Some Thoughts on Practitioners’ Premature Deaths
(Minghui.org) Master said:
“Disciple: What can Dafa disciples do to help another disciple who is on his death bed?
Master: The best thing is to read the Fa to him. Regardless of whether he was supposed to depart at this time, it is all up to him.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2007 New York Fa Conference” from Teaching the Fa at the Conference VIII)
After reading Master's Fa, it suddenly occurred to me that the premature deaths of some Falun Dafa practitioners came about because they decided they were ready to leave this world. This wish could arise because the old forces deceived them, they were persecuted in the form of illness, or they could not let go of their fundamental attachments.
The above paragraph from Master has infinite connotations. When looking only at the superficial meaning of Master's words, I gained the following understandings.
Master's Systemic Arrangement
Even if one has reached the end of one's original life span, if the practitioner refuses to go, he or she will not meet with a physical death. Master's systematic arrangements will come into play only when one does not accept any type of persecution.
“What's important for cultivators is righteous thoughts. When you have strong righteous thoughts, you are able to withstand anything and do anything. That's because you are a cultivator: someone who is on a divine path and who is not controlled by the factors of ordinary people or low-level principles. (Applause)
I told you early on that I removed the name of every single Dafa disciple from Hell's list. Every ordinary person is listed in that registry. I have removed the names of Dafa disciples from Hell's registry. I had their names removed from Hell. So your names are not there. In other words, you are not in any way beings of the Three Realms, and you are no longer ordinary persons. That is why when your righteous thoughts are strong you can resolve any problem.” (Teaching the Fa in the City of Los Angeles)
Given Master's requirements for Fa-rectification cultivation, a practitioner who has gained the righteous way will gradually depart from a human state of being.
“Lay down your human, mundane mind,The Fa gained, you now stand divine” (“Salvation Far and Wide” from Hong Yin)
Divine beings are not governed by the karmic law of “old age, illness, and death.” Practitioners should understand that their physical body will not die like an ordinary person’s if their righteous thoughts are strong.
Dafa practitioners were formerly great kings of different universes who have come down to assist Master in saving sentient beings. So they must be clear that, as long as their thoughts are righteous, they will be able to extend their lives.
Surviving Mortal Danger
The 91-year-old mother of a practitioner was admitted to a hospital in Handan, Hebei Province, in the winter of 2015.
She began to see family members who had died and would tell her children that their father, grandfather, and grandmother were there. Most of her children were too scared to stay and left. There is a local saying that people who can see the dead are about to die.
Only her practitioner daughter stayed. She held her mother’s hands and said, “Mother, don’t be scared. I will teach you something so that you won’t see them.”
She told her mother to repeat, “Falun Dafa is good.” Her mother thought, “Why not?” and started to repeat, “Falun Dafa is good, Falun Dafa is good.” After saying it twice, she laughed because the ghosts from her past left.
Her daughter said, “Since this sentence is so good, you should keep reciting it.” Her mother agreed and has since returned to good health.
This means that if an ordinary person, at a critical moment, can validate Dafa, Master can help them with a benevolent solution and extend their life. Master can do much more for his practitioners!
Old Forces’ Arrangements Come Into Play
When a practitioner no longer wants to suffer and agrees to leave this world, he might have been deceived by the old forces. This is most likely because he lacks a clear understanding of the Fa principles. This could also negatively affect his family.
No matter what, if a person agrees to be persecuted, by acquiescing, the system of the old forces comes into play.
If a practitioner is deceived by the old forces, they may face a very dangerous situation, which could appear in the form of sickness karma and even death. If he does not understand the situation based on the Fa and loses his righteous thoughts at that crucial time, then he might have given in to the old forces’ arrangements.
“If there were no deaths among Dafa disciples, wouldn’t that be a miracle? No deaths among Dafa disciples—think about it, everyone, what state would that be? Everyone would come to learn Dafa, and the veil would have been lifted. “There is no death in Falun Gong!” It would be the largest protective shield for humankind, and all would come to learn it. So the old forces do not allow it, and they want this group of people to be in a state like that of ordinary, normal people; they want you to grow old and to show sickness karma.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference”)
It’s not time to leave the world, but the old forces do not want practitioners to succeed in cultivation, so they take away a practitioner’s body. If practitioners can let go of self and the human heart, and realize that what he sees or is told are illusions and not what Master wants, then it should not be difficult to deny the old forces.
Only if one walks on the path arranged by Master, has a clear mind and righteous thoughts, and realizes that all practitioners worldwide play a role of saving sentient beings, then nothing can make him leave this world prematurely. Only when one disagrees with being persecuted can Master's systematic arrangements come into play.
Warning for Practitioners
“...during the Fa-rectification period, disciples must not depart until the Fa-rectification is over.” (“Fa-Rectification Period Dafa Disciples” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
This is a warning to practitioners who wanted to let go of their flesh bodies because of tribulations! Haven’t they acted contrarily to Dafa and Master’s requirement?
The myriad of gods in the celestial bodies envy Dafa practitioners because they cultivate and validate the Fa.
There are more than 100 million Falun Dafa practitioners, but when compared to the seven billion people in this world, they are still but a drop in the ocean.
Practitioners need to save the world's people. This responsibility can seem imposing and create difficulties. Thus, every Dafa practitioner in this world is extremely precious.
Therefore, from the perspective of saving sentient beings, practitioners' surface bodies should also be in line with Dafa's principles and saving grace.