Clarifying the Truth, Validating the Fa, and Cultivating Myself at My College Reunion
I recently received notification that a college reunion was going to take place at the university I graduated from 20 years ago. Since I failed to find a job in the major I graduated in, my life after graduation was not so great, and I did not contact my classmates and teachers for quite a long time. I wondered what I would talk to them about when I saw them. In addition, I was very busy doing things for Fa rectification and had to take a training course for a project the same day as the reunion, so I hesitated about whether to participate or not.
I immediately changed my mind, because from the standpoint of a practitioner, I knew I should not view this matter with the mindset of an everyday person. This would be a good opportunity to clarify the truth, validate the Fa, and save sentient beings. If I missed this opportunity, when would I get another chance? For these reasons, I realized I should go and see the sentient beings who had a predestined relationship with me. After I thought this, all my worries that I might be embarrassed if I had nothing to talk about disappeared.
That morning I attended the training course in Taipei. After that I traveled on a high speed train to Chengkong University in Tainan to attend the reunion. At the reunion I saw my old teachers and classmates. Many of them already had white hair, and several of them had passed away. Returning to my campus after so many years, I was reminded of all that I had experienced 20 years ago, and my mind started racing. Indeed, so many things had happened to me in the past 20 years.
I was alerted right away that all these thoughts were manifestations of the mentality of ordinary people. I am a Dafa practitioner now, and that is most important. I usually told my friends, "In this life I am so fortunate that I have become a student of Mr. Li Hongzhi. What else would I possibly need to pursue?" By my letting go of the past, I have realized that it is not important whether I have made some achievement or that I just struggle for survival everyday. Everything that happens to me are just tests for my mind, and the only thing that matters is safeguarding my xinxing as a cultivator at all the times. If I fail to do this, all kinds of sentimentality, like unrestrained joyfulness or remorse, will crowd into my mind.
After the speeches by the professors and teachers, schoolmates from different classes went up on stage to talk about the old times and share their professional careers. Not very many went up to speak on their own. When it was time for those in my class to speak, I went up on stage with no hesitation, as I knew well the reason for my being there. I told them that I practiced Falun Gong now, and that I had learned it from a practitioner who was in our class. He had given me a copy of Zhuan Falun to read, and he told me there were practitioners that practiced in the parks and that Falun Gong was tremendous and profound.
Afterwards there was a banquet and socializing. I gave out my business card and talked to them about Falun Gong. Many of them were supportive and gave me their business cards to get more information later.
Teacher said in "Teaching the Fa at the U.S. Capital:"
"Whatever you do is for the good of the people in this world. It looks as if we're seeking help from people, when in fact we are saving them. It doesn't matter if it's seeking help with funding, human resources, or material assistance; clarifying the facts to governments in different countries; making contact with civic groups in society; or communicating with other sectors of society, none of these is for Falun Gong's own sake, nor for your own cultivation. These have nothing to do with what one does in cultivation."
In the same lecture Teacher also pointed out explicitly:
"When you are reaching out to people, that is when you are saving them. When people give support after becoming clear on the truth, thanks to your clarifying the facts, that is saving people; and the positive results they produce after they come to realize the truth is for saving people. "
I used to be socially inactive, but now I have a different outlook. Social activities provide me with good opportunities to save sentient beings who have predestined relationships with me. In the meantime, I cultivate to get rid of my attachments. If I am diligent in my cultivation, I will be alerted to my attachments so I can remove them, which is exactly what cultivation is.