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The Third Talk
 

I am Taking All Students as Disciples

You know what? Know what Iím doing here? Iím taking all students as disciples to guide, and that includes people who learn on their own but are still able to truly cultivate. This is transmitting a practice that leads to high levels, and it wouldnít work if I didnít guide you like thisóthat would be irresponsible, and itíd be asking for trouble. Weíre giving you so much, we let you know so many truths that everyday people shouldnít know, Iím imparting the Great Law to you, and Iíll give you lots and lots of things, your bodies are purified for you, and there are some other things involved. So it definitely wouldnít work if I didnít guide you as disciples. Just going around leaking so many of Heavenís secrets to ordinary people isnít allowed. But thereís one thing. Times have changed, and now we donít use those formalities of kowtowing or that traditional type of bowing. Those formalities donít have much use, and doing them looks religious, so we donít do those things. The reason is, suppose you do kowtow or go through initiation, but then after you step out the door you go right back to your old ways, you do whatever you think you should around ordinary people, and you compete and fight for your reputation and gainóthen what good did it do? You might even tarnish Dafaís image in my name!

True cultivation depends completely on cultivating your mind, so as long as youíre able to cultivate, and as long as you can keep on cultivating solidly and steadfastly, weíll guide you as a disciple. Treating you any other way wouldnít work. But some people canít seem to really take themselves to be cultivators and keep on cultivating. Itís just not doable for some people. But a lot of people will really keep up their cultivation. And as long as you keep on cultivating weíll guide you as a disciple.

So if somebody just does these few sets of movements every day, you think he counts as a Falun Dafa disciple? Probably not. The reason is, when you truly cultivate you have to discipline yourself with that character standard we talk about, you have to really improve your own character, and then, and only then, is it true cultivation. If you just do those movements, your character wonít improve, you wonít have the strong energy you need to reinforce the whole thing, and thatís far from cultivation, so then we canít take you as a Falun Dafa disciple. And if you go on like that day after day, maybe youíre doing the exercises, but you arenít following the requirements of our Falun Dafa, you arenít improving your character, and you stick to your old ways around ordinary people, so maybe youíll run into other trouble, or maybe youíll even say that practicing our Falun Dafa steered you wrong. Thatís all possible. So you should really go by our character standard in your actions, and then youíll become a true cultivator. Iíve made it clear to you, so you shouldnít ask me to do those formality things anymore, like those initiation rituals. As long as you truly cultivate Iíll treat you this way. I have so many Law Bodies theyíre too many to count, so I can take care of however many students there are, let alone the students here in the audience.

Buddhist Qigong and Buddhism

Buddhist qigong is not Buddhism the religionóI want to make sure you understand this. And actually, Daoist qigong isnít Daoism the religion. Some of us are never clear about these things. Some people who are monks practicing in monasteries and some others who are lay Buddhists think they know more about Buddhist things than other people, so they really cause a stir promoting Buddhismís things among our students. I want to tell you: donít do that, because those are a different disciplineís things. Religions have religious forms, while what weíre transmitting here is the cultivation part of our discipline. We donít worry about religious forms unless youíre a specialized Falun Dafa disciple. So anyway, weíre not part of Buddhism in the Age of the Lawís End.

The Law in Buddhism is only a small part of the Buddha Law. There are a lot of other profound Great Law practices, and every level has a different Law. Shakyamuni said that there are 84,000 cultivation disciplines. And how many disciplines are there in Buddhism? It has just a few, like the Tendai sect, Huayan sect, Zen sect, Pure Land, and the Esoteric sect. They donít even add up to a fraction of it! So it canít cover the entire Buddha Law, itís just a small part of Buddha Law. Our Falun Dafa is also one of the 84,000 disciplines, but itís never been related to Buddhism, from the original Buddhism right on up to the one in the Age of the Lawís End. And it doesnít have anything to do with todayís religions.

Buddhism was founded 2,500 years ago by Shakyamuni in ancient India. At that time, after Shakyamuni had Unlocked and Enlightened, he recalled what he had cultivated before, and he spread it to save people. In his discipline, no matter how many tens of thousands of sutras have been written, there are actually just three words, "Precept, Concentration, Wisdom," and these are the features of his discipline. "Precept" was about making a person get rid of all the desires ordinary people have, forcefully making him do away with his desire to get things, cutting himself off from everything in the secular world, and so on. So he would free himself of all attachments, there was even nothing in his mind, and naturally he could enter into concentration. They complement each other. After heíd entered into concentration, he would need to sit in meditation and really do cultivation, and cultivate upwards relying on his power of concentration. So this is the true cultivation part of that discipline. They donít teach anything related to techniques, and they donít transform their innate bodiesóthey only cultivate the gong that determines levels. So he would single-mindedly cultivate his character, since a person who doesnít cultivate longevity doesnít care much about evolving gong. At the same time, while he was in concentration he would strengthen his power of concentration, endure hardships in meditation, and shed his karma. "Wisdom" refers to Enlightenment, and coming to have great wisdom. He would see the Truth of the universe, see the reality of every dimension in the universe, his great divine powers would be majestically displayed, and his Wisdom and Enlightenment would be unlocked, which is also called being "Unlocked."

There were eight religions spreading in India back when Shakyamuni founded his discipline. One of them was deep-rooted, and called Brahmanism. When Shakyamuni was alive he constantly battled on philosophical points with other religions. What Shakyamuni taught was a true teaching, so in the course of teaching his Law, the Buddha Law he taught flourished more and more, while other religions became weaker and weaker. Even that deep-rooted Brahmanism was on the brink of extinction. But after Shakyamuniís Nirvana other religions started to thrive again, especially Brahmanism. Then what happened with Buddhism? Some monks became Unlocked, or Enlightened, at different levels, but the levels they reached were pretty low. Shakyamuni reached the Tathagata level but a lot of monks didnít.

Buddha Law has different manifestations at different levels, but the higher it is, the closer it is to the Truth, and the lower it is, the further it is from the Truth. So after those monks became Unlocked and Enlightened at low levels, they interpreted what Shakyamuni had said with the manifestations of the universe that they saw at their levels, with the situations that they had learned about, and with the truths that they had comprehended. In other words, the monks interpreted the Law that Shakyamuni taught just about every which way, and there were also some monks who spoke about what they comprehended as if that was Shakyamuniís words, instead of telling people Shakyamuniís original words. As a result, the Buddha Law was altered beyond recognition, and it was no longer the Law Shakyamuni had preached. Eventually this caused the Buddha Law thatís in Buddhism to disappear in India. This is a major lesson from history, and thatís why later on you donít see Buddhism in India, of all places. Before it vanished, Buddhism went through a number of reforms, and in the end it incorporated things from Brahmanism and formed a religion thatís found in India today, called Hinduism. It no longer worships any Buddhas, it worships some other things instead, and it no longer believes in Shakyamuni. Thatís how it is now.

As Buddhism developed it went through several fairly big reforms. One took place soon after Shakyamuni passed away, at which point some people founded Mahayana, or "Greater Vehicle," Buddhism based on the high-level truths Shakyamuni had taught. They believed that the Law Shakyamuni taught in public was for ordinary people, that it was for people to attain self-salvation and achieve Arhat Fruition, and that it didnít talk about saving all sentient beings, so they called that Hinayana, or "Lesser Vehicle," Buddhism. And monks in Southeast Asia have kept the original way of cultivation from Shakyamuniís time, and in our Han region we call it Hinayana. Of course, they donít see it that wayóthey believe theyíve inherited Shakyamuniís original things. And it turns out theyíre right, they have inherited the cultivation methods from Shakyamuniís time, for the most part.

After this reformed Mahayana was introduced to China, it established itself in our country and became the Buddhism thatís now spread in our country. But itís in fact totally different from the Buddhism of Shakyamuniís time, from their dress all the way to the whole state of Enlightenment and the cultivation process, itís all changed. The original Buddhism only worshipped Shakyamuni as its venerable forefather, but in todayís Buddhism there are lots of Buddhas, Great Bodhisattvas, and so on. Whatís more, itís become a faith that worships multiple Buddhasópeople believe in many Tathagatas. So itís become a Buddhism that worships multiple Buddhas, like Buddha Amitabha, Bhaishajyaguru, Buddha Vairochana, and so on, and then there are a lot of Great Bodhisattvas, too. So all of Buddhism is totally different now from what Shakyamuni originally founded back in his day.

During that time period a series of reforms took place. Bodhisattva Nagarjuna imparted a secret cultivation method, which went from India to Afghanistan, and then entered our Xinjiang region and spread to the Han region. It happened to be during the Tang Dynasty, so people called it Tang Tantrism. Confucianism has had a huge influence on China, so our moral values are different from those of other nationalities. The Tantric cultivation method includes male-female dual cultivation, which is something society couldnít accept at that time. So it was wiped out during the Hui Chang period of the Tang Dynasty when Buddhism was suppressed, and Tang Tantrism disappeared from our Han region. In Japan thereís Eastern Tantrism now, which they learned from China back then, but they didnít go through anointment, and according to Tantrism, anyone who learns Tantrismís things without going through anointment is said to be stealing their Law, and they wonít recognize him as somebody whoís been taught by the master himself. Another branch went from India through Nepal to Tibet, itís called Tibetan Tantrism, and itís been passed down up until today. Thatís pretty much how things have gone with Buddhism. So Iíve given you a really brief and general sense of how it has developed and evolved. At different points during Buddhismís development some other disciplines have come along, such as the Zen sect, which Bodhidharma founded, the Pure Land sect, the Huayan sect, and so on, and they were all based on an interpretation and understanding of what Shakyamuni taught back in his time. So these are all part of reformed Buddhism, too. Buddhism has a dozen or so disciplines, and all of them have taken on the form of religions, so theyíre part of Buddhism.

Now the religions that were created in this century, or not just this century, a lot of new religions around the world were created in the past few centuries, most of them are fake. When Great Enlightened Beings save people they have their own heavenly kingdoms. When Tathagatas like Shakyamuni, Buddha Amitabha, and Buddha Vairochana save people they each have a world that they preside over. There are over 100 of these worlds in this Milky Way system of ours, and our Falun Dafa has a Falun World.

So tell me, where do those fake disciplines take people to when they "save" them? They canít save people. What they teach isnít Law. Of course, when some people first founded their own religions they didnít want to be demons that damage the original religions. They became Unlocked and Enlightened at different levels, and saw some of the truth, but they were far from being Enlightened Beings who can save people. Their levels were very low. They discovered some of the truth, and they realized that some of the things ordinary people believe in are wrong, and they told people how to do good things. They didnít oppose other religions at first. But over time people came to believe in them and became devoted to them, and people thought that what they said made sense, and later they put more and more faith in them. So people became devoted to them and stopped being devoted to religions. Once their attachments to fame and profit sprung up, they would ask the public to give them a title, and from then on theyíd operate under the name of that new religion. Iím telling you, those are all evil religions. Even if they donít harm people, theyíre still evil religions, since theyíve interfered with peopleís faith in the original religions. The original religions can save people, but those ones canít. And as time goes by they do bad things on the sly. A lot of things like that have spread over here to our China recently, like the so-called Guanyin sect, which is one of them. So make sure you watch out. They say that in one country in East Asia there are over 2,000 of them. In Southeast Asia and in some Western countries there are all kinds of things that people believe in. One country even goes so far as to openly have witchcraft. Those things are all demons that have showed up in the Age of the Lawís End. "Age of the Lawís End" doesnít only refer to Buddhismóa lot of dimensions from a very high level on down have gone bad. And "Lawís End" doesnít just have to do with the end of Law in Buddhismóitís about how the world goes when it doesnít have the restraint of the Law in peopleís hearts to sustain morality.

In Cultivation You Need to Commit to One Discipline

We teach that in cultivation you need to commit to one discipline. It doesnít matter which cultivation you do, you shouldnít mix in other things and cultivate thoughtlessly. Some lay Buddhists cultivate things in Buddhism as well as our Falun Dafaís things. I want to tell you, youíre never going to get anythingónobody will give you anything. The reason is, even though weíre all Buddhist, thereís still an issue of character, and an issue of committing to one discipline. You only have one body, so which disciplineís gong is your body going to develop? Howís it going to be evolved for you? And where do you want to go to? Whichever discipline you follow in cultivation, thatís where youíll go. If you cultivate by following Pure Land, you go to Buddha Amitabhaís Western Paradise, and if you follow Bhaishajyaguru, you go to the Emerald World, or at least thatís how religions have put it, and itís called "no second discipline."

The cultivating that we talk about here is actually about the whole process of evolving gong, and it follows the specific discipline a person does. So where do you think youíre headed? Youíre straddling two boats, and you wonít get anything. Not only shouldnít a qigong be mixed with a monastic Buddhist cultivation, there shouldnít be any mixing among different cultivation methods, different qigongs, or different religions. Even the different disciplines within the same religion canít be mixed in a personís cultivation. You can only choose one discipline. If you cultivate Pure Land, then Pure Land it is, if you cultivate Tantrism, then Tantrism it is, if you cultivate the Zen sect, then Zen sect it is. If youíre straddling two boats, you cultivate a little of this, a little of that, then youíll get nothing. In other words, even in Buddhism they teach "no second discipline," and you arenít allowed to mix things into your cultivation. One group has its way of practice, the next group has its way of practice, and each of them has to follow its disciplineís way of cultivation, and its way of evolving, if itís going to grow gong. In other dimensions thereís a process for evolving gong, and that, too, is an incredibly complex and incredibly fascinating process, and you canít just freely mix other things into it while youíre cultivating.

As soon as some lay Buddhists hear that weíre practicing Buddhist qigong, they drag our students to temples to convert them to Buddhism. Iím going to tell you: students in the audience, donít do that. Youíd be damaging our Dafa and damaging the precepts in Buddhism. And at the same time youíd be interfering with our students and cause them to get nothing. You canít do that. Cultivation is a serious matter, and you have to commit to one discipline. Although the part that we teach among ordinary people isnít a religion, the goal of cultivation is the same: it is to achieve Unlocking, or Enlightenment, and to succeed in cultivation and achieve Perfection. Thatís the goal.

Shakyamuni said that in the Age of the Lawís End it would be very hard even for the monks in monasteries to save themselves. And how much more so for lay Buddhistsóeven less would they be taken care of. Even if youíve taken somebody as your master, that person you call master is also a person whoís cultivating. If he doesnít really do cultivation itís a waste of your time. When a person doesnít cultivate his mind, he canít go up, no matter who he is. Conversion is an ordinary peopleís thing. You think youíve made yourself Buddhist once youíre converted? And the Buddha will take care of you then? No such thing. You can kowtow to him every day until your forehead bleeds and burn bundle after bundle of incense for him, but itís still useless. It only works when you really cultivate your mind. When it gets to the Age of the Lawís End, the universe has gone through huge changes, and even places where people practice their religious beliefs arenít good anymore. People with abilities (and this includes the monks there) have seen that, too. Right now Iím the only person in the world who is publicly spreading a true teaching. I have done something thatís never been done by anyone before, and Iíve made this available to everyone during the Age of the Lawís End. The truth is, a person doesnít get an opportunity like this in 1,000 years, or even 10,000 years. But whether you can be saved, which is about whether you can cultivate, that still depends on you. What Iím teaching is an enormous truth about the universe.

Iím not saying you have to learn my Falun Dafa, but I can say that what Iím doing is sharing some principles with you. If you want to cultivate you have to commit to one discipline, or else you wonít be able to cultivate one bit. Of course, if you donít want to cultivate weíll leave you alone. The Law is meant to be heard by people who really cultivate. And thatís why you have to commit to one discipline, and you canít even mix in thoughts from other practices. I donít teach about using thought direction here, and our Falun Dafa doesnít care much about thought direction, so donít go adding anything like thoughts into it. You really need to watch out for this. For the most part we have no thought directionódonít Buddhists talk about Emptiness, and Daoists Nothingness?

One time I had my mind connected with four or five Great Enlightened Beings, Great Daos, whose levels were extremely high. You want to talk about high levels?óthey were so high an ordinary person would be stunned. They wanted to know what it was I was thinking. During all these years that Iíve been cultivating itís been absolutely impossible for other people to read my mind. Other peopleís abilities canít get in even a bit. Nobody is able to know me, and nobody is able to know what Iím thinking. They wanted to know what was going through my mind, so after I agreed to it, they connected my mind with theirs for a period of time. After they were connected it was a little hard for me to bear. It doesnít matter what my level isósince Iím among ordinary people, I am doing something intentional, saving people, and my mind is on saving people. But how still were their minds? So still it was scary. It wouldnít have been a big deal with just one person that still, but with four or five people sitting there, and all of them that still, like a pond of still water, there was nothingÖ I tried to feel them but I couldnít. During those days I really felt discomfort. I had that kind of sense. It was something most people couldnít imagine and couldnít feelóit was completely nonaction and it was empty.

When you cultivate at a very high level thereís no thought direction at all. The reason is, a set of foundational things was already laid when you were at the ordinary person foundation-building level, and when your cultivation reaches a high level, cultivation is totally automatic, and thatís especially true in our practice. As long as you improve your character your gong will be growing, and you wonít even need to do any movements. Our exercises are for reinforcing the automatic mechanisms. Why do people become still in deep meditation? Itís complete nonaction. Maybe youíve seen how Daoists use all kinds of movements, thought activities, thought guidance, and the like. But I can tell you, once a Daoist goes slightly beyond the level of qi thereís nothing, and they donít use such-and-such thoughts anymore. So, some people who used to practice other qigongs always have trouble letting go of things like those breathing techniques and thoughts. I teach them college-level things, but they always ask me about elementary school kidsí things, like how to guide this or that thing or how to use different thoughts. Theyíre used to doing those things now, and they think thatís how qigong is. But the truth is, itís not.

Abilities and Potency

A lot of us donít have a clear understanding of qigong terms, and some people always get them mixed up. They call ability "potency," and call potency "ability." The gong that we get from cultivating our character comes after weíve assimilated to the nature of the universe, and itís evolved from our virtue. Itís what determines how high a personís level is, how strong his potency is, and how high his Fruition isóitís the most important of the gongs. So what kind of cultivation state might come about while a person is in the process of cultivating? He might have some supernatural abilities come out, which we call "abilities" for short. The gong that I just talked about, which raises your level, is called potency. The higher your level is, the greater your potency and the more powerful your abilities.

Abilities are just by-products of the cultivation process. They donít represent your levelóthey donít represent how high a personís level is or how strong his potency is. Some people might have more of them come out, and some less. And you canít take abilities to be the main goal of cultivation, and you canít get them by seeking them. Abilities only come out when a person decides that he truly wants to cultivate, he canít make them the goal of his cultivation. What do you want those things for? Your only goal is to use them around people, isnít it? But thereís absolutely no way youíre allowed to just go and freely use them around ordinary people like that. Thatís why the more you want them, the less likely youíll get them. Itís because you are seeking, and needless to say, seeking things is an attachment, and it is exactly attachments that cultivation tries to get rid of.

There are a lot of people whoíve cultivated to high realms but who donít have any abilities. Their masters have locked them, since theyíre worried they wonít handle themselves well and will do bad things. So they donít let them use their divine powers along the way. Thereís a good number of people like that. Abilities are directed by a personís mind. While a person is sleeping he might not be able to handle himself well, and maybe heíd dream something and then discover the next morning that everything was in total upheaval. And thatís not allowed. Cultivation is done in the setting of ordinary people, so the people with great abilities usually arenít allowed to use them, and most of them are locked, but itís not absolute. There are a lot of people whoíve cultivated pretty well, and they can handle themselves well, so theyíre allowed to use a portion of their abilities. If you ask someone like that to just go and show you some of his abilities, thereís no way he would. Heís able to handle those situations.

Reverse Cultivation and Gong Borrowing

Some people have never practiced qigong, or maybe theyíve learned a few movements in some qigong class, but thatís all just about healing and fitness, and thatís not cultivation. So in other words, these people havenít ever gotten real instruction. But they suddenly get gong overnight. Letís talk about where that kind of gong comes from. There are a few scenarios.

One is reverse cultivation. Whatís reverse cultivation? Itís like this. Some of us are a bit older and want to cultivate, but they donít have enough time to start cultivating from scratch. When the qigong upsurge was taking place they wanted to cultivate, too. They knew that people could do good things for others with qigong, and that theyíd be able to improve themselves with it at the same time. So they had this wishóthey wanted to improve, and they wanted to cultivate. But a few years back during the qigong upsurge, those qigong masters were all just popularizing qigong, and nobody was truly passing on high levelsí things. Even today, Iím the only one whoís truly transmitting a qigong at high levels publicly, thereís nobody else. People who do reverse cultivation are over 50 years old, so theyíre a bit older, and they have great bases, and the things in their bodies are excellent. Almost all of them are people who a master would take as a disciple, or who a master would choose as a successor to pass on his things to. But these people are getting on in their years, and now they want to cultivate. Thatís easier said than done! Where are they going to find a master? But with the thought of doing cultivation, just with this wish in their minds, it shines like gold and shakes the Ten-Directional World. You always hear people talking about Buddha-nature this and that, and what they mean is exactly this Buddha-nature thatís come out.

When itís looked at from a higher level, the meaning of life isnít about being human. Human life came into being in the space of the universe, so it was assimilated to the nature of the universeóto be True, Good, and Endureóand it was originally good and kind. But as the number of beings grew larger, they formed social relationships, and then some of them got selfish or bad and they couldnít stay at high levels, so they dropped, they dropped to a certain level. At that level they became bad again, so they kept dropping and dropping, until they finally dropped to the level of ordinary people. A person is supposed to be completely annihilated when he drops to this level, but out of mercy the Great Enlightened Beings decided to give people one more chance in the most harsh environment, so they created this dimension.

The people in other dimensions donít have bodies like this one, and they can levitate and expand or shrink. But in this dimension they make people have this body, this mortal body that we have. Once you have this body, you canít take it when itís cold, you canít take it when itís hot, you canít take being tired, and you canít take being hungryóyou get the idea, you suffer. When you get sick itís hard to bear it, and you go through birth, aging, sickness, and death. Itís to have you pay off your karma by suffering, to see if you can return, and to give you one more chance. Thatís why human beings have dropped into a realm of delusion. After you drop here this pair of eyes is created for you to keep you from seeing other dimensions or how matter really is. If youíre able to make it back, you will see that the most painful hardship turns out to be the most valuable. You have to experience a lot of hardship when you try to cultivate your way back by awakening in the middle of delusion, and thatís how you return quickly. If you become worse youíll be annihilated, so in their eyes, being human isnít the meaning of lifeóitís to have you return to your original, true self, to go back. Ordinary people canít awaken to this. The ordinary people out in the ordinary world, theyíre just ordinary people, and they think about how to get ahead and how to live the good life. And the better they live, the more selfish they get, the more they want to have, and the more they stray from the nature of the universe. So theyíre heading for destruction.

Thatís how it looks from high levels. You think youíre going forward, when youíre actually going backward. Mankind thinks that it is developing its science and forging ahead, when the truth is, itís only moving according to the laws governing the universe. Master Zhang Guo, one of the Eight Daoist Immortals, rode backward on a donkey. Hardly anyone knows why he rode the donkey backward. He had realized that going forward was actually going backward, so he rode the donkey turned around. So the moment some people want to cultivate, Enlightened Beings treat that wish as extremely precious, and they can help with no strings attached. In the same way, with our students who are sitting here today, if you want to take up cultivation I can help you with no strings attached. But if you want to be an ordinary person, are thinking about getting healed, are wanting this and that, and so on, then forget it, I canít help you. Why? Because you want to be an ordinary person, and an ordinary person is supposed to experience birth, aging, sickness, and deathóthatís how itís supposed to be. Everything has underlying causes, and they canít get fouled up. Cultivation wasnít originally a part of your life but now you want to cultivate, so going forward we have to rearrange your path, and now we can adjust your body.

So when a person wants to cultivate, as soon as that wish comes forth, the Enlightened Beings see itó"This is just so precious." But how can they help him? How can he possibly find a master in this world who can teach him? And heís already over 50. The Great Enlightened Beings canít teach him, because if they were to show themselves here and teach you, to teach you the Law and how to do exercises, theyíd be leaking Heavenís secrets, and they couldnít even save themselves from dropping. Human beings have done bad things and dropped into this realm of delusion, so they have to cultivate by awakening in the midst of the delusion, and thatís why the Enlightened Beings canít teach them. If you saw a living, real Buddha teaching you the Law and how to do exercises, even people whoíve committed unpardonable sins would come to learn, and everybody would believe then. Then what would be left to awaken to? There wouldnít be a question of awakening. Human beings are supposed to be annihilated since they dropped into this realm of delusion of their own doing. But youíve been given one more chance to go back out of the delusion. If you are able to return, then you return, but if you canít return, whatís in store for you is continued reincarnation and destruction.

A person has to walk his own path. So if you want to cultivate, how does it work? Hereís what they came up with. There was an upsurge of qigong back then, and it was the result of a change in the celestial phenomena. So in order to be in sync with the celestial phenomena, they gave this person gong proportionate to the level of his character. They attached to his body a soft tube, which works like a water faucet, and when it was turned on gong would come. When he wanted to send out some gong, gong would come, but he himself couldnít send out gong, he didnít have any gong of his own. Thatís how his cultivation state was, and itís called reverse cultivationóyou keep cultivating from the top down until Perfection.

When weíre talking about cultivation in the usual sense, itís something that goes from the bottom up until the person is Unlocked and has cultivated to Perfection. The reverse cultivation that weíre talking about refers to when older people donít have enough time to cultivate from the bottom up, so itíd be quicker for them to cultivate from the top down. Thatís another phenomenon that came up at that time. Those peopleís character had to be very high, and they were supplied with energy in proportion to their level of character. Why did they do that? For one thing, it was to go along with the celestial phenomena at the time. And when someone like that was doing good things for others he could bear hardships. Thatís because when you interact with ordinary people, all kinds of ordinary attachments interfere with you. Some people donít even believe the person when he heals them. When he treats them, he drives out a lot of bad things, but maybe at the time itís not obvious how much heís healed them. So theyíre not happy, they donít even thank him, and they might even call him names and say he cheated them! Itís exactly in grappling with these problems, itís in this environment, that the mind is tempered. He was given gong so that he could cultivate and improve and go up, and while doing good things for others he could develop his abilities and increase his gong. But some people couldnít tell what was going on. Didnít I explain this?óthey couldnít teach these people the Law, and it was up to them to figure it out. It was a question of awakening. If they couldnít figure it out theyíd have no way to help them.

When some people received gong they suddenly felt unbearably hot one night while they were sleeping and they could hardly keep their covers on. When they got up the next morning they got a shock from whatever they touched. Thatís when they knew they had got gong. When somebody had pain somewhere in his body theyíd give him a quick rub and then heíd feel better, so it worked pretty well. They knew that from then on they had the ability to summon gong. So this guy would make himself a qigong master, heíd hang up a sign, and heíd give himself the title of "qigong master." At first, because he was pretty good, maybe heíd turn down the money and gifts that people tried to give him for his healings. But he couldnít resist the contaminating force of the big dye vat of ordinary people. The reason being, the people who did reverse cultivation like that hadnít truly cultivated their character, and so it was hard for them to keep up their character. Slowly the person would start accepting small tokens of appreciation, then gradually heíd start to accept bigger things, and finally he wouldnít settle for anything less than what he had in mind. In the end heíd complain, "Whatís the point of giving me all this stuff? How íbout money!" And he wouldnít let it go if people didnít give him enough money. Whatís more, he stopped giving qigong masters of true practices any credit. All he heard was other peopleís flattery about how talented he was. If somebody said something bad about him heíd get upset. His attachments to fame and profit all ballooned, and he thought he was smarter than other people and just something else. He thought that he was given the gong to become a qigong master and make a big fortune, when it was actually to have him cultivate. When his attachments to fame and profit welled up, his character had actually dropped.

Iíve said that however high a personís character is, thatís how high his gong is. So when that guyís character dropped he couldnít be given that much gong, as it had to be given in proportion to his characteróhowever high his character was, thatís how high his gong was. The more he was attached to fame and profit, the worse he dropped in the environment of ordinary people, and his gong dropped along with him. In the end, when heíd completely fallen, he wasnít given any gong anymore, and he wound up without a trace of gong. There have been quite a few people like that in recent years, and most of them were women in their fifties. You might see an older woman doing qigong exercises, but she didnít receive any real teachings. Maybe she learned a few movements for healing and fitness at a qigong class. But one day she suddenly had gong. Then when her character went bad and her attachments to fame and profit welled up, she dropped right down, and now sheís nobody and her gong is gone. Thereís now loads of people like that who did reverse cultivation and fell. The ones who are left are few and far between. And why is that? Because they didnít know that it was to have them cultivate. They even thought that it was for them to get rich, get famous, and become qigong masters in the ordinary world. When in fact, it was to have them cultivate.

What is gong borrowing? Thereís no age limit, but it does have one requirement, which is, the person has to be someone with especially good character. There were people like this who knew that you could use qigong to cultivate, and they wanted to cultivate. They had the wish to cultivate, but where could they find a master? A few years back there really were true qigong masters passing on their qigongs, but what they transmitted were all just healing and fitness things. Nobody was spreading things that went to high levels. And there werenít other people to teach you.

So now that weíre talking about gong borrowing Iíll mention another thing. Along with his master soul (master consciousness), a human being also has a subordinate soul (subordinate consciousness). Some people have one, two, three, four, or even five subordinate souls. The personís subordinate souls arenít necessarily the same gender as the personís bodyósome might be male, some female, and theyíre all different. And in fact, the master soul isnít necessarily the same gender as the mortal body, because weíve discovered that nowadays a lot of men have female master souls, while a lot of women have male master souls. That fits exactly with the celestial phenomenon in which the yin and yang are reversed, where yin is prospering and yang is in decline, as Daoists put it.

A personís subordinate soul usually comes from a higher level than his master soul. This is even more so for some people, whose subordinate souls come from really high levels. But you should know, the subordinate soul is not a possessing spirit! He was born together with you from your motherís womb, has the same name as you, and is part of your body. When people think about things or do things in their daily lives, itís their master souls that call the shots. What the subordinate soul mainly does is restrain the master soul so that he does as few bad things as possible. But when the master soul is very attached, a subordinate soul canít do anything about it. The subordinate soul isnít deluded by the ordinary world, while the master soul is vulnerable to that delusion.

The levels some subordinate souls come from are very high, and maybe theyíre just a bit away from achieving a True Fruition. When the subordinate soul wants to cultivate, he canít if the master soul doesnít want toóthereís nothing he can do. Then back during the qigong upsurge, one day his master soul wanted to learn qigong like other people did and cultivate up to high levels. Of course, his motive was innocent, and he didnít have any desire to get rich or famous. A wave of happiness immediately came over his subordinate soul, "Iíve wanted to cultivate but I donít have the say. Now you want to cultivate, and thatís exactly what I want to do." But where could he find a master? The subordinate soul was pretty talented. He left the body to track down the Great Enlightened Beings he knew in his previous lives. Since the levels of some subordinate souls are really high they can leave the body. After he got there he told them he wanted to cultivate and to borrow some gong. They saw that this guy was okay, and of course theyíd lend a hand to somebody who wants to cultivate. So thatís how the subordinate soul borrowed gong. This gong often released radiant energy and was supplied through a tube, and then there were things that were borrowed and in finished form, and things that are in finished form are almost always accompanied by abilities.

So when that happened, the person might have had abilities at the same time, and heíd go through something like what I described a minute ago: heíd feel incredibly hot when he slept at night, and when he woke up the next morning he had gong, heíd get a shock from whatever he touched, and he was able to heal other people. He knew that heíd gotten gong. Where did it come from? He wasnít sure. He had a vague sense that it came from the space of the universe, but he didnít know the specifics of how it came. And his subordinate soul wouldnít tell him, because it was the subordinate soul who was cultivating. The only thing the person knew was that heíd gotten gong.

The people who do gong borrowing can be of any age, and the bulk of them are young people. So a few years back there were people of all different ages, and some who came along were in their twenties, some in their thirties, some in their forties, and there were also some older folks. Young people have an even harder time behaving themselves. You see them behaving like nice people in day-to-day life and out in the ordinary world, and they take their reputation and their own gain lightly. But once they stand out a little among their peers, they tend to be affected by reputation and gain. They think that they still have a lot of living to do, and they still want to try to go after some things and get ahead a bit, and reach some ordinary-people type goals. So after they get abilities and some special skills they often go use them as a tool for chasing after their own goals. But thatís just way out of line. So they wouldnít be allowed to use them like that. The more they used that gong, the less they had, and theyíd end up with nothing. Itís even more of these people whoíve fallen. I donít think thereís one left now.

The two scenarios I just talked about both have to do with people who have pretty good character getting gong. That gong didnít come from their cultivationóit came from the Enlightened Beings. So the gong is inherently good.

Spirit Possession

A lot of us in the cultivation world might have heard of stories about animals, like maybe foxes, weasels, ghosts, or snakes, taking possession of human bodies. And what are these things all about? Some people say that practicing qigong develops supernatural abilities, but the truth is, itís not that it develops supernatural abilitiesóthose "supernatural abilities" are just a personís innate abilities. Itís just that as society moves forward, people pay more and more attention to the visible things in this material dimension of ours, and they come to rely more and more on our sophisticated tools. So our human innate abilities have steadily atrophied, and now itís come to the point where theyíve totally vanished.

If someone wants to have abilities, he has to go through cultivation, return to his original, true self, and bring them out through cultivation. But animals, on the other hand, they donít have complicated thoughts like people do, and so theyíre connected to the nature of the universe and do have their inborn, innate abilities. Some people say that animals know how to cultivate, that foxes know how to make elixir, that snakes and such-and-such animals know how to cultivate, and so on. Itís not that they know how to cultivate. At the start they didnít know a thing about cultivatingóitís only that they had those innate abilities. So under certain conditions, in certain environments, and after a long time their innate abilities might take effect, and theyíll be able to get gong, and have abilities come out.

Now that things have gone this way, that animal gets some special abilities. At one time we would have said theyíd "acquired subtle powers" or "gained special abilities." A lot of people seem to think animals are just incredibly fierce and that they can control people easily. Actually, Iíd say they arenít fierceótheyíre nothing before a true cultivator. Big deal if theyíve cultivated almost 1,000 years, a pinky is more than enough to crush them. So now that we know animals have innate abilities and can have some special abilities, thereís another law in this universe of ours: animals arenít allowed to succeed in cultivation. Thatís why youíve read in ancient books that theyíre killed once every several hundred years in large catastrophes or small calamities. When an animalís gong grows to a certain level after some time, itíll be destroyed, struck by a thunderbolt, or something else will happen to stop it from cultivating. Thatís because they donít have the essential nature that humans have, and they arenít able to cultivate like humans do. Itís guaranteed theyíd be demons if they succeeded in cultivation since they donít have human traits. So they arenít allowed to succeed in cultivation, and thatís why theyíre slain by Heaven. They too know that. But like I said, the world is sliding downhill bigtime, and thereís no evil some people wonít do. When itís hit this point, isnít the world in danger?

"When something reaches the extreme it reverses"! Weíve discovered that every time the world was destroyed in the different cycles of prehistoric ages, it was always when the human raceís morals were terribly degenerate. Right now the dimension where we human beings exist and a lot of other dimensions are in great danger. And the same goes for other dimensions at this level. The beings there, too, want to leave as quickly as possible, they want to climb up to higher levels. They think that by going up to higher levels they can escape. But thatís easier said than done, isnít it? If you want to cultivate you have to have a human body, and thatís one reason weíre seeing qigong practitioners get possessed.

Maybe some of you are thinking, "How come all those Great Enlightened Beings and all those powerful masters arenít doing anything about it?" In our universe thereís another law: if itís about something youíre seeking or just want, nobody can stop you. Here weíre teaching you to take the right path, and along with that, weíre teaching you the Law inside and out and encouraging you to have your own understanding of it, but itís still up to you whether you decide to learn it. "The master leads you through the door, but cultivation is up to you." Nobodyís going to push you to cultivate. Itís up to you whether you cultivate. Or to put it another way, when you choose your own path, when you decide what you want, or when youíre trying to get somethingónobody will stop you. They can only try to kindly persuade you.

You see some people doing qigong exercises there, but itís actually the possessing spirit that gets it all. How did they attract possessing spirits? Just consider all the people around the country who practice qigong, do you know how many of them have possessing spirits on their backs? If I told you, a lot of people wouldnít dare to do qigong. The number is scary! So what would bring something like that about? Those things are really wrecking the ordinary world. So how did something so serious come about? Itís peopleís own doing. Because mankind is going bad, demons are everywhere. The worst is those fake qigong masters, they all have possessing spirits on their bodies, and when they pass on their practices theyíre transmitting that stuff. Never in history were animals allowed to get on human bodies, and if they did theyíd be killedówhoever saw it wouldnít stand for it. But would you believe, in todayís world some people pray to them, they want them, and they make offerings to them. Some people wonít be too happy to hear thisó"But that isnít what I asked for!" You didnít ask for it, but you asked for abilities, and would the Enlightened Beings of a true cultivation give them to you? Asking for those kinds of things is an attachment that ordinary people have, and that kind of desire has to go. Then who do you think would give them to you? Only demons and different kinds of animals that are in other dimensions. Isnít what you did just like asking them for those things? So they came right over.

How many people are there who have proper thoughts when they do qigong exercises? When a person practices qigong he has to take virtue seriously, do good things for others, and be kindóhe should discipline himself this way in every action and in every circumstance. Take all the people doing qigong exercises in the parks and all the ones doing them at home, and how many do you have thinking that way? To be honest, when some people are doing their qigong, who knows what theyíre doing, theyíll be exercising away, swinging their bodies all around, and at the same time going off about thingsó"Ugh! That daughter-in-law of mine has no respect for me," "My mother-in-law is such a wretch!" Some people even go on and on, from talking about things at their company right on to headline newsóthereís nothing they donít babble about, and the things they donít agree with will blow their fuse. Tell me, is that doing cultivation exercises? And then there are people doing a standing exercise right there, getting so tired their legs shake, but his mind isnít at rest, "Things are so expensive these days. Prices have gone up, and my company canít make the payroll. Why canít my practice bring out some abilities? If I got some abilities Iíd be a qigong master, and Iíd get richóI could make money by giving people treatments." Once he sees that other peopleís abilities have come out he gets even more agitated. He gets obsessed with getting abilities, with getting the Third Eye, and with getting healing skills. Now think about it, isnít that about as far as you can get from the nature of our universe, to be True, Good, and Endure?! Heís simply turning his back on it. To put it a little more seriously, heís practicing in an evil way! But he isnít aware of it. The more he thinks like that, the worse the thoughts are that his mind emits. That kind of person doesnít have a handle on it, he doesnít know he should take virtue seriously, and he thinks that by doing those movements he can get gong, and that he can get whatever he wants by seeking after itóhe thinks thatís how it is.

A person attracts bad things precisely because his thoughts arenít proper. Then the animal sees it, "This guy wants to get rich off qigong, and that guy wants to get famous and get abilities. Boy, his body is pretty good and what he has is pretty good. But his mind is really badóheís after abilities! Maybe he has a master, but even if he does, Iím not afraid." It knows that the master of a true cultivation will see him seeking abilities like that, and the harder he seeks after them the less likely the master will give him them, since thatís exactly an attachment he should get rid of. The more he thinks that way, the less the chance heíll be given any abilities, so basically the more oblivious he is to how it works, the more he wants them and the worse his thoughts get. Finally that master gives a deep sigh when he sees that this guy is finished, and he wonít have anything more to do with him. Some people donít have masters, and maybe somebody who happens to pass by will look after them for a while, since there are so many Enlightened Beings in different dimensions. An Enlightened Being might take a look at him, watch him and follow him for a day, and leave him after he sees that heís not good. The next day another one comes by, takes a look at him, finds out heís no good, and off he goes.

The animal knows that whatever kind of master he has, be it a regular one or a passing-by one, his master wonít give him what heís seeking. Animals canít see the dimensions where Great Enlightened Beings are, so they arenít afraid, and theyíve taken advantage of a loophole: our universe has a law, that when somebody wants to seek something, or wants something, normally he shouldnít be stopped. It takes advantage of that loopholeó"He wants them, then Iíll give him them. Itís not wrong for me to help him, right?" So it gives them to him. At first the animal doesnít dare get on his body, so it starts by giving him a little gong as a test-run. The person keeps seeking it, and one day he really gets it, and he can even heal people. The animal sees that itís worked pretty well, and itís just like playing a prelude before the show really starts. "He wants them, so Iíll get right on his body. And once Iím there I can give him more, Iíll pour it on!" "You want the Third Eye, right? This time Iíll give you it all." So it gets right on him.

While heís having that thought about wanting it, right there doing that, his Third Eye pops open, heís able to send out gong, and heís even got a few little abilities. Heís beside himself with joy, and he thinks that heís sought and sought these things and finally got them, and he thinks they came from his practice. But actually, his practice didnít bring him anything. He thinks that he can see through a human body and see where the problems are in someoneís body. In reality, though, his Third Eye isnít open one bitóitís that the animal is controlling his brain. That animal sees things with its eyes and then reflects what it sees into his brain, and he thinks his Third Eye is open. "Want to send out gong? Go for it." When he holds out his hands to send out gong, the animalís little paws extend out from behind his body. When he sends out gong, the forked tongue from the little snakeís head comes out to lick the sick or swollen area. There are a lot of things like this. Those spirits that possess these people come only because they asked for them.

So he seeks after them, he dreams about getting rich, and about getting famous. "Okay then!"óhe gets abilities, he can heal people, and he can see with his Third Eye. That makes him happy. The animal takes a look, "You want to get rich, donít you? Okay, Iíll make you get rich." Itís way too easy to control an ordinary personís head. The animal can control a lot of people and make them come to him for treatments, and theyíll come in droves. Oh my goodness!ówhile he sees patients right here, itís stirring up reporters over there to promote him in newspapers. It manipulates ordinary people to do these things. When someone who comes for a treatment doesnít pay him enough, he wonít let them off the hook, and heíll make you have a headache. What it comes down to is that you just have to give him a lot of money. The guy pulls in both fame and wealthóheís made a bundle, heís become well-known, and now heís a qigong master. People like him usually donít care about character and theyíll dare to say anything, "Iím second to none but Heaven." They go as far as saying theyíre the reincarnations of well-known deities, like the Queen Mother or Jade Emperor, and they even go as far as saying theyíre Buddhas. They havenít really gone through character cultivation, so they seek abilities when they do their exercises and end up getting possessed by animals.

Maybe some of you are thinking, "Whatís wrong with that? Itís okay as long as I can make money, or get rich, and I can get famous." Thatís what a lot of people are thinking. But Iíll tell you, that animal isnít doing it without a purpose, it turns out, and it doesnít give you something for nothing. Thereís a law in this universe: no loss, no gain. What does the animal get? I talked about this earlier, didnít I? Itís trying to get that bit of essence in your body to cultivate into a human form, so it just gathers the essence from the human body. But thereís only this one share of essence in a human body, and if somebody wants to cultivate, he only has this one share. And if you let the animal take it from you, you can forget about cultivatingóhow would you cultivate then? Youíll have lost everything, and you wonít be able to cultivate at all. Maybe some people will say, "I donít want to cultivate. I just want to get rich. Allís well as long as I have money. I couldnít care less!" Look, Iíll tell you: you want to get rich, but after I explain how it really works, then youíll change your mind. So what happens? If it leaves your body not too late your limbs will feel like lead, and youíll be like that for good, because it drained you of too much of your essence. But if it leaves your body late, you will become a vegetable and lie in bed for the rest of your life hanging on by a thread. Even if you had money, would you be able to spend it? Even if you had fame, would you be able to enjoy it? Wouldnít it be horrible?

These things have become really serious and theyíre common among people who practice qigong these days. The animal doesnít just possess the body, it also kills the personís master soul, and it burrows into the personís Niwan Palace and squats there. The person looks like a human being, but heís not. You even see things like that nowadays. Mankindís morals have changed, so when some people do bad things, and you tell them theyíre doing bad things, they just donít believe you. They think that making money, wanting money, and getting rich are their birthright, and that these are the right thing to do. So they harm other people, they hurt others, and theyíll stop at nothing to make moneyótheyíll do anything! The animal wonít gain if it doesnít lose. Would it give you something for nothing? It wants to get the things that are in your body. Of course, weíd say that people invite all those troubles just because that idea they have isnít right, and their thoughts arenít proper.

Letís see what our Falun Dafa has to say about this. When you cultivate in our discipline, as long as you can always keep up your character, "one good can overcome a hundred evils"óyou wonít run into any trouble. On the other hand, if you canít keep up your character well, if you seek after all sorts of things, youíre sure to invite trouble. Some people just canít let go of the things they used to practice. We all know that you have to commit to one discipline when you do qigongóin true cultivation you just have to. Some qigong masters have written books, but so what. You know what, their books are such a mess theyíre like those things they practiceósnakes, foxes, and weasels, theyíre all in there. When you read those books that stuff will jump out from the words. I have to tell you, those fake qigong masters outnumber true qigong masters by a lot, and you canít tell whoís who. So you have to know what youíre doing. Itís not like I wonít settle for anything but your cultivating in my Falun Dafa. Actually, you can cultivate in the discipline of your choice. But thereís an ancient saying, "No true teachings for thousands of years, better than wild heresy for one day." So you really have to know what youíre doing, and really cultivate a true teaching. Donít mix anything into your cultivationódonít even add thoughts. Some peopleís Law Wheels have gotten all out of shape. Why is that? They get defensive, "But I didnít practice that other qigong." But whenever they do the exercises, their thoughts just keep pumping in the things they practiced beforeówouldnít that add it in? Thatís all I want to say about spirit possession.

Cosmic Language

What is "cosmic language"? Itís about a person suddenly being able to speak gibberish, like mumbo jumbo, and even he doesnít know what heís saying. People with telepathic abilities can get the general idea, but they canít make out the specifics of what heís talking about. And some people can speak a few languages. Whatís more, some of them think theyíre just incredible and think theyíre really talented and have an ability. Letís be clear, thatís not an ability, and itís not a cultivatorís talent, and it doesnít stand for your level, either. So whatís it about? Itís actually that your mind is being controlled by a foreign spirit. But for some reason you think itís pretty good, you like having it, and youíre happy to have it. And the happier you are, the tighter its grip on you. If you think of yourself as a true cultivator, how could you just let it control you? And its level is really low. So a true cultivator shouldnít invite this kind of trouble.

Human beings are the most precious, and theyíre the wisest of all creatures. How could you be controlled by those things? You donít even want your body anymoreóhow sad! Some of those things latch onto the body, and some donít latch onto the body but they still manipulate you and control you, even though theyíre at a little distance. When you want to speak it, theyíre all too glad to do that, so youíll go and spew mumbo jumbo. And it can be passed onóanother person comes along and wants to learn it, he gets up his nerve and opens his mouth, and he starts spewing it, too. Those things actually come in nests, and when you want to speak it one of them will pounce right on your body and help you speak it.

So howís that allowed to happen? Again, like I said, it wants to raise its level, but thereís no hardship over there so it canít cultivate or improve itself. So they came up with an ideaóto help people do good things for others. But they donít know how. Yet they do know that the energy they send out can have the effect of slowing peopleís sicknesses down a little and relieving the pain sick people have at the time, but it canít cure the ailment. Thatís how it is, and they know that using a personís mouth to send it out can have that effect. Some people call it Heavenís language, and then there are people who call it Buddhaís language. Thatís blaspheming Buddhas! Thatís just reckless!

You know, Buddhas donít speak frivolously. If they went and said something in our dimension, they could cause earthquakes in the human worldóitíd be terrible! Just think about that thundering sound. Some people have said, "I saw with my Third Eye that he talked to me." He didnít talk to you. And the same goes for those people who saw my Law Bodies. They didnít talk to you. The thought that he sends out is in stereo sound, so when you hear it, it sounds like heís talking. Usually he can speak in his dimension, but once itís transmitted over here you canít hear what he says clearly. Thatís because the concepts of space-time are different in the two dimensions, in our dimension, a small block of time is about two hours nowadays, but in that large dimension, our small block of time is equal to a year in their time. Our time is slower than theirs, it turns out.

Thereís an old saying, "Only one day in the heavens, but a thousand years on Earth." That refers to the unitary paradises where thereís no concept of space and no concept of time, or to be more specific, the worlds where Great Enlightened Beings stay, like the Western Paradise, the Emerald World, the Falun World, the Lotus World, and so onóitís those places. But the time in those large dimensions is faster, contrary to what youíd expect. If youíre able to receive and hear their talking (some peopleís Celestial Ears are open, and when those Ears are open they can hear them talking) you canít hear them that clearly. Everything you hear sounds the same, like birds chirping, or like a turntable playing at a fast speedóitís all garbled. Of course, some people can hear music and they can hear people talking. But they have to have an ability that serves as a vehicle to eliminate the time difference before the sound is transmitted to your ears, and only then can you hear it clearly. Thatís how it works. Some people call that stuff Buddhaís language, but nothing could be further from it.

When two Enlightened Beings meet they know all that there is to know with just a smile. Thatís because itís silent, mental telepathy, and whatís received has stereo sound. When they smile at each other theyíve already exchanged their ideas. They donít just use that one form, sometimes they use another method. You know, in Tantrism Tibetan lamas take doing hand signs seriously. But if you ask a lama what hand signs are, heíll tell you that itís "meta-yoga." And what exactly is that? They donít know themselves. Itís actually a language of Great Enlightened Beings. When there are a lot of people, they make those large hand signs, which are incredibly beautiful, and they make all kinds of large hand signs. And when thereís a small audience they use the small hand signs, and theyíre beautiful, too, they use small hand signs in all kinds of poses, and theyíre really involved and rich since theyíre a language. These all used to be Heavenís secrets, and now weíve unveiled them all. What they use in Tibet are only a few movements that are just for doing their practice. Theyíve catalogued them and made them into a system. Those are only a one-dimensional language for their practice, and they just have that handful of practice forms. Real hand signs are a lot more complex.

The Things Your Teacher Gives His Students

When some people see me they tug at my hand and shake it, and they wonít let go. And then when other people see folks shaking hands with me, they get into the act, too. I know what theyíre up to. Some folks want to shake hands with their teacher, since itís a pleasant thing to do, while others want to get some messages, so after they grab my hand they just wonít let go. Weíre telling you: true cultivation is something you do yourself, and we donít do healing and fitness things here or give you messages to heal you. Thatís not part of our practice. Iíll directly remove your health problems for you. At the practice sites theyíre removed by my Law Bodies, and people who learn the practice on their own by reading the books have my Law Bodies to remove theirs, too. You think your gong will increase by touching my hand? Are you kidding?

Gong comes from cultivating your character. If you donít really cultivate yourself your gong wonít grow high, since thereís a character standard. When your gong increases, the beings at high levels can see that after your attachment, that material, is removed, a measuring stick grows above your head. And that measuring stick takes on the form of the gong pillar. However high the measuring stick is, thatís how high the gong pillar is, it represents the gong youíve cultivated, and it represents how high your character is. It doesnít matter who adds to it or how much they add to it for you, it wonít stay even if they just add a tiny bitóitíll come right off. I can make you reach "Three Flowers Atop the Head" right on the spot, but the moment you step outside, that gong will come right off. Itís not yours. You didnít cultivate it, so it wonít stay, since your character standard isnít there. Nobody can add a thing to it. It all has to come from your own cultivation. Cultivate your mind, steadfastly raise your gong, always keep improving yourself, and assimilate to the nature of the universeóthen, and only then, will you be going up. Some people ask me for my autograph, and I donít want to give it to them. And then maybe some people tell other folks about how the teacher gave them his autograph, and maybe they want to show it off and want to get protection from the teacherís messages. Isnít that another attachment? In cultivation you have to rely on yourselfówhat are you talking about messages for? Would you care about that stuff when youíve cultivated to a high level? Itís not worth a cent! Thatís only something people care about when theyíre in it for healing and fitness.

In the deep microcosm, the microcosmic particles of the gong youíve cultivated look exactly like you do. When you go beyond Triple-World-Law you are cultivating a Buddha-body. Your gong will be in the shape of a Buddha-body, itís incredibly beautiful, and it sits on a lotus flower, every tiny particle is like that. An animalís gong, though, is all stuff like small foxes and small snakes, and even the microcosmic particles in the deep microcosm are that stuff. Also, people believe in so-called "messages," they stir up some water with soaked tea leaves and tell you to drink it, and thatís supposed to be gong. Ordinary people just want to get some short-term relief from their suffering, and they want to postpone and suppress their ailments. Ordinary people, you know, they just do ordinary people things, and it doesnít have anything to do with us no matter how badly they mess up their bodies. But you are practitioners, and thatís why Iíve told you these things. So donít do any of that again. Those silly "messages" and all that who-knows-what, donít even think about wanting that stuff. Some qigong masters say, "Iíll send out messages, and you can receive them all around the country." Receive what?! Iím going to tell you, those things canít do much of anything. And even if they do have some benefits theyíre just for healing and fitness. You are practitioners, so your gong comes from your own cultivation. Any "messages" other people send you canít make your gong any higher, since itís just for healing ordinary people. You have to keep your thinking straight. Nobody can cultivate for you. Your level is only going to rise if you get down to cultivating yourself.

So what do I give you, then? You know, a lot of us have never done qigong and our bodies are sick or injured. Some of us have done qigong for many years, but are still milling about at the qi level and donít have any gong. Of course, there are people who heal others, and maybe youíre wondering how they could do that. When I talked about possession, I completely took off all those spirits, no matter what they wereóall those bad thingsóthat were in or on the bodies of the people who can truly cultivate Dafa. And when people who do true cultivation on their own read this Great Law, Iíll cleanse their bodies just the same. And your home environment also needs to get cleaned up. Hurry up and throw out those fox-and-weasel-covered memorial tablets that you made offerings to before. All of those things have been cleaned up for you, and that stuff is gone now. You want to cultivate, so weíre happy to clear the way for you and do all of this. But we only do it for true cultivators. Of course, some people donít want to cultivate, and even now they still donít get what this is about. We really canít help them. What we look after are true cultivators.

Thereís another kind of person. Other people told him before that he was possessed, and he too had a feeling that he was possessed. But after itís removed he still canít stop worrying. He always thinks that he still has that condition, he thinks itís still there. But thatís an attachment, and itís called suspicion. As time goes on, he might invite it again if heís not careful enough. You have to get rid of the attachment. It doesnít exist at all now. For some of those people, we already took care of their problems in our earlier classes. Iíve already done those thingsóIíve taken off all the possessing spirits.

At a low level Daoists need to build a foundation while doing cultivation exercises, they need to form the Cosmic Orbit, and the field of the elixir field has to be formed, and then there are other things that have to be formed. Here we plant a Law Wheel, energy mechanisms, all the mechanisms for cultivation, and lots and lots of other things, more than 10,000 of them. We have to give them all to you, and theyíre planted in you like seeds. After we cure your health problems, do all thatís supposed to be done, and place in you everything you should have, then, and only then, will you be able to cultivate in our discipline successfully. But if we didnít give you these things itíd just be about healing and fitness. Look, to be honest, if some people donít care about their character, well, they might as well go do aerobics instead.

We have to be responsible for you when you do true cultivation. Self-learners can get those things just the same, but they have to be true cultivatorsówe give those things to true cultivators. Like I said, I have to truly guide you as disciples. And along with this, you have to be sure to study the Law of high levels inside out and know how to cultivate, like learning all the five exercises together, and mastering them all. Later on youíll be able to reach a pretty high level, a level even higher than you can imagine, and achieving a True Fruition wonít be a problem. This Law Iím teaching actually covers different levels at the same time, so as long as you cultivate, from here on out at different levels of cultivation youíll discover that it can always guide you.

Youíre a cultivator, so the path your life takes will change after today, my Law Bodies will give you a new arrangement. How do they rearrange it? How many more years would some people still have to live? They donít know. Maybe some folks would get really sick in a year or half a year, and maybe theyíd be ill like that for years. Maybe some folks would have a stroke or some other health problem, and theyíd be immobile. So how could you cultivate with your remaining years? We have to clean up all of that for you and not let those things happen. But let me make it clear up front: we can only do that for true cultivators. Doing it as you please for ordinary people wouldnít work, thatíd be like doing something bad. The birth, aging, sickness, and death ordinary people go through all have underlying causes, and you canít just go and violate them.

Nobody is more precious than a cultivator as we see it, and thatís why we can only change these things for cultivators. How will we change them? If the masterís benevolent might is very high, or, if the masterís potency is very high, then he can eliminate karma for you. If the masterís gong level is high he can eliminate a lot of it for you, and if his gong level is low he can just eliminate a bit of it. Hereís one way to illustrate it. We gather all the different kinds of karma that exist on the rest of your lifeís path and we eliminate some of it, say, a half. You still wouldnít be able to make it through the remaining half, which is taller than a mountain. So how do we tackle this? When you attain the Dao later on, maybe a lot of people will benefit from it, and so a lot of people will bear a share for you. Of course, itís no big deal for them. And as for you, you have a lot of living entities that youíve evolved by cultivating, and also, along with your master soul and subordinate soul, there are many youís. All of them shoulder a part of it for you. When you go through a tribulation there is little left. And even though we say thereís not much left, itís still pretty big, and you still wouldnít be able to get through it. So what do we do? We divide it into countless portions and place them at different levels of your cultivation, and we use them to improve your character, to transform your karma, and to increase your gong.

And Iíd like to add, when someone wants to cultivate, itís no walk in the park. Iíve said that itís a serious thing, and on top of that, itís higher than ordinary people, and itís tougher to do than anything ordinary people do. Isnít it a higher thing? So it demands more of you than anything of ordinary people. We human beings have a master soul, and our master souls donít perish. If our master souls donít perish, then think about itócould your master soul have done bad things when it was interacting with other people during your previous lives? Thereís a good chance. You might have killed, owed someone, taken advantage of other people, hurt people... You could have done any of those things. So if thatís the case, when you cultivate over here, they see it clearly from over there. They donít care if you do things to heal yourself or stay well, they know youíre just postponing it. If you donít pay it back now, youíll pay it back later on, and when you pay it back later on itíll be more severe. Thatís why they donít mind if you donít pay it back for the time being.

When you say you want to cultivate, they wonít put up with it, "You want to cultivate, you want to leave. If you develop gong I wonít even be able to reach you, I wonít be able to touch you." They wonít let it happen, and theyíll do just about anything to block you. Theyíll try to stop you from cultivating. So they use all kinds of tactics to interfere with you, and they might even come to kill you. Of course, it wonít happen like youíre meditating here and your head just gets cut offóthatís impossible, since it has to conform to the way of things in the ordinary world. Maybe youíll be hit by a car when you leave your home, or youíll fall from a building, or run into other kinds of danger. Thereís a chance these things will happen. Itís quite dangerous. True cultivation isnít as easy as you imagined. Just because you want to cultivate, you think youíll be able to cultivate upward? When you really start to cultivate youíll immediately run into life-threatening danger, this problem will come right up. There are many, many qigong masters who donít dare to guide people up to high levels. Why is that? Exactly because they arenít able to get around this problemóthey canít protect you.

There were a lot of sages in the past, and they could only teach one discipleóit was okay if they protected just one disciple. Doing that on this large a scale, though, the average person wouldnít really dare to do that. But here Iím telling you that I can do that, because I have countless Law Bodies which have my enormous divine Law-power, and they can display their great divine powers and great Law-power. Also, what weíre doing today isnít as simple as it looks, and I didnít just come out to do this on some kind of impulse. I can tell you that a lot of Great Enlightened Beings are watching this event. This is our transmitting a true teaching in the Age of the Lawís End for the last time. Weíre not allowed to go off course while doing this. When you really cultivate on a true path nobody will dare to just go and give you trouble, and whatís more, you have my Law Bodies protecting you, so you wonít run into any danger.

Debts have to be settled. So on your cultivation path some dangerous things might happen. But when these things happen you wonít be scared, and we wonít let you get into real danger. I can give you some examples. When I was giving a class in Beijing, there was a student whoíd crossed the street on her bike. As she was going around a turn, a luxury sedan hit this student of ours at that sharp turn. The student was a woman in her fifties. That car hit her with a bang, and it was a real whopper. People heard a big "Thud!" as her head hit the car, and her head hit the top of the car squarely. When that happened the studentís feet were still straddling the bike. Her head was hit but she didnít feel any pain. Not only didnít she feel any pain, but there wasnít any bleeding, eitherónot even swelling. But the driver was scared stiff. He jumped out of the car and hurried to ask her, "Are you hurt? How íbout we go to the hospital?" She replied that she was fine. Of course, that student of ours had high character and didnít want to bring the driver trouble. She said she was alright, but there was a big dent left in the car.

All the things like that come to take your life, but you wonít be in any danger. Last time when we held a class at Jilin University, a student of ours walked out the main entrance of the university, walking his bike. When he got to the middle of the street, suddenly two cars almost sandwiched him and seemed like they were about to crush him the next second, but he wasnít a bit scared. Usually when we run into these things we arenít scared. At that very moment the cars stopped and there wasnít any incident.

Another case happened in Beijing. In winter it gets dark earlier and people go to bed a bit earlier. The streets were empty and all was quiet. One of our students was rushing home on a bike. Only a jeep was moving along ahead of him. It was moving along steadily when all of a sudden it braked. The student wasnít paying attention and kept on peddling ahead with his head down. But the jeep suddenly started to back up then, and it was backing up fast, mighty fast. Those two forces worked together to take away his life. Right when they were about to collide, a force suddenly pulled his bike back more than half a yard, and the jeep instantly stopped against the wheel of his bike. Maybe the jeepís driver realized someone was behind him. The student wasnít scared when that happened. Nobody who runs into this type of thing gets scared, although they might get scared when they think back about it. The first thing he thought was, "Phew! Who pulled me back? I have to thank him." He turned around to say thank you, only to find the street quiet, without a person in sight. Then it hit him, "It was actually Teacher protecting me!"

There was also something that happened in Changchun. A building was being built near a studentís home. Nowadays, buildings are built so high, and the scaffolding is made up of steel rods that are two inches thick and four yards long. The student was walking not too far from home when a steel rod dropped from that tall building, and it was coming straight down toward his head. Everyone on the street was petrified. But he just said, "Who patted me?" He thought that someone had patted him on the head. Then, he turned and saw that a big Law Wheel was there rotating over his head. The steel rod had slid down along the side of his head and stuck into the ground, sticking up. If it really had hit somebody, think about it, it was so heavy it would have gone all the way through his body, like a skewer through marshmallows. It was that dangerous!

There are a lot of examples like this, theyíre countless, but nobody has experienced any danger. Itís not like all of us have to go through these kinds of things, but some of us will. Whether you run into them or not, I can guarantee that you wonít be in any dangeróI can guarantee it. Some studentsí actions donít meet our character requirements, they just do the exercises and they donít cultivate their character, so you canít call them practitioners.

If youíre asking me what your teacher gives you, this is what I give you. My Law Bodies will protect you all the way until youíre able to protect yourself, and at that point youíll be on the verge of going beyond Triple-World-Law cultivation and youíll have attained the Dao. But you have to act as a true cultivator, and only then will you be able to do that. There was someone who held my book in his hand and walked into the street, shouting, "With Teacher Liís protection, I know cars canít hit me." That was damaging Dafa, and we wonít protect such a person. The truth is, real disciples donít act like that.

Energy Field

When we do our cultivation exercises a field is formed around us. What kind of field is it? Some people say that itís a qi field, or a magnetic field, or an electric field. But actually, thatís wrong no matter what field you call it, because the matter that this field contains is incredibly rich. Almost every kind of matter that makes up all the dimensions of the universe is included in this gong, so itís a bit more fitting for us to call it an energy field. And thatís why we usually call it an energy field.

So what effect does this field have? You know, we cultivators of a true teaching have all experienced this: since weíve undergone cultivation of a true teaching, which emphasizes compassion, and which is assimilated to the nature of the universeóto be True, Good, and Endureówhen our students sit in this field, their minds are free of bad thoughts, and a lot of our students donít even think of having a smoke while they sit here, everybody feels itís a really peaceful atmosphere, and they feel really good. This is the effect within the range of the energy field that a cultivator of a true teaching has. When you leave this class most of you will have gongóyou will really have gongóbecause what I pass on to you are true cultivation things, and you discipline yourself based on this character requirement. You keep doing the exercises without letting up, you keep cultivating yourself with our character requirements without letting up, and then your energy steadily becomes greater and greater.

We believe in saving ourselves and saving others, saving all sentient beings. So when the Law Wheel rotates inward, it saves oneself, and when it rotates outward, it saves others. When it rotates outward, it sends out energy and benefits others. And by doing that, the people within the coverage of your energy field all benefit, and maybe theyíll feel great. You might have this effect wherever you are, whether youíre walking down the street, at work, at home, or wherever. You might unknowingly adjust the bodies of people who are within the range of your field, because this field can fix all wrong states. A personís body shouldnít have sickness or injuryóhaving ailments is a wrong state. And it can correct that wrong state. When people who have bad thoughts think about wrong things, under the strong effect of your field they might change their thinking, they might stop having bad thoughts for the time being. Maybe someone wants to badmouth somebody, but out of the blue he changes his mind and doesnít want to talk badly about him anymore. Only the energy field from cultivating a true teaching can have this effect. Thatís why there used to be a saying in Buddhism, "Buddhaís light shines everywhere, propriety and righteousness harmonize everything." That is what it means.

How Falun Dafa Students Should Spread the Practice

After a lot of our students go back home, they think this practice is great and they want to share it with their families and friends. Thatís fine, you can do thatóyou can pass it on to anyone. But thereís something I need to make clear. We give you so many things, and you couldnít put a price on them. Why do we give them to you? For you to cultivate! We can only give you all this when you cultivate. Then what this means is that down the road when you pass on the practice to other people, you canít use these things to go make a name for yourself or benefit yourself. So you canít give classes like I do and charge money. We have some costs since we need to print books and materials, and we have to travel a bit to spread the practice. What we charge is the least in the country, but what we give is the most. Weíre truly guiding people up to high levels, and you all know that firsthand. Youíre a Falun Dafa student, so when you go out to teach the practice at a later time, we have two rules for you.

The first rule is that you canít charge any money. We donít give you all those things so that you can get rich and famous, but to save you, to help you cultivate. If you charge money my Law Bodies will take everything back from you, and you wonít belong to our Falun Dafa, so what you spread wonít be our Falun Dafa. When you pass on the practice you shouldnít have any thoughts about making a name for yourself, or getting something out of itóyou should help them voluntarily. Our students all across the country have been doing it that way, and the Assistants in different regions have set an example. Anybody who wants to learn our practice, you can come and learn it, you just have to want to, and we can take responsibility for you and we wonít charge you a cent.

The second rule is that you canít mess up Dafa by putting your own things into it. In other words, when you spread the practice, it doesnít matter whether your Third Eye is open, whether youíve seen something, or whether some abilities come out, you canít talk about our Falun Dafa based on what youíve seen. The few little things you see at your level are really way off, and itís far from the true meaning of the Law weíre teaching. So from here on out you really have to keep this in mind when you spread the practice, and thatís the only way we can guarantee that our Falun Dafaís original things arenít altered.

Also, you arenít allowed to spread the practice the same way I do, you canít teach the Law by giving talks to large audiences like I doóyou arenít able to teach the Law. The reason is, the meaning of what I teach is profound and far-reaching, and Iíve built high levelsí things into what I teach. You are cultivating at different levels, and later on after youíve improved, if you listen to the recording again youíll keep improving, and as you keep listening to it youíll always have new understandings and enjoy new benefits, and thatís even more the case when you read the book. Iíve built profound things into my talks, so this Law isnít something you could teach. And you arenít allowed to use my original words as your own words, or else thatís plagiarizing the Law. The only way to do it is to use my original words and add something like "thatís what the teacher said," or "thatís whatís in the book." Thatís the only way you can do it. And why is that? Because when you talk about it that way, your words carry the power of the Great Law. You canít take your own understanding and spread it as if itís Falun Dafa, or else what youíre teaching isnít Falun Dafa, and what youíre doing is about the same as damaging our Falun Dafa. When you say things based on your own ideas, or based on your own thinking, thatís not the Law, and it canít save people, and it wonít achieve any effect. Thatís why nobody is able to teach this Law.

The way you spread the practice is to play the audiotapes or videotapes for students at our practice sites or instruction places, and then you have the Assistants teach them the exercises. You can use the format of group discussions, where people learn from each other and share and discuss with one another. We require that you do it that way. Now another thing is that you shouldnít call a student (a disciple) who spreads Falun Dafa "teacher," or "master," or whatnot. Thereís only one master in Dafa. It doesnít matter how early on someone took up the practice, heís still a disciple.

When youíre spreading the practice maybe some of you will wonder, "Teacher can place a Law Wheel in people and re-adjust their bodies. But we canít do thatÖ" Donít worry. I can reassure you nowóevery student has my Law Body behind him, and not just one. So my Law Bodies will do those things. When you teach someone heíll get a Law Wheel right then and there if he has the karmic relationship for it. If he has less of a karmic relationship, after his body is rebalanced heíll slowly come to get a Law Wheel through practicing, and my Law Bodies will help him rebalance his body. And there are other ways, I can tell you. The people who study the Law and learn the practice by reading my books, by watching my videos, or by listening to my audiotapes, if they really take themselves to be practitioners, then theyíll get the things theyíre supposed to get just the same.

We donít let our students heal other people. Falun Dafa students are absolutely not allowed to do healings. Weíre teaching you to cultivate up, we donít let you develop any attachment, and we arenít about to let you mess up your body. The field at our practice site is better than any other. If you can just do the exercises in that field, youíre better off than if you had your health problem treated. My Law Bodies sit in a circle, thereís a dome over the energy field where we practice, and above the dome thereís a huge Law Wheel and a great Law Body guarding the field. This field is no ordinary fieldóitís not like the field at the average practice site. Itís a cultivation field. A lot of us who have abilities have seen this field that our Falun Dafa has, and itís enveloped in red light, the whole thing is red.

My Law Bodies are actually able to place a Law Wheel themselves, but we donít want to fuel your attachments. When you teach someone the exercises he might say, "Wow, Iíve got a Law Wheel now." And you might think that you planted it. But thatís not what happened. Iím telling you about this so that it wonít fuel that attachment. Itís my Law Bodies who do all these things. This is how our Falun Dafa disciples should spread the practice.

If somebody tampers with the exercises of Falun Dafa heís damaging Dafa, heís damaging this discipline. Some people have turned our exercise instructions into little jingles. Thatís totally forbidden. All true cultivation methods are inherited from prehistoric ages, theyíre inherited from ancient times, and theyíve forged countless Great Enlightened Beings through cultivation. Nobody dared to touch these things even one bit. Only in this Age of the Lawís End has this kind of thing come up, it never would have happened before. Never, never forget this.