A New Practitioner Shares Insights on Cultivating Speech
(Clearwisdom.net) After a small truth-clarifying materials production site was launched in my home (mainly making CDs and DVDs), Practitioner A reminded me several times about cultivating my speech. I nodded seriously and took it to heart. I did not tell anyone about the materials production site and I thought I had done fairly well. However, one recent experience showed me that I did not do so well.
Practitioner B helped me a lot in my cultivation, and we live close to each other. I felt she was very good and trusted her. For several days, the production of CDs and DVDs did not go smoothly. I looked inward and realized that I had not done well with the global sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight. This continued for several days and I was very worried. Practitioner B came over and I asked her to send forth righteous thoughts with me. I was hesitant, but I still told her about the small materials production site at my home. I realized that I did not cultivate speech on this matter. After hearing about it, Practitioner A asked me to pay attention to this in the future.
Today, when Practitioner B was reading articles on the Minghui/Clearwisdom website at my home, she suddenly said, "If Practitioner W could get onto the Internet, it would be great." I was surprised that she mentioned Practitioner W's name. Practitioner W used to work in the same factory as I do. When the persecution started in 1999, I heard that she had gone to Beijing several times to appeal for justice for Dafa and later was fired because of that. After starting to practice Falun Gong this year, I sometimes think about her and wonder about her whereabouts. I could not resist asking Practitioner B if she knew Practitioner W's current situation. At this point, Practitioner B also realized that she had not cultivated her speech. She smiled at me and said that Practitioner W had been doing well and is remaining diligent.
After Practitioner B left, I thought: how can Practitioner B - someone who cultivates very well - also forget to cultivate her speech? I realized that Teacher was using this to enlighten me so that I could understand the seriousness of cultivating speech. Although seemingly insignificant, many bad consequences can happen if we do not pay attention to our cultivation of speech. This will affect our saving sentient beings. Through this, I also came to see how Practitioner B properly handled the situation. Even without giving any details, her answer still helped to motivate me to do better. I realized the attachments I need to get rid of: showing off, curiosity, sentimentality towards fellow practitioners, and laziness in relying on fellow practitioners to solve problems that come up.
I will start to cultivate myself more diligently and steadily with every single thought.
December 29, 2007