The Essential Nature of Learning

A Dafa Disciple

PureInsight | November 12, 2001

Every vocabulary term or principle is a life, alive. Learning is an acceptance of, and interacting with, what is being learned. Understanding is interacting. The degree of understanding a principle is also the degree of interacting with or accepting it.

For example, in math, 1+1=2 is a principle, which is in fact a manifestation of a life; then there is the proposed principle of 1+1 does not equal 2, which we have not accepted. Once we have learned a principle, it is a life that has entered our body and it starts to play its role. For example, people have learned to accept the false principle that there is no God, which then entered the human body and mind and plays its role in the human mind; whenever it confronts a different thought, it will work to reject it. People tend to take it for granted that they themselves are rejecting things, but it is this life that plays that role.

All things that people learn in the human world are lives, which then comprise human bodies and minds/thoughts, enveloping human original nature. But people believe that these things are what they themselves are. Many of the principles acquired by people are false or inferior, just like mud smeared all over a human body. Yet man is conceited, thinking he is smart without knowing who is behind those principles and provided them.

Why have there been good learners and bad ones? It is simply that people have different degrees of accepting and interacting with what is being learned. Some people dislike math. How can they learn it effortlessly? When they are unwilling to accept or interact with it, their life resists it, even when they force themselves to do it, and it is reluctant to enter. Others enjoy learning math and the field is thus well connected; what remains is the accepting process. The same is true in getting along with people. What you like likes to approach you; what you have conflict with and reject tends to stay away from you.

Even in one identical term, the connotations behind it and the levels of life vary, and their roles vary because the essential nature of lives varies; they cannot be observed on the surface. People tend to consider those connotations, levels, and roles the same, but they are not.

Dafa has boundless connotations that are beyond the concepts of human terminology to clarify. When we study Dafa, we must apply the most righteous and the highest mindset to replace and remove those false principles accepted during the course of being human, to remove those deviated lives, and to be aligned with the universal principle. The scope of our alignment and the degree of our understanding indicate the level we have reached. It is impossible for one to discuss principles that are above one’s scope.

Furthermore, why can’t an everyday person see anything in Dafa’s book? The various fields of karma and inappropriate things in his mind hinder him from being interactive with higher lives; therefore, it is very difficult for him to see anything. But the higher lives (Buddhas, Daos, and gods) behind Dafa can remove the bad things in people’s mind. So when we study Dafa repeatedly, we undergo a process of removing bad thoughts from our minds.

Finally, let’s re-study a paragraph in Master’s “Melt Into the Fa” from Essentials For Further Advancement: “As a student, if his mind is filled with nothing but Dafa, this person is definitely a genuine cultivator. So you must have a clear understanding on the matter of studying the Fa. Reading the books more and studying the books more is the key to truly elevating yourself. To put it more simply, as long as you read Dafa, you are changing; as long as you read Dafa, you are elevating. The boundless content of Dafa plus the supplementary means—the exercises—will enable you to reach Consummation. Group reading or reading by yourself is the same.”

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