Some Enlightenment on “Cultivate as if you have just begun”

Jing Ru

PureInsight | January 2, 2016

[] There was a paragraph in the experience sharing article “Some Comprehension about Looking Inward” published on the Minghui website that talked about Master asking us to “cultivate as if we have just begun”. The author realized that we should look at other people as if we had just met them. When I had just started learning Falun Gong, I looked at every fellow practitioner and felt that they were so good. But after we interacted with and cooperated with each other for some time and problems arose, it was time to improve ourselves, yet we failed to improve and instead looked outward at fellow practitioners. After pointing our fingers outward multiple times, we formed notions about fellow practitioners—what this or that fellow practitioner was like, etc. The author of the article realized that if you want to cultivate as if you had just begun, you should also look at other people as if you had just met them, without negative thoughts. Her left eye, which could not see before, could see after she enlightened to this principle.

I was really touched by this article. I reflected on the time when I had just obtained the Fa and had gotten to know fellow practitioners; their warmth and kindness made me feel that this was a pure land. The Fa study and sharing every week was full of joyfulness and serenity. The sound of fellow practitioners reading the lectures together as one voice gently reached deep into my soul and cleaned out the dirt of the human world layer after layer. I recall reading lectures together; melting into the Fa with my body, heart and soul, and feeling the extraordinary beauty of Dafa; fellow practitioners sharing about their process of looking inward when facing tribulations; comparing our words and deeds with the principles of the Fa and becoming enlightened to the compassion and wisdom bestowed upon us; eliminating human thoughts one after another in the process of overcoming difficulties; being rectified by the Fa and cultivating solidly.

Even though there were conflicts during the sharing process, everyone knew that it was because there were differences in understandings of the Fa and in personal experiences, and we all maintained a good heart towards fellow practitioners. From sharing understandings time and again and from sharing the unique paths of each practitioner, the extensiveness and profoundness of the Fa could be realized again and again. When seeing fellow practitioners break through and improve, I would feel happy for them, and I could also see where I needed to improve and eliminate my deficiencies. Every time the whole process was a mutual improvement. The weekly group Fa study and sharing was a heartfelt event.

But as time passed by, things changed. When working with each other on projects, everyone had good ideas and thought that they had powerful righteous thoughts and that their method was the best. When fellow practitioners refused others’ ideas and cooperation was all words and no action with selfishness in people’s hearts, the result was that everyone looked down on each other and held grudges. Some practitioners stopped coming to study the Fa, some stopped sharing, and some chose to cooperate with conditions attached and others quit their original projects or work. We failed to let go and improve ourselves, and instead became attached to our hearts of conflict; therefore gaps were produced and the one body disappeared. People did things on their own and interferences emerged.

Master said in Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A., “When another God proposes an idea, they aren't eager to reject it, and they aren't eager to express their own ideas and they don't believe that their own ideas are good. Instead, they look at what the end result of the other God's proposed approach will be. The paths are different--everyone's path is different--and the truths that beings validate and enlighten to in the Fa are different, too, but the results might very well be the same. That's why they look at the results, and if the result of a God's idea can achieve the goal, if it can truly achieve it, then all of them will go along with it. That's how Gods think. Also, if there's something lacking in it they'll unconditionally and quietly supplement it to make things more complete and perfect. That's how they handle things.”

Time is limited and Dafa’s resources are very precious. We should not and cannot waste them! “Cultivate as if you have just started” and our pure hearts will not have any notions! Please let us open our hearts to each other, understand and forgive each other, share ideas face to face based on the Fa, put down one’s self and form a whole body, and help Master to rectify the Fa!

My understanding is limited; please point out any deficiencies.

Thank you practitioners!

Thank you revered Master!


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