Understandings on Life: Gratitude at Dusk

Guan Ming

PureInsight | November 11, 2009

[PureInsight.org] Without cultivation, there is no way for a human being to escape the cycle of birth, aging, illness and death. Therefore, many people feel a loss when seeing the sun set at dusk: one day has passed, but how about tomorrow? And how about the day after tomorrow? Will it be better or worse? This question cannot be answered with knowledge in the everyday society. Li Shangyin, a poet in the Tang Dynasty, once wrote, “The sunset is very beautiful, but it is close to the day’s end.” He was touched by the fact that time passed so quickly and life was short.

Ever since I was very young, I enjoyed watching the sunrise and sunset, which gave me lots of joy. Living in the countryside in China, I had to do excessive labor since I was young. After a day of hard work, the sunset meant it was time to finish work and go home for dinner. It was time to put my worries behind me and have a good night’s sleep. At that time, my mind was simple and I was often excited to see the sunset.

Since I started to practice cultivation, however, the sunset always reminds me of gratitude towards the Lord Creator. When looking at the horizon line far away under the sunset, my heart is often filled with peace and serenity. With a breeze coming by, I feel relieved since another day has passed under the care of Teacher.

When standing under the sunset, I also feel very fortunate. Born in China, I came across the period of time when Teacher introduced Falun Dafa to the world. In the past, it was almost impossible to escape life and death. This, however, has been resolved through cultivation. After 10 years of practicing Falun Dafa, people tell me I look younger than before. During these past 10 years, there were also times of brief discomfort, but they lasted for very short periods of time. I knew the discomfort was karma and not illness. Every day I read Dafa books and become clearer on my mission. Whether everyday people understand it or not, the difference between life and death no longer exists for me.

Looking at the sunset, I am also examining myself in retrospect along with the gratitude I feel: Did I study Dafa books today? Did I do my best to fulfill my mission? Did I treat others with compassion? Telling others [the truth] about Falun Dafa is the sole purpose of my existence.

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2009/8/13/61058.html


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