PureInsight | September 11, 2021
Greetings, revered Master!
Greetings, my fellow practitioners!
Before I obtained the Fa in 1996, I suffered from a herniated lumbar disc. During those days, I dared not hold my two-year-old child. When I bent down or straightened out my back, my back felt like it would snap. Despite the continued treatment, my back was not healed. Within a few days after practicing Falun Gong, my back suddenly stopped hurting. My whole body became strong, and I could do heavy and tiring work. I truly felt the state of being disease-free.
When I first obtained the Fa, I just aimed to present the magnificence of Dafa to everyday people. When I approached people, I treated them with kindness. However, because I did not take personal cultivation seriously, at home, I behaved the same as before I obtained the Fa.
I am the youngest at home, so I never wholeheartedly did household chores. When I talked about Falun Gong to my brother, he disagreed with me. He blamed, “You do not do your household chores well. How can I accept that Falun Gong is good?” I argued with other family members too.
After continuous Fa study, I realized that only when I genuinely cultivated my own heart could I convey the magnificence of Dafa through my words and actions. Whether at home or outside, I should be considerate of other people’s needs at any time and look inward when conflicts emerge. After that, I wholeheartedly looked after my parents who fell sick, tried to do more household work, and rarely complained. Because my family saw how much I had changed, when I clarified the truth about Falun Dafa, they didn’t argue with me. My relationship with my family became harmonious.
At the beginning stage of obtaining the Fa, I could cross my legs in a double-lotus position for only about ten minutes. It was agonizing even when I did it for an extra minute. By 1999, I could keep my legs crossed for about 50 minutes. However, I could not deeply comprehend the meaning of the term ‘cultivation’. I did the meditative exercises more seriously than my cultivation. In addition, I had many attachments that I could not give up. When I went to Beijing to appeal for Dafa in 1999, I was illegally arrested, sentenced, and persecuted for about ten years.
I was severely persecuted while I was imprisoned. I kept reciting the Fa and measured myself against the Fa in everything I did. As long as we upheld our righteous thoughts, we would be able to destroy the evil spectre factors. I let go of my attachment to fear. I clarified the truth to the prison leaders, captain, instructor, and the police, and I called on them to quit the CCP. After some of the policemen accepted the truth, they assisted me in clarifying the truth to other prisoners and letting the prisoners quickly renounce the CCP.
A family member of the captain of my correctional group got into a car crash. Before he went back home, he spoke to me, “After I leave, I hope that you can still tell people about Zhen-Shan-Ren.” At the time, there was a lot of confusion and chaos in the prison. As I constantly clarified the truth, prisoners liked to be with me, and the situation in the prison got better.
There was a prisoner who was quite willing to listen to me recite the Fa. Since he wanted to recite the Fa too, I wrote down the Fa teachings of “On Dafa” and Hong Yin for him. As time went by, a policeman told him, “If you want to keep close ties to Falun Gong practitioners, I cannot shorten your sentence.” He replied, “I would rather not have my sentence shortened because I want to be with Falun Gong.” The policeman felt worried and told him, “Please don’t learn Falun Dafa. I will give you more points to let you go back home earlier.” Obtaining one point could shorten one’s sentence by one day, but it was hard to even get one point. To my surprise, the prisoner’s sentence was shortened by five months and finally six months. He was able to leave one month earlier. In the prison, I helped hundreds of people renounce the CCP.
In order to save sentient beings, I tried not to have conflicts with everyday people in my daily life and work. However, it was easy to have conflicts with fellow practitioners.
Last year, a fellow practitioner lost something and said that I took it. I told her that I did not do that, but she did not trust me. She did not want me to buy a new one or repay her with money. I could not understand why she acting this way to me, which made me feel irritated. Then I measured myself against the Fa about this issue.
Master taught us in Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa - Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference, “When something upsetting happens, something that angers you occurs, or there is personal gain at stake, or your ego suffers a blow, are you able to look inward and cultivate yourself, searching for your own shortcoming, and even when you find yourself in such a situation and you’re not at fault, are you able to have an attitude of, ‘Oh, I understand—I must not have done well in some regard. Or if I really didn’t do something wrong, perhaps it’s that I’m paying off karma that I owe. I’m going to handle it well and pay off what I should.’”
I enlightened that perhaps I was paying off a debt to this practitioner. There are no coincidences.
Through Fa study, I have been able to restrain myself in conflicts. However, when something upsetting has happened, I still wanted to explain myself. This was because I wanted to protect my attachments to selfishness and self-interest. As a cultivator, I don’t have to explain.
Master taught us in Hong Yin (III),
Don’t argue when people argue with you
Cultivation is looking within for the cause
Wanting to explain just feeds the attachment
Breadth of mind, unattached, brings true insight.”
After the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, I went on the RTC platform to make phone calls to China. I studied and recited the Fa and shared my thoughts with fellow practitioners everyday on the platform. After months of reciting the Fa, I enlightened that whenever I think of the Fa first, the Fa can get rid of any tribulation, interference, or attachment.
Master taught us in Drive Out Interference, Essentials for Further Advancement II, “The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.”
Master requires us to cultivate selflessness, and only by doing so can we achieve immortality. I need to eliminate this attachment to selfishness, so I am trying to be in harmony with the one body of practitioners. If I have the time and the qualifications, I will try my best to participate in any Dafa project. As long as it is possible, I will do my best to cooperate with fellow practitioners. Being attached to ego is a type of selfishness, which should be removed in my cultivation.
Please kindly point out anything inappropriate.
Thank you, revered Master!
Thank you, my fellow practitioners!
Chinese version: https://www.zhengjian.org/node/265234