Falun Buddha Fa
Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Europe
(May 30 & 31, 1998, in Frankfurt, Germany)
English Version (A)
Some of you present here are veteran students, while many are new students.
A few years have sped by since I began teaching the Fa.* I previously stopped in Germany when I went to teach the Fa in France. I came to look at this placeís environment. This is my second time coming to Frankfurt, but itís my first time meeting new students from some different regions of Europe. I think itís a predestined relationship that has brought us to practice this Dafa* together. In the Buddha system we believe in predestined relationships. That being the case, we should cherish this Fa. Many of you present here havenít studied the Fa in depth and have often treated it as ordinary qigong.* The spread of this Fa in China has resulted in up to 100 million people studying and practicing it. The number of people in regions outside of China is also quite large. Why is that so, and why is it that the education level of those who are learning this Fa is relatively high? Many are noted individuals in intellectual circles. In many regions of China as well as other places there are people of relatively high social standing who are practicing. Of course, when ordinary qigong was first introduced to the public in China, most of its practitioners were older people and people with illnesses. So people regarded it as a type of physical exercise and something to help keep them healthy. Of course, qigong did discuss some supernormal phenomena that arenít easily seen in ordinary human society, and this gave qigong an air of mystery, but thatís all it was.
Many people arenít able to completely understand what qigong is about. Since the time Dafa was made public, I have unveiled some inexplicable phenomena in qigong as well as things that hadnít been explained in the qigong community. But this isnít the reason why so many people are studying Dafa. Itís because our Fa can truly enable people to Consummate, truly save people, and allow you to truly ascend to high levels in the process of cultivation. Whether itís your realm of mind or the physical quality of your body, the Fa truly enables you to reach the standards of different levels. It absolutely can assume this role.
I just mentioned that many people are studying the Fa. People who are well educated are clearheaded and generally wonít learn something blindly. These people are usually rather steadfast once they learn the Fa because they know its preciousness. The book reveals many of Heavenís secrets, and whatís more, its inner meaning is enormous. No matter how high a realm or how high a level you wish to achieve in cultivation, it is able to guide you. No one has ever taught this Fa to humankind before. If you didnít study Dafa, you wouldnít obtain this knowledge no matter how many books you read or how great your achievements in human society were. Thatís because this isnít something one can learn from books or can find in humankindís knowledge. You could rummage through every book there isóancient or modern, Eastern or Westernóand you still wouldnít be able to find it.
Thereís another matter: To practice cultivation one has to read the book a lot. Many people donít pay attention to studying the Fa in their cultivation. That is not right. Why do I have a rather strict demand when it comes to this? Iíve often said that if you want to cultivate, you must read the book a lot, read it repeatedly. The book has just enormous inner meaningóitís inconceivable. Many new students donít have a thorough understanding of this and havenít paid enough attention to it. They think that a book is simply black ink on white paperóďIíll know what itís about after I read it once.Ē Of course, every book in human society is like that since theyíre limited to merely superficial knowledge and they lack any inner meaning; you know what theyíre about after giving them just one read. Yet this book is different, as it provides guidance for peopleís cultivation. If you want to improve yourselves in this Fa, you have to keep reading the book. Only then can it guide your cultivation.
Consider this: In cultivation practice it used to be that a master would guide his disciple. When it was time for you to improve, he would tell you how to practice, how to improve, and what itís like at each level and in each realm. But that could only be done on a small scale and with a small number of people. Today we have so many peopleóas many as 100 million people are learning. Itís impossible for me to teach everyone in person and show them every exercise movement. So to resolve this challenge, Iíve written into this book everything that I can give you and everything that can enable you to improve and transform yourselvesóall these are compressed into this work of Fa. Not only will your improvement be guided by its principles: Behind the Fa there is powerful inner meaning. Its concepts are extraordinary, they are absolutely not everyday peopleís theories. What weíre dealing with transcends the realm of everyday people. So teaching these things will affect life-forms that are beyond that of ordinary humans and the way other dimensions are. In other words, although the book(s) appears to be black ink on white paper, behind every word there are infinite dimensions at different levels, and behind the words even Buddhas, Daos,* and Gods of different dimensions are manifesting themselves.
Think about it, everyone: Iíve repeatedly emphasized that you should cherish the book. When you donít know how precious it is you wonít pay much attention to it, and of course you wonít be considered wrong. But if you already know how much inner meaning it has and still donít respect it or take it seriously, then I would say itís a different matter and you shouldnít be like that. Of course, on the other hand, when youíre aware of how much inner meaning it has, you will know for yourself to cherish it.
Some of our students have said: ďItís really strangeóI find that the book is different every time I finish reading it. The next time I read it, itís once again totally different.Ē You have many questions after reading the book the first time: ďWhy is this? Why is that?Ē But when you read it a second time, you will find that all of your questions are resolvedóit can answer all of them. Yet youíll have new questions, since cultivation is a process of ascending. The new questions that emerge will be higher than the questions and answers you had when you read the book for the first time. When you read the book for the third time, you will notice that all of the questions you had and couldnít understand during the second time are resolved. And if you keep reading, it will continue to be this way. There are now quite a few people whoíve read the book over a hundred times. They can no longer set down this Fa. The more they read, the more things they see in the book and the greater its inner meaning. Why is that so? If the Buddhas, Daos, and Gods in the dimensions behind the words see that itís time for you to improve, they will naturally let you understand the principles existing in that realm. You will then feel that you suddenly understand another inner meaning of the sentence.
Before, when I discussed enlightening, I expounded on a heavenly secret nobody had disclosed: ďCultivation depends on oneself, while gong depends on oneís master.Ē For thousands of years people have thought that they themselves were cultivating and elevating. Actually, you canít achieve anything cultivating [on your own]. Nothing can be resolved if you donít have a master taking care of you. That is, the real issues are resolved by your masterótheyíre resolved by the factors behind the Fa. Your own enlightening is only about your continuing to cultivate after you overcome difficulties in your practice. Thatís what we mean by ďyour own enlightening.Ē As for truly enlightening to something from the principles, if this Fa doesnít let you know it, you canít enlighten to it no matter how you try. So you have to meet one condition: You must genuinely practice cultivation.
Religions in the West used to teach faith, while those in the East would teach enlightenment. The idea is that you have to be resolute. Without this type of mind you canít accomplish anything. Put another way, when you donít have a good understanding of the Fa youíll have trouble being resolute. Some people feel really concerned when they see that other students donít study the Fa: ďYouíve obtained the Fa, but you donít study it. What a shame!Ē It is, indeed. A lot of people donít take Fa-study seriously, and instead take this to be ordinary qigong: ďIíll do the exercises a little and tone up my physique.Ē Of course, our Fa is immense, so itís very effective when it comes to strengthening oneís physique, healing illnesses, or maintaining health, and the changes one experiences are powerful. But if you only aspire to get well or stay healthy, you wonít gain the things that come with improving yourself. Besides, what Iím doing today has a clear objective. Iím not imparting this Fa to heal someone or to keep someone healthy. My goal is to guide people to high levels and to truly elevate you. If you canít conform to this approach, you can only gain those mere health improvements. But if you come for some purpose other than genuinely learning this Fa, Iím afraid you might not even gain that little bit. On the other hand, you can gain everything if youíve come to truly learn this Fa. Even if you come without any specific purpose, if you come to learn not intending to get healed or maintain your health, or if you have some other thoughts, the results might be good. Thatís because during the course of your improvement youíre allowed to have a process of gradual understanding; thatís why we ask you to read the book. You need to understand what itís about. Then you can decide whether you can keep learning and keep cultivating.
I hold that we should give a new student the book to read as soon as he begins the practice. After he reads the book he will decide whether itís something he can do. If heís up for it, heíll come to practice cultivation; if heís not, we shouldnít force him. Even though weíre offering salvation to people we canít force them. Before a person is able to practice cultivation, he needs to have the desire in his heart to improve, to cultivate, and to reach a higher realm. If a personís heart isnít moved, no one can do anything about it. What results from coercion is not cultivation, and coercion cannot lead a person to cultivate. Itís completely futile if a personís heart isnít moved or if he doesnít want to change himself. You know that these are extraordinary principles. If you want to cultivate toward high levels and to elevate your realm, how could you [if youíre forced]?!
A lot of people who practiced qigong in the past got into a wrong way of thinking: ďIíll improve as long as I do the exercises diligently and extend their time every day.Ē Actually, nothing would improve. Those people could never break through the stage of illness healing and health maintenance, that is, the level of harnessing qi. Yet qigong isnít limited to that. It has merely, in an effort to do good for people, made public those cultivation things at the lowest level that can heal illness and maintain health. But its purpose lies elsewhere. Thatís why I often ask: Why did qigongósomething that had never been seen in Chinese history and had never before appeared in the worldóemerge amidst todayís [modern-science-driven] state of society? People are only human. The human mind is restricted and peopleís intelligence is limited. So they canít realize these things, and they think that all of this is natural and coincidental. I say that nothing is ďnatural,Ē nor is there any such thing as ďcoincidenceĒóeverything has its cause. What I just discussed was to tell you that we should take studying the Fa seriously. As long as you study the Fa, you will elevate in cultivation and different states will emerge. But if you donít study the Fa you will attain nothing.
Qigong exercises are for nothing more than healing illness and maintaining health, no matter how you perform them or how much some qigong masters boast about them. They definitely wonít lead you to a high and profound realm. In the past, it was absolutely impossible for anyoneówhether he was in some cultivation circle or religious communityóto know a Fa this profound and unfathomable. Ordinary qigong only teaches people how to heal themselves and keep healthy, for it doesnít have Fa to guide people in cultivation. What Iím saying is, if you want to reach that realm and develop profound abilities, your realm of thought has to be up to par.
We know that Buddhas and the Dao system teachings in the past said that one has to emphasize virtue in cultivation. Jesus told people that they should be good people. Whatís meant by being a good person? What does emphasizing virtue mean? It means that you should conduct yourself better and better. How good should you be? You should be better than all everyday peopleóthen youíre someone who transcends everyday people. Since you are a cultivator your body will develop gong,* and your gong will grow as high as your realm of mind. The higher your realm of mind, the higher the level of your gong. Iíd say that science will never be able to achieve this; that is, its development will never approach the realm of Buddhas. Thatís because no matter how science progresses, humans are still ordinary humans. Think about it, everyone: An everyday person has all kinds of emotions and desires, as well as various sorts of attachments. With all kinds of worldly desires, you want to go to Heavenóhow could that be allowed! Wouldnít Heaven become a society of ordinary humans? Wouldnít it become a society of ordinary humans in which people fight, compete, and deceive one another? So your realm of mind has to reach that height before you can go there.
Many people have religious beliefs. But if you believe in todayís religions, for one thing, gods no longer look after things, so itís hard for you to raise your level. Another thing is that a lot of people canít comprehend the true meaning of what was said by Jesus, Yahweh, or Saint Mary in their day. Some people hold that a person only needs to have faith in order to go to Heaven. Having faith is only a foundation. Many peopleís understanding stops at the superficial meaning of the words. They say, ďAs long as I have faith, Iíll surely go to Heaven after I die.Ē Let me tell you that you wonít be able to go there. Why not? Think about it. What is true faith? Youíre merely saying with your mouth that you have faith, but in your heart you donít actually have faith. Why do I say that? Because when you truly have faith your actions match your words. When you confess in church, saying, ďMy Lord, please help me. I did something wrong today. Please forgive my sin,Ē your conduct is rather good at that moment. But once you step out the church door, you do as you please and behave just like an everyday person. You make the same mistakes, and among everyday people you even behave worse than them. Then think for a moment: What was the use of your confession? Many people donít go deeper than whatís on the surface. You shouldnít repeat your mistakes after confessing. When you later find that you still make other mistakes, you go again to confess and stop repeating the same mistakes. As you do this and continually break from the mistakes committed among everyday people, arenít you a better person? Havenít you reached a higher realm and become a good person who far exceeds everyday people?! Arenít you practicing cultivation and elevating your xinxing?* Since Western culture doesnít have the concept of self-cultivation, neither Jesus nor Yahweh mentioned the term ďcultivationĒ back when they taught their Fa; there wasnít even that concept. The reason is, they knew ďCultivation depends on oneself, while gong depends on oneís master.Ē As long as one practiced cultivation, everything would be helped by the god of the heavenly paradise one would go to. He would effect changes in your body, transform your body, and enable your body to attain the great power that a god has. All of that would be done by gods.
Some people say that theyíll go to Heaven after they die. People who havenít practiced cultivation are, in the words of your Western culture, called ďspiritsĒ after they die. These spirits are actually ghosts. Think about it, everyone: What are they? People in the East have a clear and definite concept of human body cultivation: One develops a Buddha-body through cultivation, that is, a divine body. If a person doesnít have this Buddha-bodyóin other words, if a person doesnít have the body of a heavenly paradiseís godóhis spirit fears light after coming forth [from his body]. It disintegrates in sunlight, and canít even reincarnate. Thatís why people are covered with a cloth after they dieóit prevents exposure to sunlightóand buried in the earth so that their spirits wonít disintegrate. Buddhas and gods are infinitely brilliant, even brighter than sunlight. Wouldnít a personís spirit dissolve were he to see a god? How could it go to Heaven? It thus needs to have the body of a god and, at the same time, change the compositional elements of its intelligent beings through cultivation to make them comprised of high-energy matter. Only with a Buddha-body or a god-body can it go. Can a spirit come to the human world? No, it canít. So before it can stay in this world, it needs to have a human body to reincarnate with and needs to be born through the bodies of parents. Some people mistakenly think that theyíll go to Heaven if they just have faith. How could that be? It sounds ridiculous to those of us in cultivation circles. You have to truly practice cultivation before you can go to Heaven.
So in Western religions, in the process of having faith in God, a personís xinxing and his realm of mind continually elevate, and he becomes a better and better person. Then wouldnít you say heís practicing cultivation? Form is unimportant in cultivation; there are all kinds of cultivation methods. Itís a difference in cultivation forms between Western and Eastern religions. Why donít they mention cultivation in the West, like they do in the East? Both are in fact cultivation. Itís simply that Eastern culture is very specific with regard to this, while Western culture doesnít talk about these things. Thatís because when gods come down to save people and to impart their Fa, they need to adopt a cultural form thatís intelligible to people. Only then can you understandóonly [when they] use the human languages of those times can you understand. What Iíve said is also to tell you that practicing ordinary qigong canít enable people to reach a very high, profound realm. Itís impossible. Only real cultivation can do so. Qigong is only something at the lowest level in cultivation, so itís limited to healing illness and maintaining health. Even when it comes to healing illness and maintaining health there are some requirements for people, because after all, itís a form of cultivation and is different from any kind of medical treatment that exists among everyday people. If you want to learn qigong to heal your illness, you have to meet the requirements of qigongís principles.
What does it mean to meet the requirements of qigongís principles? Because itís beyond the ordinaryóif you want to use extraordinary means to treat illness without resorting to medication, shots, or surgery, and be cured, isnít it supernormal?óhuman beings have to conform to its principles before their illnesses can be truly healed. This is the fundamental reason why many people fail to get rid of their health problems even though they practice qigong. Since you want to use this supernormal method to eliminate your illness, you have to conform to the supernormal principles. So you have to follow qigongís requirements, be a good person, and break your tendency to do bad or immoral thingsóonly then will your illness be truly cured. This is the real reason behind recovery from illness. This doesnít apply should you opt for everyday peopleís medical treatments. You will then have to undergo surgery, get shots, or take medication in order to recover. Yet thereís a principle in the universe, called, ďno loss, no gain.Ē To gain, you must lose; when you lose, you will gain. This is an absolute truth. Do you know why your illness improves in the hospital? Some people say that itís healed through the technological means of modern science. I say thatís just modern people playing out a way, or a form, of manifestation in modern society. The true reason behind your recovery isnít limited to that. Things have to conform to the principles of the universe in this dimension. You know that when youíre sick you have to spend a lot of money seeing doctors. Of course, some countries have good social welfare programs, and people in those societies have health insurance that can resolve this problem. But you still sufferódonít you suffer when youíre sick? You are afflicted when youíre suffering, and suffering is itself a way of paying off karma. In addition, you need to spend money, have injections, take medication, and you might even be cut open in surgery. Havenít you endured suffering before your condition starts to improve? But let me tell you that this recovery hasnít corrected the illness at its root: it has pushed the illness karma to somewhere else or postponed it to the future.
This is because the illness doesnít originate from the outermost surface of an ordinary humanís physical body; rather, it comes from the plane of microscopic particles beneath the body made of the largest molecules. The human body is composed of molecules that have particles at different microscopic planes, and each plane of particles is a dimension. Of course, the dimensions arenít stacked up together. They are in the form of smaller particles comprising larger particles. Yet the realm of each plane of small particles is a dimension. There are many dimensions like these, and itís actually there that the causes of many illnesses reside. Illnesses donít come from the surface. What appears on the surface of a personís flesh or tissues is only the superficial manifestation of an illness.
After you have surgery, you think that your tumor has been removed. Actually, whatís been removed is the flesh tissue thatís made up of the plane of the largest molecules. It is removed, as its cells are no longer present in this dimension. Yet you canít remove the more microscopic particles that comprise the cells. But since you no longer see those cells at the bodyís surface after they are removed, it appears as if youíre healed. Later on, the illness might transform, and some illnesses might relapse. Since the illness wasnít truly eliminated, it might move to somewhere else and another tumor might reemerge there. Or maybe it will be transformed into some other illness or some misfortune. This is the real underlying reason that weíve observed. When supernormal abilities are used to treat an illness, however, surgery isnít necessary. Why can a supernormal ability remove a personís tumor? Itís because it removes the illness from another dimension, a dimension thatís invisible to the human eye. Letís use a simple illustration. You see that this cloth has a lump protruding up here. Why? Itís because thereís a cause behind itómy hand is behind it. If you take the cloth away but you donít remove the hand, it will come over to this side. This means that if you donít resolve the cause behind it, you canít eliminate the problem at its root. In other words, human medical treatments canít solve the fundamental problem, for they only resolve problems on the surface and canít eliminate karma.
In this world, whether a person loses or gains, whether heís happy, whether heís totally content with how things are going, whether he has good fortune, and the extent of his misfortuneóall of these are determined by two substances carried on his body. One is called virtue (de), and the other, karma (yeli). Itís just these two substances taking effect. We accumulate virtue when we do good things. In the old days people talked about accumulating virtue. People now consider it something conceptual or in the realm of mind. Actually, itís a type of matter, a truly tangible substance. The karma that people speak about has been clearly explained in Eastern religions. What is karma? Itís a black substance. A person generates this material when he does wrong. When too much of this thing is accumulated, he will have unpleasant things happen to him, such as getting sick, having misfortune, or going through hard times. Iíve found that everything that happens to humans is the result of what humans themselves have done. In this human world, whether you are happy and whether you are doing well are the result of your own doing. These things often manifest in your present life, while some of these things will manifest in your next life; most of them manifest in the next life. Whatís meant by ďmanifest in the next lifeĒ? It means that it wonít occur in this lifetime but will appear in your following lifetime. The part that manifests in this life is called ďretribution in the same lifeĒ by cultivation circles in the East. [That is,] after doing something wrong, you will meet with immediate retribution. Some people fall on their face when they step out the door after doing something bad. They donít see it as retribution for doing wrong, but think itís coincidental or natural. I hold that thereís no such thing as ďnatural phenomena,Ē as all things are orderedócoincidence doesnít exist. In this dimension there are many, many things that people arenít able to see. Of course, modern science knows that there is air, oxygen, hydrogen, and other trace elements that are composed of molecules, but thatís all it knows. Yet your eyes canít even see those things.
Actually, I can tell you that in this dimension, at the extremely microscopic level, they areóincluding the enormous, pervasive matteróall gods. They know clearly every move and every action made by humans and the things theyíve done. When people do bad things they always think that nobody can see what theyíve done. They know that what they did was wrong but still try to find a self-deceptive excuse that will allow them to feel justified and at ease. They donít believe in gods whatsoever. Hereís an offhand example. It doesnít involve any matters of religion or race, Iím just talking about people doing wrong. You probably know that a few days ago a certain country conducted nuclear tests, exploding five atomic bombs in succession. Many countries were shocked! Thatís because people the world over all long for peace. What were their atomic explosions for? Iím not invested in any notions. Iím only talking about people doing the wrong thing, Iím not commenting on whether that nation was right or wrong. Letís think about it. Although the nuclear bombs were detonated underground, gods wonít tolerate the damage they do to the earth, to the human environment, and to the material world thatís composed of different [sized] molecules! When Heaven punishes humans they think itís a natural phenomenon. The temperature in that country immediately shot up to the highest in the world. It stayed at over 122įF (50įC), and a lot of people died from the heat. And a windstorm came along later and caused many deaths. People donít realize these phenomena are the warning of gods: ďYou cannot do that.Ē People just take them to be natural phenomena. Nothing that happens in this world is coincidental. Just take a look: If any nation, region, or individual does something bad, some special phenomena will immediately follow. Disasters and everything that befalls humans are the result of their own conduct. Just now I briefly discussed some things at an elementary level. The veteran students in the audience already have a deep understanding of these things. Since many of you in the audience are new students, Iíve merely discussed these situations in brief.
If you want to understand these things completely, I think you should go read the book. The book, Zhuan Falun, has shaken the scientific and technological community the world over! The inner meaning of Zhuan Falun is really enormous and rich. Since cultivation practice is divided into different levels and various realms, after one reading of the book youíll find: ďOh, this is a book that tells you how to be a good person.Ē But I can tell you that itís not merely teaching you how to be a good person. If that were all there was to it, you wouldnít be able to raise your level. If you want to elevate yourself, the book needs to contain principles of Fa that are at higher realms and that guide you beyond being a good person. So, this book must have inner meaning at those levels. When you practice cultivation towards even higher levels it will be able to guide your cultivation towards high, higher, and even higher levels. So this Fa has to have that ability, it has to have inner meaning at different levels to guide your cultivation. It will guide you all the way until you reach the goal of cultivationóthe realm of Consummation. The higher the level you reach, therefore, the more things youíll see in the book as you practice cultivation. What Iím saying here is primarily aimed at new students. Iíve only discussed these things briefly, but itís actually pretty advanced. You will have different understandings. I wonít say much more now, as this Fa conference is mainly for sharing experiences and understandings.
I would like to hear students share their experiences and understandings gained through studying the Fa in cultivation. Iíll answer questions for you the last half day before the conference ends, and that too will be teaching the Fa. Youíre sure to raise different questions. The questions, which aim at cultivation, are common among students and benefit your improvement together. You can write your questions to me on slips of paper, and Iíll answer them. Veteran students have made very rapid progress during the recent period of time, and thereís now quite a gap between them and the new students. The Fa has been thoroughly taught to our students. What remains is just a question of how you improve in cultivation.
Just now I talked about some of the most basic principles, primarily for new students. Iíd have to sit here and teach for days if I were to explain them thoroughly. Iíve only talked about them a little bit and in general terms.
A chance for us to meet is hard to come by. You always feel that youíve been cultivating for quite a while but your chances to meet with me have been few. You are actually by my side every day, only you donít know it. But you arenít allowed to know this, because you are still, at the surface level, an ordinary human. Only when you cultivate to that stage will you be able to know it. What Iíve just said means that Iím able to look after you if you want to practice cultivation. No matter how many people practice, I can look after them all. I have countless Law Bodies (fashen). This concept doesnít exist in Western religions, but it does in Eastern ones, particularly Buddhism. Itís said in Buddhism that Buddha Amitabha has many Law Bodies. I can tell you that my Law Bodies are innumerable, theyíre impossible to count. In other words, no matter how many people practice cultivation, Iím able to look after them all. Yet these Law Bodies are me, and theyíre also the specific embodiment of [my] wisdom. This canít be understood with human concepts, for todayís science is limited to merely the present dimension and to its understanding of the structure of the plane of the largest particles.
Contemporary science is capable of seeing the composition of the largest molecular particles. A feature of steel is that itís stronger than iron, because the elements and structure of its particles are different. What is copper like? What are silver and gold like? Science can grasp these things. So then it utilizes the materials known at present, and only develops with that as a basis. But let me tell you that thatís the greatest obstacle to contemporary science in its effort to know other dimensions. In other words, it hasnít taken the path of understanding the matter in microscopic worlds or in those that are even more immense. In fact, matter is made up of different small molecular particles, and those molecular particles are made up of atomic particles. Atomic particles are then made up of nucleic particles. And nucleic particles are made up of more microscopic particles. The more microscopic particles are made up of even more microscopic particles. The even more microscopic particles are in turn made up of even more and more microscopic particles. To humans it appears infinite and endless. It keeps progressing further down like this. How microscopic does it get? I can tell you that the microscopic state that particles reach is astounding!
Shakyamuni saw three thousand worlds in a grain of sand. The three thousand worlds he spoke about didnít refer to human society. He was talking about his theory of three thousand worlds. Let me put it simply: It means that in our Milky Way there exist three thousand physical dimensions similar to that of our humankind. In other words, there are three thousand planets like this one. But what he meant was that there were three thousand such worlds in just one grain of sand. Iíve discussed this in the book, Zhuan Falun. If there are so many human worlds as well as microscopic beings existing in the three thousand worlds of a grain of sand, then there might also be rivers, lakes, and seas in the worlds of that sand, and they too would have sand. Then in that sand arenít there three thousand more microscopic worlds and more microscopic societies like those of humankind? Shakyamuni was able to see things at a very microscopic level. He was a Buddha so he had that ability. But I can tell you that that, too, was shallow. If you keep on tracing things that way, you will find that the particles in those microcosms are infinite and endless. Let me give you the simplest illustration. Iíve told people that the largest layer of particles humans can see is not that of molecules; the largest layer of particles humans can see is that of planets. But planets arenít part of the layer of the largest particles in the cosmos. They are merely the particles in between the macrocosm and the microcosm. Just think how many enormous planet-particles there are.
The universe is a unit, an integrated particle. Three thousand universes similar to ours constitute the second layer universe; that is, they form a plane of larger particles. This is only an expansion from one linear direction. Yet the expansion of particles is boundless and infiniteóthey spread everywhere and permeate everything. When an electron revolves around the nucleus of an atom, doesnít it resemble our Earth revolving around the sun? Theyíre exactly the same, whether in terms of mechanism or form. The smaller a particle, the higher its density. If you were to magnify an electron to the size of our Earth and look to see whatís on its surface, what would you find? Might there be human beings? What exists on it and the particleís form of existence are, of course, two different concepts. Iím just giving you an idea. Wouldnít it look like a planet?
Nowadays humankind considers itself to be the one and only higher life-form in the entire universe. I can tell you that in reality humankind is the single lowest life-form in the entire universe. There are living beings on every planet except the moon. The moon was constructed by a humankind in the past (humankindís history repeats in cycles). When humankindís karma becomes too massive, the human race is destroyed. Then a new human race again comes into being and evolves. Later, when it becomes bad, it is again destroyed. Since I mentioned the moon, I will tell you that the moon was constructed by a prehistoric humankind in a rather distant age. It wasnít this large back when it was first constructed, though it was brighter than it is today. Yet that alone would have seemed quite large to humankind today. Because itís hollow, with the passage of time it has gradually become covered with the dust that continually falls from explosions of the universeís matter. The dust of material thatís generated from the explosions when planets are re-created has continually covered the moon; this has significantly increased the thickness of the moonís surface. The thickness of its surface has increased to several dozen kilometers; that is the dust on it. If dozens of kilometers were subtracted it would be its original size.
What I just said was to tell you that living beings exist on every planet. Moreover, many are living beings whose appearances are similar to humans, only they donít exist in this dimension because different particles form different dimensions. If you want to enter those dimensions, you canít understand them with the concepts of todayís human scienceóthis science is simply too shallow. For you to enter those worlds, you have to conform to the modes of being, forms of life, and ways of thinking in those worlds. Only then can you know them. You will discover upon entering one of those worlds that its particles are smaller than those of the human dimension, yet its dimension is extremely vast. We humans exist between these two types of particles, molecules and planets.
Air is composed of molecules, isnít it? But you canít see it. Flowers, grass, trees, iron, steel, the clothes you wear, your flesh body, your hair, everything you use, and everything around you, all of these are composed of molecules. Soil is made up of molecules too. We humans call it ďsoil.Ē But actually, gods think of everything in the human dimension as composed of soil. Gods regard molecules themselves as soil. Someone asked me about the statement by Yahweh, the Lord of Western people, that he used soil to create man. In fact, everything in this dimension, including air, is soil in their view, only we humans canít understand it. Youíre simply covered with soil, surrounded by soil. Humans are crawling around in mounds of soil. Everything is composed of soil, and humans are in this soil. I think that after Iíve explained it like this, it shouldnít be difficult to understand the story of man being created with clay as told by the Lord of Western people.
If you want to know the way living beings exist in other dimensions, you will have to conform to the ways of existence in the dimensions of the planes of smaller particles. You canít understand it by using todayís scientific theories; you have to throw out the concepts of modern science before you can understand. Once you understand it, you will discover that it isnít the concept of time and space held by humans. Though you see that Iím talking here, the last sentence that I just uttered was also being listened to by the beings in other dimensions. Iím transcending all space-times in doing this. In a dimension with very fast time, the sentence I just said has already passed through millions of years. Thatís the idea. Yet the living beings in different space-times arenít the slightest bit aware of whether their time is fast or slow. This is because the composition of matter in different dimensions is in sync with those dimensionsí time, and they have their own record of time. During the time in which I just said that sentence, they have already gone through tens of millions of years. Perhaps their span of one year might seem longer to them than one year on Earth [does to those of us here]. In other words, you canít use human thinking to ponder these things. So if you want to understand other dimensions, you need to conform to the ways of thinking and state of things in those dimensions before you can comprehend them. There are multiple inner meanings behind this Fa. This is also telling you why it has different inner meanings in different dimensions, and why thereís such great power behind this Fa that can transform your bodies and enable you to improve. Iím simply telling you that you shouldnít use an everyday personís mindset to conceive of their forms of existence. Behind the words there are countless, layers upon layers, of higher life-forms.
I have merely discussed this in connection with contemporary peopleís thinking and knowledge. Simply put, Iím incorporating science, which people today depend on, when I discuss these things. Although Iíve incorporated modern science in telling you these principles, I can tell you that I donít approve of this science. First off, in light of the entire, immense cosmos, this science is like kidsí stuff. But as humans see it, it has brought about modern machines, making things seem so much better than in ancient times. In fact, I can tell you that this science falls far behind when itís compared with that of the last human civilization. Even the most sophisticated instruments are terribly crude when compared to those of the last civilization. Moreover, the development of this science is confined to a limited scope; it has set boundaries for itself. So what situation has this caused? It doesnít dare to acknowledge anything outside empirical science. This is most dreadful, most dreadful for humankind, that is. Why is that? Think about it, everyone. Science is really shallow. In the words of scientists themselves, itís not yet very developed. People now believe in it strongly and think itís the absolute truth. This belief is shared by many theories in society nowadays, as well as by Western religions, be it Catholicism or Christianity. What you truly believe in is not your Lordówhat you truly believe in is science. Deep down in your bones, what you really believe in is science, whereas your religion is merely a superficial formality that has become a civilized act of humans. But let me tell you that science is a religion too, and itís a well-established religion.
Secondly, you know that usually religions tell people how to conduct themselves. Science, meanwhile, also has [a system that] starts from elementary school and spans to high school and college. In religions there are priests, bishops, and other clergy. Yet this science is even more developed. It has its teachers, people with bachelors, masters, doctorates, and post-docs, and also advisors. The higher the degree someone possesses, the more scientific doctrines heís mastered. The names and titles for its teachers and administrators are numerous. In this respect itís well developed. Usually religions teach people to believe spiritually so as to achieve material transformation, whereas science tells people to perceive materially so as to elicit peopleís spiritual trust and support. Science, however, is not something gods imparted to humans. Instead, it was passed down to humans by alien beings inside the Three Realms, and for the purpose of controlling humankind. Peopleís belief in it has surpassed everything. But I tell you that precisely because of its shallowness, this science has caused the degeneration of morality in human society. This is most terrifying. Because science isnít able to perceive microscopic matterís specific forms of existence, it doesnít know that karma is generated when humans commit bad deeds or that this black substance brings disaster to humans. It doesnít know that when people do good deeds they bring about the white substance, which brings them happiness, and brings them conditions and rewards that theyíll experience when they reincarnate in different dimensions. Moreover, science isnít capable of proving the existence of heavenly paradises. So whenever you mention these things, those people who believe in science will say that youíre spreading ďsuperstitionĒóďNone of those exist. What I believe in is science.Ē Think about it, then: Isnít science ruthlessly striking like a big club at the most vital thing that protects humanityómorality? This is extremely terrifying!
Because humans know that doing bad things will keep them from going to Heaven and that one might even descend to Hell to suffer retribution, they have moral codes. Humans restrain themselves from doing wrong in order to sustain humankindís morality. Once humans no longer believe in these things, once they no longer believe in gods (though gods truly exist), when people donít believe in gods, think about it: Itís extremely horrifying! People dare to commit any evil. They think that nobody sees them, and so they do bad things. The new generation raised on modern science dauntlessly kills, commits arson, and does bad things. Gangsters and organized crime have appeared in society, and people use drugs, traffic drugs, do prostitutionÖ they stop at no evil. Thereís a lot of filthy and obscene stuff. People do anything they please, they do whatever they want. Think about it, everyone: Isnít this sort of society appalling?! This is the biggest disaster that science has brought to us. Since science canít prove the existence of gods or the existence of virtue, and since it doesnít know about karmic retribution, when you mention these things people will strike at you with this big clubóscienceóand say youíre ďsuperstitious.Ē When human morality progressively deteriorates to the point of nonexistence, society reaches a state that nobody can do anything about, and human beings arrive at the most dangerous time, because gods wonít allow a warped humankind like thatóone thatís somewhere between human and beastóto exist.
Here Iím just telling you this principle. Iím not against humankindís knowledge. Yet Iíd like to tell you not to blindly believe in science. Science is capable of bringing some improvements to human society within the limited boundaries of the present physical dimension. But the consequent disasters it also brings about are quite substantial. What I was referring to are disasters that humans canít see. The disasters that people can see, such as environmental pollution and ecological damage, are also quite appalling. This science has brought a whole series of social problems. Since itís difficult to turn peopleís mindsets around all at once and since we have new students here, I wonít say more about it. Many social problems are brought about by scienceóitís downright dreadful. You donít believe in gods, yet gods truly, tangibly exist. In the immense cosmos gods are everywhere, they are omnipresent.
Humans descend here from various levels because of their wrongdoing. They drop to the lowest level, this deluded society, and are given a pair of eyes made of the largest molecular particles. And for that reason your eyes canít see other dimensions. Then during our cultivation, why can some people see things that everyday people canít? Itís because those personsí Wisdom Eyesight has been opened. We call it ďopening the Third Eye.Ē They donít see with the human eye that is composed of molecules. Nonetheless, some of these people still feel that theyíre using their eyes to see. In fact, both types of eyes can function at the same time, only you feel as if you are using your eyes to see. I explained this matter just now to help you progress in cultivation.
Next, Iíll talk a little more about the matter of religion. Many Westerners have an obstacle when they obtain the Fa owing to their religious beliefs. In fact, I can tell you that among the religions out in todayís human world, no upright religion in the world is being looked after by gods. Any special religious phenomena, miracles, or manifestations that take place are the result of lower spirits at work in human society. And theyíre harmful to people. No gods are looking after religions.
So we have a problem here. If no gods are looking after religions, you wonít be able to improve yourself while cultivating in them, and thereís no god listening to you when you make a confession in church. So how could you make progress? What Iíve said is not to attack religionsówhat Iíve described is a real phenomenon. Itís really like that. Why do gods no longer bother to care? Itís like what I just said: What you truly believe in is science, not gods. Of course, it wasnít completely like that in the beginning. Some people still had a part of them that believed in gods. Later on, things of that part gradually faded and faded until eventually they were gone. So gods have stopped looking after humans, and thatís one of the reasons. The social conditions caused by modern science have resulted in the deterioration of humankindís morality and have led to humansí stopping at no evil. Humans have lost the behavior of humans as well as the code prescribed for being human, so gods no longer regard humans as human. For this reason they no longer save people. Thatís the fundamental reason why gods have left.
Iím talking about the true situation of humankind here. You all know that Westerners donít understand why Chinese people are still so reserved when it comes to relationships between men and women. Let me tell you that this is how humans should be. Sexual freedom, which has mixed the human races and muddled human ethics, is absolutely forbidden by gods. So as cultivators, you absolutely should not do that sort of thing. You may have a wife or a husband. This is the normal way of life for human beings. But you are committing a sin if you have sexual activity with someone who isnít your husband or your wife. The gods in every upright religion of the East and West have emphasized this point strongly. When normalizing how humans should be, they discussed this very seriously. And there are other problems nowadays, such as organized crime, homosexuality, and the worship of violence. What weíve mentioned are only phenomena, yet they reveal the state of society. People tolerate violence and indulge in it, they look up to mobsters, and they even worship the pirate leaders of the past who killed people and set fires. It means that people are no longer able to tell good from bad; they can no longer tell good from evil. What they worship are not righteous and good things, but bad things. Drug addicts and those morally bankrupt people with no temperance or discipline do whatever they want in society. Human values have been completely inverted.
It used to be that the prettier the toy figurines (the figurines that children like) in stores were made, the more people liked them. Nowadays, the prettier theyíre made the less people like them. If you make them look like demons and monsters, or the uglier you make them look, the faster they sell. And why is that? Nobody asked you to buy them, so why do they sell so quickly? Itís because everyone likes to have them. It means that peopleís values have inverted, and their demon-nature has grown large. Think about it, everyone: Wonít it be dreadful if humans continue to go on like this? If you conduct yourself very conservatively, courteously, and graciously, or if youíre upright, you get attacked. People consider this kind of person stiff and old-fashioned, outmoded, not trendy! Will there still be any boundaries if this trend continues? Itís horrible. Everything of humankind is sliding down in this trend. The same is true with literary works and works of art. In the past, paintings had to be done really beautifully and exquisitely for people to be touched by them, for people had kind hearts and considered art like this to be good. Nowadays a person wonít be touched if you paint a great painting, because he doesnít have a heart of goodness. If you paint something wildlyólike whatís called Abstractionism, Impressionism, or Modernismóthey will consider it quite good. But howís that good? If you really apply human reasoning to explain it, you wonít be able to come up with an explanation. In what kind of state can a person explain it? You will say itís good only when youíre muddleheaded or in an altered mental state. Yet those states are exactly manifestations of a personís demon-nature coming forth. In other words, not only have human values inverted todayómanís demon-nature has grown that strong.
In the past, sculptures were carved beautifully. Sculptorsí skills, technique, and artistic foundations were excellent. These days a heap of junk piled together is considered a work of art, and itís considered the masterpiece of a great artist. Peopleís values have inverted to such an extent. Think about it, everyone: What will our world become in the future? In one country I found a toy made in the shape of human fecesóthey even made toys in that shape, and yet there were still people buying it. What do people now esteem? What do they now like? This isnít just the simple matter of a social trend or a so-called pattern, it is a shift in peopleís values. What will happen to people who have such values? Are they still human? Only demons are like that. Demons are evil, while humans should be good. Good and evil are unmistakably different. As for people who donít like good things but like demonic things, everything about them is demonic, only their outward appearances havenít undergone big changes. Yet as a personís demon-nature grows, you will find that even his face, appearance, and body are changing and becoming more and more hideous, and more and more fierceóeven his eyes will reveal a ferociousness. Itís truly terrifying if humankind continues on like this! If humankind doesnít put the brakes on nowÖ
Think about it, everyone. I spoke a moment ago about a principle, namely, that human societyís evolution has involved different periods of civilization. We now know that there was a Stone Age. Let me tell you that Stone Ages have in fact occurred dozens of times on this earth. What is a Stone Age? It comes about after a civilization is destroyed, and only a small number of relatively good people survive; as mentioned in the story of Noahís Ark, only a very few, good people survive. What do they do when theyíve lost their tools? They carve tools out of stone. Then humankind evolves and a new civilization begins. People have named this process a Stone Age. The alleged Stone Age whereby apes evolved into humans never took placeóit never existed. Yet people say that humans evolved from apes. This is something brought about by modern science. Isnít it ridiculous? Darwinís theory of evolution is full of holes. If you donít believe it, then carefully reexamine it: During the evolution from apes to humans and from primitive organisms to modern organisms, the intermediary links are totally absent. Yet people have nonetheless accepted the theory. Now that is blind faith! And this is the current civilizationís worst disgrace and scandal. Thatís what is truly bizarre!
What I just discussed was in regards to the state of human society as a whole. Think about it, everyone: If gods donít regard humans as human, then isnít man in danger? As I just discussed, why were humans in different periods of civilization destroyed? Why does the Mayan culture no longer exist? One can see from the archeological artifacts how degenerate people were at that time. The Caucasians of the last civilization in the Westóthe ancestors of Caucasiansówere the Ancient Greek race; not modern Greeks, but the race of the Ancient Greeks. There are very few people of this race. Iíve found that they are the white Indians of India. There are very few of them. Why was their civilization destroyed? Homosexual things have been found in the archeological artifacts and remains of ancient Greek civilization. The lifestyle at that time was very corrupt, degenerate, and extravagant. Wasnít that the case? It was because they had progressed to the final stage. The last cycle of Caucasian civilization wasnít like that in the beginningóthe early stage of a human civilization certainly wouldnít be that depravedóbut when the civilization progressed to the later stages and became really depraved, gods saw that humans were no longer any good and thus destroyed them. The good people who were left began to evolve anew, and they became todayís Caucasians. Think about it: If humans continue to develop without inhibition like this and if gods no longer regard humans as human, thatís just terribly dangerous!
Jesus spoke of mercy for people, and that he had come to save those who believed in him when humans would face calamity. When no one truly believes in him, who would he come to save? The destruction of humankind in different time periods all resulted from the corruption of human morality, something extremely dreadful. Humans want to do things in such-and-such way, they want to develop in such-and-such way, and they want society to reach a certain stateóhumans want to call all the shots. Yet up to this day humans have never been in charge, and theyíve only made society worse and corrupted human morality ever further. Especially in the past few years, the speed at which humanity has slid down is incredibly fast and frightening. I never talk about great catastrophes or calamities, since discussing those things would cause chaos in society. That would amount to making careless remarks, so I donít talk about those things. Iím not concerned with whether they exist, and Iím not going to discuss it. But Iíll tell you one thing: What I am imparting today is a righteous Fa, and Iím teaching you to be a good person. If you are a good person, could whatever catastrophe have anything to do with you? Thatís how it is. Iíd say that there wonít be any catastrophes if people in human society become good on a large scale. Thatís because nothing in human history is coincidentalóevery outcome has its cause.
I think that my discussing this issue just now will benefit your cultivation, because the notions that people have acquired nowadays can hinder their obtaining the Fa. My telling you what the present human society is really like is helpful to your obtaining the Fa. What Iím teaching is a Law, a principle. You have your own mind, and you can evaluate it yourself to determine whether you find it correct.
What I just discussed is quite advanced and delicate, and the range of issues involved is quite broad. Yet I didnít target specific peoples or individuals. I merely focused on social phenomena. No matter what kind of person you are and no matter how many bad things youíve done, I will look after you as long as you can truly cultivate with a sincere heart. If you donít cultivate, then nothing can be done.
This is an experience-sharing conference, so people are going to share what theyíve learned through their experiences. At the end, I will spend half a day answering your questions, and then, too, I will be lecturing on many Fa-principles.
Iíll use the afternoon specifically for answering your questions.
Question: How can we get rid of bad thoughts?
Teacher: This question has a certain degree of universality. Actually, they reflect a state in our cultivation practice. For example, in the ancient cultivation ways of the past, including other religions in the past, cultivators would intentionally confine themselves to a state of total isolation in order to prevent bad thoughts from arising. Some went to monasteries or convents, some went to temples, and some went into the mountains and stayed in caves where they were totally isolated from the world. Moreover, they had to meditate in deep trance over a long period of time. Their types of meditation in deep trance were totally different from the kind of entering tranquility that Iíve taught you. They would reach a state of trance where they were no longer conscious of anything. You might even say that they were sleeping. They wanted to have the mind become tranquil. I consider that state they entered exactly like having the Main Consciousness cease to exist. A serious problem would result if we were to still use those ancient cultivation methods today. Since in the future weíll have people learning Dafa on a larger scaleóhundreds of millions of peopleówhat would happen to human society if all of those people were to enter that state? Meanwhile, that kind of method can only allow the Assistant Spirit (fu yuanshen) to cultivate, not the Main Spirit (zhu yuanshen). In other words, you are unable to consciously cultivate yourselfóyou can only cultivate your Assistant Spirit while in trance. That approach doesnít meet the requirements of the Dafa weíre teaching today, nor is it suitable for todayís working people who cultivate in a society of everyday people.
I see that the most crucial factor in a personís cultivation is improving xinxing. If his thinking truly elevates, everything else will elevate along with it. All that a person does, all of the things he thinks about, and all of the things he wants to do are directed by his mind and his thinking. True progress only happens when you can really elevate your mind and your thinking. So today we aim directly at peopleís mindsóthat is, we aim directly at youóto have you truly improve yourself, as opposed to taking that other path. We donít take the path of meditating in deep trance over a long period of time whereby a person isnít aware of anything and lets his Assistant Spirit take over everything. We know that since all of you make great efforts in cultivation, if you were to obtain nothing in the end and could only get blessings for your next lifetime as a reward, then I think I would have let you down, and you would feel that youíd let yourself down. We donít take that path.
So to enable you to truly practice cultivation while living in the society of everyday people, Iíve adopted a really special method: transforming you from the most submicroscopic level of your existence. Cultivation ways of the past transformed a person by starting from the layer of the largest molecules and progressing toward the submicroscopic levels. Weíve thus taken exactly the opposite road in cultivation. If we were to start transforming ourselves from the surface, over ninety percent of the people sitting here today would have extensive supernatural abilities, and the earth wouldnít be able to hold you. Thatís because once your surface layer has changed, you can pass through any part of a house. Bricks and concrete, composed of the layer of the largest molecules, canít confine you since the layer of the largest molecules in your body has completely transformed into high-energy matter; the layers of smaller molecules in your body, below the largest one, arenít obstructed by them. Itís just like air being able to pass through a piece of cloth when you blow at it. It means that you could pass through. Perhaps nothing in this world would have an effect on you anymore. That scenario is unacceptable, then, as humankindís entire society would become one of gods.
In a society of gods a person canít cultivate this way. That is, in a society where illusion is shattered and where everyone can see the true manifestation of gods, you canít cultivate this way. It doesnít mean you absolutely couldnít cultivate, but that, at the very least, it wouldnít be easy to cultivate. In other words, thereíd be no more illusion. The most efficient cultivation takes place amidst illusion, and this dimension is precisely one of illusion. So weíve adopted the opposite approach: At the microscopic level we are gradually transforming you starting from your body composed of the most microscopic particles of your existence, and breaking through, layer by layer, toward the largest molecules. In other words, we are breaking through toward the surface of your body until we finally reach the flesh cells composed of the layer of molecules visible to the eyes. Then you will Consummate. Thatís the path we take.
This disciple asked how we could get rid of bad thoughts. Many of our students have been cultivating for a long time. Why havenít the bad thoughts that used to reflect into their minds been eliminated? Sometimes it feels like those thoughts were removed by cultivating, yet after a period of time they discover that the bad thoughts are surfacing again. Why is that? Actually, what I just spoke about was to tell you that we start transforming you from the microscopic level. Your surface hasnít been reached yet. Your bad thoughts are being weakened and removed layer by layer, but they havenít been completely eliminated. Because of the type of path weíve taken, it can be said that you have cultivated quite well even though those thoughts havenít been completely removed. Some human thoughts are allowed to remain, however, so that you can keep cultivating in the society of everyday people before you reach Consummation. If you didnít have any ordinary human thoughts it would be hard to stay among everyday people.
If a cultivator were to have no human thoughts, he would know what thoughts are going through othersí minds. From just one word, one act, one gesture, one move, or even one look in someoneís eyes, he would know exactly what that person is up to. What appears in peopleís mindsóespecially the minds of everyday people in societyóare all bad thoughts, which you wouldnít be able to stand. Whatís more, you could see that the toxic substances in the air are unbelievably abundant! All bad things throughout the entire society would be visible, and you could see them all. Do you think you could stay here? It would be just impossible for you to cultivate here. Why have some people gone to far off mountains to cultivate in isolation? There was no way they could stay among everyday people. What Iím saying is that when your mind hasnít reached the final stepóthat is, before your molecules have reached the last stage of transformationóyou will still have ordinary human thoughts popping up, and that includes the bad thoughts that are carried and concealed among everyday people. Is it true then that no matter how we cultivate ourselves, as long as thereís no change in the surface body, the bad thoughts will be just as strong as before? No, itís not.
You donít realize that youíve already improved greatly. A lot of your bad thoughts have been removed. Those that remain are miniscule. In addition, you have noticed and realized that you still have bad thoughts. You werenít able to notice them before. All of this is progress and elevation. Whatís more, even though the things appearing in your mind are bad, and sometimes even very bad, theyíre very weak. As long as you are determined and as long as your Main Consciousness is in charge, youíll be able to suppress them. Before, you werenít able to suppress them. Thatís why people are driven by those thoughts to say bad words and do bad things. Now itís just that you can sense your bad thoughts, but itís hard for them to affect you. What I just said means that this is the path weíve taken. So donít be afraid. You know that you have those thoughts, so youíre in the process of improving yourself. A great deal of your bad thoughts have already been removed.
All of you sitting here are cultivators. The gaps in cultivation among you might not seem that noticeable. Yet when youíre in everyday peopleís society and are with people who donít practice cultivation, you will find it unbearable. You will find that you donít like listening to what they say, and sometimes you will even think what they do is silly. And why is that? Itís because already there is a large gap between you and them. You wouldnít feel like that if the gap was small or insignificant. You only feel like that when the gap is significant. But you will only feel like youíre just a little better than them. This too is a cultivation state weíve created for you. Only this way can you practice cultivation among them and work with them. If youíve understood what I just said, youíll realize that is whatís going on. But on the other hand, I still have to tell you that you shouldnít say, ďOh, now I understand. So thatís how it is. From now on Iíll let them be. The bad thoughts can do whatever they want, and I wonít care.Ē Then youíd be willfully indulging them, which is the same as not cultivating. Although bad thoughts still exist, Iíve said that this is the way in which we cultivateóbad thoughts are eliminated gradually. If you donít actively suppress them and get rid of them, if you donít have this will and arenít determined, then youíre not cultivating. Thatís the relationship.
Question: If a person has bad thoughts, does it mean he canít cultivate?
Teacher: I just explained this. Let me give you an illustration. Your bad thoughts are, to be explicit, just like a thread that weíre constantly cutting and getting rid of, piece, by piece, by piece, by piece. It will still exist before itís completely eliminated. Why would you say you canít cultivate? Isnít cutting it and getting rid of it cultivating? Actually you have made great progress cultivating. So thatís the idea.
Question: I have a relative whoís old and ill. Is he one of those who can be saved?
Teacher: What youíre asking is whether older people who have illnesses can practice cultivation. Our Dafa is taught to the public, and its superficial form is not selective. Everyone knows that we arenít charging anything for todayís conferenceóthe door is open and anyone can enter. People who are not predestined wonít want to enter. In other words, we donít select people. If people really come in to learn and they want to cultivate, then I have to look after them. No matter how old or young that person is, or whether heís sick or not, I have to look after him. But the key point is whether you treat yourself as a cultivator rather than an old person or a sick person when you come here. Thatís most crucial. If you always think: ďIím old, can I still succeed in cultivation? Is there still enough time to practice cultivation?Ē That strong attachment of yours is an obstacle. The longer you hold on to that attachment, the shorter your life will become.
All the same, there have been some people who were ill and who came. In the beginning this type of person would think: ďI heard that people become really healthy and free of illness after practicing Falun Dafa for awhile.Ē Gradually, however, in this Fa he came to an understanding and, along with this, eliminated the attachment to illness that was in his thoughts. Thereís no problem with that. If he didnít get rid of the thought of healing his illness, it would have created a serious obstacle in his cultivation since he would always think in his mind: ďWhy is my illness still not healed while others have all gotten well?Ē Then in essence, this thought was no different from practicing for the sake of curing illness. Iím teaching this Dafa to save people, to solve humansí fundamental problems, not to cure peopleís illnesses. If you really want to practice cultivation, you arenít able to practice with a sick body. So if you are a true cultivator, your illness will naturally be removed during the course of cultivation. But the goal isnít to cure your illness. Your body is purified in order to pave the way for your cultivating. So youíll attain nothing if you come to get your illness cured. I think Iíve explained the matter clearly.
Question: How should I treat the chongwu (pets) at my home?
Teacher: ďChongĒ is to love, to be fond of. You love it, youíre fond of it, and youíre attached to it, right? Isnít that what it means? So when you asked the question you spelled out your attachment. Our taking good care of living things and everything in nature that exists for human beings is not wrong. But nothing should be overdone. You really shouldnít overdo it. Human beings are the highest and most perfect life on earthóand gods view it this way tooówhereas all animals (regardless of whether theyíre large or small) and plants, and all living things, are created for man. Those things wouldnít have been created if there were no human beings. In some regions and countries nowadays, the adoration of animals has gone to an extreme. Some people love and care for animals more than human beings.
I just said that gods created human beings; they created this earth for manís existence. Those living things were created for people to enjoy, for them to play with, for them to live off of, and for them to feed on. And along with this they make the earth flourish. Everything is created for man, but if man becomes inferior to animals, then thatís the same as violating the laws of Heaven. Of course, we cultivators shouldnít be like that. We practice compassion and weíre compassionate to all beings. But we absolutely shouldnít go beyond this compassion and develop another attachment: being overly caring for those things. Overemphasizing anything isnít right. In modern times, especially in Europe, people are overly fond of dogs; I have found that itís the same in the United States. Let me tell you that gods created dogs to guard peopleís homes, and absolutely not to become your kids or your friends, as if they were on a par with human beings. Humans should never be equated with dogs. So you should never go too far. Remember this: Humans can cultivate into Buddhas, while no animal can; humans can cultivate into gods, while no animal can; and humans can go to heavenly paradises, while no animal can. If an animal wants to go, then it needs to reincarnate as a human in its next life and cultivate before it can. I think Iíve explained this clearly.
Question: Can my fondness for other living things be considered my respect for them and my wish to preserve them?
Teacher: This matter has been discussed in Zhuan Falun. You still arenít discarding the attachment, and I wonít say anything more. Iím not against protecting endangered animals. The excessive damage people have done to nature is wrong, extremely wrong. Yet itís also wrong for people to overdo something. Resolving the problems of the human heart and morality is whatís fundamental. If as a cultivator youíre attached to those things, then they are obstacles in your cultivation. When everyday people overdo things like thatótreating animals and people as equalsóitís the same as insulting themselves, cursing at man himself, and ruining the dignity of human beings.
Question: Can deceased parents and friends benefit from my cultivation?
Teacher: Everyoneís life is arranged at the time of birth: On which day something good will happen, on which day something bad will happen, which school and college a person will attend when heís growing up, what job heíll do after graduationÖ The way I see it, all of these are in fact predetermined. Consequently, a personís efforts also become an inevitable part of him. Are people able to control their own lives? Can you succeed at whatever you want to? Can you become President if thatís what you desire? No.
In reality, we humans all know we canít just do whatever. Yet the guiding influence of this society and this science encourage you to strive for things. So when some people obtain something, they feel as if theyíve acquired it through their own efforts. Actually, if you werenít overly attached and you lived and worked as normal, you would obtain it just the same. Itís just that your efforts become an inevitable part of your obtaining it. Things are like that because people bring it upon themselves. Since people throughout the entire society are ďstrivingĒ and trying terribly hard like that, the entire society has been pushed into this situation. So you have to do things that way in order to get what youíre entitled to. Itís not that certain individuals have changed, but that the entire society has changed. All the same, a person canít change the course of his own life. Then since you canít change your own life, how could you change the lives of others? You canít. You might think: ďI want to use my power or money to make my close relatives, good friends, and children happy and have good lives.Ē Actually, let me tell you that your childrenís reincarnation into that wealthy family of yours is probably due to the blessings they accumulated in their previous lives. If they donít have blessings, they wonít be able to inherit your wealth. Nor will they be able to turn your efforts into reality. Itís bound to be that way. Maybe your excessive efforts will cause their lives to be short and they will fail to meet your expectations, or maybe theyíll go gambling or play the stock market and in one shot lose all that wealth you left them through your efforts. Or maybe something else will happen. This is to say, if they donít have the blessings they canít inherit it. Some parents give their children a certain amount of money, hoping to have them live comfortably and happily. I can tell you that itís actually not that simple. They need to have the blessings for that to happen. It absolutely wonít work if they donít have the blessings. [For example,] no matter how much money you give them, theyíll get really sick and spend the money on medical expenses. Thatís how things are in the human world. Human beings canít see through it, but I see it clearly.
Some people might then think, ďSince Iím a cultivator, can I give them happiness through my cultivation?Ē The meaning of happiness is different in the eyes of a cultivator. The happiness among everyday people is, in fact, not true happiness. Itís merely a short time of ease and comfort thatís bought with money, and it wonít last forever. What a cultivator wants is to truly make it possible for them to be happy forever, retain their human bodies forever, and never suffer again. Thereís no suffering in the heavenly paradises. But when youíre a cultivator who hasnít succeeded in cultivation and yet you want to give that much to others, that can only be an attachment. And once an attachment forms, it will affect your cultivation. In other words, we should discard our attachments and cultivate. That doesnít mean you should stop being concerned with everything else. You can live as usual among everyday people and be together with your family. Iíve let you retain enough human thoughts to be able to do that; itís not a problem for you to take care of your family. But if you, as cultivators, want others to obtain happiness through your cultivation, then thereís only one way: have them obtain the Fa. Then they too will be saved later on. Perhaps theyíll cultivate even better than you and wonít need you to worry about them. Some people might think, ďCan I make them happy through my cultivation, or by using my special abilities or supernatural abilities?Ē You canít. If the personís karma is massive you would have to pay for his karma in his place, and then you couldnít Consummate.
I remember a story from Buddhism. Shakyamuniís entire hometown was going to be flooded, and all the villagers would be killed. So one of Shakyamuniís ten main disciples used a supernatural ability of his to hold all the villagers in his hand. It was at night, when people were asleep. The people didnít know [what was happening], as if theyíd been hypnotized. He thought that these people were all in his hand and wouldnít die. The flood came as expected and submerged the town. The next morning, he thought the trouble was over and that although the town was flooded its people would be all right. He opened his palm and saw that everyone had been turned to ashes. Because his cultivation level was limited, he wasnít aware of gods who were more microcosmic and more enormous than him. Itís just like the relationship among moleculesólarge and small moleculesóthat I mentioned. He could only use his supernatural ability within his own realm; he didnít know what gods beyond his realm were doing. It means that everyone has his own fate. Besides, a cultivator should only put his mind to vigorously moving forward in cultivation.
There are some people who think, ďIf I Consummate through cultivation, Iíll definitely come back to save my family members.Ē If you have this thought at present, I wonít say itís an attachment. But it is a strong attachment if you always think like that. If you have an attachment like that when youíre near Consummation, you wonít be able to Consummate. If you succeed in cultivating into a great god or a great Buddha, will you be capable of doing that? You will be more than capable. You will be able to hold the earth in your palm with no effort at all, let alone save your family members. Yet let me tell you that those things canít be done casually, owing to the same principle I just mentioned. If you want to save your peopleóif you want to give them salvationóyou have to find a way to make them improve. If you arenít able to help them improve, your taking them to a heavenly paradise is strictly forbidden. Everything in the heavenly paradises is composed of more microscopic particles of matter. The surfaces look very refined and smooth, radiating brilliantly. Thatís because the more microcosmic the matter, the greater its energy. If you were to place something from the earth up there, it would be the same as placing garbage in the most sacred and pure palace. Thatís not allowed. You have to turn the garbage into the best thing, something fresh, before you can do that. In other words, if you want to take care of people, it can only be accomplished by having them become good.
You know that when Jesus entered among ordinary men to save people, he had to suffer for people, and he was eventually nailed to a cross. You donít know what this means. You only know that Judaism did that terrible thing. Actually, itís not that simple. There were other factors involved. If weíre to follow the logic that you just expressed, think about it: Since Jesus had such great abilities and his father was Lord of the Caucasians, couldnít he do whatever he wanted? Why did he spend so much effort on Earth persuading people to do good, telling people principles of the truth, and suffering so much for human beings? And at that time he also had to endure suppression and sabotage from other religions. Why then bother to do things the way he did? It means that even though he had such great abilities, he still had to rectify the human heart in order to save a person. If any of you sitting here canít cultivate your xinxing to the point of Consummation, then I canít do anything about it either. I can teach you the principles of the Fa, I can help you evolve gong, I can eliminate a portion of your karma for you, I can protect you, and I can do a huge range of things for you that you donít know about but that are necessary when you Consummate and afterwards. But if your heart doesnít change and your mind doesnít elevate, then all of that is in vain. Thatís what I mean when I say that if a personís heart doesnít change, even a Buddha canít help him.
Not being able to make a person improve doesnít mean nothing can be done when heís become bad. How could that be the case? He can be cast down to lower levels or exterminated at will. But since gods are compassionate... The ďloving heartĒ that Jesus spoke of was in no way the love among humans. Taking human love for the ďloveĒ or ďloving heartĒ spoken of by Jesus is equivalent to abusing Jesusí words, blaspheming Jesus, and blaspheming gods. The loving heart that Jesus spoke of is ďcompassion,Ē only he used the language of Westerners to express it. At that time Western culture didnít have the concept of compassion, nor did it have a term for compassion. This is a disparity caused by the differences in time periods and the cultures of the different regions. I think Iíve discussed all facets of this matter; that is, how everyday people handle these things, how to handle them during cultivation, and how to handle them after you eventually succeed in cultivation.
Question: What requirements should we meet before we can spread the Fa?
Teacher: Yesterday I listened to students from various regions whoíve done work for Dafa sharing their experiences together. I was truly happy. For one thing, I saw your determination with the Fa and the heart for being responsible to yourself. And along with that you want others to obtain the Fa. I am truly happy for you. By exchanging with each other experiences and insights from situations of different regions you can gradually enrich your insights. As for meeting certain ďrequirements,Ē I donít think there are any requirements. And thereís no way there are any requirements in terms of having certain material possessions or power. Thereís only one thing: As long as youíre a cultivator who has the enthusiasm to [spread the Fa], you can do itóanyone can do it. But you should handle one thing well: Donít speak about things that are at too high of a level when you talk to people. If you tell them your present understanding of the Faĺincluding what Iíve said todayĺif you say those things to them, they will be intimidated. Thatís because you havenít sensed that you have gradually improved to this stage in cultivation before being able to comprehend principles so high. They are still everyday people, and their thoughts are still at the level of everyday people, contemplating how to make money, how to fulfill some aspiration, how to gain the bossís favor, and so on. Those things are still top priority for them. They wonít be able to bear it if you tell them things this high. You can just tell them the simplest superficial meaning of the words. I think people with predestined relationships will want to learn [the Fa] once they hear about it. And people with no predestined relationship wonít want to learn, no matter how you try to persuade them. Thereís one point to make: Be sure you donít drag people over, and donít force people to learn it when they donít want to. [If you say:] ďYouíre my friend, youíre my family memberóyou must learn, you have to learn,Ē not only will they not believe it, but when they come they will say bad things and play a negative role. So everyone, please make absolutely sure you pay attention to this.
Question: Is Falun Gong consistent with Christianity in any way in its view of the development of humankind and the earth?
Teacher: Of course, I wonít blame new students for not having studied the Fa in depth. What Iím teaching are the principles of the cosmos. And this Dafa is the grandest, it penetrates the cosmos from top to bottom, and it can create living environments for all beings of the cosmos as well as for gods at different levels and humans. How could there be any comparison? This Dafa of the cosmos has created living environments and conditions at different levels for living beings of different levels. In other words, the living beings at a given level have to conform to the principles at that level and to the Fa of the cosmos at that level in order to exist there. To put it even more simply, the future environment in which you will live is determined by the height of the level you can cultivate to. The principles that Jesus stated in his time, however, were principles that taught the everyday people of society how to cultivate in order to go to his paradise. Where is his paradise? To be precise, itís within a small expanse of our Milky Way, in a celestial body corresponding to our Milky Way. Jesus is at the same level as the conventional Buddhas mentioned in the East, whereas the Lord referred to by Caucasians in the West far exceeds that level. But neither of them has gone beyond this small universe. Yet our Dafa has created boundless and countless universes like this one, more than all the worldís grains of sand. So would you say they can be compared? The principles that Jesus spoke about are only the Fa at the level of Tathagata in the small universe within the boundless Great Fa. Thatís the relationship.
Jesus is a fine God. Itís not just me who says that: Gods in the heavens all regard him that way. In order to save people he was crucified by humansĺhave you ever thought about what that means? And yet Christianity takes the cross as the symbol of God, the sign of the heavenly kingdom, and the symbol of Christ. Thatís the biggest disrespect to gods. That is manís own doing, definitely not what gods have told people to do. Because the cross is placed on graves, it truly represents deathónot a god. All gods in the universe condemn humans for doing that. Furthermore, Christianity has used the image of Jesus suffering on the cross as its symbol. That is something gods cannot tolerateóthey absolutely canít tolerate it! But people are still doing it. People have been doing disrespectful things like that to gods for hundreds of years.
Jesus has many magnificent images. He performed many miracles among ordinary humans. And yet instead of taking his glorious and magnificent images as symbols, you have taken the crucifix as the symbol. Are you respecting this God or hating himódo you want him to be crucified forever? People, you donít know what you humans are doing. One day I was watching the news on TV in the U.S. when I saw two glassblowers in Taiwan who were said to be a famous couple. They consider Buddha statues a form of artwork, and have made a lot of glass Buddha figurines. Taking Buddha to be artwork is in itself blaspheming Buddha. But whatís more, the figurines of Buddha that they made were missing torsos, with only a head and half a face. They made Buddha into Modernist and Impressionist stuff. But think about it: Those are magnificent and mighty gods. In the old days, when people mentioned God or a Tathagata Buddha, they felt a sense of reverence. Would they dare to treat them like that? You think that youíre portraying Buddha, promoting Buddhism, and doing good things. But itís not just your average discourtesy: It is the greatest disrespect. You are actually cursing and slandering Buddha, distorting his mighty image. Youíre doing the worst thing. The other day I said that peopleís values have inverted. Human beings just donít understand what I mean. They can no longer distinguish good from evil, righteous from wicked, or good from bad. All values have been turned upside down.
Question: Why canít I practice Falun Gong while working in Christianity?
Teacher: Let me tell you that your work in Christianity is only a job. You can work there, for sure. I donít regard the current religions as cultivation anyway. I treat them as religious professions that are no longer capable of saving people. Thatís because they truly have become professions, not cultivation. All the same, to make sure you can truly improve and that I can take you home, I ask you to concentrate on only one cultivation way. That is definitely beneficial for you. I have spelled out the subject of ďno second disciplineĒ in Zhuan Falun. This Fa is immense, but even so, youíre still mixing things into it. Even mixing in low-level things is unacceptable, and doing so will mess up the body you cultivate with and everything youíve developed by cultivating, and you wonít be able to return home. You would be sabotaging your own path of advancement. Iím the locomotive and all of you are sitting in the passenger cars. But you pull out the railsórails that were designed for this train. If you replace the rails with narrow ones, then see if you can still go home. Nothing should be mixed in. Only by purely following one cultivation way can you reach Consummation. With regard to this matter, Iíd suggest you carefully read the ďno second disciplineĒ section in Zhuan Falun again, calm your mind and read it, so I wonít say any more about it here.
Iím truly looking out for your well-being. Itís not that I want to badmouth some religion. Itís predestined relationship that has brought you here. If I couldnít be responsible to you, that would be my problem; if you donít take responsibility for yourself, thatís your problem. So I have to explain the issue to you clearly.
Question: What does Jesus represent nowadays?
Teacher: Jesus is a mighty God in his realm. But he is no longer taking care of anything related to Christianity, nor is he looking after people. Religion is a name given by human beings. When Jesus was in this world, he never said that his way was Christianity. When Shakyamuni was in this world, he absolutely didnít say that his way was Buddhism. It is humans who made it part of everyday peopleís society, gave it a name that belongs to the society of everyday peopleĺďreligionĒĺand involved it in political affairs. So they call it such-and-such religion. It has lost the means that truly allow a person to re-ascend through cultivation, reach Consummation, and go to Heaven. Many religious figures have even become politicians, and there are some who angle for money. How could they meet the standard for cultivators? How could they become good people and go back up to Heaven? With those filthy thoughts, how could Jesus give you a golden, radiant godís body? How could he let you pollute that immeasurably-pure divine body with your bad thoughts and karma-filled body?! What I said are principles of the Fa, Iím not pointing at the student who raised the question.
Question: Both my legs and knees have problems. Will I be able to sit in the full-lotus position?
Teacher: If youíre saying that you have an illness, I never acknowledge the concept of ďillnessĒ since itís caused by karma; and some illnesses are caused by foreign intelligent beings. If youíre saying that youíve been injured, I think that as long as you treat yourself as a true cultivator, unexpected miracles will occur. Weíve had people who even had nails and steel plates mounted in them, yet eventually they were able to sit in the full-lotus position. Nails and steel plates are only mounted to the body thatís made of the largest particles. Of course, Iíd say that none of those things are problems in cultivation. Take your time and practice steadily. Even people in their eighties and nineties are eventually able to sit in the full-lotus position. But that said, I donít recommend that you do it overly forcefully. If you canít really meet the requirement and are obviously unable to sit even in the half-lotus position, yet you force yourself to sit full-lotus and eventually break your leg, then thatís no good. A personís attachments will cause problems once they become strong. Being eager and impatient over success isnít good. You should move forward vigorously and diligently in cultivationóthatís correct, but only with the Fa.
Question: Can the mind-intent of ďthree focus points along one lineĒ help me get rid of distracting thoughts quickly?
Teacher: It seems you havenít read the book. Our book, Zhuan Falun, can answer all of your questions, especially the beginning-level questions. ďThree focus points along one lineĒ is a method used in Dao system cultivation. Now that youíre practicing Falun Dafa you canít use those approaches and methods. Besides, it canít enable a person to completely eliminate his distracting thoughts. Intentionally using any method to reach the state of tranquility just isnít going to work. There is no miraculous cure-all like that in this world.
If you want to truly reach tranquility, thereís only one way: Continually improve yourself in Dafa and eliminate your various attachments. As your attachments become fewer, you will notice that your mind becomes purer and cleaner when you do the meditation. At last, when youíre approaching Consummation, all of your attachments will be gone and you will find that youíre able to settle into tranquility as soon as you sit to meditate. Improvement is made through this type of process. People who cultivated in other religions in the past or in the remote mountains in ancient times cultivated the Assistant Spirit; they made the Main Spirit unconscious. So they couldnít enable people in everyday society to practice cultivation, much less cultivate the Main Spirit. In China, practitioners from a few cultivation ways in the Dao system were required to drink a lot of alcohol. You might have heard about this. They would carry wine gourds, drink until they swayed and faltered, and finally lie down and sleep for three to five days or a week without getting up. Why did they do it that way? They were using the method of making the Main Spirit unconscious and cultivating their Assistant Spirits instead. Youíd see them lying there drunk and asleep, while their Assistant Spirits had left the body. Although those immortals have left behind many miracles and people think they were great and extraordinary, I think those people were rather pitiful. The next life they had to reincarnate again just the same. Iíve seen them reincarnate again. Thatís how it is.
Everyone, please be sure to remember this: You must concentrate on one cultivation practice alone. Donít mix in ideas from any other practices. Mixing them will cause you interference, and they will make your gong impure. Youíll have no way to return, and it will be impossible for you to ascend in cultivation or Consummate. And you shouldnít go and adopt some method hoping for a shortcut to tranquility or improvement. That would bring problems to your cultivation. You need to solidly improve your mind. All gods are watching you. Be sure not to adopt some other methods, none of which will enable your mind to improve. If a personís mind doesnít improve, nothing else counts. The exercises are a supplementary means to achieve Consummationóthey definitely arenít the reason behind real improvement. When your xinxing has improved, your gong will rise accordingly. In other words, the transformation of gong is accelerated by the exercises and so improvement is made. If your xinxing is only a certain height, and you think, ďLet me speed up the transformation and make it higher,Ē it wonít get any higher. It can only reach the height of your xinxing. So xinxing improvement is the number one priority. Put another way, a personís gong can only be as high as his [xinxing] level. This is an absolute truth. No matter which cultivation way you practice you canít escape it. Itís an absolutely true law of the universe, a law which every religion and cultivation way has to abide by.
Question: Can mind-intent be added while doing the fifth exercise?
Teacher: Absolutely not. If itís because you canít become tranquil, we have a method. Sometimes you say: ďI really canít do anything about it. It bothers me so much I have no way to become tranquil. It feels like ten thousand horses galloping around in my head.Ē Why canít you calm down? Itís a mental state caused by your postnatal notions from the society of everyday people as well as your karma. Those arenít your true thoughts. Now that you are cultivating, you have to eliminate them. Thatís why they donít let you. So they have your mind run off like ten thousand horses galloping about in your head, preventing you from becoming tranquil and making you go off into wild flights of thought.
To cultivate, you know, a person has to find himself and cultivate himself. If youíre able to differentiate it from yourself and think, ďThose arenít me. Think if you want to, but I want to become tranquil. Letís see how long you can keep running off like that,Ē then treat them as othersí thoughts. If you can really find yourself and differentiate yourself from them, this method will work. That is, if you treat yourself as a third party, ďIíll watch you thinking all over the place, letís see how long you can think for,Ē then maybe things will get a lot better. But this is only a method to differentiate yourself and strengthen your Main Consciousnessóit wonít enable you to enter the state of absolute tranquility. Why does this way work, whereas the method mentioned earlier doesnít? Itís because that method belongs to one of the small-way practices, which canít lead you home. All of those methods artificially seek to elevate people, without improving xinxing. Thatís not allowed and wonít work.
Why do I tell you about this method? It wonít bring you to a state of absolute tranquility, but it bespeaks of something good about it: Namely, you can identify which thoughts are yours and which ones arenít. You certainly wonít acknowledge those bad thoughts [as yours], so of course theyíll quickly be eliminated. Isnít this also ďcultivation depends on oneself, gong depends on oneís masterĒ? Why do I tell you not to acknowledge them? Think about it, everyone: Which part of your body isnít you? Your hands move however you want them to, your arms move however you want them to, and your head moves however you want it to, and thatís because all of them are you. Then why donít those thoughts settle down when you want them to? Itís because they are not you. Your true self is pure and clean. Dirty things are postnatal contamination. Thatís why they have to be removed and discarded in cultivation, and this is rejecting them.
Question: Can homosexuals who donít give up their behavior...
Teacher: You mean, ďCan he cultivate if he doesnít give up his partner in this behavior?Ē
I can tell you that I mentioned something yesterday: I said that gods no longer regard people as human. Even though youíre still upholding religions, Jesus no longer looks after you. He didnít acknowledge religion in the first placeóhe only acknowledged human hearts that could become good again. Why doesnít he look after people anymore? Because people nowadays canít be called human. Thatís truly how it is. Never in history has society been in as big a mess as today. Yesterday I mentioned things like organized crime, drug addiction, perversion, sexual liberation, promiscuity, incest, and the shift in human values, as well as homosexualityÖ Think about it, everyone: Humans are created by gods. A man is given a wife. That was stipulated by gods. People now want to find a partner of the same sex. Gods think that people do that because they no longer have human values. You are wantonly indulging your thoughts. Your thoughts, like the ones I just mentioned, are not actually you. The mentality that makes you homosexual was driven by postnatally-formed bad things. But you yourself were numbed by them and went along with them and wallowed in the mud. You need to find yourself again and stop doing those filthy things. Gods view them as filthy. No matter whether a government permits it, the law of your government is not the truth of the universe. Thatís because the law of a government is made by humans, and when humans make laws, they have the intention to rule and punish others, or they make laws against their conscience in order to protect things and gain power or votes. So they are not made with good intentions.
I think the fact that this question was asked means that heís realized this is inappropriate. People nowadays can no longer distinguish between right and wrong, between what they should do and what they shouldnít. Everyone is sliding down with societyís trends. Human morality is sliding down at a tremendous speed and keeps on deteriorating. Since everyone is amidst the torrent, theyíre unable to distinguish between good and bad. What was done prior to your cultivation is done; let bygones be bygones. As a cultivator you should first of all live as a human being does, nobly and upright. Then, join other cultivators and become a cultivator. And eventually, transcend and become a purer, more noble personĺone who reaches divine realms and who is like a god. Gods would never permit a cultivator to do that kind of thing, nor would they permit everyday people to.
Question: Is there any way to communicate with intelligent beings beyond Earth?
Teacher: It looks like your attachment is none too small. Many of the questions raised today are by those who have come for the first time. Having seen many movies, having read many imaginative stories, and having been influenced by a lot of things in society, people have developed a warped mindset that indulges in fantasy. You asked how to communicate with intelligent beings. Let me tell you all that an ordinary person canít do that sort of thing, and he lacks the ability. If you could indeed communicate with intelligent beings but werenít a cultivator yourself and were without energy, you would be in danger. You might lose your life any moment. Besides, you would see gruesome spirits but no high-level beings, for your level would be too low and limited to only that of humans. So it would be a terrifying situation. Itís even more terrifying if you want to communicate with living beings beyond Earth. Lives beyond Earth are just lives on other planets within this physical dimension that our human eyes can perceive. Yet those lives donít regard people as human beings. They think people are beasts, a kind of animal. They slaughter people at will and experiment on you at will. They kidnap people to their planets, lock them in cages, and put them on display as animals. Many of Earthís people who have gone missing were taken by them.
I can also tell you that todayís human science was created by them. Why have those aliens created for humans something like the current science? Itís because what they have on their planet is akin to it. They want to bring it to this planet and eventually replace humans. They found that the human body is really perfect, flawless. So they covet the human body and want to eventually replace humans. They have added their things into one layer of human beingsí molecular cells. Thatís already been done now and it has formed on a large scale. So for me to save you today, I not only have to remove all the attachments and karma that you need to eliminate, but I also have to clean up this stuff for you. The road humankind is traveling down is dreadful. Computers would have commanded people one day. Ongoing developments have conformed to this trajectory. Humans were to become the slaves of computers and machinery, and eventually be replaced by aliens. Why have computers developed so quickly, and why has the human brain suddenly become so ďsharpĒ? All of this has been carried out by aliens controlling the human mind. Aliens have registered everyone who knows how to operate a computer. For real. As to our students, Iíve cleaned all of that up for them, so that they wonít be interfered with by aliens when they use computers.
Why are there aliens? Some aliens originate from their planets. Why do some aliens always come to Earth? Itís because they were once humans on Earth. But it wasnít the Earth of our time. It was the previous Earth that existed at the same location as this Earth. Earth has been replaced many times. Each time it was replaced, there was a portion of livesóliving beings created by gods with different appearances, some of whom were similar to todayís humans, some of whom had different formsĺwho were relatively good at the time and were thus preserved. They werenít destroyed, yet they werenít allowed to enter the period of human development on the next Earth, either. So they were sent to another planet. Thatís how it was done every time. Also, it has left a record of this universe, for they were humans on Earth in different time periods. It serves that purpose. But due to a slackening in overseeing them, they have developed, and they have created all kinds of scientific methods according to their schemes; some are like the kind on our earth, some assume other forms, and there are a variety of modes of development. Of course, they donít use the term ďscience.Ē The names they use belong to their languages and concepts. These things have deteriorated further and further. And with the deviation of the cosmosí Great Fa, the aliens have become worse and worse too. Thatís why all aliens are in the process of being completely eliminated. They are being eliminated throughout the entire universe. At present, those up there have been eliminated. Whatís left are only those who have escaped to Earth, who are mingling among people or who have attached to human bodies. And there are other types too. Iím watching all of them. Let them do their outrageous things for the time being. It wonít be long before theyíre eradicated. (Enthusiastic applause) The corruption of humankind is directly related to them, as well. Those are sins, and so they have to be eradicated.
Question: Some people have said that Teacher suggests doing the first exercise three times and the second exercise for half an hour.
Teacher: Every personís situation is different. However long you do them for is fine. The tranquil exercises usually donít quite work if they arenít practiced long enough. If you have time, itís better to do the exercises more. But it wonít work if you stop doing everything and just do the exercises all day. When your realm of thought hasnít reached a certain level, your gong wonít be able to grow up to there just by doing the exercises. So cultivating your xinxing has to be the first priority. Why have I told you to read the book more? Reading the book more allows you to understand countless principles; reading the book more allows you to elevate your xinxing. Thereís no fixed time requirement. I think the results wonít be ideal if the second exercise is done for less than a half hour. But will it work? Yes, it will. Do it according to the time you have. Thatís what I think. You should do the fifth exercise according to your ability. Itís not realistic if I ask you to practice for an hour when you can only sit with legs crossed for fifteen minutes, right? Do the exercises according to your ability. Yet the half hour point is a big hurdle. Regardless of how well youíre able to sit in the lotus position, itís guaranteed there is a big hurdle when you reach the half hour mark. Itís really hard to break through it. But, once you break through the half-hour point, [meditating] wonít be as hard as when you were at the half-hour hurdle.
Question: Each country has its own characteristics. How can we enable Falun Dafa to grow more quickly, such as in Switzerland?
Teacher: It depends on how you, according to your own situation, enable more of your people to obtain Dafa. Some people say, ďMy giving money to others is a good deed.Ē I say that youíve merely taken care of their happiness and comfort for the moment. Give them Dafa and they will benefit forever, life after life. What a precious thing you give them! Thereís a saying in China: ďIf someone hears the Dao in the morning, he can die at dusk.Ē Of course, itís not saying, ďI heard the Fa this morning, so Iíll die in the evening.Ē It doesnít mean that. It means: ďIf Iíve heard the Dao, or Iíve heard the Fa in the morning, then even if I am to die in the evening I truly wonít be afraid.Ē And why is that? Thatís because a dying personís greatest fear is going to Hell. But think about it: If the Fa is in your head, will Hell dare to receive you? Will it dare to receive Dafa? It wonít dare to. Or in other words, could the part of your mind that contains Fa still be a bad part? Thatís what it means. How to have Dafa fit the characteristics of different countries? That depends on what you do on your own. It can only be that way, thereís no special way. For example, the people of some nations enjoy listening to music, the people of some nations like to contemplate, and the people of other countries like to live indulgently without restraint. Those are their different characteristics. Do things as you see fit and go by the different characteristics and different behaviors people have. I think youíll manage to do well.
Question: How do we distinguish good people from bad ones?
Teacher: Whatís a good person? Whatís a bad person? Do you think that only if a person does bad deeds heís a bad person? Itís not so. Some people who donít do bad things also seem really bad, only they donít reveal it or they show it in a rather obscure way. Why is that? A person doesnít have any ordinary human thoughts when heís born from his motherís womb. He only knows milk and crying. Everything of everyday people thatís instilled in him comes postnatally. In the old days people took family education very seriously. I think the parental discipline that kids in Caucasian families received back in those days was excellent. Yet nowadays, the degree to which children are indulgedóespecially in the United Statesóis beyond description. Those children have absolutely no manners. Their entire education has failed. To be responsible to humankind, people have to educate their children. Tell them what is good and what is bad, and theyíll take all of it into their heads. Itís just like a handbag. If the bag is filled with gold, people will say that what you have is gold; if your handbag is filled with dirt, they will say it is dirt. So thatís how people are. If youíve taken good things into your head, youíre a good person, and when you do things your thoughts are bound to be good ones. If you fill your head with bad thoughts, what you do and what you think are all bad, ill thoughts. That is the fundamental difference between good and bad people.
Whatís a good person? Whatís a bad person? The violence and pornography promoted by societyís mass media machines and published in all sorts of newspapers and magazines have been instilled in your head. Yet people like to see them, read them, and watch them. The more of them you absorb, the more you become like them. Donít watch, see, or read those things. You should watch, see, and read good things. As you absorb more and more good things you become a good person. Your behavior is controlled by your mind. People donít consider education important and donít give weight to teaching the younger generations; thatís a crime against the whole society. Young people nowadays are simply frightening to think about or look at. Sometimes when I see them Iíd rather not look. From the inside on out, from the mind to the heart, the behavior to the clothesónothing in them is upright.
Of course, itís not absolute. There are still some whose family education is relatively good and there are some parents who discipline their kids better. You need to understand that you are creating the next generation and the future society. Could you say that you donít shoulder responsibility for how the next generation is?
Question: Iím a practitioner from Sweden. I know that reading Zhuan Falun in Chinese will allow me to understand more deeply. But is it worthwhile to spend a lot of time in cultivation learning Chinese?
Teacher: Okay, let me talk to you all about this. If you learn Chinese through Zhuan Falun, wonít you have learned Chinese and at the same time studied the Fa? Itís true, Chinese can represent my original words, without deviation. Thatís for sure, since it is in Chinese that I teach the Fa. Why did I choose to be born in China and teach the Fa in China? Because this affair was arranged ages ago. The language of the people in that region has greater inner meaning. Its entire development in history was arranged for the future dissemination of Dafa. Many arrangements were made for this. It was thus arranged a long, long time ago, before the Caucasians of this cycle entered civilization. So that nation has a rather ancient history. Its language is the richest in the world, has the greatest inner meaning, and is relatively more capable of expressing a concept of the universe so immense. Without a rich language it canít be explained or easily described. But even so, this human language canít express it further at this point in timeóit canít describe it any more, nor can it explain it clearly. No language can. Yet at the level of humans, itís capable of fully describing everything at this low level.
Then is it that without reading the Chinese book you canít practice cultivation, that you canít reach the realm you are supposed to reach, or that the speed [of your progress] is affected? I can tell you, thatís not the case whatsoever. Why not? Because when I teach the Fa using this complex language, many gods at different levels listen to the Fa. You arenít the only ones sitting here listening to the Faóthere are many, many gods listening too. So your cultivation among everyday people wonít be affected when you read in English, French, German, or other languages. Besides, most of the translators are our students. Thereís no problem. If thereís any difference, itís only a superficial, semantic difference. As we cultivate, we will gradually correct and revise them to make them ever more perfect.
I know that many students want to read Chinese and understand my original words and their original meanings, which is of course the bestóthatís even better. If you arenít able to do that, though, you can rest assured that as long as Zhuan Falun is translated into your language, behind it there are countless Buddhas, Daos, and Gods who will allow you to understand the principles in those realms just the same. Thatís not something contained at the surface of the words, as it canít be writtenóeven in Chinese. So your cultivation wonít be affected. But that said, many miracles have occurred for some practitioners whoíve studied Chinese. The Fa is, after all, the Law. There have indeed been some miracles. I wonít give examples here so as to avoid some of us inappropriately imitating them and developing another attachment.
Question: How do we tell whether a genuine cultivatorís heart is unaffected? How do we distinguish genuine cultivators from fake ones?
Teacher: You arenít able to tell while still cultivating. But I can tell you that our Dafa is open to everyone. Who is fake? Who is genuine? The fake ones might become genuine tomorrow, while the genuine ones might not truly study the Fa tomorrow for some reason. My Fa has therefore opened such a huge door. But itís true that some people are harming the Fa. Theyíre driven to do wrong by those demons that resist the Fa. Such people are easy to discern, for they oppose the Fa from their innermost nature to their words and deeds. Thatís how it is. Some students fight with each other over who they think is really cultivating and whoís not. I think that really shouldnít happen. All of you are in fact genuinely cultivating because your intention is to safeguard the Fa.
I know your feelings toward the Fa: when you think that someone is harming the Fa, you simply canít tolerate it. Since you are cultivating, you are now defenders of Dafa. You are cultivating in Dafa, so you too are a part of Dafa. Nonetheless, itís certainly not the case that weíre free of conflicts. During the course of cultivation, itís certainly not the case that disciples are always in harmony with one another. And why is that? Itís because those attachments that you havenít yet eliminated through cultivationóthose ordinary human attachments that come across intenselyówill come out in your actions, whereas the part of your mind thatís already cultivated isnít seen. Since the attachments are no longer there they canít be shown. Itís exactly the part of your mind thatís not yet cultivated that comes across. Does it mean that person isnít good? Absolutely not. On the contrary, we have to say that he is quite good, only his not-yet-cultivated attachments are exposed. Whatís the purpose of exposing them? Itís for others to point them out to him, or for another person who has a similar attachment to clash with him. The purpose is for each of them to let go of their own attachments.
Whenever you encounter problems you should each look inward to search for the cause within, regardless of whether youíre to blame or not. Remember my words: Regardless of whether the problem is your fault or not, you should look inside yourself, and you will find a problem. If the matter has absolutely nothing to do with you or doesnít involve any of the attachments you should break, then that thing would rarely happen to you. If you didnít have an attachment the problem wouldnít have come about. I have to be responsible for your cultivation. Any problem that happens to you, around you, or among you is most likely related to you, and there is something for you to get rid of. No matter whether itís your fault or not, when my Law Bodies are having you remove your attachment, they donít care whether itís your fault or another personís. As long as you have an attachment, they will try everything to have you run into problems and have you recognize the attachment that makes you fall short. Yet youíre still looking around, ďThis isnít my fault,Ē or youíre still thinking, ďIím protecting the Fa.Ē Meanwhile, the other person is thinking, ďIím protecting the Fa.Ē In fact, the conflict occurs because you probably each have faults of your own.
Some students hang my picture prominently, light candles, burn incense, and kowtow to me. Please make sure you donít do that. Iíve always opposed disciples engaging in religious rituals while cultivating among everyday people. Religion has become an organization in the society of everyday people and it is not cultivation. You respect me, and your having that heart is enough to make me happy. (This doesnít include disciples who practice Dafa cultivation in their original religions.)
Thereís another thing that I want to talk to you about. We have a great many Caucasians whose Third Eye will open once they start cultivating. This will be a big issue in the future. Since Chinese people have acquired too many notions of various sorts, when I was first teaching the Fa in China I had to use something rather powerful to open their Third Eyeówe had something like that formed at the beginning. Today with Caucasian students, the Third Eye opens not long after they learn the Fa. So a problem comes up. No matter whether youíre one of the many people whoíve seen beings that everyday people cannot or if youíve seen other scenes, be sure to remember my words today: Donít pay too much attention to it. If youíve seen something just let it be. Donít be affected. Be sure you donít get elated over it. Itís no more than seeing real phenomena at a very low level, and it in no way represents your level. So, whether you can see things or not, you must put your mind to studying the Fa. Read the book and study the Fa. Read the book and study the Fa. Almost every time when Iím teaching the Fa I painstakingly tell you to read the book, read the book, and read the book. As long as you read the book you will attain things better than youíd expect.
When you see with your Eye, no matter how much you see, those are only things seen at your level. Donít stir up any attachments. Being able to see is a good thing, and I wonít block your Eye. But you should know that no matter what youíve seen, you should continue to study the Fa. Be sure to remember this: None of the high-level beings are your masters. Donít accept anything from them. If you do, it will cause a serious situation that goes against ďno second discipline.Ē You have to put your mind on the Fa when cultivating. Remember this: It is the Fa that makes it possible for you to Consummate, and it is the Fa that has opened your Third Eye. You have to cultivate in the Fa in order to Consummate. Being attached to anything outside the Fa will make you fail halfway through.
Question: I have a Chinese girlfriend. Through reading the books, I know itís not right to have an interracial marriage. I decided to break up with her.
Teacher: Iíve never said no to your wish to marry someone of a different race. Thatís because this is a problem left to us by history, and it has nothing to do with you. All those who are to remain on the earth in the future have to be full-blooded. But you will reach Consummation. You are cultivators and arenít a part of it. As for your offspring, if they can practice cultivation we will pick them out too. Weíll allow them to go where their Spirits (yuanshen) belong and should go. Thatís how weíll handle it.
The mighty power of Dafa is boundless. We have plenty of ways to handle things. For our students we have any means that are needed. But we canít just casually do things for everyday people. Thatís the relationship. Regarding your situation, I didnít say you cannot do that, nor did I say you can. Thatís because for the present time weíll let the matter be as is. That is how society is nowadays. Itís similar to the fact that you have alien beingsí culture. Besides, it will have no bearing on you when itís being taken care of. Since you will have reached Consummation, those who are on the earth in the future wonít be you. All of you will have gone to heavenly paradises. Thatís the situation.
Question: Does the Spirit have an appearance?
Teacher: The Spirit does have an appearance, and its appearance is like yours. Yet that appearance is more beautiful than that of your physical body. He is luminous because the compositional particles of his body are more refined, more microscopic, and possess greater energy potency than the superficial physical body.
Question: Does a personís appearance change when he reincarnates?
Teacher: It might change. But some strong original features remain. Some people say that I donít change through many lives of reincarnation. But when I incarnated as a Caucasian, I had a straight nose, my eyes were deep-set, and they were blue.
Question: Master has said that the bodies in various dimensions are independent beings. I find it difficult to understand. Whatís the relation between the Spirit and the bodies in various dimensions?
Teacher: This is related to the structure of the universe and not directly to humans themselves. In many dimensions there are ďyouísĒ who are the same as you. They share the same name but they are independent. This is different from your bodies in the various dimensions. Your bodies in the various dimensions are your bodies composed of different molecular particles in different dimensions. These are all you.
Question: Youíve said that humankindís demon nature has now become dominant. Then to what extent is my demon nature attributable to human factors, and to what extent does it come from other dimensions?
Teacher: Every person has material characteristics, half of which are positive and half of which are negative. And along with this, postnatally acquired notions and thought karma are a part of him. I often put it this way: A human being is like a piece of clothing, and your body and thoughts are like a hat. When another being wears them, you become the same as that being. If the consciousness of a personís Main Spirit isnít strong, he can be worn by other beings at any time. As things have gotten chaotic to the point theyíre at now, the many kinds of bad deeds people in todayís society commit are a really serious problem. In the past, no beings beyond the Three Realms were allowed to enter the Three Realms; no beings within the Three Realms were allowed to exit the Three Realms; lives at different levels within the Three Realms werenít allowed to interfere with each other; and spirit possession wasnít permitted. Now all of these things have happened. And this place of humankind is the most chaotic. Many peopleÖ when their thoughts are wrong, itís when their thoughts conform to demon nature, and when their demon-nature thoughts are strong. People always read, see, and listen to bad things in everyday peopleís society, they put bad things into their heads, and so their demon nature becomes large. If your demon nature is large then you align with demons and demons will like you. And because you and demons are alike they will enter your body. That is whatís attributable to external factors. Because your thoughts easily become the same as theirs, they can easily control you. Thatís one situation. In the dimensions at the same level as that of humans there are countless corrupt lives, and they flagrantly control humans. What do they control humans for? They covet earthly life, they want to occupy human bodies, and they want to seize human substances. Human substances are useful to them after undergoing transformation. Thatís why they select those people who suit them. Humankind is now confronted with this problem, yet people still think that theyíre quite well off nowadays.
These problems are in the final stage of being resolved. Thatís why people nowadays are becoming more and more clearheaded in terms of living their lives. Gradually they are finding themselves. Prior to this, people were living with foggy heads and were driven by those lives, by complex and enormous factors. [I needed to] completely free human beings, completely eliminate those external controls, and let human beings command themselves. Otherwise, the Fa that Iím teaching today would be spoken to them. It wouldnít work if you were all foggy-headed and couldnít find yourselves, and you let them obtain everything. So this is the first thing I do for my students. (Applause) And everyday people are being taken care of too, for itís really serious if the everyday people in society are being restrained and canít obtain the Fa. Thatís why when some students expressed to me their self-criticism about how they hadnít spread the Fa well, I said to them, ďYouíve done quite well, but many situations are beyond your abilities.Ē Itís not your fault that you canít achieve the results you desire. If you havenít tried, though, then it is your problem.
There have been times when Iíve looked down from high up in a building and watched people bustling about. I would think to myself, ďHow do people today live like that?Ē While I would feel pity for them, Iíd also feel that human beings have destroyed everything here themselves by their going along with it. There are reasons for societyís corruption, but everyone has contributed to the problem, swelling the tide. Humans havenít conducted themselves well in this powerful torrent. Instead theyíve indulged themselves. One of the most typical examples of people indulging themselves is the huge venting of demon nature on the soccer field. When theyíre screaming and shouting wildly, they donít realize that demon nature is exploding with ferocity and gaining strength. When people are doing that wild dancing where they irrationally shout and yell, thatís the biggest venting of demon nature. Things done rationally, when a person knows what heís doing, are usually done out of Shan thoughts. That is a personís true self.
Question: Iíve always regarded myself as a strong person and as someone with the ability to control himself. Why canít I help shedding tears every time I see Teacher or mention you?
Teacher: Iíd like to tell you that in different periods of history and in different countries, a great many of you here in the audience had a significant predestined relationship with me. This is one aspect of it. Thereís another aspect. ďIn this messed up world you are still disseminating this wonderful thing.Ē Those words are spoken by the gods who donít understand what Iím doing. So itís even more difficult for me to save you. The part of you that manifests in this dimension doesnít realize it, while the side of you that is in other dimensions sees all and understands what Iíve given you. Your inability to express your gratitude to me in words, deeds, or even with any possible idea, causes this side of you to shed tears unexplainably. You donít know to just what degree human society has become messed up. Itís extremely filthy, the karma in peopleís bodies is just massive, and the bad thoughts in peopleís minds are abundant. Thereís just so much of that. Yet Iím removing all of it for you, and Iím planting in your body a shiny golden Falun and myriad things from this whole Fa so that you can cultivate, and I am purifying your terribly filthy body. These are things that no one, since the beginning of Heaven and Earth, has dared to do. (Applause) From another perspective, you have come across a fortunate event that nobody has seen for as long as Heaven and Earth have existed. Thatís why you do that. Because you have become more and more clearheaded, Iím putting things more and more explicitly.
Question: Teacher has said that science is a religion. That really shocked me. Would you please explain it in more depth?
Teacher: It is a religion, a well-established religion. Other religions have you perceive spiritually and then gradually have you, during the course of cultivation, discover the truly wonderful things in the universe, discover things that truly have material existence. Thatís how things progress in [other religions]. The religion of science, meanwhile, has you discover a few material things, and with this it leads you to believe in it more and more. Eventually it makes you depend on it and become ever more dependent, and you think it seems like the truth. That religion guides you to spiritual belief through material things, whereas ordinary religions guide you from spiritual perception to a true perception of material things. It has taken the opposite road. So it canít be discerned by people. In order for anything to have a foothold in this world, to be able to hold up, and establish itself, there has to be a key factor: It has to form a field in this dimension, a field that materially exists. Letís take religion for example. The reason a religion can establish itself is that in the course of many peopleís believing, their discussions in firm faith, their worship, and so on, form an environment. And at the same time that environment, in turn, safeguards the religion.
Science is just the same. Its environment has become enormous. Its omnipresence penetrates almost every corner of the human dimension, including every field. You could say itís all-encompassing, and beyond comparison with any religion. Yet once the material environment has formed, the human dimension has the law of mutual-generation and mutual-inhibition: Where thereís a positive thereís a negative, and where there is good there is bad. So the environment formed in this dimension also has two such factors: One is good and the other evil. The same is true with religion, as its formation carries these two factors. When youíre against it, its evil factor even wishes to kill you. This is the negative, evil factor in that environment. If you believe in it, the factor of the other side is nice to you, and kind. That is its good side. Science also has these factors. If youíre against science, although it wonít kill you, people will rise up together to attack you. Everyone will say youíre ďsuperstitious,Ē or everyone say youíre ridiculous. It will devalue you in society so that youíre worthless. Starting from elementary school, if you donít believe in it or learn it well, it will kick you out. In college, if you donít study it well, you wonít receive a degree or graduate. And if you still donít master it well, you wonít get a good job. The spheres of this society are filled with its jobs.
Speaking from another angle, every job is full of science. You wonít get a good job if you donít study it well. And yet, this science is not advanced. Its development is limited to only the boundaries of the present dimension. Itís not able to prove the existence of gods. Neither does it know about retribution for wrongdoing. It will brand you superstitious if you speak about the existence of gods. If you say that a person who does bad things meets with retribution, that a person is rewarded for doing good, and that a person has to cherish virtue to be a good person, science will declare your words heretical and wicked. In fact, this science is attacking human beingsí best side: their innate quality of being truly kindhearted. It doesnít tell people to cherish virtue, nor does it tell people to be kind. It encourages people to unleash all their desires, destroying the environment that man needs in order to exist, along with the innate nature and standards for mankind. On this note, science is not an upright religion. But it has provided people ease in their lives in the human dimension, along with the illusion of comfort for the time being. It has provided the means for false freedom and false progress after humansí self-destruction, and thus makes people believe in it even more. As gods see it, however, excessive ease and comfort for humans are not good things. They increase karma and make karma accumulate. And without clearing karmic debts, a person will eventually go to Hell. Even his life will be annihilated. In the old days, you Westerners knew about this principle, and older people understood the principle too: To endure a bit of hardship is all right and not a bad thing, as itís a good thing to temper oneself in a tough setting. They all understood this.
A person eliminates karma when enduring hardship. Only when karma is removed will a person gain true happinessóhappiness free of karmaóin his next life. If you want to practice cultivation, karmic debts will be transformed into gong as they are cleared up, and you will return to your heavenly paradise. The religion of science tells you to only believe in it and to disbelieve in real gods. Moreover, it pushes people in the opposite directionóthey constantly produce karma. Wouldnít you agree itís not upright? But what Iím discussing here is the overall form of this science. I didnít say that I object to the academic fields created by modern science. People have been living that way in this environment and doing work along those lines. Since society has come to be this way, we can do nothing but maintain it as is, and I donít object to it. Iíve merely told you the truth about science.
Along with this, I can tell you that science is not the absolute truth. Why did Einstein get into religion in his later years? Heósomeone with great achievements in scienceódiscovered that religions got it right. People donít understand him because they arenít as smart as Einstein was. Those stubborn people donít understand him; people whose wisdom is less than Einsteinís indeed donít understand him. Einstein eventually discovered that what a religion had taught was true, and that religion was the true science. So he began to believe in an upright religion. Let me repeat what I just said. Go ahead and do whatever jobs you should do, because [the cosmos], from top to bottom, has caused the entire society to come to this current stage. People keep it like it is. I donít want to intervene. Since those who I save are you, Iím letting it be for now. Iíve simply told people its true situation. Iíve told it to cultivatorsóI didnít say these things to everyday people or people in society. Nor do they need to know. In fact, Iím not the only one whoís spoken about this situation. Many intelligent people have realized that science is a religion; some everyday people know.
Question: In what way will Dafa disciples who reach Consummation leave this world?
Teacher: This question has been addressed a number of times before. If a person is destined to go to the Falun Paradise, heíll go to the Falun Paradise; and when he reaches Consummation he will take with him his physical body, which will have been transformed into high-energy matter. But most of you are from other, different paradises at higher levels, and in those paradises a physical body isnít needed. They donít regard the human body as good. Letting you bring a physical body would change everything your paradise originally had. So they wouldnít want physical bodies, even if you were to give them those. But, you should know, everyone has this thought: ďI want to have one, too.Ē Itís the part of you that hasnít yet completed cultivation being reflected in the thinking of an everyday person, which is at the most superficial level. Youíll think otherwise when you see the real situation. You will think like a god, [and say,] ďOh, thatís how it is.Ē
Yet I also want to bring humankind a magnificent scene at the time of your Consummation. My thought is this: Have all Dafa disciples, regardless of whether they need bodies or not, elevate their bodies into the sky and then fly away; those who donít need bodies will have their bodies go through Light-Transformation in the air. This will create a glory thatís never existed before in history, leaving human beings a profound lesson. People donít believe in gods, so let gods truly manifest before people. That is what Iím thinking, but whether it is possible will be decided at the last moment. As for Consummation, there shouldnít be a problem. Itís only a matter of what form to adopt.
Question: Many students donít know how theyíve done in cultivation, and doubt whether they can succeed in cultivation to reach Consummation.
Teacher: Thatís another attachment. Furthermore, disbelief is in itself the biggest obstacle in cultivation. I just said, ďIf someone hears the Dao in the morning, he can die at dusk.Ē It means that if your mind is filled with Fa, the bad things that remain wonít be much, or maybe theyíll have even been eliminated all the way. You tell me where you should be placed. I often tell you that since youíve obtained the Fa you should no longer think about those issues. To think any further is an attachment. Isnít it an attachment? It will affect your progress. There will be more people listening to the Fa in the future. Yet not every one of them can reach Consummation; not everyone will come to listen to the Fa. No matter how some people cultivate they still canít let go of their attachment to being healed; no matter how they cultivate, they still canít wake up to it. That doesnít work. I think the people sitting here today donít have these problems. (Applause) Many people donít deserve to listen to the Fa. That is why a lot of the worldís people canít sit here like you do. This Dafa is solemn. It seems to you that you casually walked by this door, came in, and listened to the Fa. You donít know what predestined relationship you have that made for this ďcoincidence.Ē
Question: How do I know whether I can practice cultivation?
Teacher: My door is wide open. I say that Iíve opened a huge door. But in fact, let me tell you: The door Iíve opened is so wide there is no more door, itís completely open. (Applause) No matter who you are, I will be responsible for you as long as you can cultivate yourself. Youíve understood what I just said, right? (Applause)
Question: Can homosexuals practice Dafa?
Teacher: Yes, but they have to correct this bad behavior, live nobly and upright like a human being, find themselves, and break out of that dark state of mind. (Applause)
In answering the studentís question just now, because Iím talking to our cultivators about some matters in cultivation, the matters involved are relatively high. Perhaps those who walked in out of the blue or those whoíve just come will find some of these things difficult to understand. Perhaps youíll mistake us for some kind of religion. I can tell you that weíre not any kind of religion. Iím merely telling people about this Fa. If you want to practice cultivation, I will help you. If you donít want to learn, Iíll let you be. We donít have any form, nor do we restrict you in any wayóthere are no religious rules of any kind. We wonít even take a penny from people. When you come, you may listen as you please. If you want to learn, you may learn. If you donít want to learn, you may go as you please.
Question: Iím a medical doctor by profession. If I guide my patients to practice cultivation and their illnesses donít need to be treated anymore, what will I do for a living?
Teacher: So that is a worry of yours. (Everyone is amused). In fact, Iíd like to tell you that not every one of your patients is able to practice cultivation. Some people wonít practice even if you tell them about it. But at the same time, if theyíre really predestinedóperhaps many people with illness have this kind of predestined relationshipótheyíll come this way and take up cultivation. Perhaps they have that kind of predestined relationship. In any case, there could be all kinds of situations. As for making a living as a doctor treating patients, youíre still using ordinary human notions to consider it. In actuality, it wonít be like youíve imagined it. There will still be patients. When the old ones have gone new ones will come. Dafa will take these things into consideration. This is to speak from the perspective of everyday people. From a high-level perspective, if a patient is supposed to obtain the Fa and you donít let him obtain the Fa because you have to make moneyĺof course, your purpose isnít to make money, but to make a livingóI think that would be wrong. Itís not like you thought.
Question: My husband and I started practicing Falun Gong in September of 1997. In March of 1998, my husband suddenly died from heart disease. How should I understand my husbandís death?
Teacher: If he could have truly cultivated, nobly and upright, and truly regarded himself as a cultivator, I donít think that problem could have possibly come about. Of course, if I say that he wasnít cultivating or that he didnít cultivate at all, you might not agree with that. But I should tell you that cultivation is just a serious thing. To have an average, ordinary human cultivate into an extraordinary high-level being, to become a Buddha, to become a god, or to enable him to ďgo to HeavenĒ as Westerners have saidĺwould you say thereís anything of humankind more serious than that? Nothing is as serious. So how should a cultivator deal with this when confronted with it? Shouldnít you treat it really seriously, and really treat yourself as a cultivator? If deep down inside a person who is cultivating is still thinking about his illness, about the part of the good life heís longed for, and is unwilling to let go of the attachment to those things of everyday peopleís society, he wonít be able to progress diligently. Actually, many people who would have died from life-threatening illnesses have recovered and become true Dafa disciples. In most cases, even those who couldnít truly cultivate and who died did have their lives prolonged.
Cultivation can prolong a personís life. Continual practice prolongs a personís life continuously. So older people should have enough time to do the practice. This is a feature of our Dafa, which cultivates both mind and body. Then why canít the lives of patients among everyday people be prolonged just the same? Think about it: Is a personís life prolonged so that he can live an ordinary human life, or is it to let him seriously cultivate? How could it be allowed if he canít straighten out this relationship and he practices lackadaisically? Prolonging a personís life is done completely for the purpose of cultivation. If he remains the same as before itís hard to guarantee he wonít lose his life.
There are countless cancer patients whoíve become well, but there are also cancer patients who have died. Why? Let me give you an example. Some people truly werenít attached to anything after they realized that they had obtained this Fa. Lying in his sickbed, this person thought: ďIím dying, yet I have the chance to read something like this. I truly regret that I didnít read it any earlier!Ē He didnít think about using it to heal his illness. He simply made the best use of his time to read the book. He said: ďI wonít live for long. Iíd better hurry up and read the book, hurry up and read it. Iíll read it as much as possible and as many times as possible in the years or days I have left.Ē During this process, however, he unwittingly became able to leave his sickbed, his tumors disappeared, he was able to walk, he was able to stand up, and he suddenly discovered that he felt unburdened from head to toe. The hospital reexamined him and found that his cancer was completely cured. But doctors often donít admit that Dafa cured a patientís disease. For them to acknowledge it would be the same as modern science negating itself. So they say, ďOh, it was misdiagnosed before.Ē There have been so many cases like this.
Of course, there are also people like this: They heard that practicing Dafa cultivation can cure illness, so they thought, ďAh!Ē and came to practice. But he had learned that a person who comes for getting healed wonít be healed and will practice in vain, since our objective is to practice cultivation and not to treat peopleís illnesses. As long as youíve obtained Dafa your illness will be cured, but the goal isnít to heal you. He didnít want to cultivate according to our Dafaís requirements, nor did he want to be a cultivator. He only wanted to get rid of his illness. But could this solemn Dafa be imparted to him for the purpose of healing illness? No. So he also knew, ďOh, as long as I donít mention treating illness and donít ask Teacher to heal me, Teacher will surely cure my illness in due time.Ē You see, he didnít say it verbally and he might have even stopped mentioning his illness to anyone, but after a long period of time he was still thinking deep inside, ďAs long as I do the exercises Teacher is sure to heal me in due time.Ē He was still thinking about it like that. That tiny deviation made for a real, fundamental difference. That tiny bit of deviation revealed his true nature: He was still concerned with getting healed.
Generally speaking, we extend the time for cancer patients who come, giving them chance after chance. The hospital prognosis said that this person would die in two to three months. But the time we gave him was extended to a year, a year and a half, and then two years. Nevertheless, he still didnít change his mode of thought. He still worried about his illness: ďWill my illness relapse? Has Teacher really taken care of me and completely cured me?Ē You see, he still had that in his mind. He didnít say it aloud to anyone, yet deep inside he was still thinking, ďTeacher will surely help me cure my illness.Ē So although it looked like he was practicing, at his core he had the intention of getting healed. Wasnít he trying to deceive me, deceive others, and deceive Dafa? He could deceive no oneóhe was really deceiving himself. Only real transformation of the mind counts as true cultivation. Oftentimes, when some of our students reach their predestined agesóthat is, when theyíve spent their preordained years, and can only live to that ageóif theyíre still unable to treat themselves as cultivators at that time they will pass away. But usually theyíve lived much beyond their original deadline. They are given chances and time to change, but if they really arenít able to change then they are left alone. On the surface, theyíre still reading our books and doing the exercises, but they will die. Itís like what I said about how not all of the many people who cultivate Dafa will reach Consummation. This is what I meant. In other words, if you canít truly handle yourself as a cultivator, if you arenít able to do this, those of you who are getting on in years will have to depart.
[For these people,] in your lifetime you have already lived all the human life that you should have lived, so you need to make the best use of your time to cultivate. If you completely throw yourself into being a cultivator your life will be extended. Of course, you wonít know that this prolonged life is an extension; it will seem the same as life before. Your constantly practicing cultivation will continually prolong your life, will thus extend your cultivation time, and will enable you to have enough time to cultivate and achieve Consummation. If those of you whose lives have been extended canít regard yourselves as cultivators, you might lose your life at any moment. Thatís because Dafa canít just casually extend the life of an everyday person who isnít able to cultivate. A personís life is predestined. When he reaches a certain time heís supposed to die and then reincarnate. The person over there is already pregnant, waiting for him to reincarnate, waiting for him to be born. If he isnít born, how could it work? After heís born he will live a certain number of years in the ordinary human society. Later on heíll need to do his job, and his job is waiting for him. Could not letting him go be allowed? Youíd be disrupting the order of the entire society. We can only do that for those who cultivate Dafa. Thatís because nothing in the world is more magnificent than a personís aspiration to cultivate and re-ascend. Thatís why we can take care of all this for you, and arrange others to substitute for you, a cultivator. So we say that a cultivator is no ordinary human.
Could we do that sort of thing for an everyday person? Shouldnít we take it seriously? Thatís how it is. Thatís why although I said that Dafa is so wonderful, and although what Iíve said sounds good and you applauded when you heard about Consummation, if, on the other hand, you canít truly cultivate yourselves, you will attain nothing. If you canít treat yourself as a cultivator you will attain nothing. Only the improvement of xinxing counts as true improvement. Can a person fend off death just by doing the exercises daily, as if they were average physical exercises? Iíd say thatís a joke. If he does the exercises every day without improving his xinxing, Iíd say his practice is the same as doing your average physical exercises. But, even though itís just a slight difference, itís difficult for him to change. When youíve changed and youíve discarded human notionsówhen youíre able to do thatóyou are then a god. If you arenít able to do that, you are a human. But could it be as easy as it sounds? Without the mental foundation established through a gradual process of cultivation, a person isnít able to let go of everything, even if you tell him to!
If you face death todayóregardless of what form of deathóand are completely fearless, if you arenít concerned about it whatsoever and think, ďPerhaps Iíll go to Heaven after I die,Ē then death will truly no longer take place. The key is a personís mind. Our Dafa cultivation aims exactly at oneís mindóto cultivate is to cultivate the human mind. If your mind doesnít change everything else you do means nothing. Outward acts mean nothing.
Iím not referring to the student who raised this question. Iím speaking about a principleóIím using this question to explain a principle to you.
Question: If I want to solve a problem or discard a wrong idea, does it help to hold a thought in order to encourage myself while doing the exercises?
Teacher: Iím not against your holding one thought in mind while doing the exercises in order to strengthen your willpower at the beginning stage, nor can I say youíre wrong. But cultivation is a magnificent thing, and a serious thing. Why use ďone thoughtĒ to restrain yourself?! I think itís best to cultivate with a thought like, ďI just want to reach Consummation; I just want to reach a high realm.Ē The reason for this lies in a saying in the cultivation world: ďPursue nothing and gain naturally.Ē Thatís the best state of mind. Why did those cancer patients that I just mentioned recover? They didnít think about having their illnesses healed, nor did they think that theyíd be cured after reading the book. Yet they were cured. This is in line with ďpursue nothing and gain naturally.Ē Having no attachments and no obstacles, they recovered quickly. Thatís the reason.
Question: Currently, there are many people coming to Europe to spread Buddhism. Whatís the difference between our Falun Dafa and other Buddhist practices?
Teacher: The difference is incredibly significant. In Buddhism they worship Buddha Shakyamuni; they believe that Buddha Shakyamuni founded Buddhism. Of course, Mahayana Buddhism worships other Buddhas as well, while Tantric Lamaismĺthe Tibetan Lamaism in Chinaĺis totally different from the Buddhism that Shakyamuni founded. Thatís why itís called Lamaism. The highest Buddha it worships is the Great Sun Tathagata. The White Sect of Lamaism worships Milarepa. All of these are different. So theyíve become totally different from Shakyamuniís Buddhism. Thatís Buddhism. Over the course of its transmission it has evolved into a religion with temples, various religious rituals, rules, and so on. Itís thus a religion.
Here we donít have anything. I donít tell you to do this or that, or that you have to be this way or that way. Thereís none of that. You read and study the Fa on your own, and you are a good person on your own. So this is completely different from religion. In terms of its form among everyday people, ours is a cultivation form thatís completely unchained and free of any restrictions. Why do we do it this way? Because we have Dafa, from which we learn and know how to do things. Since there are a lot of people learning it, if all of us were to gather [and cultivate together], it would create a disaster in the futureóit would create a disaster for humankind. If nobody were to work anymore, and hundreds of millions of people were to become monks and nuns, it just wouldnít work. It would bring problems to society, to human society, and it wouldnít work. So you should go and do your job. Not only should you do your job, but you should do it well. If you donít do your job well, itís the same as not meeting the criteria for a cultivator, since a cultivator should first be a good person among everyday people. What is a good person? Itís someone who is good wherever he is. Since you earn a salary from your boss, if you donít do a good job for your boss, I donít think he would say youíre a good person. You would be taking his money without doing the work. So this means we should do things well. Wherever you are, people should say that youíre a good person.
Iíve said that religions nowadays are no longer capable of saving people. I didnít say they are evil religions. But many people in religions are driven by money. Some are in temples or churches just so that they can collect a lot of money. Itís said that there is a monk whoís the number one rich man, the wealthiest man in his country. And these people send money home once they get a lot. Isnít that the same as working at a job? The monks in China are even classified into section level and division level, and make certain amounts of money accordingly. I heard that thereís even a bureau level. That means itís no longer cultivationóI donít acknowledge it as cultivation.
And there are some religions that talk especially about doomsday and focus on that stuff. Those are one-hundred percent evil religions. They cause social turmoil and are irresponsible to society. So itís not hard to distinguish these evil religions. I can also tell you that other than the original, upright religions, all the rest are evil ones. By original, upright religions I mean Catholicism, Christianity, Buddhism, Daoism, and Judaism. Those are the original, upright religions. In later historical periods, particularly in the later stages of Christianity, 99.9 percent of the religions that emerged were evil religions. Why is that? Even if they havenít done terribly wrong things, they hindered the upright religions in terms of saving people during the time when upright religions were still able to; they hindered people in practicing a righteous Fa, hindered peopleís belief in upright religions. Havenít they harmed people by leading them astray and interfering with righteous Fa? Arenít they evil? Just those sins alone are enormous. As religions have reached the last stage, they can no longer save people today. Many people in them have become politicians.
Question: Can the suffering caused by attachments transform karma?
Teacher: When you try to let go of your attachments during cultivation but arenít able to, you can transform karma during that painful tribulation. In what circumstances will you not transform karma? When you know very well that itís an attachment, yet you just want to be attached to it and simply want to do things that way; you wonít transform karma through the suffering. Thatís because you are knowingly making mistakes and causing yourself trouble! As for everyday people, the same principle applies to them, so things are the same for them. But we donít bother with the affairs of everyday people. How the society of everyday people develops is everyday peopleís business. Here weíre just teaching the Fa to cultivators.
Question: Do homosexuals have a lot of karma? Perhaps they can gradually break their attachments and practice Dafa cultivation?
Teacher: There shouldnít be any problem for those who are homosexual, provided they abandon it, live nobly and upright like a human being, and start to practice cultivation. Donít think about the problem of karmaódonít think about it anymore. Havenít I told you that as long as youíre able to cultivate yourself, I can use whatever means are necessary? (Applause) If youíre only asking whether thereís a lot of karma, [consider this:] The human excretory organ usually carries karma, as it empties downward during excretion, being that kind of organ. So that karma will have an effect if you have indecent contact.
Question: Master said that three thousand small universes constitute the second-layer universe, and three thousand second-layer universes constitute the third-layer universe. Why is it always ďthree thousandĒ?
Teacher: You know that Iíve said: ďNothing happens by chance, and whatís called Ďnaturalí doesnít exist.Ē When science isnít capable of knowing or comprehending something, it defines it as a ďnatural phenomenon.Ē That term alone arrests peopleís thinking. People donít ponder it any further, as they think that science is, after all, scientific. I find that truly laughable. Science is unable to explain things, but it can deceive people. There are in fact no ďnatural phenomena.Ē Lives that are with or without form exist together in this immense universe. The enormous formless lives exert their influence and are balancing everything in the universe and creating everything in the universe. Think about it: Why are the molecules of iron arranged so regularly? Why are molecules of gold arranged as they are? Why are [molecules of] copper arranged as they are? Why are [molecules of] aluminum arranged as they are? And why are the arrangements so even and orderly? If the arrangement isnít even and orderly a change will take place. What change? If gold doesnít follow that particular molecular arrangement of metallic elements, it will become something else; the difference is only on the surface. So all of this follows a pattern of regularity, and this pattern of regularity is in no way formed naturallyóitís only that todayís science doesnít know this and is unable to detect it. There are more microcosmic lives and enormous high-level beings doing different things, dictating different matters, and balancing everything.
I also want to tell you something. I didnít want to mention it before because human notions are so childish that theyíre absurd in the eyes of high-level beings and gods. When you reach high levels you will discover that every theory this science has established for people is rather ridiculous. Science now believes that people who live on the earth are able to stand on the earth without falling into the air or falling away because of Earthís gravitational force. Actually, weíve found that things donít work as the theory of ďuniversal gravitationĒ states. Iím not teaching the Fa to the everyday people in society; Iím teaching my disciples here who are cultivating, telling you the truth of the universe and the true situation of life and material existence. In this universe, surrounding Earth, there is an enormous, extremely microscopic material environment composed of material lives, layer after layer, which make up this environment in which humans can live. Also, the microscopic water of different levels that your eyes canít see creates the numerous factors that enable the existence of plants, animals, and matter, and that enable humankind to have vitality here and to be able to live.
Thereís a type of matter that enables people to stand on the ground vertically and that prevents them from leaning laterally; and thereís a type of matter that acts as pressure and that presses down on people and objects to prevent them from floating up. Thereís another type of matter that ensures the overall stability of the human brain and other organs. If your brain and various organs werenít stable, when you stood normally youíd feel as if you were lying down; or no matter how straight you stood there, you would feel as if you could never stand straight. This is in no way gravity generated by Earthís rotation. Sand on a plate will fly off if you spin it. So thatís by no means how things are. But if a person transcends the living environment of Earth, when he reaches beyond this environment, he will have exited the boundary of the environment thatís maintained for humans by the high-level beings, and this person will have broken away from this state. The present science has named this ďzero gravityĒ or the ďstate of weightlessness.Ē You know that although an object as large as the moon has ďzero gravity,Ē it is still driven by Earth even though itís so far away. How could a human who hasnít gone as far as the moon have ďzero gravityĒ?
Humans have their living environment. Every planet is in place, and they are placed there by the enormous lives in the universe. Itís just like the steel, iron, and gold we have today, whose patterns of molecule and atom arrangements on the inside donít change. I say that there are no ďnatural phenomena.Ē Though all that science canít explain is categorized as ďnatural,Ē it has nonetheless been successful in deceiving people. That term has somehow deceived everyone. Why is it always three thousand? What I just said was to tell you that there is a certain regularity behind this number, three thousand, and that itís arranged. But itís not absolutely three thousand all the time, because what Iíve stated are generalized numbers for the purpose of expressing things with human language in a way that maximally allows you to understand.
Question: Our efforts to spread the Fa havenít been fruitful. Is it due to our enthusiasm and how weíve done things, or due to a lack of in-depth Fa study? Someone said, ďOneís enlightened, innate nature will know what to do.Ē Is this correct?
Teacher: Those words are correct. Nevertheless, it canít be achieved yet under the current circumstances. So under the current circumstances, you need to do things based on existing situations. If you want to have others obtain the Fa, just tell them about principles of the Fa at the lowest and the most superficial level, and see if they want to learn, since your intention is to let others know about the best thing. If they want to learn, they will learn; if they donít want to learn, donít try to persuade them to learn. The reason is, if a personís heart doesnít change, and yet you try to persuade him and force him to come learn for the sake of your relationship, that learning would be fake. Itís fake when a person comes out of consideration for friendship, and he will get nothing. There are no specific or tangible rules for obtaining the Fa, since weíve taken the path of a ďgreat way without form.Ē And spreading the Fa is done voluntarily. If people want to learn, let them learn. If they donít want to learn, let them be. The requirements you set for yourself depend entirely on you. Of course, as a cultivator, you just need to elevate your xinxing and your master will take care of the rest. Your master will create favorable conditions for you once your xinxing elevates.
The problem isnít a lack of in-depth Fa study on your part. My biggest concern is the following: After a period of cultivation, a pretty large gap develops between you and everyday people in terms of realms and perceptions. So if you speak from a realm as high as yours you wonít achieve good results, since others are still everyday people. An ordinary person watches the stocks every day, schemes against others, fights and competes with others for personal interest, is overjoyed by petty gains and pained by petty losses, he does whatever he pleases, and he has all of manís emotions and desires. Thatís how an everyday person is. If you suddenly tell him about high-level cultivation things, his thinking certainly wonít be able to accept them. You should only tell him the most obvious meaning of Dafa and let him read for himself the inner meanings. I think itíll be easier for him to accept things this way.
Question: Somebody said that near-sightedness is an abnormal state. He suggested that those who wear glasses should take them off. He said this would help pay off a personís karmic debt.
Teacher: I havenít said that. Please donít do that across the board. I havenít stipulated here how everything should be specifically done. So please donít do what I donít do, because everyoneís situation is different. Some aspects of a personís karma are easy to deal with during his cultivation, and so theyíre transformed for him. But the situation isnít that simple for some people. If this aspect of a personís karma is only ordinary, it will be eliminated quickly, and heíll no longer be able to wear glasses. His vision will be blurry if he wears them. Once he takes the glasses off, his vision will be fineóas good as normal eyes. Itís telling those people they shouldnít keep wearing glasses and that their eyes are fine. I remember how last time in New York when Iíd just finished teaching the Fa, someone swung his arm and hit another studentís contact lens (the lenses one wears beneath the eyelids). The contact lens fell out and tore, but his eye wasnít hurt. In fact, that was telling him that his eyes had become normal. But he didnít wake up to it, and insisted on wearing the other lens. Yet the eye that didnít have a lens had the same vision as it would were the lens in, and it saw things very clearly. Although he could see clearly then and his vision had become excellent, he still wore the other lens. He noticed a difference between the two eyes and felt uncomfortable. It meant that the lens could no longer correct his vision and he should take it out. He didnít though, and insisted on wearing it. Yet he enlightened to half of it: He knew that eye shouldnít wear the lens, but he was still awkwardly wearing the other lens. In fact, both eyes had recovered.
Some people are different, though. Some peopleís near-sightedness is related to other, complicated factors that need to be dealt with gradually as they continue to cultivate, and so it isnít removed quickly. If the thought enters his mind that, ďOther people have taken their glasses off soon after they began practicing, so I should take mine off too,Ē or ďI have to take them off even if I canít,Ē then he might bring himself trouble at work and in daily life. Since he forces himself to do that and he has that intention and wants to do it that way, he can do that. But itís a hassle for him. And he might cause trouble for himself if he forces it, which just wouldnít do. So about this issue, I think we should go by the situation. Thatís because unlike other health problems, which can affect your cultivation, this one doesnít. A person who wears glasses can read the book and do the exercises. If it does affect your cultivation, then we will really have to specifically resolve the problem. So donít stipulate something rigidly or uniformlyóyou shouldnít do that.
Question: When someone suddenly understands a principle while studying the Fa, is it because the Buddhas, Daos, and Gods at a certain level awaken the wisdom at that level since his xinxing has reached that level?
Teacher: You can understand it that way. Since cultivation depends on oneself while gong depends on the master, you donít actually do any of those things, nor are those things you could do. Think about it. Some of you have read the book over a hundred times during Dafa cultivation. The more they read, the more they discover in the book. But those things donít exist at the surface level of the words. Why does it contain such profound principles? They canít explain it. Actually, itís exactly because there is boundless Fa behind the words. When a certain level is reachedówhen you cultivate to a certain level and are supposed to know the principles at that level, you will understand the principles instantly when you read that line. In other words, itís time for the Buddhas, Daos, and Gods behind the words to let you know the principles at that level. So they point them out to you. Thatís why in that instance you feel like, ďOh, now I understand.Ē But thereís another situation that you havenít noticed: When you come to understand the principles at that levelĺthe principles behind those wordsĺyour body experiences different reactions. Some people feel a quiver in their body; some feel warmth on the top of the head that quickly penetrates down to the soles of the feet; and some feel a warm current, as if their body was suddenly swelling up, like a sense of excitement. There are different sensations. The personís entire state is changing drastically right then, but what the surface of the bodyóa body composed of the largest-layer moleculesóreceives is nonetheless really weak. So it becomes that mere sensation.
Yet the part of your body thatís composed of more microscopic particles undergoes tremendous changesóchanges that truly go right down to your marrow. If you want to enter that level, you have to conform to the bodily standards for lives at that level and meet that realm of mindís requirements for you. Thatís why such huge changes take place. But, when theyíre transmitted to the surface of your body they become really weak. Thatís because we transform your body from its fundamental nature, cultivating you at the most microscopic level. Moreover, we separate the portion that youíve cultivated from the parts that you havenít. They appear to be one body, when they are actually disconnected in the middle and not linked. But they arenít completely detached. The primary parts arenít linked, and at a very minimum, the cultivated portion of your body thatís at the surface remains unmoved. Whatís the advantage? You are cultivating among everyday people, so you still have ordinary human behavior and conduct thatís driven by various ordinary human desires. You might even say all kinds of things that everyday people say. A god cannot say or do those things. If the part that youíve cultivated were to follow you to speak or follow the human body to do human things, then it wouldnít deserve to be a divine part, and that part too would be human. Do you see the reason behind this?
To prevent you from slipping downward, as long as the part of you that hasnít yet been fully cultivated is maintained among everyday people and the part that is cultivated remains untouched, none of your behavior will interfere with your mind or your body over there. Thatís why theyíre separated. That is the method weíve adopted. Not only can you work, study, and live among everyday people, it also means you can cultivate. The consummated parts of you are continually being separated. Some people have said that their minds still have bad thoughts coming up and even filthier ones. Donít be afraid. Thatís because your cultivation hasnít reached the surface. But you should still repress and reject them, for that is exactly what cultivation is. On the other hand, even if only a tiny bit, even if one cell of the human body had reached a realm beyond the Three Realms (one becomes an Arhat when the Three Realms is surpassed, so the cell reaches the realm of Arhat), it would dominate your entire body, so itíd be even more so when a large portion of your body had been fully cultivated. Thatís because the rest of your body would be in the Three Realms and weak, whereas that cell is a high-level life and strong. So it would dominate your entire mind, and your speech and conduct wouldnít be humanótheyíd be divine.
Then why havenít you reached that point after cultivating for such a long time? In fact, thatís because we separated that portion. That is why you canít achieve it. If you could truly achieve itóletís suppose I were to unlock all of you todayóat your present levels the earth wouldnít be able to hold you. Every one of you would possess immense divine powers. There were tremors at the time of Shakyamuniís Enlightenment. At the time, people thought they were earthquakes, landslides, and tsunamis. A large geographical area was shaking. With so many people [today]óthink about itóthe earth couldnít take it. The reason being, a personís bodies in other dimensions can be infinitely largeóthey can be infinitely large at the level where you are. What does that mean? For example, letís say that youíve cultivated to a certain level, that youíve reached the first layer of heavens: Your body will enlarge to the size of the first layer of heavens, but it can also contract to become really tiny. Yet our present physical human bodies are, on the other hand, composed of the largest molecular particles; they donít possess the quality of intelligence, so they appear to be fixed. But actually, they arenít fixed. The molecules of your body are in motion. Under a super-microscope your body is like sand: All the molecules in it are wriggling and in motion. But since your eyes are composed of molecules at this level, you canít see that. Why was Shakyamuni able to see things at levels so microscopic? His eyes were those of a Buddha, and composed of matter at very, very high levels. He could thus see through a lot of matter.
Question: Are the Buddhas, Daos, and Gods at innumerable levels and in even higher realms the concrete embodiment of Masterís wisdom manifest at those levels?
Teacher: You canít put it that way. When you succeed in cultivation you are still yourself. Yet to the immense Fa and to the universe created by the Fa, you too are part of the universe. You see that the human body has a complete mind and a mouth that speaks, but [at the same time] you know that this body is made up of countless cells upon countless cells, that cells are composed of molecules, and that even more countless microscopic particles form molecules. Could you say those arenít you? So those particles are part of you. This is different from your bodies that exist in different dimensions that I spoke about. Your cells donít make large movements like your hands and feet do. But you should know that in their realms they move just the same way, only theyíre really microscopic in those realms and you canít perceive them, so it doesnít seem like they are moving. Thatís why all of your body seems to be under your own control, under the control of your Main Consciousness. But you are also part of the overall body of the universe, and the universe was created by the Fa. Thatís the relationship.
Question: Time is limited. While I want to read the book straight through, I also want to memorize the book. But then I feel that memorizing the book will affect my reading of the book. How can I balance the two?
Teacher: Reading the book cover to cover contributes tremendously to your improvement. If you want to memorize the book, you have to spend some effort to memorize it for a period of time. It will spare you later on from having to read with the book in hand. But youíll have to set aside some time to concentrate on memorizing it. Otherwise, if you want to read it through, then you want to memorize, and then you go back to wanting to read it through, then thinking like that all the time will keep you stuck like that. Memorizing the book wonít affect your reading the book through, nor will it hinder your advancement due to a lack of reading it through. Thatís because when you memorize the book, behind every word there are infinite Buddhas, Daos, and Gods, and every word can allow you to understand principles at different levels.
Question: I belong to the generation that saw the Nazi symbol. Iíd like to ask why the symbol happened to be appropriated? How should we understand the true meaning of this symbol?
Teacher: You know that the symbol of the Buddha system was recognized in Buddhism at the time of Shakyamuni. Over twenty-five hundred years have since passed. In other words, it far predates the time of the Nazis. Itís said that people have found it in the [ruins of] Greek civilization. Then it would predate Buddhism by more than a thousand years. That means its history is rather long. And thatís merely what can be known to man. In fact, the symbol belongs to Buddhas. How old are Buddhas? That canít be measured with timeótime on earth, that is. So this symbol of theirs is quite ancient for the cosmic body and for the universe. Itís quite ancient even for the universe, not to mention for mankindís time!
Then why did the Nazis use it? Iíve mentioned that nothing is by accident, and that ďnaturalĒ doesnít exist. This question is very sensitive in Caucasian society. I only teach the Fa to my Dafa disciples. I donít teach it to the everyday people of societyóI am not teaching everyday people. Iím only telling you these things because Iím responsible to you in cultivation.
Nothing that happens on earthĺthat is, nothing that happens in human societyĺis accidental. You know, to prevent humans from prematurely deteriorating to the point of being destroyedó[in other words,] to sustain human lives and maximally allow people to return again when reincarnating and not descend to Hell and eventually meet with annihilationógods in the past continually helped humans pay off their karma. That isnít known to man. As gods helped man pay off his karma, they also helped society, matter, and all beings pay off their karma. Even some matter has karma. For example, say that a person has done bad deeds. He dies and his karma follows himóit follows his being. Then he wonít be able to reincarnate as a human in his next life. If he reincarnates as a tree, that tree will have karma. If he reincarnates as an animal, that animal will have karma. By the same token, this means that if he reincarnates as some kind of material, that matter will have karma too. Iíd say if you could open your eyes and take a look at the world, you almost couldnít live hereóthere is karma billowing everywhere. What happens if manís karma becomes too massive? Gods wonít come to the human world to directly eliminate karma for human beings. Karma elimination canít be unconditionalóthe universe has this law. So gods uphold the laws of the universe when they do things.
The universe has a law. Whatís it called? Itís called ďno loss, no gain.Ē To gain, one has to lose. So if you want to eliminate karma for man, people will have to bear the karma. If you donít help them pay off their karma they will accumulate more and more of it. If the karma becomes enormous, itís called ďevil beyond forgiveness.Ē Annihilation is what comes after the state of evil beyond forgiveness is reached. The personís existence will be annihilated and not allowed to continueóit will be completely annihilated. So if you want to eliminate karma for humans so as to protect them, they have to endure the suffering of paying off their karma. How are they to suffer? They have to endure natural disasters, man-made calamities, and disease. In fact, let me tell you a truth: If a person doesnít get sick, if that person doesnít get ill once during his lifetime, he is one-hundred percent guaranteed to descend to Hell after he dies. Thatís because a person produces karma while heís alive. Itís just like what Jesus said: Man has sins. People are in danger if they only produce karma and donít pay it off. Thatís why people get sick and have misfortune. What happens when people on a large scale have accumulated karma? Earthquakes, fires, floods, and even plagues and wars.
Speaking of wars, weíve come back to our subject. The question gets sensitive if we elaborate further. What Iíve said is in fact the truth of the universe. So let me stop here. Nothing in the world is accidental. Since I donít want to get involved in politics or interfere with the society of everyday people, and since Iím only responsible for you cultivators, Iíll stop here. I want to leave it to you to analyze on your own.
Question: People from other practices often disturb us at our practice site.
Teacher: If nobody interfered with you while youíre practicing a righteous Fa, you wouldnít succeed in it. If no one created problems for you, you wouldnít have an environment for improving your xinxing. Itís impossible for you to succeed in cultivation if you donít encounter any problems. Thatís the principle at work. Yet when some of our students encounter these disturbances, they often push away the problem in the name of our Dafa. Instead of examining themselves, they rely on Dafa to push away the problems. For instance, they say, ďHeís here to harm our Fa!Ē They donít search for the cause inside themselves or ask why things happened that way: ďIs it because weíve done something incorrectly? Is it that I didnít do things well myself? Is it warning us of something or testing us?Ē The truth is, outsiders can never affect the Fa. Those things most likely happen to improve our students. In a certain region students who had two different views started to fight. At first they didnít consider it an environment for making the improvements they should have made, or a good opportunity to find where they fell short. As a result they aggravated the problem. And in the end, they handled things as everyday people do. So they fell, at least in terms of this, to the realm of everyday people. So, similar problems will occur again in the future, because [I] have to enable you to pass this tribulation. You canít miss outóyou must pass it. So Iíve said that this is how cultivation goes: You arenít allowed to keep any attachment. If we can truly be unmoved even when thunder strikes, you will see those people leave on their own.
Yet thereís another situation. We human beings have karma ourselves. You want to practice cultivation, yet there are so many beings in the Three Realms who havenít achieved Righteous Attainment. If they have a score to settle with you, or if you owed them in any of your previous lives, they will really come for revenge. They will really try to prevent you from cultivating, and theyíll employ all sorts of methods to interfere with you. They might even make strange things frighten you. All the same, you should remain unaffected. Youíre cultivating now, so what is there to be afraid of? Youíre cultivating nobly and uprightly. Besides, youíre cultivating in a righteous Fa. So after interfering with you one way or another, those devious, wicked things will find it meaningless and leave. They canít affect anything. Since many people will encounter this sort of thing, Iíve addressed it in Zhuan Falun as well.
Question: What is the ďannihilation of a personís body and spiritĒ?
Teacher: Thatís something really horrifyingóextremely horrifying! Were I to tell you the details, you wouldnít be able to bear the extent of its dreadfulness. Itís just too frightening! People think they only have one life, when in fact this lifetime is just like being asleep, as your true self assumes little role. When you come out of the shell of your physical body, you will find that you are light and buoyant. You will discover that your mind is totally open, as you are then free from the human brainís restrictions. Upon your entering that dimension, time will change from the time in the dimension of ordinary humans. Itís like waking from sleep: You will suddenly find that everything you did over the course of your life is clearly and vividly before your eyes. Every little thing will appear, as if you had just done itóit will be that clear. The brain will have suddenly been set free. You will know all of the good things and bad things youíve done. Can you say that the things youíve done among ordinary humans arenít your own doing? You canít just reincarnate again and keep doing bad things. Gods look at your being in its entirety, not just one lifetime of yours. Accordingly, you, as a being, have to pay for everything youíve done. Thatís the principle. So if a person does bad deeds he has to pay for them.
If annihilation is to take place, thatís just terrifying! If body and spirit are to be completely exterminated, how are they exterminated? Itís done by killing and exterminating the tangible beings of this personís entire life. At the moment when the body is killed, his Spirit and all of his intelligent beingsówhich can exist in realms at this same levelówill all be killed. But he isnít really dead after being killed. He has merely left this level, and his more microscopic beings still exist. Then the more microscopic beings are killed at the same time. And he has to pay at every level for his karma during the process of being killed. How does he pay for it? He pays through the pain from being exterminated and through all the sufferingójust like suffering all kinds of torment in Hell, such as being seared with a sheet of burning-red iron. In short, everything has to be paid for through torment, and then heís killed level by level. His existence is still not over yet after being killed, for he still has beings composed of more microscopic particles. Beings at those levels have to continue to suffer, to continue being killed. And then his bodies at even more microscopic levels will continue to suffer, and continue being killed, until all are completely annihilated. That agony is utterly horrifying!!! Some people say, ďWhen I die, all the bad things I did will be over with.Ē How could it be that easy?! You have to pay for all the bad things you did before theyíre ďover with.Ē Yet this ďoverĒ isnít really over: You are cast down to somewhere tremendously filthyóthe filthiest place in the cosmos. Gods all say that human sputum is the filthiest thing. You will be thrown into a pot of sputum. You feel that a sick personís sputum is filthy, the filthiest thing. But let me tell you that it canít even be compared with those filthiest of filthiest places. This person will be cast down to the filthiest of filthiest places, yet heíll have a glimmer of consciousness and know that itís filthy. You tell me what thatís got to feel like! He will stay there forever and never be able to get out. Now that is really something horrifying! Shakyamuni didnít discuss it to this extent. He only spoke of Hell and mentioned the eighteen levels of Hell. Each level of Hell is more miserable than the previous one. Sometimes I say that even eighteen levels of Hell arenít enough to match a personís sin for damaging Dafa. Iíve just told you about something horrifying!
Question: Iím fortunate to have participated in the task of translating Teacherís books. Teacher mentioned a ďcrazy monk sweeping QinĒ in Zhuan Falun. Is that the name of a person or a historical anecdote?
Teacher: The anecdote about a ďcrazy monk sweeping QinĒ did happen. The story took place at Lingyin temple in Hangzhou, China. The wicked minister Qin Hui in the Southern Song period came to the temple to burn incense. A monk there used a broom to brush dirt at the wicked minister Qin Hui a few times. That is, Qin Hui came into the temple while he was sweeping the ground. He then used his broom to sweep toward Qin Hui, sweeping dirt onto him to the point that Qin Huiís eyes bulged with anger. Since he was the Prime Minister, he wanted his men to capture the monk, but then he saw that the monk was deranged. You could say he was insane, and he did seem insane, but he wasnít actually insane. He was actually quite rational. Cultivation methods were odd in the past. We canít have you follow those sorts of paths. I think this society would be in trouble if all of you were deranged. In this case, the monkís situation was caused by a cultivation state. ďQinĒ means Qin Hui, the Qin Hui who caused the death of Yue Fei.* Itís a cultivation story from ancient China.
Question: How long is it before one can reincarnate again?
Teacher: Oh, youíre asking, ďAfter death, how long does one stay over there before reincarnating again.Ē Youíre a little too worried about things that are none of your concern. These things are arranged by those particular gods who are responsible for reincarnation and affairs in the human world. Itís all done by them in accordance with a personís situation and his karmic situation. Yet a certain situation exists, where some people have to wait a long time before reincarnating; others wait for a short amount of time. Why? Suppose that when human beings reincarnate in society they tend to come in groups. Then instead of randomly reincarnating somewhere, they would often come as a group. People within a group form certain social relationships among themselves in one lifetime, and in the next life it is again arranged that theyíre related in society. Oftentimes, those who arenít related to your group seem to have nothing to do with you. People living in this world all have the feeling that some people in society donít seem to have anything to do with them, whereas some other people always seem to have some connection with them. Those may very well be people in their group. So a group often reincarnates together when it comes time for reincarnation. But they might not live in the same place, nor will they all come at the same time. You come first, then he comes later; some are old, some are young. Anyway, thatís how they come. After coming here, you pay back to him in this lifetime what you owed him in your previous life. Thatís how things are. If you were good to him in his previous life, in this life you will have his help and heíll repay you with something good. Itís just like that. This refers to some of the things that happen during reincarnation for those who havenít accumulated a lot of karma. Those whose karma is massive might be unable to reincarnate as human beings again. They reincarnate as plants, animals, or eventually substances. They are eliminated only at the very end.
Question: Youíve said that a person canít take on othersí karma, not even that of his own children. My twenty-one-year-old child is becoming morally depraved. What can I do to make him gain a sense of responsibility?
Teacher: Let me answer your first question first. The meaning is, a person absolutely cannot change othersí lives. You canít even control your own life, let alone the lives of others. No matter how hard a person tries, heís merely walking down the path of his own existence. Maybe it seems like youíve obtained something with your efforts, when in fact it was inevitable. If you hadnít tried hard you wouldnít have obtained it. Thatís because trying hard also becomes a normal part of you, and youíre sure to act that way when the time comes. All the same, youíre committing a crime if you donít educate your children or teach them how to conduct themselves. Parents share a portion of the karma generated by their children when theyíve done bad things as a result of being raised poorly. But itís a different matter if the child canít be taught from a young age, as everything is pre-arranged. Then why should you still educate them? If you teach them to be good persons, they will no longer generate a lot of karma, the quality of their lives will be different, and they might even become cultivators.
As for paying for othersí karma, thatís a scary thing! Itís because if you were to add othersí karma to your own, you wouldnít even be able to live more than a few days before you died. The karma would be tremendousóitís not how people have imagined it. I have unveiled high-level things to you, but you often comprehend them with human thinking. That doesnít work. As for a childís becoming depraved, we do have a responsibility as parents to teach him well. But this child is already an adult, and he wonít listen at all. You didnít discipline him strictly when he was little and you spoiled him. It was inevitable that he would become depraved when he grew up. I think itís difficult to discipline him now. If he listens to you, you can offer him a kind word of advice when heís willing to listen. Youíre best off not saying anything when heís irritated, as saying something then is just like saying nothing, and you might even get yourself all frustrated. Itís not your fault if he canít be disciplined at all. But weíre still responsible for not having taught them well in the pastóthereís no question about that. If humankindís next generation goes on like this, the older generation will have committed a sin.
If a person can still be clearheaded and is able to find himselfĺthat is, when heís level-headedĺyou can give him the book to read. If he can read it, there might still be a way. Some of those who committed crimes in the past have mended their ways through Dafa cultivation. There are also drug addicts whoíve been cured of their addiction since they joined us in practice. But Iíll tell you this: Be certain not to bring any drug addicts to our place in order to clean up their addictionsóyou will harm my Dafa. Our practice doesnít do that sort of thing for people. People do bad things on their own, so they have to suffer for it. Weíre telling you here: Our Dafaís might is boundless, but it is for people to practice cultivation. If you truly practice cultivation, it wouldnít do for you to have such a filthy body and mind. Thatís why we purify you. This means you will feel better physically, your health problem will be gone, or perhaps your bad habits will be removed. It will produce these types of results. This is done for the purpose of cultivation, not for healing people or cleansing people of poison.
Question: Youíve said that everything in the world has life. Why is it that some people are able to remember things they did in their previous lives, but few people remember that they were plants or animals before?
Teacher: Thatís because you havenít heard of any. It doesnít mean they donít exist. There are quite a few, in fact. Some people can remember things from their previous lives because their brains werenít thoroughly cleared. During their reincarnation, their brains werenít properly cleared or their memory part wasnít locked tightly. A little is left and so they have memories of the previous life. As for plants, when I gave seminars to teach the Fa in China, students wrote down for me, after ten days of study and cultivation, what theyíd learned through their experiences, and many people mentioned things like that. They knew what kind of plant they had reincarnated from. But let me tell you: Thatís not the look of their true being, itís only their look in that particular lifetime. One can reincarnate as anything during the cycle of death and rebirth. What you truly are depends on what your Spirit isóonly that is your true image.
Question: Can we introduce Zhuan Falun to priests and nuns on a large scale?
Teacher: I actually consider all of them everyday people. They will only become gods if they can truly succeed in cultivation. Theyíre still humans now, ordinary humans. Itís just that they have a different job. Thatís how I look at it. Yet their work is, after all, related to cultivation, so religion is an obstacle for them. They stubbornly hold on to their religion, and arenít able to let go of itóthatís the biggest hindrance to their obtaining Dafa. But thereís no way to tell them the principles of the Fa. If their hearts arenít moved by this immense Fa of the universe, you donít need to bother with them anymore. And they have another huge obstacle: They donít even read the book [of Dafa]. Thatís tough to handle. That is their biggest obstacle. Is there a way to remove the obstacle? You can talk to them. If they take in what you say, theyíll hear you. If they arenít willing to take in what you say, thereís nothing else you can do.
Question: Animals canít go to Heaven, so there shouldnít be any animals in the heavenly paradises? Is this conclusion correct?
Teacher: Itís not that Iím trying to come up with something; Iím teaching the principles of the cosmosí Fa and its true situation. So your mind has to be clear about this. Animals are strictly forbidden from going to Heaven. If they want to go to the heavenly paradises, they need to reincarnate as humans and then practice cultivation before they can go. Humans canít go to Heaven eitheróthey too have to practice cultivation. Then are there animals in heavenly paradises? Yes. They are all docile and kind animals. There are elephants and lions, as well as dragons and phoenixes. They canít be compared with animals in the human worldóthey are gods, just like the dragons worshipped in the East. But there are other organisms and animals as well, the vast majority of which are born in those dimensions. Theyíre created by the Fa for the beings at those levels, and they are created in order to enrich the environment of the high-level beings at those levels. But there are also those who went up from Earth, though they didnít get there through cultivation. The paradises of some Buddhas have animals. How did they get up there? There are other ways. For example, they might have gone up there through salvation by Buddhas, although they could have been something other than animals when they were on the earth. They might have been humans. Iím not going to elaborate on this. In other words, you should stop thinking about these divine things. They really have nothing to do with your cultivation. During cultivation you should hurry to get rid of your bad thoughts. You need to become an extraordinary person, change yourself into an even better person, and eventually achieve the standard of a god.
Question: Which dimension is the Main Spirit in? Is he simultaneously controlling the bodies in every dimension?
Teacher: Thatís right. But itís not completely so, because the part of him that is bewildered and blocked by the illusions of ordinary human society is unable to come into play.
I think this Fa conference has been a big success. While you shared your experiences and understandings, most of the time I was listening up there. Iíve found at this conference that the Caucasian students in Europe have advanced rapidly, and their understanding of the Fa is profound. That has never happened beforeóitís outstanding. In other words, this Fa conference has been a complete success and achieved its objective. I think that this conference will, at least among the students we currently have, spark a surge of Fa study. You will cherish this Fa even more, and along with that spread this Fa and enable more people to come learn this Fa. You realize this Faís preciousness more and more, and thatís because you have come to know the principles of the Fa at different levels through your constant cultivation and improvement. That has allowed you to understand what it is. The more you study the Fa, the more precious you will find it. So what allows us to best advance is reading the book a lot. Reading the book a lot allows us to advance most rapidly.
From the beginning on, every one of our students sitting here has been able to really listen attentively and really think and relate things to himself. That is excellent. I also hope that through this Fa conference you will progress even more rapidly in the near futureóprogress even more rapidly by drawing on the power of this Dafa and the power of the Dafa conference. When I see you next time you will surely have made even bigger breakthroughs and have had even greater changes. That goes without saying, thereís no doubt about it. You can only advance more and more and come ever closer to Consummation.
I donít want to say anything more since Iíve already talked a lot. All of youóespecially veteran studentsóknow what to do. I just hope you can balance studying the Fa, your work, and the other things you do among everyday people. I hope youíll practice cultivation nobly and in an upright manner, and strive to reach Consummation soon.
Glossary (provided by the translators)
Dao 1. Also known as ďTao,Ē a Daoist term for ďthe Way of nature and the universeĒ; 2. An Enlightened being who has attained the Dao
Dafa ďThe Great Law,Ē or ďThe Great WayĒ; short for the practiceís full name, Falun Dafa, ďThe Great Way of the Law WheelĒ
Fa ďLawĒ or ďWayĒ
gong ďcultivation energyĒ
qigong A general name for certain Chinese practices that cultivate the human body. Qigong has been immensely popular in China in recent decades.
xinxing ďmind-natureĒ (lit.), ďthought,Ē or ďcharacterĒ
Yue Fei A Chinese war hero who lived from 1102Ė1141 A.D. Yue Fei was renowned for his bravery and loyalty to the state.
 Translatorís note: in this and many other places where ďheart,Ē ďmind,Ē or both appear, the Chinese term there (ďxinĒ) could be translated as either or both.
 Translatorís note: the Chinese term here, ďmi xin,Ē is usually translated as ďsuperstition,Ē and in China often used to criticize or marginalize certain spiritual practices and/or beliefs.