PureInsight | October 21, 2021
[PureInsight.org] Recently, I have encountered fellow practitioners who have family tribulations all the year round. They think this state is inevitable and have not thought about how to break through. Based on my current knowledge, let us talk about how to treat long-term family tribulations when standing on the basis of Fa-rectification cultivation.
Many fellow practitioners can realize that it is persecution and interference when they are persecuted by sickness karma or by evil in the mainland China. They can completely deny the persecution from the basis of Fa-rectification cultivation and disintegrate the persecution by not admitting it. Master said in Teaching the Fa at the Great Lakes Fa Conference in North America, " As I just mentioned, I can't acknowledge any of these. So I need to eliminate them, including this evil drama. Originally they wanted to treat us the way religions were treated in the past. Their warped notions have made them think that the persecution of Gods in history was rightful. Incidents such as Jesus being nailed to the cross have become the precedent for high-level beings who come down to save people. How could this be acceptable? This itself is degenerate! A God comes down to save people, yet humans nail him to a cross--what a huge sin people have committed! They are still paying for it today. But that wasn't done by human beings alone. It was caused by the degeneration of beings at higher levels. They don't dare to admit anything wrong on their part in all of these matters. This is because everything is becoming warped--so warped that they've deviated from the Fa and gradually become how they are. No beings at any level have ever dared to touch them. Everything is determined by interwoven elements that have become extremely complicated. All of these impure things have to be eliminated--completely eliminated!"
I think there are many forms of persecution from the evil, including disease persecution, persecution of being caught and beaten, and economic persecution. But often in family tribulations, some practitioners don't think it is a kind of persecution. The reasons are as follows:
1. To Think that Family Members Are Ordinary People, Master Will Not Care Them
For example, a family member of a practitioner who is seriously ill needs to be taken care of, or there is some other danger because the family member is an ordinary person, and the practitioner believes that they have their destiny, and we cannot change their destiny. Moreover, forgot what Master said in Teaching the Fa at the Fa Conference in Australia, "Haven’t I said that with one person practicing, the whole family benefits?" What's more, what a predestined relationship is for us to become family members in this life, and they have predestined relationships with Dafa. Yes, because there are more than 7 billion people in the world who can be reincarnated in the families of Dafa disciples, and after all, it is a minority of Dafa disciples who are family members. Of course, as an ordinary person, he will face birth, aging, sickness, and death if he does not cultivate. I think that saving people is the most important at the most urgent and great time of Fa-rectification. If the situation in your family has interfered with the three things you do, it will affect Dafa disciples’ validation of Fa. Isn’t this just another form of persecution? This is because the evil has achieved its purpose, regardless of the specific method of persecution it adopts.
Master said in Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference, "Do you know what a magnificent thing it is for Dafa disciples to Consummate? Master has to take care of everything all around you. Is there any need for you to worry about anything? Do you have the ability to take care of those things? Will things go according to your wishes? Haven't I already explained this principle to you all? If their fortune isn't that good, it's totally useless no matter what kind of plans you make. But Master is able to arrange things for you. I can make arrangements, regardless of whether they have good fortune or not. What are you worried about? You should just cultivate and I'll take care of everything for you. Hasn't that been said already?"
I remember that a few years ago my father suddenly became seriously ill and felt that he was going to die. He had strong will and never let me go back to see him. This time, he asked my mother to ask me to return to China to see him for the last time. I am a veteran disciple, and I am responsible for important projects and know that I can't go back to China, I told my mother that I can't go back. As a result, my mother resented Dafa, thinking that we would ignore relatives and be ruthless after we cultivated. I felt very sad, especially worried that my family will misunderstand Dafa. I realized that this is using family affection to interfere with me, and I believe that it is because of my persistent affection for my family that the evil is taking advantage of the loopholes. Therefore, I put aside the family relationship, completely denied and send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate all the evil factors behind this matter. I called again two days later. My father's condition has improved, and now he can even cook for my mother, and his body has recovered. This incident made me realize that as long as the disciples are full of righteous thoughts, Master will settle everything for the disciples.
I firmly believe that as long as I cultivate myself well, Master will take care of everything, because my basic point is to stand on the basis of Fa-rectification cultivation, and I cannot allow my family members to be used by the evil to interfere with my clarification of the truth and save sentient beings. This is really treat family better. If you treat this as a personal cultivation, wouldn't it be a trick by the old forces, and you will be stuck endlessly? I saw an article on Minghui. When a police scolded a Dafa disciple, he said it was an insult to him and then he was beaten by the police. Another Dafa disciple said it was an insult to Dafa, and then he was not persecuted. That is enough to show that standing on the different basic points of personal cultivation and Fa-rectification cultivation, the same tribulation has completely different results.
2. If You Think It Is Inevitable, You Will Fall into Helplessness
Some fellow practitioners who are in the tribulation of the family, because they can't see its essence and cannot understand it from the Fa, are confused by the superficial illusion, feel that everything seems inevitable, and fall into a helpless emotion.
Master said in Expounding on the Fa, "You should also be clear that “natural” does not exist, and “the inevitable” has reasons behind it. In fact, “natural” is irresponsibly used by everyday people to make excuses for themselves when they are unable to explain the phenomena of the universe, life, and matter. They cannot imagine what “nature” itself is. Under the influence of this kind of notion you think that all these tribulations are inevitable and that this is just the way it is, thereby developing a passive and pessimistic attitude. So your human side must stay aware. More importantly, your side that has attained the Fa must be clear. "
Master also said in Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the U.S. West Fa Conference, "As a Dafa disciple, when you can truly do well, I think your troubles won't be as absolute as they look to you. It's because when you can't look at things from the Fa, everyday people's troubles are just everyday people's troubles. In the eyes of human beings things don't change, but in the eyes of Gods all of this changes."
I realized that ordinary people think that if a thing is unchanging, it is inevitable. As a cultivator, we should use supernormal principles to understand things. All of these will follow the sublimation of our Fa study, allowing the divine side to work and correct everything. If it is wrong, everything around it should be corrected accordingly. Dafa disciples have all had this kind of cultivation experience. When we change our notions, understand the principles of the Fa, and cultivate to get rid of attachments, many things will develop in a right direction, and sometimes the quick results are immediate. We can only really improve from the Fa. The more we understand the Fa and the more we let go, the faster the changes around us will be.
For another example, even though some disciples were arrested in prison, they did not admit the evil persecution. They believed that they and the police were not a relationship of the persecution, but between salvation and saving. Only after understanding the principles of the Fa, no persecution occurred at all. Then, you will realized what Master said in Expounding on the Fa, "Your enlightened, original nature will automatically know what to do." My understanding is that when you recognize that level of Fa-principle, your realm is at that level. If the evil can't reach you, unnecessary persecution is automatically avoided.
3. To hinder Family Members from Getting Better Because of Being Unclear about Fa Principles
Our family members during this Fa-rectification period have great destiny with Dafa. Most of the family members know the truth and know that Dafa is good. As we knew, many ordinary people have received blessings after reciting the nine-character mantra, not to mention family members who are so destined with us.
Master said in Touring North America to Teach the Fa, "What does mankind amount to? It's only that the old forces are using it and have sealed off your greater abilities. How could you think that way about things? If all of you think that way, the old forces will see it and think: "How can they all have those thoughts? Those thoughts have to be removed, so let's make that premier turn bad." They would rather make him turn bad in order to get rid of your ordinary human thoughts. Isn't that right? The old forces have no regard for human life--if they want to kill, they'll just kill. Amidst the Fa-rectification they're only attached to their own arrangements.”
If we are exploited by the old forces because of our own attachments and notions, will we harm our family instead? Master also said in Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference, "Changes in your thinking can lead to changes in your surrounding environment." Moreover, our unrighteous thoughts may also make family members the opposite changes, and this is precisely the path arranged by the old forces, because the old forces never wanted us to cultivate. How can we validate Dafa's extraordinariness and beauty when we are in a family tribulation? For family members, we should play a leading role, believing that family members are also righteous beings who come for the Fa and will also be saved by Dafa, rather than being manipulated by the old forces to interfere with our validation of the Fa.
Conclusion: There Should Be No Long-term Tribulations during the Fa-rectification Period
Master said in Expounding on the Fa, "Whenever a tribulation comes, you do not see it with the side of your original nature but view it completely with your human side. Evil demons then capitalize on this point and inflict endless interference and damage, leaving students in long-term tribulations. As a matter of fact, this results from an inadequate understanding of the Fa by your human side. You have humanly restrained your divine side; in other words, you have restrained the parts that have been successfully cultivated and have prevented them from doing Fa-rectification. How can the uncultivated side restrain your main thoughts or the side that has already attained the Fa? Having humanly fostered the evil demons, you allow them to capitalize on the loopholes in the Fa. When a tribulation arrives, if you, a disciple, can truly maintain an unshakable calm or be determined to meet different requirements at different levels, this should be sufficient for you to pass the test. If it continues endlessly and if there do not exist other problems in your xinxing or conduct, it must be that the evil demons are capitalizing on the weak spots caused by your lack of control. After all, a cultivator is not an ordinary human. So why doesn’t the side of you that is your original nature rectify the Fa? "
In Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference, Master also said, "We negate even the very emergence of the old forces and everything that they've arranged; we don't even acknowledge their existence. We're fundamentally negating all of their things, and all of, and only, the things you do while negating and getting rid of them is mighty-virtue. It's not that you're cultivating amidst the ordeals they created. Rather, you are to walk your own path well while not acknowledging them, not even acknowledging the elimination of their ordeals' manifestations. (Applause) So looking at it from this angle, what we need to do is completely negate the old forces. Dafa disciples and I don't even acknowledge the manifestations of their last-ditch efforts. "
I realized that if we have no problem with our xinxing, the long-term tribulations are the arrangements of the old forces. During the Fa-rectification period, there should be no long-term tribulations. If we encounter such tribulations, we could not use supernormal principles to measure them; in itself, it is restraining our divine side, it is making evil spirits free to drill, making oneself fall into tribulation, and failing to understand correctly is to walk on the path arranged by the old forces, and interfere with one’s own salvation. On the whole, it interferes with Master's Fa-rectification. If we truly deny it completely, and actually surpass it, then the ordeal will leave you.
We should always bear in mind that we came to the world to assist Master in the Fa-rectification, rather than in the ordinary sense only for personal consummation. Our starting point should all be to save sentient beings, which is not limited to improving ourselves, so that we can detach ourselves from the selfishness of the old universe and enter the new universe of selflessness. Therefore, long-term family tribulations should not be admitted from the basis of Fa-rectification cultivation
The above is the understanding at my current level. Please be compassionate and correct if there is something not in the Fa.
Chinese version: https://www.zhengjian.org/node/267528