PureInsight | November 5, 2001
Every stage in the Fa-rectification process has different requirements for cultivators. At present we discuss the “one single thought” very often. We know that “one single thought” could lead us to taking a different action and getting a different result. And it will also lead us either to stay as ordinary people or to become Gods. Handling “one single thought” properly is most crucial for us to perfect ourselves as we walk toward the realm of Gods.
We have been human for too long, so it is difficult to avoid the human way of thinking and acting. When we wake up in the morning, we calculate how long we have been asleep to see if slept enough. If we go to bed late, we tell ourselves to get up later the next morning. Before we have breakfast, we gauge our hunger to decide how much we are going to eat. Before we step out the door, we look at the weather to decide if we need to wear more clothes or bring an umbrella. On the bus, we look for a seat to make our body more comfortable. This not only applies to little things. It is even more obvious regarding big events. This way of thinking and acting has long lulled us to sleep in the human body.
We take the Fa as the teacher after we begin Dafa cultivation. We started by dispelling fundamental human notions. Indeed, we made some breakthroughs during our cultivation practice. In the Second Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference in Russia, the most significant concept that arose from the group discussion was of walking toward the realm of Gods with “one single thought.” Our deepest regret is that of still experiencing omission during the process of formulating that single thought. How can we completely free ourselves from being human and thereby become enlightened beings? Practitioners shared many good experiences that opened others’ minds. One practitioner said, “ I correct myself by denying my very first thought. When we start to practice cultivation, fixed patterns of human thinking have strong inertia. Subconscious and instantaneous reactions have large components of human notions. It will be very effective if we generate righteous thoughts after criticizing the thoughts generated by traditional ways of thinking.” Another practitioner said, “when facing problems, I like to eliminate human choice by comparison. For example, I would think, what would a God do if he faced this problem? Then I would spontaneously clarify the truth with a principle of Dafa.” Another practitioner said, “I try to empty my mind and let it go naturally. So I develop one spontaneous thought without thinking. Since this thought was not made on purpose but naturally, such a thought always proves to be correct.” Many thoughts that practitioners expressed were relevant to their own special situations.
Actually, it is not just one spontaneous thought that passes through our mind everyday. The so-called one thought is actually all thoughts. Thoughts determine actions. Actions determine results. Thus thoughts are the most direct, most determinative factors for the results. If all of our thoughts were righteous without omission, evil demons would find no loopholes in our minds. The environment of Fa-rectification would be clearer and cleaner day by day.
How can we make sure that every thought is righteous without omission? The key is to study the Fa. Studying the Fa can help us fundamentally change our concepts. More importantly, the real meaning of the Fa has great impact, which can change the human heart easily and enable one’s level to ascend quickly. Master Li pointed out in the recent article “To All Students at the Nordic Fa Conference” that, “Pay attention: No matter how busy you are, you cannot neglect Fa study. This is what fundamentally assures your moving towards Consummation and doing Dafa work well.” In the article “Lecture on the Fa at the Washington, D.C. International Conference,” Master Li again mentioned, “Under any circumstance, in any period, and no matter how busy you are with your work, you can't stray from your Fa-study, as this is what fundamentally ensures that you’ll continue to improve and reach Consummation.”
Many practitioners have the same experience that Fa study renews a person without his being aware of it. Some practitioners find it hard to get rid of certain attachments. Then they have to look for solutions from the Fa. Some time later, they are very surprised to find they have changed a lot, and the attachments are gone. The best experience of European practitioners during the Second Dafa Conference in Russia was group study of the Fa when practitioners read Master Li’s articles together (regardless of nationality or language spoken). This method was again applied to the other countries of the Russian Independent Union. Everyone liked it and understood the real meaning of “The Fa can reveal all attachments…” (Master Li’s article “Deter Interference”).
As practitioners, we always have some test to pass in order to upgrade us level by level. After group study, knots in our hearts were untied immediately. We then generated righteous thoughts. Some tribulations that had seemed so hard to overcome were overcome easily. Most strikingly, after 7-8 hours of reading Master Li’s articles, our voices became clearer, our thoughts became purer and cleaner, our bodies became lighter and quicker and our minds became more peaceful. Our whole lives were becoming purer and cleaner just as if we were being filtered. Our faces became brighter. Such a pure state could sometimes last for quite a while. We tried to communicate with as many practitioners as we could to find effective ways of transforming ourselves from humans to Gods. When we looked back, everything was inside the Fa. No matter how big or how difficult those tribulations were, as long as we were inside of the Fa everything was so clear. In order to keep all of our thoughts righteous without omission, studying the Fa is most crucial.