PureInsight | May 8, 2019
Greetings Respectable Master,
Greetings fellow practitioners,
I obtained the Fa in 2003. During the past decades, I had been addicted to the happy and comfort life style. However, after attending the 2016 New York Fahui, I realized the urgency to cultivate diligently as my initial stage of cultivation so as to catch up with the Fa-rectification progress.
1. Value Fa Study, Honor Cultivation Environment
Master said in 2016 New York Fa Conference, “There are also people who think: I am a veteran practitioner and there won’t be a problem if I do not study the Fa for a period of time. There is a problem; it doesn't matter how veteran you are, because the part of you that has been cultivated is already separated from you. Your gong that has been elevated to your original heavenly position will function only if combined with your righteous thoughts in the Fa. If you do not study the Fa and are away from the Fa, your gong cannot be mobilized, because that is Fa’s power.”
After the Fahui, I started to improve my time management and studied Fa every day. A few years later, my self-cultivation becomes less interfered and ordinary people’s desires no longer disturb me. I have more time in doing Fa-Rectification. However, many human attachments, like seeking ease and comfort, do not want to share with other practitioners, hinder me from moving forward still exist. I asked myself to overcome the bottlenecks and treat cultivation seriously.
In the beginning, I focused on attending the Fa-study group. I learned to look inward, cooperate with one another, and work as a righteousness team. From these experiences, I saw the gap between myself and fellow practitioners and I started to treasure the cultivation environment.
For the long time, I only listened to the fellow practitioners’ experience sharing rather than sharing my own experience to others. This is a kind of selfishness and refusing to look inward. When fellow practitioners asked me to share my cultivation experience, I was aware that this was an opportunity Master arranged to enhance my cultivation. I have benefited a lots form the Fa, I cannot just take advantage from Fa without any giving back. I start to respect self-cultivation, examine my status, then, write down my experiences and share with practitioners. After sharing several times, I am not nervous anymore and willing to share my own experiences with fellow practitioners. Afterwards, I even hosted the Fa experience-sharing seminars.
2. Improvement from Memorizing the Fa
Master said in Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa, “Those of us who have the ability, who are in their prime, excepting people who are older or who have poor memory, should try to memorize the book. Perhaps what I’m suggesting is high—my requirement might be really high. But in many regions a lot of students have memorized it very well. When they study the Fa they don’t even need the book—they recite it from memory.” However, I was always unwilling to memorize the Fa because I thought I was unable to do it.
One day, an older practitioner shared her experience with me. She had recited the Fa from memory by writing down the Fa countless times. I was really touched. The human being’s excuse couldn’t hinder me from memorizing the Fa. At first, I could only memorize a few sentences. A short paragraph took me one month to memorize. However, from the second time, it took me only one week; then, the third time only 3 days. It’s really a miracle and I became more confident. Now I always recite the Fa when driving, even sleeping. As long as I have time, I will recite the Fa from memory and let each and everything be measured against the Fa.
Reciting the Fa from memory is not only the right for practitioners with good memory or young generation. From Minghui, there are plenty of references that elderly practitioners can recite the Fa from memory.
3. Be Serious in the Morning Exercises
After group Fa-studying and intensive Fa-studying, my Fa-study becomes stable and I have breakthrough in memorizing the Fa. However, my attachment to ease and comfort still prevent me from practicing the five sets of exercise in the early morning. I really wanted to make a breakthrough regarding morning exercises and I always failed. Master said in A Congratulatory Letter to the Fa Conference of Argentina, “The exercises play a supporting role alongside cultivation, and neither can be neglected.”
I didn’t do my exercises well during the past ten years. I only did well when I was moved by other practitioners’ sharing, not really understanding the Fa from the rational perspective. One time I asked two young practitioners why they could persist in morning exercises and they just answered, “Cultivation is solemn”. I had two dreams that night. One was Master told me to remove the handcuffs when practicing. In the other dream I was flying in the cloud inside a boat. When I woke up, I was thrilled and appreciated Master’s encouragement. Then, I told Master I would persist doing the exercises every morning.
I used to sleep a lot - from 8 to 10 hours daily, especially during the weekends I can sleep for nearly half day. Even the clock was set 5 to 6 times, it was still useless. In order to wake up, I arranged for fellow practitioners to phone me in the early morning. It worked in the first day, but failed in the following day since my landline was broken. I knew it was an interference by evil. Thanks to practitioners’ selfless help and I kept sending forth righteous thoughts, I finally overcame this obstruction. Nowadays, I am fully rested even with less than 4 hours sleep.
When practicing meditation in especially in public places, we need pay conscious attention to our posture and follow the Dafa music without falling asleep; otherwise, we may damage Dafa’s image. The peace and tranquility of Dafa practitioners' exercising points are solemn and laudable which can also spread Dafa to the public. It's a kind of responsibility not only to ourselves but also to Dafa when we go to morning exercise.
4. Remove the Selfishness Attachment through the Media Task
I shouldered many video-taking tasks of truth clarification. In the beginning, I just followed the direction given since I had no experience. It was almost every weekend I went to the studio to make videos as arranged by Master.
In the July 20th activity in 2017, the main co-coordinator wanted to make a breakthrough in video taking by having more practitioners involved. Therefore, it took more time to coordinate and complete. The task owner was out of country; so another practitioner and I took over the responsibility. One day I was asked to list down the whole procedure but I was unwilling. I pointed out the coordinator had just returned and she should do this particular job now. Practitioner A replied me: we have to handle this task from the beginning till now, it would be easier without involving others. Although I accepted this points of view I had a strong negative thought of Practitioner A. On the way home, I was sad because of having such a negative thought and why I could not think of others with selflessness. The purpose of the video is to save sentient beings. There should be no difference between other's task and my task.
I reset my thought with a pure mind and put myself into others' shoes. Coordinator had just returned and could be busy. Practitioner A working with me was also involved in all aspects of this event and cooperated with others without complaints. If every single detail of an event can be connected perfectly and become a whole, I deeply believe the video can touch everyone.
While taking the video of the words “Stop Persecuting Falun Gong” on the screen, I saw many colorful Falun rotating. I was grateful and knew Master was encouraging me. This video reached the highest page views in our social media. After that, overseas truth clarification groups hoped to cooperate with us with the English subtitle for other social media. From this experience, I saw foreign practitioners cooperated very well and tried every effort to spread the truth. I saw the difference and gap between cultivation. Now I value every single chance when taking video.
When I recall my cultivation, it sinks and floats. We have waited this moment for hundreds of thousands of years. We have to awaken and bear the Fa in mind. In chaotic times, we need to cultivate ourselves well, swim against the tide, and catch up the Fa progress so that we can save more sentient beings and do not let Master disappoint.
To conclude, I would like to share the following from Master’s Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol. III:
A Will That Ebbs Not
(in Song Dynasty poetic form)
Surpassing time and space,
Fa-rectification dashes forward
Massive is the challenge,
but your will is firm
Unbridled are the wicked,
yet you keep your bearings
Purging evil as if but whisking dust away
walk straight the path of Dafa
May your radiance grace the human world,
as you transcend the Three Realms
Disciples of Fa,
be diligent, with a will that ebbs not
The countless years of hardship were all for this time
The above is my sharing, please kindly point out anything inappropriate.
Thank you Master. Thank you fellow practitioners.
Chinese version: http://www.zhengjian.org/node/248145