Attending an Experience Sharing Conference
[PureInsight.org] Recently, Falun Dafa practitioners decided to hold a small experience sharing conference in order to save more sentient beings, improve overall coordination, and do the three things (study the Fa, send forth righteous thoughts, and clarify the facts) better. After finishing up some work, I left for the conference.
I started to recite the Fa, “Lunyu” and Hongyin, along the way, as has become my habit when I go out. At the beginning of the trip, everything went smoothly. However, about half way into the trip, the bus I was on started to slow down and finally stopped. The driver said there was a big truck ahead stopped in the middle of the road, and he did not know when the traffic would start moving again.
In recent years, no matter what has happened and when taking part in all kinds of Dafa activities, I have been able to judge things according to the Fa and do well. Faced with this situation, I felt a little bit worried. I was not able to contact other practitioners, and the experience sharing would be delayed if I could not make it on time. The other practitioners would also worry about me. The most important thing to me was that fellow practitioners’ time for validating the Fa is precious and it was valuable to have this chance to share. Every practitioner should keep things under control and behave steadfastly. In that way, we can have a solid cultivation experience sharing conference and achieve a good effect.
As for my incident with the traffic, in “Teaching the Fa at the Eastern U.S. Fa Conference,” Master talked about a practitioner having a tribultion on their way to a Fa conference:
Question: I went to attend a Fa conference in a big snowstorm and my car broke down on the road. My family didn’t understand my risky behavior.
Teacher: “Nothing can be made to fit into a simple formula, where everything can be done according to that formula. In cultivation, the situations that every person encounters are complicated, and the cause of something can be one thing or another. For example, some people have problems because they didn’t pass a xinxing test, or it might have been because other things were more important. It might also have been because the tribulation was supposed to happen, and therefore you ran into difficulties and met with obstacles. So cultivation is extremely complicated, and it’s not as simple as you think. It could also have been that your car’s breaking down prevented you from getting involved in a car accident several miles ahead. Any of various reasons could have been at work. In cultivation, everything you experience is a good thing, and you are establishing your own mighty virtue.”
The starting time for the conference got closer and closer, and I knew nothing was accidental. No matter what the reason for this tribulation, I thought that sending forth righteous thoughts should be my priority. I sat on the bus and started to send righteous thoughts to eliminate those evil factors. I had the thought that there would be good effects after sending righteous thoughts, but I found that the traffic was still bad. People on the bus became worried because they either wanted to catch the train or pick up their children, etc. The bus became very noisy.
At that moment, I calmed down and started to look inward. I thought that superficially it seemed that I was being blocked from taking part in this experience sharing conference, but in reality, it was the evil interfering with the salvation of sentient beings, and the evil must have been trembling with fear in other dimensions. I had only thought about myself when I sent forth righteous thoughts, and I lacked a sense of my mission of saving sentient beings. When I sent forth righteous thoughts, I forgot about those sentient beings who were waiting to be saved. Didn’t the people on the bus also have karmic relationships with me, and weren’t they waiting to go home? At this moment, they were so helpless. Suddenly, I realized that I should face this situation with a pure heart. Thinking about sentient beings all the time is our voluntary behavior. Keeping compassion in the heart is the heart of enlightened beings. Selflessness is a requirement from the Fa. Doing these things is beneficial for the salvation of sentient beings.
After I realized this, my heart became clear, and I sat calmly without holding my palm erect. First, I cleared away all bad thoughts from my own dimension, and then I sent forth righteous thoughts continuously in order to dissolve all the evil spirits and rotten demons in other dimensions. When I was sending forth righteous thoughts, the atmosphere in the bus became serene and harmonious. Soon, the bus started to move and the people became relaxed again.
I attended that Falun Dafa experience sharing conference on time and also shared with fellow practitioners about this experience. I witnessed the power of pure righteous thoughts and also sensed the Fa that our Master told us: “If you are able to succeed in improving yourself this way, what you do then, with a pure heart, will be the best and most sacred” (“Further Understanding,” Essentials for Further Advancement).
This is my personal understanding. Please point out anything that is inappropriate.
Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2008/10/28/55619.html