthermore, as the end date of Fa Rectification is approaching, various natural disasters and other conditions may occur. So even though we may come across those kinds of situations, they might be tests as to whether we truly believe in Master and the Fa. It is a test whether at that time can we bring to mind Master’s words: “Cultivation is hard. It’s hard in that even when a terrible calamity strikes, even when evil madly persecutes, and even when your life is at stake, you still have to be able to steadfastly continue on your path of cultivation without letting anything in human society interfere with the steps you take on your path of cultivation” (Falun Dafa Essentials For Further Advancement II, "Path").

In addition, we should not think about when Fa Rectification will end. How selfish is it is to “crave for an end!” We should think instead about how we can cultivate ourselves well and save people!

On the other hand, if we are all mature and the number of people being saved is enough, then everything will certainly end as ordained. If at this time what we think about is only yearning for the end, then the process of Fa Rectification will be delayed and interference will be caused to oneself and the validation of the Fa.

So I think we should not care about whether the external environment has changed or not. We should only seize our historic chance, stabilize our hearts, save more people, and leave fewer regrets for ourselves.

This is my personal understanding just for reference. Please give me your criticism and corrections.

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/node/114685