Being a Qualified Young Falun Dafa Disciple During the Fa-Rectification Period
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings, merciful and great Master! Greetings, fellow Falun Dafa practitioners!
I am a ten-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner, and although I am young, I have been a practitioner for many years. This Fifth Internet Experience Sharing Conference is a special cultivation form for Falun Dafa practitioners during the Fa-rectification period. As Falun Dafa practitioners, the process of writing experience sharing articles is also a manifestation of our belief in Master and the Fa, while simultaneously helping us to look inward to achieve the goal of self-elevation. Below is my little bit of experience, and I wrote it down to report the situation to Master and share with fellow practitioners.
At home, my maternal grandfather worries and cares the most about my studies. Last summer, he urged me to review my schoolwork thoroughly in order to build a good foundation. My mother urged me to use my summer vacation to instead study the Fa well. I thought that as a young practitioner, studying for school was my duty, but I also needed to study the Fa well. Because I do not have time to study the Fa more often during school, vacation was an opportunity for me to study the Fa and exchange my experiences with fellow practitioners. Therefore, I quickly completed my homework. Every time the Fa-study group congregated, I would go with my maternal grandmother to study the Fa.
The Fa-study group I participated in had quite a few older fellow practitioners, and when they read, they were slow and their pronunciation was often wrong. In the beginning, I always thought about myself and read ahead of others and read very quickly. Many of the elderly practitioners could not hear me clearly and could not follow my reading. When my mother returned home in the evening, my grandmother told my mother about my behavior. As soon as I heard about it, I felt badly, and I was mad at my grandmother, completely forgetting that I was a Falun Dafa practitioner.
My mother saw what was happening, so she spoke with me. She inspired me to look at the issue from a Falun Dafa disciple's perspective: to look inward and cultivate well. Indeed, why didn't I do what Master taught us to do when I came across an issue? Master told us in Zhuan Falun: "as a practitioner, you shouldn't hit back when attacked, or talk back when insulted." My grandmother didn't even insult or attack me, but I still could not maintain my xinxing and instead was mad. It was so difficult for the elderly practitioners, but although they cannot pronounce words well, they can lay down their attachments and step forward to walk the path Master has arranged for us and do the three things diligently; their hearts to strive forward shine brightly. I earnestly looked inward and discovered that I had an arrogant mentality, a mentality of vanity. In fact, I was in the wrong, and I was not considering others and only considering myself. Wasn't that a manifestation of selfishness? How far away it was from the characteristic of the universe: Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance! I thought to myself that I had to quickly get rid of this unrighteous mindset.
Master said in Zhuan Falun:
"Take a bottle that's filled with filth, cap it tightly, and throw it into water, and it'll sink right down to the bottom. Then dump out that filth inside it, and the more you dump out, the more it'll float up. And when it's dumped all the way out it'll float all the way up."
I understand this now. I have realized it, so now I must do well.
Master wrote in "Solid Cultivation" from "Hongyin":
"Study the Fa and gain the Fa,
Focus on how you study and cultivate,
Let each and every thing
be measured against the Fa.
Only then, with that,
is it actually cultivation."
When I went to the Fa-study group again, I made every effort to pronounce the words clearly, read slowly, and when my fellow practitioners' pronunciations were wrong, I would gently correct them. When we were exchanging opinions, the practitioners abundantly praised me, saying that I read very well and accurately. At that time, I reminded myself not to have attachments. Master told us explicitly in "A Cultivator is Naturally Part of It" from Essentials for Further Advancement:
"For a cultivator, all the frustrations he comes across among everyday people are trials, and all the compliments he receives are tests."
We are all particles of Falun Dafa, and we all have the responsibility of harmonizing our Fa-study environment.
At that "precious beyond measure" moment, I had to treasure the time and do the three things well, for only then would I be worthy of Master's merciful salvation. I wanted to do something within my power. Just when I had this kind of thought, Master arranged an opportunity for me. One day, my uncle let me put protective bags around the truth-clarification booklets, and I was very glad and started to follow his example. Although it was a simple task, I still did it incorrectly at first. I was somewhat embarrassed, wondering why I couldn't do such a simple task. A fellow practitioner saw this and explained to me how to do it correctly and encouraged me. I realized that what I was thinking about was not good, and I needed to remove it. Very quickly, I could independently and skillfully complete the task.
Fellow practitioners and I took advantage of the moonlight to distribute the truth-clarification materials. Before leaving, we all sent forth righteous thoughts first to ask for Master's strength to disintegrate the evil factors hindering people and living beings from being saved. We asked that the truth-clarification materials play their important role in enabling sentient beings to understand the truth, know that Falun Dafa and Truth-Compassion-Forbearance are good, withdraw from the evil organizations of the Chinese Communist Party, and thus choose a glorious future. Each time, we were able to return safely under Master's protection.
This past summer vacation, my mother had me study Zhuan Falun, and using this rare opportunity, our entire family took on the task of correcting the characters. We now realize that the process of correcting the characters was also a process of removing attachments and improving our xinxing. When we corrected the characters, we cooperated by dividing up the task. I would read out which character needed correction, on which page, on which line. Then we would cut out the needed character, pick it up with tweezers, then glue it where correction was needed. Each time, my grandmother would ask me to confirm. At first I calmly replied to her, but afterwards, when she was doing it, I grew impatient, and I replied to her with an impatient tone. My mother pointed out my attachment and wanted me to write it down, but I was reluctant to do it. She asked me why I didn't dare to write it down. She asked if it was because I didn't want to let others know that I was not doing well, and I nodded shamefully. I knew that my actions were not righteous nor in accordance with the standard the Fa has set. I did not dare to write, perhaps out of fear. Fear is an attachment. Master is by our side. Our actions and movements, thoughts and mindsets cannot escape Master. Now that I have I summoned the courage to write it down and make it public, I suddenly feel at ease. Master helped me to get rid of the bad substances in other dimensions while I was writing this article.
Thank you Master! Heshi!