Why Do We Need to Advance Ourselves?

Xin Jian

PureInsight | November 11, 2002

I was deeply inspired by a PureInsight article titled, "Break Away from the Arrangement of Old Forces." I tried to look inside at myself again, and had a better understanding of the reason why we must always seek inward for improvement.

Teacher said, "Each of you Dafa disciples should truly recognize who you are and walk your path well. You really are that magnificent, so you have to rationally and seriously do well the things you're supposed to do today." (From "Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. Fa Conference" on July 22, 2002) How should I "truly recognize" myself?

I obtained the Fa back in 1998. Since then I have been determined to cultivate no matter what might happen. Soon the Jiang's regime started to persecute Falun Dafa in 1999. I did not hesitate at all to step out and validate the Fa. I really fought my way through to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa. Since Teacher's first Fa lecture in 2000, I always identify myself as a diligent Dafa disciple in the Fa-rectification period when I listen to Teacher's Fa lectures at the Fa conferences, or study Teacher's new articles. In other words, I have stepped out for the Fa and have a steadfast belief in Falun Dafa. Since Teacher has complimented Dafa disciples such as myself, the only issue in my head is to utilize my time for more Fa-rectification work. I rarely tried to recognize who I really was.

Teacher said, "Before the Fa-rectification, the old forces crammed the lowest-level section of each of those tens of millions of remote cosmic systems into the Three Realms of the central cosmic system where we are. Seemingly, this was to prevent them from being left out of the Fa-rectification, and was to show that they took part in Fa-rectification, when in reality they were using Fa-rectification to reach their selfish goals." (From "The Effect of Righteous Thoughts.") Does that include us Dafa practitioners? Apparently, yes. Teacher said, "All sentient beings in the cosmos are amidst the Fa-rectification, and all the manifestations might appear in this human place since I'm doing this in this human place." (From "Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. Fa Conference" in Guiding the Voyage.)

When I evaluate my thoughts and behaviors according to the Fa, I can easily find impure elements in them, such as selfish goals. This reveals that I still carry the elements from the old universe where I came from. As a Dafa disciple in the Fa-rectification period, I must continue to assimilate myself to the Fa, eliminating impure elements in order to meet the standards of the new universe. All Dafa practitioners are the targets of Fa-rectification and will be re-positioned in the universe on the advent of the Fa-rectification.

Our attitude towards the Fa-rectification, our understanding of and contributions to it, continue to elevate when we continue to study the Fa and upgrade our xinxing. This is the process of breaking away from humanness. Put thoroughly, this is a process where we must continue to advance ourselves, break away from the old forces, and transform ourselves into new beings that meet the standards of Dafa. Teacher has taught us that when a part of us meets the standard of the Fa, it will be separated from humanness. When all elements within ourselves have met the standard of the Fa, we shall reach Consummation.

Before the advent of the Fa-rectification in the human realm, the human realm is subject to the laws of the old universe. In other words, all beings, including Dafa practitioners, are subject to the laws of the old universe at present. This is the very reason why we must overcome the arrangements of the old forces. And Teacher has already provided the solution to the challenge --- seek inward. When we seek inward, we are overcoming the arrangements of the old forces, and purging the elements within ourselves that are from the old universe. I believe this is where each being that cultivates in Fa-rectification should be.

When Teacher said, "Dafa disciples are magnificent," (From "Fa-rectification Period Dafa Disciples") I think he meant that this is beyond the fact that we assist the Teacher to do Fa-rectification work in the human realm. It is Teacher that does the actual Fa-rectification work. Our participation in Fa-rectification work merely reveals our attitude toward the Fa-rectification. As a life that was arranged by the old forces to be here, and as a life that was born in the old universe, I would surely have to go through hardships to purge all elements from the old universe, and to correct myself unconditionally to assimilate to the Fa. In order to "truly recognize" ourselves, to completely transform ourselves, and to become enlightened beings, we need to persist in our efforts to seek inward. This is a most magnificent process where a brand new life of the new universe is born.

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2002/10/15/18904.html

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