A Thankful Heart

A Practitioner in Taiwan

PureInsight | September 12, 2005

[PureInsight.org] Three years ago when I first heard about Falun Gong, I was in a state of anxiety and helplessness. It wasn't until three years later when I came into contact with Falun Gong again that I suddenly felt free from anxiety and have peace of mind.

Teacher wrote in "The Big Stage,"

Five thousand years of human civilization,
has China Proper as the stage.
Foolishly absorbed in what unfolds in the play,
the grotesque scenes seem beautiful.
Awakening, people look at one another,
and realize the stage was being set for the Fa.

This poem has touched me deeply. Everyone has had moments in his life when he feels completely worthless. For most of our lives, we do not understand why Providence has created the universe. Everything seems so meaningless. A special kind of cicada's cocoon must lay dormant for seventeen years in the soil before it becomes a cicada. After such a long time, it only waits to become a cicada and fulfill the extension of its life. Its courage toward life has gained my respect. How should we, human beings who claim ourselves to be the supreme intelligence of all things, treat our lives?

In the Buddha school, it is said that everything follows a predestined relationship. Shakespeare said, "Frugality is a fortune for the poor, and wisdom for the rich." A Turkish old saying, "Even simple clothes can defend the cold, and simple food can cure hunger." An ancient Chinese saint said, "Strength stays with no desire." A Buddhist classic, the "Sutra of the Eight Enlightenments," says, "Having more desire is suffering. Birth, death and fatigue all start from greed and desire; inaction and having no desire give one freedom of mind and body." "Only when one is satisfied with his/her life even if he/she is poor that one can achieve something in the future." In view of these, the saints and sages at all times and in all countries think the same, their meanings are in line with each other. If you translate and explain them, you'll find them almost alike.

Here I use this old pen and my limited vocabulary to sincerely thank Teacher's directions and instructions, as well as my fellow practitioners' sharing. As soon as I face my environment with a thankful heart, I immediately came to understand Teacher's Fa, "A wicked person is born of jealousy. Out of selfishness and anger he complains about unfairness towards himself." ("Realms", Falun Dafa Essentials for Further Advancement)

The human world is like a galloping-horse lantern, and it rotates and changes constantly. The same is with human being's countless reincarnation one life after next. Only enlightened beings have the power to sublime, transcend to higher levels and gain real liberation.

What is enlightenment? "Having heard the Dao in the morning, one can die in the evening."

If everyone can do this, one would not hurt others or commit wrongdoings in order to increase one's own fame and self-interest. The moral standard would not decline so fast, the big dye vat of society would not continue its pollution, and humanity's good nature would not be buried either. Therefore, with a thankful heart, I appreciate everything I have been given, and send my best wishes to everyone!

Written in the silent night in Green Island

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2005/8/23/33561.html

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