May 7, 2005 at 1:12 am #5460
Here are some q & A worth reading. Tell me what you think???
Question: I have already been studying this Fa for two months. In these two months I felt that my illnesses of several decades have all disappeared because my purpose of studying Dafa is to eliminate my karma. I really lived extremely well in these two months without taking a bit of medicine. This is one point. The other one is that I would like to ask Master if what I saw during the sitting meditation was a Falun? I saw something spinning and spinning in a spiral form. However, its color also looked like the color of soil, the same as the color of clay. Its spinning on the whole was simply very wondrous. But, I was unable to see its internal structure.
Master: Because except for that symbol of Falun, its base color changes. Its color can change into different colors: red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, blue, purple, colorful or colorless. Therefore, Falun may not always be in this color. In addition, when Falun is adjusting your body, it rotates extraordinarily fast. It looks like an electric fan turbine or like a tornado spinning. Sometimes, it rotates very slowly, and one can see clearly its structure inside. When it is rotating very quickly, it is not easy to see. While adjusting one’s body at the beginning, it knows itself when it should be fast or slow as well as how it should rotate. This does not matter and is all normal.
Question: Can we do the Big Lotus Flower hand sign?
Master: The Big Lotus Flower hand sign is a Ding Yin, which is a fixed sign. This is the Big Lotus Flower hand sign (making the hand sign). We do not need to do it during our practice. One does it when he requests Master to do the Kaiguang (the ritual of inviting a Buddhas Fashen to a Buddhas portrait or a statue for worship in human society) at home for a Buddha statue, a statue of Lao Zi in the Taoist School, that of the Primitive God of Heaven, or for other Buddha statues. The best thing to do is that you hold that book of mine. Doesn’t it have my photo? As though you were talking to me, you say, Teacher, please do Kaiguang for me. Use your hand to do the Big Lotus Flower hand sign while cradling this book, and it will be done in three seconds. My Fashen will invite a Fashen of the god on that Buddha statue. If you do the Kaiguang for Buddha Amitabha, my Fashen will invite a Fashen of Buddha Amitabha onto this Buddha Statue, and this is called the genuine Kaiguang. Nowadays, monks who do not actually practice cultivation in their religion and, those many sham Qigong masters simply cannot do Kaiguang. They do not have the mighty virtue to invite a Buddha. It is a Buddha, not someone that would come no matter who sends for him. Of course, there are some people who would hold a mirror to the Buddha statue, and call it Kaiguang. There are also people who color the eyes of a Buddha statue with a bit of cinnabar ink and make the eyes very red, and they also call it Kaiguang. They are all messing things up.
Question: You just mentioned that man himself has fallen down here from different paradises or different levels. Then, naturally in principle, he should return to that paradise that he originally fell from. However, it seems that, at this human level, he does not know which paradise is the one he fell from. Then, while practicing cultivation, he may have chosen a different way just as he may have the affinity to study Falun Dafa.
Master: You still want to return to that paradise that you originally came from, the place where your life was created. The wish is good. Now, the first thing that you must resolve is how to return there, and how to return there through cultivation practice. This is most critical. There isnt any room for other choices, no room at all. It is not as though everything is laid out there with Buddhas sitting there so that whichever one you want will be given to you. As for your moving up in cultivation, if you can really reach a very high level through cultivation and can return to your original position, while being in that paradise, you can always visit your relatives in that paradise and stroll around and take a look. It does not matter as to which paradise you are in. It does not matter whether you live in Sydney or live in Brisbane.
Question: In the Southeast Asian region, there is something called the Heavenly Tao that is widely spread. What is it about?
Master: Let me tell everyone that now is the period of the Last Havoc. Buddha Sakyamuni mentioned that, in the Dharma-ending period, thousands of demons would come to the world. At the time when Buddha Sakyamuni was in this world, the demon said, I am not able to undermine your Dharma now. When your Dharma enters the Dharma-ending period, I will send my disciples and followers to become professional practitioners in your temples. I will see what you can do about it! At the time, Buddha Sakyamuni wept. Buddha Sakyamuni, of course, could not do anything about it. It has come to the end of the Dharma, so it becomes chaotic. In the Dharma-ending period as he mentioned, not just among people or just in temples, everywhere in the human society there are things that undermine human affairs, and there exist such people. Evil religions are everywhere! On the surface they also tell people to be good, but in their bones, they are not for this. They are either for fame or for money; otherwise, they are for a dark influence. They are all such things. Therefore, what things do you find them seeking? The Buddha Fa is made public to save people. If one uses it to make money, he will be guilty of the most heinous sin! Of course, a demon does not care about such things. He carries the banner of religion or carries the banner of telling people to be good in order to ruin mankind, ruin the human mind, and ruin the human Fa of the mind. This is most vicious! Therefore, I think, of course, there are some words I do not wish to say, as for the orthodox and the evil, you should be able to distinguish them, and you make the distinction yourself. I do not want to say who is evil or who is not evil.
However, I can only tell you that if one wants to come to the ordinary human society to save people, this is too big an undertaking. The gods in the entire universe must all nod in agreement. This is because it involves various aspects and involves all races in human society that correspond to those above. There are many issues involved. It is not something that anyone can do when driven on the spur of the moment. I know why Jesus was crucified on the cross. Why did Buddha Sakyamuni take the path of Nirvana? It is not easy to pass on the orthodox Fa. Then, nobody will bother it if an evil Fa is taught. It is not that nobody cares about it. It is just that when an orthodox Fa is being taught, there is usually a lot of evil Fa as well, it all depends on which door you enter. If it were all from one school or everything being taught was orthodox Fa and there was no evil Fa in the world as it had all been eliminated, it would be too easy for people to practice cultivation. How could this Fa be attained? Everyone would be practicing yours since there is only this one school of yours. How could disciples be tested as to if they have firm faith in your Fa? Therefore, usually when an orthodox Fa is being taught, evil Fa will also be taught, it all depends on which door people will enter. To assess your enlightenment quality, in the course of your cultivation practice there will always be people coming to you, Come on, come with me to practice this one; Let us practice that one; Hey, I have been learning some good practice now, etc. They will drag you and test you, and these things are sure to happen. During the course of your cultivation practice, from the beginning to the end you will experience such kind of phenomenon to pull you out. Why don’t we take care of these things? Fashen can take care of anything. Why dont they take care of it? This is because they are using the demons to test a person’s heart to see if you are fundamentally faithful to this Fa. Cultivation of Buddhahood is such a serious matter that these kinds of things are inevitable.
Anyway, I have spoken about the good and the bad. It is even very difficult for the orthodox religions now to save people, not to mention the evil religions! There is someone who dresses up like a model to be promoted by others and is advertised everywhere to collect money. Yet, people all believe in her. People are very foolish! When people have not attained the Fa, they are easily fooled.
Question: What is thought karma about?
Master: Some people unknowingly form thoughts that are not good in their brains. We are practicing cultivation of the orthodox Fa. I am doing such a thing based upon the principle of being responsible to society, being responsible to mankind, and being responsible to individuals. Such a person also knows that it is good, but his mind will swear at me. Also, it tells him not to believe it and that this is all untrue. Why is it this way? Because apart from the karma existing in his own body, he also has thought karma. All matter is alive, and thought karma is also alive. If you want to practice cultivation, you will need to have your thought purified and to eliminate all these bad swearing thoughts, acquired notions, and various kinds of karma produced from one lifetime to another. Only then, can your original nature come out. Once you practice cultivation to eliminate them and want to eliminate these swearing thoughts and concepts, they will not want to let it happen. How can they let themselves die? They will reflect on your mind: that this is all untrue; swear at him and swear at people. The more you practice cultivation, the more they swear at people. Your mind will produce swear words and filthy language. In fact, let me tell you that they are not you. They are karma; they are thought karma. You must reject it. This cultivation way of ours is given to you to cultivate yourself. If your own mind consciousness is unclear and your mind is not firm, when the swear words come out, your own main consciousness will follow it. You will not practice anymore and will no longer be firm. Then, we will not be able to take care of you either. Because what we are saving is you, we will not save you anymore if you give up.
There have been many such instances in the past. In China, some people’s thoughts reacted very intensely. It swore very frantically, and one could not reject it even though he tried. In the end, he said, I have really let you down, Teacher! I even swear at you. This karma of mine is just too much. I simply should not live anymore and should take a knife to cut my throat. Of course, you should not try to make such an experiment on yourself. However, no matter how he tried to cut his throat, he could not slit it. He did not feel any pain, nor could he get it bled. He got so angry that he ran out to find an instructor and asked him, My mind is always swearing at Teacher. What should I do about it? Seeing him like this, the instructor started reading the Fa to him, and he felt very good. Later, he asked me about it, so I told him. In fact, it was your karma, not you, that was swearing. You should not bear any psychological burden because it was not you that were swearing at me, but the karma. However, your main consciousness must be clear, reject it, try your best to reject it, and do not let it swear. Reject it and repress it. In this way, my Fashen will know. Because he knows everything you do, he already knows it even before it swears. This is also a test, a test of whether your main consciousness is firm or not. If you become firm, after a period of time my Fashen will eliminate this karma for you. Because such thought karma directly interferes with your cultivation practice and directly affects your enlightenment quality, we will eliminate it. Everyone should remember this issue and must differentiate when such a problem occurs.
Question: I raise a question, which is related to the issue of practice as well as the relationship between the exercise and Xinxing. Is it that increasing the exercise can improve Xinxing?
Master: There is no direct relationship, but the exercise is also a key aspect of completing cultivation and is also very important. In this practice of ours, the Fa cultivates people. Though you are not doing the exercise, the Fa is cultivating you at all times whether you are sleeping, working, or having a meal. It constantly cultivates you twenty-four hours a day, thus, shortening the practicing time in your remaining years to allow you to complete cultivation as soon as possible. As I mention earlier, that to enable you to complete cultivation in this lifetime, it must be done this way. However, the movements of our practice are in essence rather different from other practices, in which they say if I practice I will increase Gong and if I don’t practice, it will stop. Our practice is to reinforce all of the mechanisms I installed for you, both the internal and external mechanisms. You are actually strengthening these mechanisms when practising the movements. Why did I say that this hand is not in the form of Guanding (filling the top of the head with energy), and it is not giving off or letting out something, but it is moving with the palms facing the body? This is because when your hands move along the energy mechanisms, those that I installed outside your body, they carry a lot of energy during the practice and are strengthening the energy mechanisms. That is to say that you are in fact reinforcing the energy mechanisms. Folding two hands over the lower abdomen strengthens the energy mechanism in Dantian. When you stretch, you are reinforcing the mechanism of motion. Therefore, our practice is to strengthen the mechanisms, which will enable you to continue the long-term practice 24 hours a day non-stop. By this you are reinforcing them. Practicing Gong is a means of completing cultivation. However, it is not absolute, it is a supplementary means of completing cultivation. But, practicing Gong is also very crucial. The fact that things that are cultivated out of this school do not go wrong also bears a direct relationship with this system of yours and your movements. Because we also have things such as capabilities, things that transform and prolong lives and things that reinforce supernormal capabilities, etc., the exercise movements can play a certain role in this. Cultivation comes ahead of practice. Cultivation is in the first place while practice is in the secondary place. But, if you want to complete cultivation in this school, cultivation and practice are both indispensable.
Question: When I do the exercise, I cannot see any phenomenon except for the white light. If I want to see Teacher’s portrait, I will see it. Is it an illusion?
Master: I will divide it into two questions to talk about it. Those whose Tianmu cannot see may have such an element of making breakthroughs towards a higher level. For one who has very good enlightenment quality and can cultivate towards a very high level, the more he is not allowed to see, the faster his cultivation will be. Because he is suffering and he is attaining enlightenment in a maze. Therefore, even though he suffers the same hardship, his progress is doubled. This is a different situation, and he is probably practicing cultivation towards higher levels.
The other one is that you said that you did not see anything. In fact, you have already seen it. While being inattentive, you saw the white light shining over the body. In addition, sometimes when you want to see something, you see it. You have in fact really seen it, but you take it as an illusion. Many people consider it an imagination when they are able to see something. Let me tell you that when the human eyes look at something, you have become accustomed to it and think that it is seen with your eyes. However, have you thought that what you see is the reflected image delivered to your brain through the optic nerves? It is a kind of observed object reflected from the brain while your eyes only act as the lens of a camera. They cannot analyze and reflect things themselves. The brain is reflecting the images. Since it is the brain that reflects the images, what we see through Tianmu and the human imagination of thought are all reflected on the brain. What you think is thought by your brain. What you see is also pictured in your brain. Then, one will consider it an imagination when he is able to see something. However, it is not the same because what you imagine will not be as vivid as that and it cannot move, it is a fixed picture. Instead, what you really see is in motion. When you become accustomed to these, just keep seeing slowly in this way. When you become slowly accustomed to it for a long time, you will gradually find that you really see it. In addition, you may be able to use it better.
In the past, when some people in the Taoist School trained their disciples, they particularly asked them to think in order to train their supernormal capabilities because they knew such a relationship. There is no apple before your eyes. Suppose that you are told that an apple is placed in front of your eyes and the master tells you what the apple looks like while in fact there is none. They would train you to smell its flavor and then ask you to feel as though seeing this apple or tell what it looks like. They would train a person in such a way. Because pictures are all formed in the brain, some people are unable to explain the issue clearly. Anyway, what you imagine does not move, only what you see is in motion.
Question: I had a dream one night and saw something very frightening. I did not think of you, and what I thought of was Tantrism. But, I am very faithfully practicing Falun Dafa. Isn’t it that if anything happens to me one day I will be dead and my Yuanshen will also be discarded?
Master: It is because you did not read the book enough. Though you are cultivating Dafa now, the Tantrist stuff still remains in your mind. Therefore, you thought of Tantrism instead of Dafa in the dream. Some people asked me, What should I do when my life is endangered? I said that you would not run into things that had nothing to do with your cultivation practice, and that you were guaranteed not to run into them. For things that are related to your cultivation practice, you will run into them. If you should indeed lose your life today, it would indicate that there is no school of cultivation that takes care of you, and you have not practiced cultivation at all. As for religions, they believe in a life for a life and say that if one does not make his cultivation in one lifetime, he would continue his cultivation in the next lifetime after paying with his life. This is what they say. But, we do not talk about it here. What we say here is that you will not be allowed to have these problems. Those genuine practitioners of mine will be absolutely guaranteed not to run into any life-threatening danger.
Question: I was not aware at that time that it was a dream.
Master: You were practicing Tantrism at that time and were not really practicing cultivation. It just did not work. Thus, nobody took care of you. Someone said that he saw money on the ground in a dream and kept it for himself. In fact, these dreams were all tests for people to see whether their Xinxing was solid. A practitioner said that he could do very well during daytime, but not in dreams. This shows that deep in his mind it is still not solid, and he was tested in the dream to see whether he was solid or not. This is the reason why such things occur. One does not need to feel sad if he did not do well when it occurred. But once you become aware of its importance and resolve to do better, you will be fine in future.
Question: In China, Teacher Li installed Falun for all of those in the classes. Haven’t you also installed Falun for us as I am listening to your class today? There is another question. Mentally retarded people are not accepted to practice cultivation. Is there any way for those with minor mental problems?
Master: Let me start with the first question. Because I have mentioned that each word in this book has my Fashen, every word is the image of my Fashen and every word is the image of a Buddha. I have numerous Fashen, which cannot be calculated by numbers. It is known to all that Buddha Sakyamuni said that Buddha Amitabha had two million Fashen. There are so many of my Fashen that they cannot be calculated by numbers, and they are numerous. No matter how many people there are, I can take care of all of them, and I can take care of the entire mankind. Of course, it only works for genuine practitioners. We do not take care of non-practitioners nor the societal affairs. Therefore, if you practice cultivation, the moment you have that thought, my Fashen will know it. There is another issue. You find this body of mine an ordinary human flesh body and just as big as this. However, in the next dimension, you will find my body much taller than I am. In each adjacent dimension, my body becomes taller and bigger one after another. The largest body of mine is so big that it cannot be described. There are many practitioners who happened to see my very big body in a glance. One said, Teacher, I stand below your toes and cannot see the top of your toes. Therefore, I have such an enormous body, think about it, the entire earth is all here. I can take care of you no matter where you are. As for that Falun, do I have to install it in front of your eyes? I can install it all the same without being here with you. While I am not here with you, I am also here with you.
Your second question is about mental disorder. Whether it is minor or severe, we have all made it clear that: he is advised not to engage in our practice. This practice of ours is unlike other practices, and we aim to save the person himself. If we cannot save the person himself, we shall not give it to anyone else. Our Gong is only given to the person himself and only saves his Zhu Yuanshen (main consciousness) as well as his own self. There has never been such a thing in history. Historically, whether you practice Tantrism or other religions, they all save your Fu Yuanshen (paraconsciousness). This is a myth of thousands of ancient years, which I have disclosed. When this myth was unveiled at that time, the resistance was indeed quite enormous. But, when the world becomes better in the future, there will be many Buddhas coming to the world again to save people. It is not only I, they will also save one’s Zhu Yuanshen then. I have changed this aspect and turned it around because saving one’s Zhu Yuanshen has the direct benefit to the stability of social moral values of mankind. In saving Fu Yuanshen, the person himself cannot practice cultivation and is unable to practice cultivation. Even if one joins a religion, the society will remain the same and it does not have much effect upon society. Therefore, in saving one’s Zhu Yuanshen, whether he practices cultivation or not, he will be a good person in society. This is in itself beneficial to society. A mentally retarded person does not have a clear consciousness himself, and we cannot save him. We save those with clear consciousness. If we give things to those who do not have clear consciousness, they will be taken away by others in the next day. He may or may not practice it. What’s more, he would be unable to observe our rule of sticking to one school only and not to practise this or that. Because cultivation of Buddhahood is a very serious issue, there is no way to save him if he cannot even follow that. Some people would make him learn it. However, if a problem occurs, you should take the personal responsibility yourself. If a problem occurs to him during the practice, he may then say that it is because of the practice of Falun Dafa. We do not teach those with mental illness at all, and this is for sure. Because he is an ordinary person, he will become ill and run into problems. The problem may take place while he is trying to do the practice at a practice site. His problem is not from the practice. It is that he should become ill when the time is due.
Question: People are all the same throughout mankind. Buddhism is widely spread in the East while Christianity in the West with differences as great as that. Buddhism is very weak in the West. Are they two systems?
Master: Why is Christianity in the West while Buddhism in the East? Why are the oriental religions or the Western religions not the same and have such great differences? In fact, Christianity is also within the Buddha School system, except that the differences in the human species, cultures and celestial cultures have caused the differences in the human appearance and in their ways of thinking. Namely, the characteristics of human standards are not the same, which lead to the differences in their ways of cultivation of Buddhahood and in their concepts and understanding of gods at higher levels. There is no difference in essence and they are all in the Buddha realm. Jesus is, in fact, at the level of Tathagata. But, because of differences in culture, in ideological concepts, and in appearance, he is not called a Buddha. The name of Buddha is used in the East. Of course, because of the differences and variations in appearance, people in Jesus’ paradise all dress in white robes while people in a Buddha’s paradise all dress in yellow robes. The hair is also different, and the greatest difference lies in the hair variations. One in the Taoist School wears his hair in a bun. An Arhat in the Buddha School is bald while a Bodhisattva wears the hairstyle like an ancient Chinese woman. Why is that? Because such ancient Chinese attire is the same as that of heavenly people. Actually, it is the same as what heavenly people wear in the paradise of heaven. It is also the same way in the West, and that’s the way they dress in their heavenly paradise. People are just this way. Certainly, the fashion nowadays is all in new styles. In fact, the clothes worn by the contemporary people are the worst and ugliest.
Why is there no Buddhism in the world of the white people, and no Christianity in the world of the oriental people? Strictly speaking, there is not. I remember that Jehovah and Jesus all said in the Bible or books as such, You should not go to the East. There are other things said, but I only remembered this sentence, You should not go to the East, telling his disciples not to pass on the teaching in the East. His disciples did not listen to his words and followed the expeditionary forces to the East. A problem then occurred. The races in the world are not allowed to be mixed up. Now, the races are mixed up and it has brought about an extraordinarily serious problem. Once races are mixed up, one does not have a corresponding relationship with the higher levels, and he has lost the root. Mixed races have lost their roots, as if nobody in the paradise will take care of them. They belong to nowhere, and no places would accept them. Therefore, you find the place where the continents of Europe and Asia meet a desert in the past and a depopulated zone. When the transportation means were not advanced, it was difficult to pass through it. With the progress of modern means, all these are broken through. Thus, races have become increasingly mixed up, which can lead to serious consequences. Of course, I will not go into details. I’m just saying that the higher levels do not recognize such a human race.
The issue I just mentioned is that human races have a corresponding relationship to the higher levels. The white people at higher levels constitute a small portion, a very small portion of the universe in this world and in this universe. That is their paradise of heaven. However, there is an extraordinarily large number of yellow people and Buddhas’ paradises as well as Taoist paradises. They have almost filled up the entire universe. There are as many Tathagata Buddhas as the sand in the Ganges River, who are extremely plentiful and extraordinarily big. People with the appearance of the yellow people are particularly plentiful. Thus, races are corresponding with one another from the top to the bottom. Jesus said that you should not pass on the teaching in the East, which was meant to say that they do not belong to us. Jesus told people not to spread the teaching in the East. I have also found no oriental people in Jesus’ paradise. It is very sad! People in modern times do not listen to the words of their Lord, and the oriental people do not listen to the Buddha’s teaching either. Therefore, man has messed up these things. I have also found no white people in a Buddha’s paradise in the past. However, why is it that what I’m teaching today is also passed on to Westerners? It is because what I’m teaching are the principles of the universe, the principles of the entire universe. All those white people who complete their cultivation in this Dafa of mine will be in the same appearance as people in Jesus’ paradise when they succeed in cultivation in future, and their form of cultivation will also be the same as people there. They will be like that upon succeeding in cultivation. Yellow people will take on the physical form of the Buddha side upon completing cultivation. Thus, I can save people on both sides because the Fa that is taught is already enormous. Let me also tell you… that there has never been a door opened so widely, but there are reasons for it.
Question: Teacher, would you tell us what the interracial children are all about?
Master: The issue of the interracial children I have just mentioned has told mankind a heavenly secret, but it is not that we would do anything. I said that I have done something even greater in the sense that I can also save a person of mixed blood, but I can only save him in this period of time. Though oriental people and Westerners all live on earth, man does not know that there is something separating the East and the West. It is well known that oriental people believe in the so-called nine. They like the sound of it, which implies everlasting. Eight is pronounced as fa, implying making a fortune. These kinds of things can indeed have a little bit of effect in the East, such as geomantic omen telling or landscape analysis, etc. But when applied in the West, they appear to be ineffective and do not work. They do not work with the white people. Then again, the so-called astrology or some phenomena believed by the white people do not work with the oriental people either. Some people think that they work. That is because you think they work. In fact, they dont. Why is it then? It is because the white people’s biosphere has its special physical matter formed in its own dimension while the oriental people’s biosphere has the special matter made up with their life. Such things run through the makeup of one’s life. Thus, the two sides are not the same. After races are mixed up, you will find ones child born to be an infant of mixed blood. However, there is a partition in the middle of this child’s life. If it is separated, he will be physically and intellectually incomplete or a person with an incomplete body. Modern science also knows that it is getting worse one generation after another. It would be like this. Of course, if such a person wants to practice cultivation, I can help, and I can take care of it. It cannot be done to a non-practitioner.
Question: When I was bringing my hand up in the exercise, I found my hands becoming warm. I have not felt it this way in any practice. When I was doing the exercise, I felt as if I were a Bodhisattva, feeling that I was the only respected one. Is it right?
Master: When you do the exercise, you should not add any thought to it. In Tantric practice, one regards himself as a Buddha. He is not in essence. Has his flesh body changed? It has not changed. Who is it that will change in future upon succeeding in cultivation? Its his paraconsciousness. As I told you when I was teaching this Fa I save one’s main consciousness. If your paraconsciousness succeeds in cultivation, you will still follow the six paths of reincarnation. When the two lives are separated, you will not know anything. It is normal that your hands feel warm.
Question: Shouldn’t a little mindwill be added to the cultivation practice in Falun Dafa?
Master: There should not be any mind activities. Any mindwill is an attachment.
Question: Two questions. One is the issue on the oriental people and Westerners as Teacher just mentioned. Suppose that many people were originally Orientals in the past, what could be done if they were born as Westerners?
Master: That does not matter. There are two situations. If such a person did not come with a purpose, he will change with this body, and we shall change this person. If he came with a purpose, it would be a different story and a different case.
Besides, let me tell everyone that you should also be careful with your approach in promoting this Fa. If one is interested in it and comes to study it, then you are also building up beneficence. It is also a matter of boundless beneficence. However, there is one point. If one does not want to learn it and you try to make him do it, dragging him here to learn it, I will say that it is not good. Because if he does not want to cultivate Buddhahood, a Buddha cannot do anything for him either. What one wants to attain or pursue is up to the person himself. You may tell him and offer a word of kind advice, but you cannot impose on him. I am telling everyone that we do not make anyone to come to learn it. In addition, our instructors or supervisors should not apply the administrative means in doing their work in future. Everyone is a practitioner. Therefore, one should convince people with the Fa. Everyone is studying the Fa. If an instructor does not do well or acts incorrectly, when a practitioner sees it, he will say that you have a Xinxing problem here or there. Thus, no one will follow his mistake. Why is it? Because everyone is studying the Fa, they all follow the requirements of the Fa instead of your own concepts. Of course, we also treat you in the same way. If you want to learn it, you learn it. If you do not want to learn it, you may leave. We will not harm anyone. If you say, I do not want to learn it anymore, it is all right if you don’t. If you want to learn it and to practice cultivation, we will be responsible to you and guarantee to do so. Although it is unstructured in form, yet the cultivation of Buddhahood is a very serious matter. We cannot therefore allow any deviations to occur to such an enormous and serious Fa. Historically, nothing as enormous as this has ever been taught to man. Now, you sit here and think that I have come naturally as if you have come because you heard someone mentioning it. Let me tell you that it is very likely that you have the predestined relationship. Probably such a predestined relationship was formed some time earlier. It is very rare that one has come without any cause or reason. I think that if you continue to ask questions, there may not be much left to ask. You can find all the answers to your questions in the Fa.
Question: It is just a question on sticking to one cultivation practice. I think that if some people study Falun Dafa, they may mix it up with other things they learn. There are also some other traditional techniques…
Master: Cultivation of Buddhahood is a serious issue. It is not to say that you cannot study Zhouyi (a prehistoric scripture for cultivation) or Bagua (a prehistoric scripture for cultivation). I think that the time for cultivation practice is limited. If you can use the time to gain a good understanding of this Falun, it will be really remarkable, as nothing else is as great as the Falun. Even the principles of Bagua and many technical things known by ordinary human society now have not reached beyond the Galaxy. This universe is so big that you do not know how big it is. Three thousand universes like this one of ours constitute a bigger universe, and three thousand such bigger universes make up an even bigger universe. The gods and Buddhas within are simply too numerous to count. What about the Galaxy then? It is very small. For those who study Dafa, you think about it. Such an enormous Fa has been taught to you. I think that a practitioner does not need to waste his energy (on such things). But, if you are a student of such a subject, I hold nothing against it. Because it is the knowledge of ordinary people, you may go ahead and study it. If you say that it is your spare-time hobby, I think that you had better give up this attachment! I will be responsible for you, and the cultivation of Buddhahood is very serious. Then, you had better use your energy to study this Fa, from which you will benefit infinitely. It cannot be matched by any academic subject.
As for dealing with low beings and ghosts among ordinary people, I will say that you should really give it up, because those low beings are all ghosts. If you pursue such things, how far away it is from this Buddha Fa of ours! In addition, those are all evil things. They are ghosts. As for the issue of fortune telling, I have already talked about this matter in the book in detail. If one wants to practice cultivation, it will become a serious issue. When a person has energy, what he says can fixate a matter. Since ordinary peoples affairs are changeable, it may not be the way as he sees it, and yet he perceives it like this. Once he tells (the way he sees it), it will happen the way he said. Then, he will have done a bad deed. As a practitioner, one should follow the requirement of a higher standard. If you conduct a bad deed, it will not be an ordinary matter. The reason Im cleaning up your body is because I see that you want to practice cultivation. If you want to practice cultivation, you should give up such things and practice cultivation very cleanly and purely.
Question: I have a mental burden. Today, I have such a good predestined opportunity to study Falun Dafa. I read in Book II that if one does not complete his cultivation in this life, he can vow to continue his cultivation in the next lifetime. Yet, my genuine goal is to complete cultivation. However, what could be done since I am of old age now?
Master: A person of old age has such a problem. Although this practice of ours enables one to practice cultivation rapidly, will his limited lifetime be enough for his cultivation practice? Strictly speaking, it is sufficient for anyone and this applies to people of all ages. However, there is one point. Average people cannot conduct themselves well. Though you may say that you can handle yourself well, you still cannot do it in reality. Because your cultivation has not reached such a high realm and your mind has not reached a standard as high as that, you cannot handle yourself well. This practice of ours cultivates both mind and body. While practicing cultivation, your body will be changed to prolong your life. Cultivation of mind and body is that while practicing, one’s life is prolonged. Strictly speaking, with your life being extended simultaneously in cultivation practice, it (time) is sufficient for people of all ages theoretically. However, there is one issue. All the prolonged lives must be used one hundred percent to practice cultivation, not for living among ordinary people. So if one is not aware that his life is borrowed time, he will not be able to handle himself well either, and cannot follow the requirement for a practitioner one hundred percent. Then, he will face the danger of passing away at any moment. This is the issue that faces people of old age.
However, if he has indeed failed to complete his cultivation and has not made enough effort, he can only have the following three options. One is to continue cultivation in the next life. My Fashen will look after him and even takes care of his reincarnation. The arrangement will be made so he will be born into a family where he can attain the Fa. Another one is that you do not want to practice cultivation anymore. As there is too much suffering in mankind, you will go to whatever level your cultivation reaches. If you have transcended the Three Realms, you will become a common member at that level of heaven beyond the Three Realms. If you have not transcended the Three Realms, you will be within the Three Realms and become a deity at that level of heaven. However, being within the Three Realms, one will still come down for the six paths of reincarnation in five hundred or three hundred years, except that he will enjoy happiness out there for several hundred years. Thats another option. The next option is that someone has indeed practiced cultivation very well, but he has not reached the standard, but because of his understanding of the Fa, or because he has made some special contributions, he may go to the Falun paradise to become a common member in the Falun paradise, which is also beyond the Three Realms, free from reincarnation. That is certainly very good. But such people are relatively few and the requirements are rather strict. However, he is neither a Buddha nor an Arhat, nor a Bodhisattva. He is just a common member in the Falun paradise. This is the way things are. In fact, you have attained the Fa, and your opportunity to cultivate Buddhahood is already seeded.
Question: I have a question. How is one’s level told?
Master: I have made such a statement. I have said that when a wise man hears the Tao, he will follow it diligently. I was borrowing Lao Zi’s words. When an average person hears the Tao, he will do it on and off. When a low person hears the Tao, he will laugh at it. What does it mean? When a wise man hears the Tao means that upon hearing something about cultivation practice, this person will practice it instantly, and he will have faith in it as well. Such a person is very rare. He will jump at the opportunity and keep up his cultivation until the end. This is a wise man. When a wise man hears the Tao, he will follow it diligently. When an average person hears the Tao, he does it on and off. What does it mean? It is when one sees that everyone comes to practice it, he will also follow it and find it quite good as well. He may forget it when he is busy or when he is bothered with troubles of ordinary people. Others are not studying it anyway. I may also stop. It doesnt matter if I study it or not. This is called when an average person hears the Tao, he will practice it on and off. He may or may not succeed in cultivation. It all depends on the individual himself whether he can succeed in cultivation or not. When a low person hears the Tao, he will laugh at it. Upon hearing the Tao, such a low person will laugh loudly at it. What cultivation practice? It is all superstition, and he will not believe it. Of course, he will be unlikely to practice it. This is the way it is. As for how high one’s cultivation can be, I think that it all depends on how much one’s own heart can endure. When you step outside this door, you run into some trouble, you may not be able to tolerate it. While I am talking here, everyone finds it good. The energy carried from practicing the orthodox Fa is all benevolence and loving kindness. Therefore, everyone sitting here feels very pleasant and is willing to listen to me. In future you will also practice cultivation in this way. Practicing cultivation in the orthodox Fa is also this way. However, once you step outside this door, you may not be yourself anymore. Some attachments of ordinary people will also surface in your mind and will be very strong. You may forget about the cultivation practice. This wont do.
Question: Can you say a little more about the interracial children?
Master: I have already talked about such interracial children. I have only mentioned the phenomena in this Dharma-ending period. If you are an interracial child, it is, of course, neither your fault nor your parents’ fault. Anyway, it is just such a chaotic situation brought about by mankind, in which such a phenomenon has appeared. The yellow people, the white people, and the black people have the corresponding races in heaven. Then, if one is not from his race or does not belong to his people, he will not take care of him. This is the truth, and it is not that Im making up something here. What I am telling everyone are heavenly secrets. All interracial children were born in the Dharma-ending period. People are not to be blamed for it, because everyone is drifting in the tide, and nobody knows the truth. This is the way they have come through. If you want to practice cultivation, I can help. As for which paradise you will go to, we will need to look at your situation. I will assimilate more of whichever portion that is better preserved. Anyway, you should concentrate on your cultivation and should not concern yourself with these things. There is nothing to be afraid of now that you have attained the Fa. I did not mention such things when I was teaching the Fa in the past. However, such a matter will be told to man sooner or later.
Question: Wouldn’t it be good if mankind all becomes vegetarian?
Master: No. That is what you think. Heaven has set the standard for the human life. Only by living in such a way, can they be human beings. Surely, meat can provide the human body with more calories than vegetables. However, cultivation practice is different.
Question: Would you please tell us whether there is a specific standard for tranquillity when we practice the sitting meditation? Will it affect acquiring Ding if one’s main consciousness keeps thinking of oneself in Dafa cultivation?
Master: The main consciousness and your acquiring Ding (a state of empty and yet conscious mind, concentration) are two different issues. It is impossible for one to acquire tranquillity at the beginning. Why can’t one acquire tranquillity? It is because one has too many attachments. There is no worldly thing that you cannot think of such as your business, your studies, your job, the conflict between one and another, your childs illness, your unattended parents, etc. Each item weighs very heavily in your mind. Please think about it. How can you acquire tranquillity in your mind with all these? Once you sit there, they will surface themselves though you claim that you do not think about them. So no method will assure tranquillity. It is just like what is said in my book that although you may claim that you can acquire tranquillity by chanting the Buddha’s name, or by looking at your heart, or by counting numbers, your mind still cannot acquire tranquillity. They are only means, but cannot play a decisive role. The only way is to gradually become indifferent to the attachments, the attachments of the ordinary people. When you treat them with indifference you will naturally be able to acquire tranquillity. When you are indeed able to acquire tranquillity, you are already in a very high realm. However, there is one point. Would one be like a monk who does not want anything nor has any material possessions once he practices cultivation in Falun Dafa? Not at all. We would conform maximally to the life of ordinary people in our cultivation practice. Because you are in the ordinary human society, you should not be special and should not be different from a normal person on the surface. Therefore, one should conform as much as possible to the life of ordinary people in cultivation practice. Those young people who should get married ought to be married. The practice does not affect what business you should do or what position you should hold. We are talking about one principle, which is that one will have his problems at every level of the ordinary human society. Lets leave out the religious formalities. The Taoist School cannot go beyond its Taichi while Buddhism cannot go further than its principles either. Therefore, we abandon what are said in religions. We are talking about the principles of the entire universe.
We have found that no matter which level you are from or what kind of things or work you do, you can all practice cultivation. Why is that? An ordinary worker for example, in order to provide himself with food and clothes, will have conflicts with people around him and with his work. Then, from such conflicts, he can learn how to be a good person. As for an average white-collar worker, namely an office worker, he can learn how to be a good person at his level. There are also scrambles over personal interests between one and another. In all aspects, one can learn how to be a good person in such conflicts. As for a boss, he can learn how to do business at his level and how to be a good person amongst the conflicts between boss and boss or between other people. He also has his conflicts. It is the same for a president. Being a president, he worries about and works for his country. Some things go smoothly while others dont. There are things accomplished with success and there are things that are not accomplished. There are also conflicts between one nation and another. Therefore, he has his things to worry about. This is the way man lives. Therefore, in every realm, you cannot break away from the secular world, or people, or society. You will all have conflicts. In these conflicts, you learn how to be a good person. If you can become a good person, you will surpass ordinary people.
What we talk about is such a principle. It is not to remove something from you materially, but to remove that human attachment. However big your business may be, it will not affect your cultivation practice. If your business is big, more money will certainly be made. However, you would not view money as precious as your life in your mind or become very attached to petty profits. You are not like this. Your house may be built with gold, but you do not hold it to your heart and take it very lightly. This is the standard that is required for our practitioners. No matter how high your position ranks, you can still do good deeds for the people. This is the standard that we require a practitioner to follow. Isn’t it so? We have reached beyond religions to talk about such an issue, and we talk about its essence. One can practice cultivation in any environment. However, there is one point. Practicing cultivation among ordinary people aims at tempering one’s heart directly. Therefore, the reason that I said I would genuinely save you is because you genuinely improve yourself and truly endure this societal pressure. You are genuinely improving yourself. For this reason, such Gong should be given to you, and we would save you.
Paraconsciousness can attain Gong as well, but it is only your guard of Fa at all times. It can also succeed in cultivation and follow you. Although I have disclosed such a thing today, you still cannot understand its profoundness. Let me tell everyone that some people still talk about other cultivation ways such as how this practice is or how that practice is. You still cannot understand the meaning of what I just said! Historically, all cultivation ways have been saving your paraconsciousness instead of you, and they do not save you! I have unveiled a myth of a thousand ancient ages. I encountered a lot of difficulties in disclosing this matter. In the past, no matter how hard you practiced cultivation, you were still not saved. Who did you cultivate? You practiced cultivation for a lifetime and still had to follow the six paths of reincarnation. You would not know what you would be born into in the next life. Wouldn’t you say that you were pitiful?! Why was it? In the past, neither religions nor other cultivation practices saved such main consciousness because they considered it too difficult to save the main consciousness, which was in such a big maze. I am saying it in this way, and everyone may think that they understand it. Once you step outside the door, you will continue to behave as usual. Facing the practical interest of ordinary people, one will again throw himself into it, scrambling over it with others. I guarantee that he would behave like this. Therefore, gods found it too difficult to save people. However, what I save is you. Your paraconsciousness also has the same name as you do. All come from the mother’s womb simultaneously and all control this body except that you do not know his existence. What they saved was him. Though you found them talking to you, they were actually talking to him. Occasionally, you said something subconsciously. However, it was not your brain that was talking. There are many people who do the sitting meditation. Once they sit there, they will not know anything and will sit there for several hours. Oh, the person may still be very happy when he is out of Ding, See how well I practiced and I sat there for several hours in trance. It is too sad! Did you practice the Gong? Do you know it? The practice was all for others.
In the past, some Taoist practices told you to drink alcohol in order to anaesthetize your main consciousness so that the paraconsciousness could practice cultivation. Many Taoists drink alcohol, and they drink to anaesthetize themselves. They will lose consciousness and sleep deeply. The paraconsciousness would then be taken away for practice. Although I mentioned it like this, what I said is a myth of a thousand ancient ages. They had this way or that way because they found that man could not succeed in cultivation. Since someone completed his cultivation from your body, you were also regarded as having built up De and having suffered. After all, your youth was given to the religion. What should be done? Perhaps, they were also good-hearted and let you be born into a paraconsciousness in the next life. It might well be this way. I find such a chance very slim. Then, they would ask you to practice cultivation, which also was very rare. However, some people would be rewarded with fortune. How was one rewarded with fortune? One would become a high-ranking official, make a big fortune, and do big business. His next life would be like this because his lifetime had after all built up De and fortune. I dont think anybody sitting here wants to be this way. Each time after Ive talked about this issue, if somebody still tells me about how this or that practice is and what this or that religion is like, I would feel that his enlightenment quality is too low. Everyone can read the characteristic of our Falun Dafa, which is all written up there. People do not pay attention to it and dismiss it as a very ordinary statement. It is the regulation of the universe. It was like that in the past.
Perhaps when you walk out of this place, you may feel very comfortable physically. However, there is one point. Along with your cultivation practice, your body will feel uncomfortable again. Why is it? It is because you have karma from one lifetime after another, and it cannot be pushed out all at once. One would be dead right away if all the karma were pushed out all at once. Therefore, we shall gradually clean out such karma from the internal body. So, you will feel physically very uncomfortable after a period of time and you may wonder, Is it an illness? I am telling everyone that it is not an illness. But, it will appear to be extraordinarily painful. Some are very serious and appear to be very serious. However, some people know it and they become happy each time they feel unwell. They say that Teacher is taking care of me by removing my illnesses and eliminating my karma. Some people will become quite anxious if they do not feel physically uncomfortable or anything. Teacher is not taking care of me, and why am I not eliminating karma? But, some new practitioners will normally consider it an illness and take medicine whenever they feel unwell. They think that it is better if they practice cultivation and take medicine at the same time. Yet we have seen a principle that since hospitals cannot eliminate karma and doctors are not practitioners, they do not therefore have such mighty virtues. They are technicians among ordinary people, who can only remove pains on the surface and leave such illnesses for you in a deeper dimension. Taking medicine is to suppress them inside the body and is as good as accumulating them. One may not feel the pain on the surface, but it is deposited in the deeper level of the body. Performing a surgery is also the same. For instance, suppose that one has a tumour and has it removed. He has only cut off the matter on the surface while the genuine cause of illness is in another dimension, which has not been touched. Thus, such very serious illnesses of karma will recur. Some appear to be healed and will not have a relapse in this life. Then, they will come back again in the next life. Because they are suppressed in a deeper level, they will return sooner or later. One’s karma will still have to be repaid, and it is just such a principle. What we have done here is to push out all your dirty things from the original source of your life. However, nobody does such a thing. Only if you practice cultivation, will we do such a thing for you. But, everyone must conduct your Xinxing well and shouldnt think, Oh, I am sick again, when you feel unwell. If you think this way, then take medicine when your illness comes. We would not intervene, because cultivation practice depends on enlightenment quality, not on forceful regulations. We have not said that you should not take medicine when you are not feeling well. We have not.
Some people cannot treat themselves as practitioners. They only practice the exercise without studying the Fa and will do anything. Although you find them practicing the exercise, my Fashen will not take care of them. If they are not looked after, they are just ordinary people and will become ill. If we make a rule to forbid you to take medicine and you cannot conduct yourself according to the standard of a practitioner and remain an ordinary person, you will claim that Li Hongzhi does not allow you to take medicine when you become ill. Therefore, I do not say whether one should take medicine or not, and you should decide it yourself. It is in fact a test for you. If you cannot treat yourself as a practitioner, you will still have illnesses. It is just such a principle, and we have only mentioned its principle. Therefore, I have told everyone that if you want to practice cultivation in the future, the physical discomfort you experience is very likely your karma being pushed out from your previous lives. I have found that some people had been born tens, or a hundred of times over.There were many illnesses in each lifetime, which will all need to be pushed out. Anyway, they will all have to be removed. More of them will be taken away from another dimension, and a portion must be removed for you. But, they cannot all be removed from another dimension because you have to be made to suffer a little. If one does not suffer, it means that a person does not pay for the bad things he has done. One day when you succeed in your cultivation and are put in the Buddha’s position, you would feel rather uneasy to be there. Others would also wonder, How does he move up here? Is it right? Thus, you must endure a portion of the pain. Then, while enduring it, you will improve your enlightenment quality. Will you treat it as an illness? Or will you consider it eliminating karma for a practitioner?May 7, 2005 at 3:42 am #5461
Man oh man. If you want thoughts on one subject, please just post one subject. I can not even concentrate that long in order to know what I would like to answer to…
HarryMay 7, 2005 at 4:31 am #5463
Take your time. You may comment on one question a day or two. I really wish to hear some thoughts.
AAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!May 7, 2005 at 11:27 am #5465
There are many things about fundamentalism that are good. Having absolute faith. Crystal clear ethical guides. Supreme confidence that you are on your way to heaven.
Ah, the dark side.. Other practices are the devils way. Your way is the only way. Others are wrong and being manipulated by evil powers.
Taint worth it. Not until the ‘True Way’ reforms itself, lets some air in. Religion is founded by maverick mystics. Who are replaced by dogmatic often repressive followers. Reformed and broken into myriad groups. Where is Fa along this trail one wonders?
MichaelMay 7, 2005 at 8:05 pm #5467
Your comments make good sense. But cannot deny that there are lots of good stuff in Falun Dafa. Overall, the Dafa is teaching people becoming kind human beings. If practice the Dafa with an open mind and accepting good Fa from other schools,it would be better!
Surprisingly they have a very very large followers – in region of a few hundred millions (estimated) worldwide!!
Peace out!!May 7, 2005 at 11:46 pm #5469
The persecution of the Fa Lun movement in China has been criminal. The fact that the Chinese government is so against it speaks highly in its favor. The things I’ve read about FaLun practitioners has always been positive.
But like it or not there are cultish aspects to it. But isn’t that always what the big religion calls the small one.
MichaelMay 8, 2005 at 3:21 am #5471
Well. Although I have read written stuff of what he was meant to have said during that time of prosecution… in his book he strictly says that a practitioner is not into politics and follows the rules of his state…
(at least this is what I read)May 9, 2005 at 12:22 pm #5473
YO WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FROM?
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