New Practitioner: Obtaining the Fa and Cultivation
(Clearwisdom.net) I began to practice Falun Dafa in July 2007. I would like to report to Master how I obtained the Fa and my cultivation status at the time of Master's Birthday and World Falun Dafa Day. I sincerely thank Master for saving me.
I have believed in Gods, Buddhas and Taos since I was very little. I was very interested in the miracles of the universe, and always wanted to know the meaning of life and the truth of the universe. In the 80s, I studied a type of Qigong through mailing. I studied it for many years, and ended up with nothing. Around 1994, many Qigong masters taught their practices in our city, one after another. I also went to learn, but didn't achieve anything. Now I realize that it is these things that have kept me from following the real righteous Fa. Later on, I started to do business, and gradually began to stay far away from Qigong. I heard about Dafa for the first time in 1999, when Jiang Zemin's regime-controlled propaganda started to slander Dafa, and the brutal persecution began. In 2007 I had spent long enough struggling in the world, even though my life was quite good according to everyday people's standards. The Buddha nature in my heart awoke.
It was probably that my predestined opportunity arrived, so Master came to save me. First, I had a dream and saw a Bodhisattva; she asked, "Where were you before? I have been looking for you for many years." She then told me which heaven I was in before, and how I was arranged to come to the human world. A few days later, by seemingly pure coincidence, my neighbor gave me "Wujie" software to break through the Internet blockade. This neighbor had been very mean to me before, though I was kind to him all along. It turned out that good has good as a return, and he became an important way for me to obtain the Fa. I broke through the Internet blockade to read news, and gained a very deep understanding of the evil, brutal, lying and violent nature of the CCP. One day I talked about Dafa with a relative, and he insisted promoting the CCP's slander. At that time, I no longer believed the propaganda of the CCP, but didn't know how to fight back. I suddenly realized, "Let me check what Falun Dafa is about." I then found Minghui (the Chinese version of Clearwisdom), and found Dafa's Zhuan Falun.
In the beginning, I read from the angle of an outsider judging rights and wrongs. Unexpectedly, I could not stop until I finished the whole book Zhuan Falun. Dafa is truly magnificent! Master unveiled the miracles of the universe, explained the truth of the universe, revealed the truth of the human world, and pointed out to me the real meaning and destination of life ... All these things are the truths that I have been searching for. All my previous questions about the honors and shame, gain and loss, success and failure, pursuit, searching, progress and backlash, wisdom and foolishness, happiness and sorrow, cause and effect, and life, aging, illness, and death were all solved. The new miracles and kingdoms exposed in front of me were even more wonderful. I have to say that I finally found the path that I should walk on after all these years of searching and waiting! There were many times when I cried out loud when I looked at Master's photo, or when I read about other practitioners' sharing. I understand that I have a prehistoric pledge with Master, and I need to help Master with Fa-rectification. However, I was so lost in this world, accumulated so much karma, and suffered so much in all my lives. My knowing side is very anxious to go back home with Master, otherwise how could I be so sad, excited, and even unable to control my feelings. From then on, I walked on the path of cultivation!
I didn't hear about any fellow practitioners in the area, and I think Master has his own arrangements if he used such a special way to save me. I decided to cultivate in this unique environment.
- Study the Fa
I love to study the Fa. After I broke through the Internet blockade, I sought out Master's teachings and read them out loud. The principles of Dafa entered the bottom of my heart like spring water. I have read all the teachings twice, and read Zhuan Falun, Essentials for Further Advancement, and Hong Yin at least four times. I feel something new every time I read Master's teachings. I read almost every day.
- Do the Exercises
When I first started to do the four sets of standing exercises, I followed the instructions and pictures, but my movements and rhythms were not very accurate. Later on, I downloaded the teaching video and audio files of Master teaching the exercises, and my movements became much better. I do the first four sets of exercises during the day, and do the sitting meditation at night. In the beginning, I had trouble sitting double cross-legged. A year later, I could sit double crossed, but it was very painful, numb and difficult to hold. I reminded myself, "When it's difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it's impossible to do, you can do it." (Zhuan Falun) I finally did it. I do one hour during the day and one hour at night.
- Group Fa-study and Sharing
Due to my unique way of obtaining the Fa and the severe environment that the CCP has created through the brutal persecution, I could not contact any fellow practitioners, I also could not look for them blindly. Therefore, I do my group study from the Minghui website. I read fellow practitioners' sharing on the web every day. My group is so huge, and includes practitioners from all over the world. I have been helped, inspired, encouraged and motivated by them. I would like to sincerely thank fellow practitioners working on and writing papers for the Minghui website. Your experience and process of validating the Fa have provided me, a new practitioner, an important special environment for Fa-study and exercises. I don't feel lonely, because Master protects me all the time. I feel that I am in the immense stream of Dafa practitioners validating the Fa and saving sentient beings.
- Improve xinxing
We cultivate according to the principles of the universe, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, get rid of human notions and attachments, and grow righteous and divine thoughts. I check my behavior according to the Fa principles all the time. Once, several thousand yuan that was supposed to belong to me was given to someone else. If this had happened before, I would have fought bitterly or hated that person to his bones. But I treated it differently this time; I am a Dafa disciple, and I understand the principles of the Fa, and therefore I was not angry and I didn't even fight for it. In my work environment, there is more underground fighting than open fighting among people. After I improved my xinxing and looked lightly on fame and material interest, I jumped out of that circle, and obtained a calm world as an exchange. It was just like what Master has said, I didn't really lose anything. On the contrary, I had an unexpected harvest after I began cultivation.
- My Physical Health
I didn't study the Fa for treating illness, but when Master helped me cleanse my body, the effect was very obvious. I had many problems such as coronary heart problems, hypertension, high blood fats, etc. And I had neck surgery in 2001 for lymph tuberculosis. Since cultivation, I have been very healthy. Sometimes there are fake phenomena, I am not moved, and they disappear in a couple of days. When I had the neck surgery, the nerves of my arms were injured, and I could not raise my hand to normal height, and could not perform difficult movements. Master cured my injury and recovered the nerves in two steps. In the process of recovery, my arm and shoulder felt pain and I could not move easily. I knew that Master was helping me to recover the injured nerves and I took it easy. About twenty days later, the pain disappeared, and my arm was even more flexible than before. Now I am fully recovered, my left hand can do everything my right hand can do, and I can raise my arms to the same height. More surprisingly, I experienced what is called "Buddha's light shines everywhere, propriety and righteousness harmonize everything." (Zhuan Falun) My wife used to have many health problems. Since I started cultivation, she has also been much healthier and happier, and has entered a very good work and living environment. Therefore, she strongly supports my cultivation.
Master asks us to do the three things well, clarify the truth, and save sentient beings--these are the responsibilities of our practitioners, and are also the mighty virtue of Dafa disciples. It is the requirement of Fa-rectification, and is also an important form of cultivation for Dafa disciples in the Fa-rectification period. I thank Master for finding me among so many beings and saving me. I feel lucky that I can still become a Dafa disciple at the late stage of Fa-rectification. I don't mind if I am a Fa-rectification disciple or not, I will fulfill my prehistoric vows, and help Master with Fa-rectification. I am doing it now, I have already stepped forward, and am doing what I can according to my unique situation!
The time of my cultivation is too short, and my understanding might not be correct. I hope fellow practitioners will correct me. At last, I would like to share my biggest wish. I wish that I could see my Master soon! I wish Master health and hope everything goes well with Fa-rectification!