Study the Fa Well and Completely Melt Into the Fa
(Clearwisdom.net) In "Fa Teaching at the 2007 New York Fa Conference," Master talked about ordinary society's interference on the cultivation state of younger practitioners. I felt that this was very relevant to me. Looking back, since I began practicing in 1997, on the path of cultivation and assisting Master in Fa-rectification, I have also experienced some interference and persecution because of influences from the big dye vat of ordinary society. Thanks to Master's benevolent care, I have a good environment for Fa study, and I have become more rational, more mature, and more solid in my cultivation. Here I would like to share some of my understandings about Fa study, especially with fellow younger practitioners, so that we could improve as a whole.
Resist Interference from Ordinary Society
I was a high school student when I began practicing. Even before then, our benevolent Master had helped me avoid many forms of pollution from ordinary society. Since I was young, I watched very little television and did not read too many popular books in society. Since I began cultivating, I read even fewer non-Dafa books. Whenever I had time, I studied the Fa or read experience-sharing articles related to cultivation. I felt very fulfilled. If I wasted time that could have been used for Fa study, I would feel at a loss.
When I went to college, I moved away from home and lost the good environment for Fa study. I began to spend a lot of time on the Internet and gradually lowered the requirement for myself. I became less diligent. I did not awaken from this state until I read Master's words, "A person is like a container, and he is whatever he contains." ("Melt Into the Fa," Essentials For Further Advancement) I realized that with the moral standard of humanity slipping, the Internet and television programs were filled with deviated notions and demonstrations of various kinds of demon nature. How could I allow it to pollute the pure thoughts I had obtained from cultivating Dafa? If I continued this way, wouldn't I become a bad person? Having realized this, I stayed away from the Internet and television. Besides work and school, I only let Dafa into my thoughts. My thoughts have therefore become purer, and I was able to melt into the Fa again.
Completely Melt Into the Fa and Save Sentient Beings
Shortly after I began practicing, I was fortunate enough to participate in the group Fa studies and experience sharing conferences organized by the local assistance centers in our city. We studied the Fa and did the exercises together for over ten days in a row. I was able to share with many diligent Dafa practitioners. This laid a solid foundation for my future Fa study. Since then, my mother and I created a good Fa-study environment at home. With the exception of eating and sleeping, all we did at home was to study the Fa. When we enlightened to something after reading the book, we would share with each other immediately. We were able to devote a large amount of time for Fa study. At the same time, we also changed our human notions. Issues such as college entrance examinations or finding a good job, which everyday people consider very important, were easily resolved with a clear and pure mind after we studied the Fa.
Since the persecution against Falun Gong began in 1999, we started more face-to-face truth-clarification and distributed truth-clarifying materials. At first, when I followed my mother and distributed the materials, I was very scared. When we walked into a village, I would pitch the materials at the doors when I was still very far away. Besides, I was also very nervous, hoping that we would be done soon so that nobody would see us. When it got dark at night, I was too afraid to even walk. Fortunately, this state did not last long. During the summer, I studied Master's new articles with my mother and read other practitioners' sharing articles. I learned that fear was an attachment that I needed to eliminate.
Once, I studied the Fa with my mother for a whole day. That evening, we were handing out truth-clarification materials while sending forth righteous thoughts. I felt that my whole body was supported by a powerful force. I did not have any fear. I walked up to each residence without fear, and put the materials at the most appropriate location. If a dog barked, I would send forth righteous thoughts with a calm mind, as other practitioners have done. I would tell the dog that Falun Dafa is great, and that it needed to cooperate with us to assist Master in the Fa-rectification. After I was done distributing the materials, I would put up truth-clarification posters. Once, right before I left, I used a piece of chalk to write some words on the poster. A patrol person in a police uniform came up to me and asked what I was writing. I did not answer, and instead turned around with my mother and left while sending righteous thoughts. That person looked at the poster and did not make a move, as if frozen. He didn't say anything else. That evening, we walked for about 10 miles.
We encountered this type of situations four or five times. Each time, we were able to walk away without trouble due to our righteous thoughts.
These experiences taught me that Fa study is not limited to the dozens of pages we read everyday, as though it was a routine. We could do the three things well and use the Fa to guide our every thought and action only if we truly harmonize with Dafa and rectify ourselves to meet the standards of a cultivator. "If you are able to succeed in improving yourself this way, what you do then, with a pure heart, will be the best and most sacred." ("Further Understanding," Essentials For Further Advancement)
I would like to close by sharing a passage from Master,
"As a student, if his mind is filled with nothing but Dafa, this person is definitely a genuine cultivator. So you must have a clear understanding on the matter of studying the Fa. Reading the books more and studying the books more is the key to truly elevating yourself. To put it more simply, as long as you read Dafa, you are changing; as long as you read Dafa, you are elevating. The boundless content of Dafa plus the supplementary means--the exercises--will enable you to reach Consummation." ("Melt into the Fa," Essentials for Further Advancement)