The Right Path for Cultivation Is Based on Faith in Master and the Fa
(Clearwisdom.net) Revered Master! Fellow practitioners!
We Are Predestined to Know the Fa
I started learning the Fa in November 1997. I knew that the Fa would provide guidance on how to improve myself in every aspect of my life, whether I was at home or at work. To be a real practitioner I must use the "Fa" to judge all of my actions.
In 1998 my character was tested several times. I was in charge of the cash register at a granary. There was no machine to check whether the paper money we were given was real or counterfeit. People used fake bills, but I didn't know until I tallied the cash at the end of the day. I recognized that this was a test of my character. Master said in Zhuan Falun,
"It is hard in that you knowingly lose your vested interests among everyday people. Amidst your critical self-interests, are you moved?"
When I encountered counterfeit bills, I tore them up and replaced them with my own money.
One time, a colleague tried to use counterfeit money to pay his bill. I told him that it would be bad for him to do that and that it would hurt whoever ended up with it. I then destroyed the bill.
He thought that I was stupid to do this. I told him that all practitioners would do the same, and I thought I should demonstrate to others that abiding by the Fa was good for society. Gradually, as my character improved, people no longer thought that I was stupid. Instead, they began showing a sense of respect toward Falun Dafa.
Having Complete Faith in Dafa
After the persecution started in July 1999, I went to Beijing in September to appeal to the authorities for help. At Tiananmen Square, several practitioners and I were arrested and taken to a detention center. I saw practitioners being beaten and kicked just because they were asking for fairness. Such barbaric actions are still happening today.
One night the guards took me out of the cell for questioning. I told them about the benefits I had gained from the practice and explained that the media reports were propaganda designed to slander Dafa. Master only asked us to be good people. "What is wrong with that?" They replied, "We know all practitioners are good people, but you must practice at home. Communists do not let you do it outside. If you do, it is breaking the law."
A few months later I read the "The Knowing Heart" in Essentials for Further Advancement II. I knew then that I was on the right path, and my faith in Master and the Fa became firmer.
Self-cultivation Through Fa-validation and Doing the Three Things
Over the next few years I did what I could, although it wasn't anything earth shaking. In 2005 I rode my bike to a grocery store. As I was passing a parked car, the driver suddenly opened his door, and struck me and my bike. I fell down with the bike on top of me. The driver was scared. He just looked at me and didn't know what to say. As he helped me to get up, I thought, "This is no accident. I should save this man." So I said, "You have met a good woman. I won't give you any trouble. You don't need to worry, but please exercise more care after this. You are lucky to have met me." He kept on nodding and saying, "Yes! Yes! I have met a good woman, a good woman." I said, "I am a Falun Dafa practitioner. You should remember that Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good and that Falun Dafa is good." He was really excited and said, "I believe what you say. Teach me how to practice Dafa."
Master said in Zhuan Falun,
"We have said that good or evil comes from a person's spontaneous thought, and the thought at that moment can bring about different consequences."
This thought may have saved him or created an opportunity for him to obtain the Fa.
As the Fa-rectification progresses, my husband handles most of the local Fa-validation activities. I have many opportunities to participate in these activities. In particular, I write articles exposing the persecution and "clarifying the facts" about Falun Dafa. I have also written to the mayor, the city Party secretary, and government workers in the judicial and security offices, including the 610 Office, advising the staff to be compassionate. I use the web page to expose the people who persecute practitioners. This exposure was effective in putting pressure on these people, and played a role in saving sentient beings. I believe these activities are in line with Master's plan for Fa-rectification.
My husband and I live a simple life. We keep our clothes clean and don't follow fashion trends. Nine years ago I saw Master in a dream wearing a Western suit. His white shirt was old but clean. I thought he was giving me an example of how to dress and telling me that, as a practitioner, I should concentrate on cultivation and saving sentient beings. On many occasions my classmates, whom I have not seen for a long time, and sometimes strangers have said to me, "Your skin looks like that of a much younger woman. How do you manage that?" I tell them that it is because I practice Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, which leads to a complete change in attitude and subsequently a change in my body. I also use these opportunities to advise them to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party.
Looking back on the past years of Fa-validation, I see that there have been many times when more could have been done. However, I have the desire and determination to improve my character, to keep up with the process of Fa-rectification, and to do the three things well.
Thank you, Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners! Heshi!