To all self-cultivators of all schools I believe this article is of great interest(Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa lectures on mankind´s
situation in respect to the restructuring of the cosmos), there is no information like this one:
Good afternoon! (All Dafa disciples reply, “Good afternoon, Master!” Enthusiastic applause.) You’ve really been working hard! (Disciples reply,
“Master has worked hard!”) A grand gathering on this scale is rare, and this time a sizable number of students have come. I hear that two
conference halls have been filled. Ten years have passed in the blink of an eye. Whatever persecution may have been perpetrated, it has merely served
to temper our Dafa disciples to maturity. The disciples of Dafa underwent a so-called “trial” that was both evil and harsh, and have made it
through. You have consistently worked to clarify the truth, save sentient beings, and validate the Fa regardless of how evil the persecution has been,
being extremely clear in your minds about what you are doing. Our Dafa disciples have never gotten involved in ordinary people’s politics, and have
no interest in political power. We are but a body of cultivators. The perpetrators, meanwhile, in order to persecute Falun Gong and those kind
individuals who cultivate Zhen, Shan, Ren, have not hesitated to destroy human morality and propagate false, evil, violent, and pornographic
things—the very worst things known to man—to oppose us. In other words, even though we have no political agenda; don’t wish to seize political
power from anyone; and merely need surroundings that allow us to do our cultivation and to have the freedom to believe in Dafa—this would
suffice—it’s not that the perpetrator has absolutely no idea what it’s doing in persecuting us. It is every bit aware that these people aspire
to be good people. The wicked CCP regime is not an entity that encourages people to be good. From the very day it gained political power it has been
gangsters building themselves up, and ever since, it has employed lies and falsehood to dupe the people, and violence to establish its dictatorship.
These are traits that lie at the foundation of this regime. All along it has relied on relentless lies and violent suppression to get by, and
virtually each time that it has spread propaganda and followed it up with violent suppression, these have been based on lies. Its political
achievements are bogus, the heroes it has eulogized are bogus, the villains it strikes out against are bogus, the “enemy forces” it hypes up are
bogus, the role models it has established are bogus, and its dignified appearance is bogus. But people everywhere, and especially in China, are coming
to see its true face.
What this tells us, then, is that while going about its persecution of Falun Gong, it has, so as to persecute this group of people and bring down
Falun Gong, connived at those evil things and harmful behavior so as to counteract the universal values of Zhen, Shan, Ren and inundate society with
those bad things, to the point that they get out of control. Ironically, however, now that these bad things have gathered enough strength to become a
force in their own right, they have ended up jeopardizing the regime’s power, and at this point the regime wouldn’t be able to rein them in even
if it tried. So, the persecution of Falun Gong has backfired on the regime, and we’re now seeing the end of this process playing out. I said
something at the outset, namely, that the disgraceful end that the wicked Party had in store would not be at the hands of the people, but rather, that
its downfall would be a case of retribution for its evil—of reaping what it sowed. Then as for our Dafa disciples, you must remain extremely
cognizant of all this and extremely clear about what it is that you’re doing. At no point on this journey have I ever changed the principles that
are in place for you as cultivators, so those among us who are muddleheaded really mustn’t be, and should not let human attachments stir you to
flights of fancy.
The Three Realms’s entire formation and the creation of the earth were for this final affair today. What’s displayed here among men is a group of
good people saving the world’s people and leading society to change for the better, redeeming the world and mankind. But as seen from the cosmos, it
is Fa-rectification taking place, and it involves measureless and countless sentient beings, gigantic universes, and immeasurable cosmic bodies. So
those trifling things that are to be gained here among men, or political power, can in no way compare. But once a Dafa disciple is here among men for
this affair, he must rely on Dafa if he is to tell right from wrong. One enters into illusion upon joining the world of mortals, and so no one can see
the reality of things very clearly. Only from this Fa can you gain guidance on how to conduct yourselves. Thus, real experience over these years has
born out that with good Fa-study a Dafa disciple can avoid losing his bearing, and no matter how complicated this society may be, or how much things
may be in flux, he can, if he manages to truly align his cultivation with the Fa, not be led astray by the false appearances here—even as a range of
human attachments, thoughts, temptations, and things that may stir up attachments as well as all sorts of superficial things, conspire to interfere
with his cultivation.
My Dafa disciples, try to really take a sober look back at the path you traveled these years. While many things may have seemed to have no rhyme or
reason, all, in fact, had an order about them and, for your benefit, served to extend, bit-by-bit, this final chapter of history meant for
Fa-rectification. I recall that back before the persecution of Dafa disciples began, a large Fa conference was held here. Back then it was attended by
many students, and now, aren’t you all back here again? The people of this world are increasingly seeing the evil for what it is. And similarly, the
people everywhere will progressively come to understand just what exactly makes Dafa disciples and Falun Gong what they are. Who is righteous and who
is wicked; who is good and who is evil; the groundless accusations; and the slander—the world’s people are going to see through all of these. That
sinister regime of gangsters has always falsely accused whoever it wanted to bring down, and that has long been its approach. But such things are now
being exposed one by one. In the CCP’s various campaigns, it has always adopted the very same, gangster-like tactics. Namely, it starts by making up
rumors about the group it is going to persecute, and has its media collectively swarm to criticize the group and stirs up public sentiment against it,
hoodwinking people into becoming part of its affair. It then proceeds to bring down whoever it has targeted. So that’s what it actually means by the
term “mass campaign.” This time it won’t work.
Indeed, in the Fa-rectification of the cosmos, all of the cosmos’s gods are watching attentively, and the multitude of Buddhas, Daos, and Gods are
participating. Could a bunch of evil people still have their way at this time? [What is happening in the world] is but an instance of this wildly
arrogant, evil party being utilized to test Dafa disciples and eliminate Dafa disciples’ attachments in the face of death, thus leading to their
Consummation and meanwhile sifting out those who aren’t fit to be Dafa disciples. All it amounts to is just such a process. But, even then, as this
plays out things are hard to see for what they are. Only by being amidst the illusion and going through that process can one get a taste of what
“hardship” really means. What I just said is meant to tell you that Dafa disciples are outstanding, and you have come through the persecution.
But, some people really shouldn’t have lost their direction the way they did. You need to be clear on what you are here for.
There is something else I would like to speak about. Namely, that over all these long years that our Dafa disciples have been persecuted, our efforts
to constantly expose the persecution and get the world’s people to see that what’s said are just incriminating lies and trumped up charges have
been, in fact, to save the world’s people. That is because the ones who are truly being persecuted are not Dafa disciples, but the world’s people.
I said early on that Dafa disciples are just, amidst all the enormous pressure, and amidst real tests of life and death, going through a process of
heading towards Consummation. Weren’t all the past persecutions of upright faiths doing the same? I’ve said before that mankind has failed time
and again to draw positive lessons; people always manage to remember the negative ones. However hard things may get, Dafa disciples are saving the
world’s people, and in each and every initiative you undertake, you are doing what I described.
Dafa disciples have launched many initiatives for clarifying the truth and saving people, with the aim of being able to effectively save sentient
beings and expose the evil’s persecution. Some are somewhat larger, and some, somewhat smaller; some are media entities; others seek to break the
internet blockade; and then there are efforts in all sorts of settings and at each rung of society that adopt many different forms in order to
validate the Fa and save people. All of what you’ve done is extraordinary. All of these things were self-initiated and organized by Dafa disciples
in hopes of having a greater impact; they are efforts that have been effective at saving people. On this matter, Master affirms you. As long as Master
hasn’t said that you’ve done poorly or that what you’re doing isn’t necessary, then go do that thing, and do it well. As long as what you’re
doing can save people, then do it. You needn’t have Master affirm each and every thing that you’re doing.
In the old days, as you know, cultivators took their own individual Consummation to be the primary goal. Could something as historically significant
as Dafa’s widespread dissemination be trivial? When it is the Fa of the cosmos that is brought forth and imparted to people, could the person that
cultivates it be just an average human being? What Shakyamuni imparted back when he was around was the Fa of Arhat. Mahayana Buddhism was something
put together after Shakyamuni had left this world and, strictly speaking, it is a derivative of the original; meaning, it was no more capable of
taking people’s cultivation past the level of Arhat than the original. Dafa disciples, by contrast, are kings who came from the heavens above in
order to help Master rectify the Fa, and it is fundamentally on account of the fact that Fa-rectification of the cosmos was to take place that Dafa
disciples, endowed with such a tremendous spiritual foundation (genji), came about.
And neither are the sentient beings here in this world who are to be saved as simple as they may seem; an average being is not worthy of being saved
by the Dafa of the cosmos or a Dafa disciple. The majority of the people in the world today are lives that descended here from the heavens, becoming
human, and behind them, linked to them, are massive groups of lives. So, with things being this significant, [the things you are doing] are not things
that an ordinary cultivator could do, and neither is the celestial rank [you will achieve] one that an average cultivator could reach. Things now are
nowhere near as simple as people in the old days understood them to be.
As I have said, the religious practices, the many faiths, and the variety of cultivation methods of the past were merely establishing in the human
realm a culture that would include cultivation and a knowledge of divine beings. If those persons and those enlightened beings had not come to
establish this culture, people today wouldn’t understand what’s meant by “cultivation” or that divine beings reside in the heavens and what
they are like.
There are Buddhas, Daoist divinities, Gods known to man such as Jesus and Jehovah, and of course, many more deities of all types. They created the
knowledge of divine beings that human culture has, and have allowed people throughout history to have a wealth of knowledge about the features of
divine beings and how they go about things, as well as what cultivation is, its different forms, and what it takes to do cultivation. Since such
things were established in human culture, it is that much easier for me to impart the Fa today. I don’t need to teach you any further what divine
beings are, what cultivation is, and what’s involved in reaching divine realms. There is thus no need for me to explain so many of the most
superficial things, which otherwise I would have to.
In other words, people now understand, and know, for this part of human culture has been established. And that was the real reason why those
enlightened beings came to this world. Today it’s a different story. Today, Dafa disciples are here at the same time as the Fa’s rectification of
the cosmos, and it was precisely this phase we have arrived at that people once told of; that the prophecies described; and that was known somewhat
to, or comprehended by, people with supernormal abilities. And this phase—the final, culminating affair—is precisely what Dafa disciples are
Each Dafa disciple is remarkable. The planes from which they hail are by no means ordinary, and they established man’s culture throughout the course
of human history. Many well-known historical figures are counted among our Dafa disciples, and no matter whether it was the guise of an enlightened
being that he assumed or perhaps that of a famous cultural figure, a celebrated general, or the king of a nation: any person whose name has been left
to posterity is extraordinary. And there are a great many more things done in the past that would seem extraordinary but which went unrecorded and
that left not a trace.
This was because gods didn’t wish for those things to be passed down. The average person isn’t worthy of having his name recorded for posterity,
for human history was by its very nature formed in service of the Fa-rectification and validation of the Fa. What part of man’s culture, or
intellectual heritage, gets to remain is no trivial thing. And humankind’s true history or reason of being is not simple, either. The cultivation
that Dafa disciples do, and their saving of people, are inherently tied to the Fa-rectification of the cosmos.
As you know, from July 20 of 1999 up through the present we have witnessed society as well as people’s hearts changing, bit by bit, just as we have
witnessed changes in people’s perceptions of and attitudes toward Dafa disciples and the wicked CCP. If you had not taken action in the face of
those evil circumstances, nobody would have taken action on your behalf, for people have all been waiting for you to save them. The true victims of
persecution are the world’s people, not you. While people have seen that Falun Gong is being persecuted, and Dafa disciples are working to resist
it, our counteracting of the persecution is but the superficial appearance. The reality is that you are saving people, and it is to save people that
you expose the evil. The wicked CCP doesn’t allow people to believe in the Divine, since the Party is antithetical to the Divine. Atheism itself is
a heinous sin.
When a person is divinely created yet he turns around and denies the Divine’s very existence, there is no other way but for him to be eliminated by
the Divine. It is truly heartening for me to see Dafa disciples putting such enormous amounts of energy into all of their projects, trying to have a
greater impact in saving people. What this means, then, is that while under persecution you are establishing the mighty virtue of enlightened beings.
The persecutors are simply a manifestation of evil as Dafa disciples go through the Consummation process. The ones who are truly being persecuted are
the world’s people.
In what sense have the world’s people been persecuted? After all, people seem to be leading rather comfortable, free, and unfettered lives when
society’s moral values have sunken. But as you know, the majority of the people on this earth came here from the heavens, with many in fact having
been sent down here as representatives of the cosmic body they hail from, of that universe’s sentient beings, with their purpose of coming being to
ultimately gain salvation. Whether or not salvation will be gained rests on how this person responds, while in this world, once Dafa has been
imparted. That is because a person’s actions here reflect the state of the sentient beings, during Fa-rectification, in the cosmic body that he
represents and that lies behind him. A human being won’t have the same appearance as a divine being.
After coming to this human realm and having his plane lowered, he can only assume the appearance of a human being. In this day, as Master imparts the
Fa, Master cannot be like a divine being. He can merely use human language to teach, and a human appearance to be here with you. A lot of people fail
to realize this. People think that it’s Falun Gong that is being persecuted, when in fact it is the world’s people who are the victims. I say that
because they have been taken in by the lies during the persecution, and have hatred toward Falun Gong. Yet “Falun Gong” is the name that the Great
Law of the cosmos assumes here in this world. What Dafa disciples are doing here is validating the Fa, and they are Disciples of Fa who are saving
sentient beings, and have tremendous missions.
Put another way, they are emissaries of the Divine. If an earthly person’s mind is full of negative thoughts about Dafa or Dafa disciples, or if
this person has maligned or doesn’t identify with the fundamental truth of Fa that is Zhen, Shan, Ren, then this person is slated to be weeded out,
to be eliminated, by divine forces. And this is particularly true for those who have been directly involved in persecuting Dafa disciples, said bad
words against Dafa, or done bad things against it. So, when you consider that however severely Dafa disciples may be persecuted they are still walking
the path to godhood, and that whether they depart early or late they are still bound for Consummation and will return, is it not in fact human beings
who are the true victims of the persecution?
This cosmos has countless, immeasurable sentient beings in it as well as countless gods of different sorts. The immense cosmos is incomparably sacred,
with the number of gods in the heavens whose levels are similar to that of Shakyamuni being too many to count. Shakyamuni used the expression “as
innumerable as the sands of the Ganges” to describe how large the amount was, but in fact, if you added up the total of all sands on this earth, it
would still be inadequate as a metaphor for the number of divine beings at that level. And what we’re discussing is but a metaphor for the number of
divine beings at just one level.
Then comparatively speaking, what does a human being amount to? He is hardly worth mentioning. However, though his level of existence may be low,
behind him, connected, are lives at higher planes. Many people in this world are in fact the representatives of a group of such lives. But, while
under the spell of delusion, people remain unaware of these things, and even less do they know who they themselves really are. Yet behind many of the
world’s people, represented by them, are in fact countless and measureless lives of higher planes. In this light, then, would such a great Fa or
such extraordinary Dafa disciples come simply to save an average, ordinary human being? Could that possibly happen? At present, the majority of the
people in this world have deeper reasons within for being here. If a person is indeed the representative, dispatched to earth, of an enormous cosmic
system, then what he represents is a world, a layer of the cosmos, or a layer of a cosmic body.
Since a cosmic body is a circulatory entity, then each cosmic system, regardless of its size, has a system of its own, with there also being a system
at higher, and still higher planes, that it belongs to. And the higher the plane, the larger it is; the greater the incalculable number of sentient
beings; and the more massive the gods, with the numbers of sentient beings being even less estimable. As a whole, the universe is massive to an
extraordinary extent. When a Dafa disciple saves one person, it’s by no means simply one human being as we know it: an enormous body of lives will
thus be saved. Put another way, how a person responds to Dafa and Dafa disciples is not simply a human act. And of course, if a person’s surface
layer is not very awake and alert, it will pose an obstacle to the salvation of that person and the sentient beings who he represents, so it is for
this reason that we need to clarify the truth.
What I just discussed was something very big. There are many people here today listening to the Fa. Hearing this Fa won’t be a problem for Dafa
disciples, but perhaps there are some newer students or supporters of Falun Gong or family members here who may have trouble understanding it. But
since it’s a Fa conference after all, I am teaching the Fa that’s for Dafa disciples to have, and there’s no other way but to teach like this.
So, [the above] was the reason why the Great Law of the cosmos is being disseminated in the human world. Only beings such as [those I described] are
worthy of being saved by Dafa disciples, and only such beings are worthy of having the Great Law of the cosmos be spread here in this world—it’s
So, although the human being here on a lower plane has an enormous body of lives behind him, while he is here on this earth he is going to be a
regular person of this realm, this level. That’s how it works. Though the person is at the lowest plane, if he commits a sin against the Fa of the
cosmos, or if he fails to identify with this Fa that created the cosmos and countless sentient beings, then where is he, after opposing such things,
bound for? Death, as people conceive of it, involves going to a certain place. But where would such a person go? Even the matter in this universe that
results from the ultimate death of something is created by this Fa, so if the person opposes the Fa, where is he to go? By way of illustration, in the
Bible, Jehovah and Jesus both allude to how the lives of those who persecute the apostles face eternal damnation and torment, forever. It would hold
true even through to when the new cosmos is created, and through its long years of history, with the sinner paying ceaselessly for his sinful karma.
My goodness, how terrible!
The suffering would simply know no end, for that’s how big the sinful karma is when someone has sinned against the cosmos’s Great Law. Though a
human being is only human, he is in fact a representative of higher planes. Thus, when a human being commits a sin against Dafa, the body of lives
behind him that he represents, from top to bottom, will see all of its countless gods and beings of every variety completely destroyed, because this
is the Fa-rectification of the cosmos. Mercy is offered before the great disaster arrives, but the Fa-rectification is pitilessly strict.
My Fa is not taught to ordinary people, but to Dafa disciples. Dafa disciples all grasp what this is. What this means is that the ones who have truly
been persecuted are human beings, and those who stand to be annihilated are human beings. The goal of the persecution was, in fact, to on the one hand
test Dafa disciples, and on the other, weed out the old lives in the cosmos, of which man is one. The old forces were dead set on man not attaining
salvation, for the old forces of the cosmos held that the cosmos was no good anymore, and nor were its sentient beings, and thus they should all be
destroyed. Cultivators, meanwhile, would be put through harsh ordeals, with whichever Dafa disciples failed to cultivate well getting weeded out. The
people of the world and other sentient beings would not be kept.
You have likely seen many prophecies to this effect, with some putting the survival rate at one in ten thousand, one in a thousand, or only one in ten
households. Whatever the figure, they wanted to destroy sentient beings on a massive scale. The essential goal of Dafa’s vast spreading in the
world, however, and saving of sentient beings, is to redeem everything—to save all sentient beings capable of being saved. And that is why we have
done as much as we can, trying our best to save more.
By its very nature, the participation of the old forces of the cosmos in this Fa-rectification affair serves as a demon for Dafa and Fa-rectification.
As you’re aware, here among man there is mutual generation and mutual inhibition at work, a positive for a negative. Such is human society. People
inherently dwell in an environment where evil accompanies good, and the material substance of man has these two sides, good and evil. Thus, when a
person loses his temper, gets irrational, cruel, evil, hateful, or carried away by joy, that is demon nature at work; whereas when he is rational,
compassionate, or kind, that is Buddha nature, or his good nature, at work. And in this world there are good people, bad people, those who are kind,
those who are wicked, just as in the heavens there are Buddhas—which are Fa Kings—as well as Demon Kings.
All of these are matched up, of course, and the correspondence reaches all the way to very high planes, with a negative for a positive. Having a
negative for a positive keeps everything in balance in the old cosmos. When the old forces of the cosmos saw that this Dafa that was spreading was
completely positive, they promptly created many demons and ordeals. Precisely in this manner they formed what was, for the Fa-rectification, and for
the cosmos’s Dafa, a demon. This is how things came about.
Then what we can say is, all that Dafa disciples have been doing these years has been meant to save people and clarify the truth. Even though many
Dafa disciples have been persecuted to a severe degree, all of that took place on the path to godhood; whether the person departs early or late, each
shall meet with Consummation. Whereas ordinary people, by contrast, don’t have any such opportunity. Then what makes the life of a Dafa disciple so
special? Its foundation was being established ever since the earliest times in history, and it was in this manner that Dafa disciples made it through
to the present. Counted among the ranks of Dafa disciples are Jesus’s disciples as well as those of Shakyamuni, as well as, of course, other divine
beings who you don’t know of and their disciples. Of course, you are not truly their disciples. You are disciples of Dafa, and were merely waiting
for this day. In other words, you accompanied those holy figures in creating a culture for mankind, and today, that culture is again being utilized to