Believing in Teacher and the Fa
(Clearwisdom.net) It seems easy to say "believe in Teacher and the Fa," but it is not easy to truly believe in Teacher and the Fa. First of all, one must truly believe it and then truly assimilate into the Fa. By cultivating one's mind, eliminating one's desires, and getting rid of one's attachments, one will rise to a higher level quickly.
Making Improvement as One Body
I personally feel that if a practitioner wishes to make improvements in cultivation, the person cannot separate him or herself from their group of fellow practitioners. I remember when I had just moved to a new town, I quickly got in touch with fellow practitioners. I became close to fellow practitioners A and B.
I am good at memorizing Zhuan Falun and can recite its contents well. I had an unyielding tone and didn't attend to fellow practitioners' feelings, until one day practitioners A and B pointed out my shortcoming. Because I am good at arguing, they got nowhere with me. Practitioner B finally said to me in frustration, "If Teacher says it, do you listen?" At that point I was shocked and suddenly woke up. When I got home, I still couldn't accept it. I thought to myself, "You [B] couldn't win the argument, so you used Teacher to bear down on me." However, I knew clearly that I was wrong. I told myself to look inward and to study the Fa more often.
"But now you are a cultivator. From what standpoint you view Dafa is fundamental--this is also what I want to point out to you. During your cultivation practice, I will use every means to expose all of your attachments and dig them out at their roots."
("Digging Out the Roots," from Essentials for Further Advancement)
Thus, I examined myself carefully and realized that this was due to my attachments to competition and showing off. It was selfishness. Teacher used fellow practitioners to enlighten me so that I could dig out these attachments at their roots and eliminate them. This time, it made a deep impression on me.
I got along well with fellow practitioners and we became one body. I was illegally arrested last year during the Olympic Games. Fellow practitioners gave me tremendous help and frightened the authorities. The head of the detention center said to me, "Your fellow Falun Gong practitioners sent truth clarifying pamphlets to the Public Security Bureau, members of the standing committee, and the county Party committee. I saw that your name appeared on the list in the legal department." I was released after a week. I joined the study group right away and started to clarify the truth with fellow practitioners.
I feel that the Minghui/Clearwisdom website was created by Teacher to give us a platform for group sharing. Although I am unable to get to the website myself and can't read all the articles online, at least I am able to read Minghui Weekly in great detail each week. I can recall the general concepts of published topics and their content. This is a great help in clarifying the truth and persuading people to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
At the beginning, I was vague and lethargic, but I didn't have fear. I have always done truth clarification work, and my view is that since I am being falsely accused, I must tell others that I am innocent. How can I resign myself to adversity and just sit and watch? Minghui articles are well written, concise, and effective in persuading people to quit the CCP. I have memorized them and use them to advise people. The results have been good.
Minghui articles also allow me to learn from others' experiences, so that I gain much knowledge. Minghui is like having a Falun Dafa experience sharing conference over and over again.
Bring Young Practitioners to Improve Together
Most of the practitioners in my area are older, and I am the only one with children. My daughter and niece are my fellow practitioners. I told their schoolmates about quitting the CCP and its associated organizations, then they told other classmates. They are like a living media. Since children are curious and like to ask questions, I have paid great attention to my words and behavior around them. I have established close relationships with them, so that they feel that I am amiable and easy to approach.
Promoting Shen Yun While Clarifying the Truth
I was completely ignorant of music at the beginning. After I watched the Shen Yun performance on a DVD that was distributed in China, I truly felt very good. I started writing down the feedback from audience members, from the Minghui Weekly, and then relayed it to others. After a while, I became good at doing that. I have learned a lot about music through introducing Shen Yun to people. I even understand some special names now, and I can explain them clearly in just a few words. I often hand out Shen Yun DVDs to people personally, as it gives me a chance to introduce Shen Yun to them, as well as save time. I hope this will help with getting ready for Shen Yun's future performances in China.
Finally, I just want to say that to truly believe in Teacher and the Fa, we need to follow Teacher closely during the Fa rectification and do well in what we should be doing.
"Let each and every thing
be measured against the Fa.
Only then, with that,
is it actually cultivation."
(Solid Cultivation," from Hong Yin, Translation A)
I am not thinking about consummation at all. It is enough for me that I do well in what I should do, so that I can face Teacher unperturbed and face everything in the future.
Greetings, dear Teacher. Greetings, fellow practitioners.