The Truth about "Being Infected," and Cultivating with Righteous Thoughts

Zhen Han

PureInsight | August 1, 2023

[] Currently, many Falun Dafa practitioners are experiencing symptoms of fever and cold. How should cultivators view this phenomenon?

Let me share with you my personal experience during this process.

On December 15th, I felt weak all over and lay down in bed. The next day, I felt a severe pain in my lower back, as if a large needle was piercing me. The pain was so intense that I felt disoriented. I silently recited "Falun Dafa is good" and "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good" in my mind. As I drifted in and out of consciousness, I felt as though a rotating mechanism was lifting me up from the painful spot on my back and rapidly taking me through many spaces, eventually stopping at a place that was dark and murky. My ear was pressed against a shell, which opened to another space that was not very clear, it was hazy, with many immortals inside engaged in heated debate. I could hear their voices.

One of the issues they were debating was whether or not practitioners of Falun Dafa should get infected with the virus. Many gods believed that practitioners should get infected, and one of them said loudly, "These years, we haven't let them avoid the issue of death and stopped their ascension during the day. Why should we let them avoid the epidemic and make them stand out?" A sense of dissatisfaction and resentment towards practitioners could be heard in his voice. Then, their discussion gradually became unanimous: even Falun Dafa practitioners should get infected, and some of them may face death. One god said, "Some practitioners will still avoid these arrangements." Another said, "We can only do our best."

They were also discussing another issue: to bundle up karma, and throw that karma onto the bodies of practitioners, causing them to develop various symptoms of illness. I heard them discussing the sources of all this karma, which included the practitioner's own karma, the karma of the sentient beings they have saved, and when that karma wasn't enough, the karma of the universe's rubbish, bugs, bacteria, etc., for the practitioners to bear.

They also discussed the reasons for doing this. Some gods said, "To test their righteous faith in the Fa." Some gods said, "After so many years of cultivation, they should be unshakable." Other gods remarked, "Not necessarily, some may have poor enlightenment." Others said, "Some of them have pursuit, so we use their notions to make them bear it, and lump on additional karma." Some said, "Based on their inability to let go of things, we give them corresponding troubles."

Their discussion also included the destruction of ordinary people's true faith. "Even practitioners are getting sick now. You see, you should understand the truth, and you will also get sick. Do you still believe in Falun Gong?" This is really persecution against ordinary people.

I heard some gods laughing with a knowing smirk, full of malice and a contemptuous disregard for practitioners. One god said, "Will our plan be exposed by their Master and used against us?" Another said, "No matter what, we must do what we have to do." A voice said, "Gather the bad things together and throw them onto the practitioners, and our work will be done smoothly. This time, the symptoms will be more concentrated, causing them to go through all sorts of troubles."

Afterwards, the voices of those gods gradually disappeared. My feeling was that they had gone to carry out their mission and layout. When I woke up, some of their words were still echoing in my ears: "bundle up the karma and throw it onto them," "attachments that cannot be let go of," "shake their righteous faith."

I felt like I had been on a journey through time in my half-asleep state, seeing images and information of the arrangements made by the old forces, whose plans are currently unfolding. Those gods are the bad gods at the bottom level. I shared with fellow practitioners what I saw and said, "It seems that the old forces' gods had already arranged these things before the outbreak of the pandemic." A fellow practitioner said, "Even further back, they made such arrangements."

Now, on the Minghui and PureInsight websites, some practitioners are writing about their own experiences of symptoms of colds and sharing their understandings of the "epidemic". I think we should write down what we see. This is how I understand what I have experienced and what is happening with the current epidemic.

1. The pandemic is here to eliminate members of the evil Party. In March 2020, Master mentioned in the article Stay Rational, “But a pandemic like the current Chinese Communist Virus (or “Wuhan Virus”) comes with a purpose behind it, and it has targets. It is here to weed out members of the Party and those who have sided with it. If anyone is in doubt about this, just take a look at which countries or people have been hit hardest by the virus: it is those who have become close with the CCP.”

I saw that after Jiang Zemin, the evil head of the Party, died, many people, including the veteran officials of the evil Party, those who stand up for the Party and serve it, and those who sing the praises of the red demon, are dying or falling into groups and headed towards hell.

2.  People getting infected with the epidemic is for eliminating karma. Master said in Stay Rational, “Truth be told, pandemics only come when people’s morals and values have turned bad and they have come to have a massive amount of karma.”

Some people understand the truth, but they still have karma to eliminate. People entering the new era of history cannot be full of karma.

3. The arrangements of the divine beings have a purpose, and higher-level divine beings have their own arrangements. The old forces use the appearance of the "epidemic" to persecute Falun Dafa disciples, destroy people's righteous beliefs, and in turn, this is the old forces' crime, as well as the reason for their elimination and the purification of the universe.

Master said in Fa Teaching Given at the Great Lakes Fa Conference in North America, “All beings in the cosmos are repositioning themselves. Humans aren’t worthy of testing this Fa, and neither are gods. Whoever touches it commits a sin. They have seen all of this as well.”

4. How do cultivators view symptoms of a cold? Some fellow practitioners have used the term "infected" in their communication, which I think is inappropriate. In my personal opinion, Falun Dafa disciples experience colds as a way to eliminate karma, to be tested, and to be persecuted, and it is unexpected and passive.

With regard to “illness,” Master talked about this very clearly in Fa Teaching at the 2019 New York Fa Conference, “Your spiritual journey has been well designed, and your body isn’t allowed to become sick. Really, it’s not allowed to be sick. That’s because no illness is allowed to invade you now; any pathogen would be killed by the positive energy you have. But people do create karma, and that karma will manifest in your body in a way that mimics an ailment. If the karma manifests in your nose, you will be stuffed up or have a runny nose, which might lead you to think, ‘Oh, I’ve got a cold.’ You think that you’ve got a cold (Master chuckles), but it’s not a cold. If the karma manifests in your stomach, you will have a stomachache, and think ‘Oh dear, it must be something I ate.’ (Master chuckles) But that’s not it. It was caused by karma that was sent there. Then why was it sent there, of all places? Actually, it didn’t have to be sent there specifically; it could have been sent to some other place. They send it there when you have some sort of attachment, and their aim is to help you work on it.”

I think that in terms of Dafa principles, practitioners should be clear that the illness karma they exhibit may appear to conform to worldly understanding of being infected, but in reality, it is karma elimination. They should never say that they have been "infected" themselves.

Master also said in Fa Teaching at the 2019 New York Fa Conference, “His realm of mind hasn’t reached that level, and so he really believes, ‘It’s an illness!’ In that case he really should have it treated, because when the old forces test people they are not fooling around. They mean business. Their thinking is, ‘It’s not my wish that you become divine. Once I see your human thinking, I am definitely going to bring you down.’”

Here, Master mentions “human thinking,” and we really need to look for our own human thinking. If we acknowledge the idea of contagion and being infected in every thought and every idea, these thoughts will bring trouble to ourselves. As cultivators, we should not have random thoughts and need to position ourselves correctly.

Master said in Wake Up, “The Great Way that you practice is what created all life in the universe, it is what has forged extraordinary divine beings, and is also what has created the tiniest of viruses and bacteria. You are someone who leads a life of spiritual development under the Great Way and who helps me to save people, and while saving people you have helped to eliminate for many people bacteria and viruses thousands of times more potent than those of any epidemic. And yet you haven’t managed to handle the matter of the pandemic properly, on a personal level.”

I was thinking: How can cultivators position themselves correctly? In addition, how do we determine whether our thoughts are in line with the standards of cultivation? The old forces are watching Dafa disciples closely, so we must view problems from the standpoint of the Fa. If cultivators acknowledge the worldly notion of being infected or "tested positive", they are acknowledging a low-level notion and approving of bad things, and thus the bad things will quickly come to them.

Master said in Teachings at the Conference in Los Angeles, “What’s important for cultivators is righteous thoughts. When you have strong righteous thoughts, you are able to withstand anything and do anything. That’s because you are a cultivator: someone who is on a divine path and who is not controlled by the factors of ordinary people or low-level principles.”

Master also said in Fa Teaching Given at the Epoch Times Meeting, “Ordinary people don’t know that all of this is encompassed by the expression ‘the appearance stems from the mind.’ So, put another way, one’s own factors can in fact change one’s surroundings. ‘Cultivate yourself’ and ‘search within’ are words that I have said in a very straightforward and clear manner. (Laughing) But, there aren’t that many people who give these words due weight. What I was describing holds true for Dafa disciples when they do things.”

We are cultivating in the world, and every step is a test, a constant examination in every aspect of life. We really need to have the appearance of a cultivator and measure ourselves by high standards. We cannot treat ourselves with low standards. We must grasp our thoughts and not be disturbed by the forces of thought karma and the chaotic world.

Once, a fellow practitioner used to watch TV frequently, even unintentionally repeating TV commercials. One time, she muttered, "Got nail fungus, one infects two..." and soon after, she noticed that her nails had changed color. She realized something was wrong and quickly changed her mindset.

In the world, even an unintentional thought can bring trouble to ourselves. Once, a practitioner spoke with an acquaintance on the phone and learned that the other person had contracted a disease. Afterwards, a thought flashed through the practitioner's mind: "Don't let the virus come through the phone line." This thought quickly caused the practitioner to develop symptoms of a cold. Actually, that thought was not even from the practitioner herself, it may have been from thought karma or external interference.

I am also examining my own attachments when I experience incorrect states. My family members are healthcare workers and often work in fever clinics, so I worry about them. As a result, when a family member tested positive for COVID-19, I unexpectedly experienced symptoms of a cold at the same time. I told my parents to stay at home and not go out, but of course, they did not listen to me and ended up catching a cold. I realized that I still had many human attachments that I could not let go of, and I had not yet met the standards of a cultivator. My heart was affected by the changing circumstances of the world.

One of my colleagues sent me a message saying, "there are more and more 'little foreigners' now." (A 'little foreigner' is a term coined in modern day China, referring to a person who has tested positive to the virus. As “foreigner” and “tested positive” have the same pronunciation). I was confused about what that meant, but then my family explained that it meant the person had tested positive and became a "little foreigner." I accidentally repeated it twice and later realized that my throat was not feeling well. In the midst of the human world, it is important to be mindful of our every thought and not be misled by new terminology or accept it. As one fellow practitioner said in an article: "Don't have the concept of positive."

Master told us in Fa Teaching Given in New York City, “Yet a practitioner’s gong is automatically destroying viruses and karma.”

My understanding is that we need to use righteous thoughts to eliminate the persecution from evil towards ourselves, and we should not passively endure it. This is not something that we should accept. Some cultivators have strong righteous thoughts and quickly deny the arrangements of evil, and the interfering factors disappear quickly.

Master said in Stay Rational, “True Dafa disciples have higher energy and are able to destroy karma and germs; they are emissaries of salvation in these latter days, and bring their wisdom to bear upon saving people as they share truthful information related to our practice.”

Think about it, if an emissary of the divine is "knocked down" by the evil's arrangement, doesn't it mean that the emissary has areas where they have not reached the standard themselves?

To put it simply, as practitioners, we need to examine our shortcomings in cultivation and learn to view problems from the perspective of the Fa. The principles in cultivation are all-encompassing. When we encounter situations, our true nature is exposed, which serves as a test to see if we truly understand the principles that guide our cultivation or if we are confused about them. It is crucial to have a clear understanding of the principles of the Fa.

The above is my understanding of the "cold" symptoms. If there are any inaccuracies, I humbly ask fellow practitioners to kindly correct me with compassion.

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