Sentient Beings Rejoice When Practitioners Are Diligent in Their Cultivation
(Clearwisdom.net) This is a recent story about Lianxiang (pseudonym), a practitioner from Kafeng City. Since July 20, 1999, when the persecution of Falun Dafa began, Lianxiang had become depressed. Although many practitioners tried to help her and she really wanted to improve, but she could not. I must be honest with myself. I was not that diligent in my own cultivation and thus could not give her the support, advice or encouragement she needed. One day, I dreamt of Teacher giving me a hint: I saw Lianxiang performing acrobatics in a large room. She walked on a row of wooden sticks that were mounted high above the ground on the walls. But there were only three walls with sticks, while the fourth wall had none. After Lianxiang had traversed the first three walls, she did not stop. She took a step into thin air and fell to the ground with a loud thud. I thought to myself: I knew there weren't any wooden sticks on that wall, why didn't I warn her? I should be responsible for her hard fall. I felt deep remorse. After I woke up, with the dream still fresh in my mind, I remained remorseful even though I knew it was only a dream.
I told Lianxiang about my dream immediately. She said that she had indeed fallen behind in her cultivation. Later, I borrowed a truth clarifying video CD from a fellow practitioner. Lianxiang just happened to be visiting me, so we watched it together. The VCD held interviews with practitioners who had traveled with Teacher when he was teaching Falun Dafa in China. They recalled the hardships that Teacher and the others had endured during that period of time. The VCD also held testimonies on improvements after practicing Falun Dafa, and pictures of large group practices before July 20, 1999. With Teacher's help, Lianxiang's desire to practice became strong again. She shed heartfelt tears while watching.
Lianxiang went home at around 11 o'clock that night. Instead of going to bed as she normally would, she listened to Teacher's lecture. In that particular lecture, Teacher said, "Once you miss this opportunity, you will never have it again." As she was listening, she realized that every opportunity is precious. After sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight, she was not sleepy at all. She started to practice the sitting meditation. Once she entered into tranquility, she saw hundreds and thousands of colorful ribbons flying up and down like waves, and the ribbons were emitting golden lights. There were sounds of joyful cheering and firecrackers, as if people were celebrating an important event. Lianxiang realized that these were the sentient beings of her realm rejoicing after being saved. The scene lasted until the end of the meditation. In the past, when Lianxiang read about practitioners from other regions being persecuted, she would think that the police were evil, but those practitioners remained strangers to her. She did not feel any connection with them. Now when she sees, hears, or reads about fellow practitioners being persecuted, she really feels the pain in her heart. She truly has changed.
Another boat has raised the sail and joined in the great current of Fa-rectification.