It Is Easy to Blame the Old Forces, But Hard to Look Inward (In A Few Words)

A Dafa Particle

PureInsight | September 2, 2002

It is not difficult or painful to look externally. On the other hand, looking inward may be full of pain and suffering. We should understand the arrangements of the old forces from the perspective of the Fa. However, we should not endlessly worry about whether the old forces are behind any of the things that we do. To me, we are asking for interference if we keep on being afraid that [the old forces' arrangements] will manifest. Teacher said in Lecture 9, "A Clear and Clean Mind" in Zhuan Falun, "In qigong practice, however, going awry and following an evil way simply refer to people searching for external help. With Buddhism in particular, if you search for external help, you are said to have taken a demonic way."

When practitioners share their experiences, they often say that practitioners should eradicate the arrangements of the old forces and similar things. I think that we should avoid searching outside or finding excuses for ourselves. We should not conceal our attachments by using the arrangements of the old forces as an excuse. If we can regard ourselves as genuine practitioners at every moment and hold Truthfulness-Compassion- Forbearance in our hearts, it is not difficult for us to experience and observe the cultivation path that Teacher has planned for us. Some practitioners are suffering pains which they should not incur; this is due to their omissions. We should get rid of our attachments to fame, personal interest and sentimentality without hesitation, cultivating until no attachments are left. And then the old forces will perish, along with their arrangements.

In order to keep up with the process of Fa-rectification, we should not be attached to how much Dafa work we are involved in on the surface. We need to realize that doing Dafa work is actually a part of our own cultivation. We should search our inner selves if we have any attachments that need to be removed. Teacher said, "The reason is, your surface, which is still assimilating to the Fa, needs to be constantly improved, and as you constantly improve, the things that you need to cultivate away have to be arranged for. Every realm has its own state of being. If you remain stagnant, you definitely won't be able to keep up with the Fa-rectification." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston")

Above is just my understanding. Please correct me if it is not proper.

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