Studying the Fa with Peaceful Minds
(Clearwisdom.net) Prior to starting group Fa study with two fellow practitioners, we agreed on three rules: 1. There would be no unnecessary moving around 2. We would sit upright. 3. We would take turns reading one paragraph each, and while one person was reading, the others would follow along silently and stay focused. If someone pronounced a word incorrectly, the next in line would point out the mistake. Our purpose was to strengthen our main consciousness and to maintain a tranquil environment.
We started reading the Fa solemnly, slowly and clearly. When we got to the the fifth page of Zhuan Falun, a picture appeared in front of my eyes. Teacher, who was tall and large, was leading the three of us down a slope. The three of us were only about seven or eight years old at the time. Stepping on clouds, we walked downwards, leaping and jumping. Teacher warned us, "It will be extremely dangerous in the human world, you should try to stick together when you get there." I was immediately moved to tears because I recalled the Fa which tells us that we should cherish the predestined relationships between fellow practitioners and that we will no longer be able to see each other after we achieve consummation through cultivation. I remembered that I often held grudges against my fellow practitioners over minor matters and was very embarrassed for not following Teacher's guidance. From now on, I will treasure my predestined relationships. To quote a fellow practitioner, "Let's not argue, but instead live harmoniously. Let us save sentient beings and follow Teacher homeward." I have realized that Teacher was encouraging us to persist in group Fa study and to cultivate successfully.
Another time, I was reading the Fa at home with a very peaceful mind. While I was reading, a distracting thought entered my mind from one direction. I sent forth a righteous thought to disintegrate it and kept on reading. After a while, another distracting thought broke into my brain from the other direction. I sent forth a righteous thought again to disintegrate it and kept on reading. Soon, yet another thought broke through from a third direction. It was saying, "I like to show off." I immediately sent forth righteous thoughts once again to disintegrate it but without success. Finally I asked for Teacher's support. At that time, a voice said to me, "Do not say that I have an attachment to showing off." The attachment returned but I finally understood that I was wrong to accept this attachment as part of myself. How can I eradicate it when I'm holding on to it at the same time? I am a Falun Dafa disciple and I know that life is composed of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance." As soon as I made up my mind to disintegrate the attachment thoroughly, it was destroyed in a moment. I am grateful for Teacher's gracious care. Teacher is with us and taking care of us all the time. As long as we study the Fa with peaceful minds, the Fa will manifest its omnipotence.
March 20, 2007