Being a Particle of the Whole Body
By a practitioner in Baoding
(Clearwisdom.net) On September 18, 1999, I went with four other practitioners to Beijing to appeal to the State Council. We came to an agreement on the way: "We are a whole body, and we will not separate no matter what happens." With that righteous thought, we arrived at the Appeals Office. At the gate, a group of plainclothes police officers stopped us, asking where we came from and for our personal identification. Seeing the male practitioner's hands were shaking, I stepped forward and answered their questions. They saw that they couldn't get anything from us, so they took the male practitioner inside the gate. One of us said, "We can't let them take him away. We are one body. We shouldn't be apart." We four female practitioners broke through the police barricade, entered the gate, and stood next to the male practitioner. Seeing us together, the plainclothes officer took the male practitioner to the van outside the gate. We also went next to the van. We started to clarify the facts (explaining to the public the facts about Falun Gong and exposing the persecution) to them next to the police van. What we did encouraged the male practitioner, and he also handled the situation very well. In the end, they had no choice but to say, "You can go now. We will give you the answer in ten days." That day about a hundred practitioners in many groups went to appeal to the State Council. Not many returned home. But the five of us returned perfectly well. That experience deeply touched me.
After this experience I thought about the current status of our one body. If one practitioner is arrested, if we could all have strong righteous thoughts, such as, "We are one body. It is absolutely not allowed to persecute fellow practitioners. We will follow no matter where you send our fellow practitioner. If you take him to the local police station, we will ask for him at the local police station. If you take him to the detention center, we will send righteous thoughts at the detention center every day. We are one body. We don't allow you to destroy any of us!" If we can do that, I think the evil itself will perish, and our fellow practitioners will safely return.
I have always believed that those who enlightened on an evil path can make their way back. Those who enlightened along an evil path are controlled by rotten demons and evil ghosts. If we can send righteous thoughts to eliminate the rotten demons and evil ghosts controlling them, won't this person come back to us? The righteous field is even able to turn a spy into a person with righteous thoughts. Why can't it change a person who used to cultivate Falun Dafa?
But the fact is, after fellow practitioners are arrested, some criticize where the practitioners didn't do well, some oppose sending righteous thoughts in close proximity, some are frightened to display the truth-clarifying posters, and some are frightened to provide the details of the persecution endured lest they be persecuted again. Thus, no one exposes the evil deeds committed by the local Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members. Some practitioners don't want to cooperate, and many send righteous thoughts at home, and after a few days, everything is forgotten. Then how can we disintegrate the evil and rescue our fellow practitioners? During the past two years, the successful cases of rescuing practitioners were all due to the good cooperation of the one body. An important role was played by the involved practitioners letting go of the attachment to life and death and maintaining strong determination.
Think back. When practitioners in Tianjin were arrested in 1999, we went to Beijing. That was the April 25th spirit, which will never perish in the universe. But now, how many of us go to the local police stations, detention centers, and labor camps to request that practitioners be released. How many of us send righteous thoughts and put forth our efforts to help them after they are persecuted? How many of us ever think that the persecution of fellow practitioners is the same as being persecuted ourselves? How many of us have regarded their affairs as our own? And how many of us have truly manifested the status of an enlightened person?
"...whereas real Buddhas are guardians of the cosmos and are responsible for all righteous elements in the cosmos." ("Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. Fa Conference" from Guiding the Voyage)
How many of us are still upholding the "April 25th spirit?" Yes, Dafa disciples are all doing the three things(The three things Master Li asked practitioners to do are to study the Fa [the teachings of Falun Dafa], send forth righteous thoughts and clarify the truth about Falun Dafa and about the persecution to the world's people.) to different extents, but our attitudes toward the practitioners who were arrested shows the current status of our whole body, and the realm and understanding of the Fa and of each individual particle. Some people said that if a certain number of people went to appeal on April 25, this persecution would not have happened. Now, quite often, we have practitioners being sent to forced labor and being illegally sentenced. That is because many of us are still driven by our various human attachments. Our one body thus does not have enough people and is not powerful enough.
I heard that at one small place, if a practitioner was arrested, the practitioners in the local area would go together to request the release of that practitioner. In the end, not only was the practitioner released, the computer and printer were also returned. At another location, when one practitioner was illegally arrested, all practitioners in that area wrote letters requesting the unconditional release of that practitioner. And the results speak for themselves: the practitioner was released. This means Dafa disciples' one body power is unmeasurable.
In the past, I also had concerns regarding the safety issue. It separated me from the whole body. When things happened, fellow practitioners found it very hard to locate me, and I could not participate in the events of our whole body. I made a breakthrough later, especially after watching the DVD, "Fa-Teaching Given to the Australian Practitioners." I found that my attachment was stopping me from cooperating with the whole body. A Dafa disciple is a whole body. It was the remaining human attachments that were separating me from the whole body.
Recently there were major conflicts during the rearranging of the coordination team. At one point, I developed the attachment to fame. That caused an obstacle when rescuing a fellow practitioner. When I was able to calm down and look inward, I eliminated my attachment to fame and also understood a principle, that, to me, there is no such a thing as a coordinator. Several factors can cause one to develop human attachments easily. If something happens somewhere, and if I happen to hear of it or encounter it, then I will take action. When there is cooperation needed, I will discuss the situation with everyone. When others need me, I must cooperate unconditionally. To put it simply, it is about cooperating and harmonizing. Dafa is bringing up the lords and masters of different universes. If each of us can cooperate and harmonize voluntarily, while regarding other practitioner's affairs as our own things, then no evil can exist in our dimensional fields.
Master's article "Thoroughly Dissolve the Evil" has been published for more than two years. But there are still practitioners being arrested constantly. That means we still haven't done well enough, and we haven't negated the evil forces thoroughly. While keeping up with the pace of Fa-rectification, we must eliminate all of our human attachments and form an indestructible one body to truly achieve the state of "thoroughly dissolving the evil."
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