Falun Dafa Uplifted My Life
In June 1998, a new colleague of mine gave me the Falun Dafa (Lecture in Sydney). It seemed like it was very easy for me to attain Falun Dafa. That August, I met Teacher Li at the Singapore Experience Sharing Conference. Now looking back, I have realized that I am indeed a very fortunate person.
As soon as I began to practice Falun Dafa, I loved to read Falun Dafa books. Since then I have been constantly reading the books, which subsequently has had a positive effect on my ability to steadfastly cultivate in Dafa.
In November 1998, I attended a 9-day video lecture by Teacher Li and I started to practice the five sets of exercises. In the beginning, I realized that my enlightenment quality was not very good. Although I loved to read Falun Dafa books, I could hardly remember anything afterwards, let alone understand some of the Fa [Law and Principles] and why we needed to study the Fa? Later, I came to a new practice site. With the help of other practitioners I continued to study the Fa. I gradually began to understand the Fa and I came to a clearer understanding of what cultivation is all about. I then realized that Zhuan Falun [Main text of Falun Dafa] is a book that genuinely guides people to practice cultivation.
Here I truly hope that those people who misunderstand or who don't know what Falun Dafa is could read Zhuan Falun, thus giving themselves a chance to know what Zhuan Falun contains. What exactly is written in this book? What is Falun Dafa? Don't just follow the hearsay. One must understand the purpose and the meaning of life and one should be responsible for one's own life. I truly hope that everyone can come to personally experience Falun Dafa.
Now, I shall relate some changes that I have experienced during my 3 years of cultivation.
I have transformed from a sick person to a healthy man. Before I practiced Falun Gong, I would need to go to bed before 10 p.m. every night and when I woke up, my body would ache all over. My wife and son liked to go window-shopping during the weekend. This was an agonizing weekend duty for me. They were enthusiastically walking around while I kept looking for a chair to sit down and if possible to lie down and have some rest. Now, I don't feel tired all day long and I feel very energetic.
My mental health also changed tremendously. Before I practiced Falun Gong, I just didn't know how to smile and I hadn't smiled for many years. Happiness was a strange word to me. Now I've changed to become a happy man, and I smile to greet people at anytime and I can face life's pressures and challenges optimistically.
I used to be an intolerant man. Frequently, I would flare up over family trifles and petty matters. Now, I can remain calm in any conflict, reflect on the matter, and self-reflect for any mistake I might have made in the conflict. I have become a broad-minded man and now have a tolerant heart.
I used to be very mean, but now I take benefits lightly and I have realized that many problems and conflicts were actually caused by my various attachments.
After I attended the experience-sharing conference in Taiwan in December 2000, I gradually developed a deeper understanding towards the Fa-rectification and cultivation during the Fa-rectification. This improvement was directly related to my participation in group practice, studying the Fa, and sharing experiences in cultivation with other practitioners as well as my daily reading of Clearwisdom Net's articles. At times, a word or sentence from a fellow practitioner could have a critical and intriguing effect in my advancement. Greater effects could be achieved if the word was incisive and could penetrate my heart. As long as one is able to always treat oneself as a practitioner and introspect, one will be able to quickly recognize one's attachments.
Teacher has repeatedly stressed the need to study the Fa. Some fellow practitioners have upgraded their xinxing [mind nature] level very fast through studying the Fa. This can be seen from the articles presented on Clearwisdom Net. They've done very well in promoting the Fa and Fa-rectification. They took their own initiative in doing it, didn't rely on others, didn't wait for others and they put their hearts and minds in Dafa. I think these attributes to their constant study of the Fa and to their righteous understanding. Teacher says in "Expounding on the Fa" (from Essentials For Further Advancement), "I am not asking you to intentionally do something. I am only trying to make you understand the principles of the Fa so that you will have a clear understanding of this. In fact, Dafa is not only to save human beings--it is also taught to all beings in the various dimensions. Your enlightened, original nature will automatically know what to do. Cherishing your human side enables you to enlighten to and ascend in the Fa. Dafa is harmonizing all sentient beings, and all sentient beings are also harmonizing Dafa. I have told you the solemnity and sacredness of the Fa in order to eliminate your confusion about and misunderstanding of the Fa."
When answering a practitioner's question at the New Zealand Experience-sharing Conference, Teacher said, "...Your inability to upgrade is because of your insufficient understanding of the Fa...", "Your words and deeds are reflected by your level of xinxing and you'll not attain it by painstakingly doing it if you do not take the study of Fa seriously."
In "Deter Interference," Teacher said, "The Fa can reveal all attachments, the Fa can eradicate all evils, the Fa can expose and dispel all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts." Increasingly, I feel every word of Teacher is a true principle and I can also realize the meaning of Teacher's words, such as, "My words are the Fa." "A Heavy Blow"(Essentials For Further Advancement) Recently, I have realized the mighty power of "Righteous Realization," "Righteous Faith," and "Righteous Thoughts." When I participate in activities of rectifying the Fa and clarifying the truth, it is not what I'm able to do, but to follow Teacher's Fa.
In Zhuan Falun, Teacher says, "'The Buddha Fa is most profound; among all the theories in the world, it is the most intricate and extraordinary science. In order to explore this domain, humankind must fundamentally change its conventional thinking. Otherwise, the truth of the universe will forever remain a mystery to humankind, and everyday people will forever crawl within the boundary delimited by their own ignorance."
I realize the mighty benevolence of Teacher. I have realized that Teacher has interfused the Fa of the cosmos into Zhuan Falun. Anyone shall benefit immensely from this book as long as he or she can read it calmly. Just think about it, among ordinary people, who has the ability to tell you the truth of all lives in the universe? Even though you may be an intellectual, a specialist, or a successful person, aren't you just an insignificant person in this vast universe?
Lastly, I would like to finish my report with Teacher's poem: "Rectifying the Colossal Firmament":
How could the evil run rampant any longer?
Every single being's volition is fully revealed.
How could any being be outside this calamity?
I behold with a smile all of the Gods being unwise.