My Printer and My Cultivation
(Clearwisdom.net) I started practicing Falun Dafa in 2005. Since then I have had many experiences and new understandings about cultivation. I would like to share my experience of setting up a production center in 2007 to produce truth-clarification materials for Dafa.
Another practitioner helped me to buy a new printer and computer. He then patiently taught me how to use them, but I was only able to learn the basic steps.
In the early stages of my cultivation I experienced quite a lot of interference. Initially, there was always a problem with the printer every Friday when I started to print the "Minghui Weekly," a magazine from the minghui.ca website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net). A practitioner that worked at the materials production center and I didn't know much about computers and we were really worried, since it would be a problem if we couldn't produce the Minghui Weekly on time. Just then, the lock on my room clicked once. I realized that it was Teacher giving me a hint that we should send forth righteous thoughts. We did this for ten minutes, and then the printer worked just fine! It's exactly as Teacher tells us, "Cultivation depends on one's own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one's master." (Lecture One, "Why Doesn't Your Gong Increase with Your Practice?" from Zhuan Falun, 2000 Translation). The same kind of error occurred a few other times, but when a practitioner with technical expertise came to help, before he touched the machine, everything started to work properly. He said that this was the evil trying to take advantage of our not knowing the technology. From this incident I learned that when a problem occurs, we need to first determine whether it is a technical problem or interference by the evil.
In early 2008, there was a printer problem again. What should we do? We started sending forth righteous thoughts. Just as I became tranquil, a three-year-old girl appeared in front of me. She told me that she was the life I had aborted 23 years prior. This time her life was as a printer to assist with Dafa. She was worried about me since I had not been very diligent recently. Teacher used this situation to remind me! A previous time when the printer had a problem, I asked myself, "Do I have any gaps anywhere?" I calmed down and looked within. Immediately, I heard a voice say, "Produced so many copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party but didn't distribute them." I then said to myself, "If Teacher sees my attachments, then let me stop for a moment to fix them." Then the printer started to work properly. Again, I experienced our benevolent Teacher's immense graciousness.
Another time when the printer had a problem it lasted for a week. I had never had a problem with the printer for that long before. I continued looking within to find my attachment and finally found it. Because I worked in an office, I paid a lot of attention to my appearance, which was a very strong attachment for me to eliminate. Within this attachment were many deeper attachments, including vanity, showing off, and lust. These kinds of thoughts often flashed through my mind when I studied the Fa or did the exercises. In my thoughts I said things like, "There will be an event tomorrow, I should wear this dress. I will meet with so and so tomorrow, I should wear that dress..." Finally I realized that Teacher had expended so much effort giving me hints and helping me. Right after I found my attachment and decided to eliminate it, the printer started to function normally again!
There are quite a number of practitioners in our area who have not distributed truth-clarification materials since the 2008 Olympic Games. Last Thursday I said to my printer, "You should focus on saving sentient beings. Let other practitioners eliminate interference, get rid of fear and the attachment to time." Just as Teacher said, "I also hope that those students who have not been so diligent all along will be able to find where they fall short, step forward, and fulfill their historic missions. Time waits for no one!" ("Again Wishing a Complete Success to the European Fa Conference," 2008). After I had this righteous thought, the next day, not only did the practitioners in our area come to get truth-clarification materials from me, but practitioners from other areas also asked for materials as well. I was so moved that I almost cried.
The above are some of my experiences in producing truth-clarification materials over the past year. My understanding is that a machine has its own life. When we choose it to help us validate the Fa, it then becomes a Fa instrument. So when there is a problem with the machine, we should not be too hasty to jump in and repair it, but we should look within first. I have printed over twenty boxes of paper without replacing a single part. I only opened the printer up to clean the print head once. I am not showing off, I just want to say that the machine's excellent performance is not accidental. It's all closely related to our xinxing, because we are cultivating. Also I would like to say that producing truth-clarification materials is a very good path to take in cultivation for the practitioners whose conditions allow, especially for those who recently started practicing, as it will help you cultivate and raise your level. Our great benevolent Teacher saves us from hell and gives us the sacred title of "Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples." Teacher also watches over us and protects us. We, the not-so-diligent practitioners, should start to progress diligently and solidly, and do well the three things in the limited time remaining so that Teacher need not spend too much effort on us and can be proud of us.
Fellow practitioners, please point out if any of my understanding is incorrect. Heshi.