The More We Memorize the Fa, the Faster We Rise in Levels
In cultivation I always felt I was too slow in raising my understanding. When I heard a fellow practitioner talking about how "the more we memorize the Fa, the faster we rise in levels," I told myself I should try it and see what happens.
As I am an older person, my memory is poor. When a practitioner mentioned that "Zhuan Falun" was such a thick book, I became discourage and gave up the idea of memorizing the Fa." Teacher said,
"Regardless of whether you've attended the seminars or not, from now on we require all assistants to understand this Fa well. Those of us who have the ability, who are in their prime, excepting people who are older or who have poor memory, should try to memorize the book. Perhaps what I'm suggesting is high--my requirement might be really high. But in many regions a lot of students have memorized it very well. When they study the Fa they don't even need the book--they recite it from memory. Then by comparison..."
(Comments Regarding the Fa-Rectification Made at the Falun Dafa Assistants Meeting in Beijing, January 2, 1995, Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa)
After reading Teacher's Fa in this paragraph, I understood its connotation. Teacher has never really demanded his disciples to concretely do something, but he requires us to understand and comprehend in the Fa. Therefore, I did my best to squeeze in time to memorize the Fa: I memorized at night before falling asleep; I memorized while doing chores; I memorized between times while clarifying truth; I memorized silently in my mind while accompanying clients; I worked on it on the way to wherever I was going, bringing along a piece of paper with a chapter and paragraph number for cross reference. My problem was, I kept forgetting what I had memorized earlier, but I didn't give up. Sometimes, I had to spend one or two days to memorize just one complete sentence of the Fa. Regardless of how long it took, I memorized one sentence, then onto the next, then the third, and then tried it again from the first sentence right through the third. In so doing, I finally finished memorizing the first chapter within one year.
Through consistently memorizing the Fa for three years, my state of cultivation has made a qualitative change--I have a more thorough understanding of the Fa and a deeper sense of the Fa's connotation, its dignity, its profoundness, and its greatness. For many years, Teacher has taught us much concerning the Fa-- the recordings, videos, and Falun Dafa books, of which I only had some vague remembrance. After completely memorizing Zhuan Falun, I have been able to re-connect all Teacher's- lessons on the Fa in different areas. And what I feel is, they are all in systematically perfect order, thereby this body of mine seemed to dissolve into the Fa, I felt myself becoming a particle of the Fa--a kind of surpassing happiness and beauty. At that very moment, I truly realized what Teacher said,
"If a person can truly obtain Dafa, this person is simply most fortunate."
(Lecture Two, Zhuan Falun)
Previously when doing the three things, human notions stayed with me. If some of my colleagues, schoolmates, friends, and relatives were government officials, I would think that they work for the CCP and that it would be hard to clarify the truth to them, let alone advising them about the "three withdrawals," so I used to stay away from them.
After properly understanding the Fa, I've gotten rid of human notions and attachments, dropping all affectation, returning to original purity and simplicity in the Fa. Previously, I always felt that I was tied up with chores, seldom going out for truth clarification. Now I am quite clear--nothing is more important than clarifying truth, saving sentient beings, and assisting Teacher in Fa-rectification. I will do all I can to achieve this purpose.
In the process of assisting in Teacher's Fa-rectification, I've benefited and have been able to raise my level rather faster, all because of Teacher's constant advice, "...study and study the Fa more, study the Fa more." ("Explaining the Fa During the 2003 Lantern Festival at the US West Fa Conference") Teacher, please do not worry, as your disciple, I will definitely walk well, walk straight on the path of Fa-rectification in order to complete my prehistoric wish, to reach consummation and return home with you.
Fellow practitioners, please kindly correct any errors in my understanding.