We Must Walk Our Cultivation Path Well and Righteously
There are all kinds of paths. The way I see it, paths are not straight and not walked by feet alone. The paths for human beings are circular, with birth, aging, sickness and death and intense emotions such as love, hate and revenge. The paths human beings must walk are endless, within the six-fold path of reincarnation. When I looked at the circular, endless paths without end for human beings, I wanted to look for a path to eternity. I was looking for the Buddha Law.
Falun Dafa's merciful Teacher knows that sentient beings are longing for Dafa.
Oh how many the years, looking for the master,
Finally the day has arrived to meet him.
("Destined Return for the Holy Fruition" from Hong Yin)
I was lucky enough to meet Teacher in 1994 and obtain the Fa, which Teacher introduced to the public under tremendous hardship. Since then, I have never looked back.
2. Walking the Path of Cultivation
The path of cultivation is vertical, with the Fa being the heavenly ladder. While Teacher is pulling us up from above, I am climbing up with all of my heart. My path lies within my heart. The path is narrow and steep, and yet you can go as high as your xinxing takes you.
At the early stage of cultivation, my illnesses were cured, and then, as I understood the purpose of life, Dafa became deeply rooted in my heart and my life was renewed. Looking back on my 15 years of cultivation, it appeared as if I was climbing a steep and narrow mountain trail. Every step forward was guided and assisted by Teacher. With one misstep, I would have fallen off the cliff, but I had Teacher's protection. In my dreams, I saw how I was climbing up with great difficulty. I once had an experience being in a car going downhill when, all of a sudden, the driver lost control of the car, but we did not fall down the cliff. Teacher protected us.
3. Walking Our Cultivation Path Well and Righteously
Since July 20, 1999, Teacher and Dafa have been defamed and practitioners have been persecuted. With my own money, I decided to create my own truth-clarification materials, including truth-clarification CDs. Once, as my fliers were still being copied, a group of plainclothes police came in to inspect the copy shop. I had the thought that they should not see my fliers, and so they didn't. I knew that Teacher protected me.
When several practitioners were arrested at one point, one of them told the police about me. I knew I hadn't broken any law and should not be in prison. With this thought, I was not arrested.
As more and more material production sites were being sabotaged and practitioners arrested, I decided to set up one myself. Teacher also guided me. He let me see how people all around me were going down with the lies set forth by the Chinese Communist Party, and I also saw the magnificent scene of how we first read aloud our prehistoric vows. It seemed that everyone in the world was waiting for us. It unblocked my memory and I remembered my vows and understood how I should walk my path well. So, I decided to buy a small, but highly intelligent copier. Sometimes, even before I finished keying in the number, it started to copy. It seemed to understand me.
With increasing demands for materials, I bought a faster laser printer. I was able to produce large amounts of fliers, pamphlets, and copies of the the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party to meet the needs of fellow practitioners' truth clarification efforts.
After I watched the Shen Yun Performing Arts show on DVD, I was so touched. Knowing that Teacher is directing Shen Yun, I wanted to purchase a DVD burner, but it was too expensive for me. I could only afford a VCD burner, for which I still did not have enough money. Then I thought how we should not keep money and material possessions, so I sold my gold necklace and got 2,000 yuan to buy a VCD burner. I spent all my salary on equipment, blank CDs, copy paper, and all other necessary materials.
Then I decided to purchase a color ink jet printer for better print results. In the past, whenever I wanted to purchase equipment, I would get some extra money from my employer. It happened again this time. I was able to make a very professional-looking CD with the color printer. In the beginning of 2009, I bought a DVD burner and another ink jet color printer. I could not have done this without Teacher's help.
When I had problems with the equipment, I would say to myself, "Let me ask for Teacher's help so I don't have to take them out to have them repaired." Before I even asked Teacher, the following day, the machine would be fine. I know Teacher was helping me. Just as Teacher said in Zhuan Falun, "My fashen know everything--they know everything on your mind, and they can do anything. They will not take care of you if you do not practice cultivation. If you practice cultivation, they will help you all the way to the end." Once Teacher even brought someone to me on the street, someone that I could not find for a long time who worked in Nanjing City.
Over the past several years, whether I was on the train being interrogated by the police, sending forth righteous thoughts at Tiananmen Square, or distributing truth clarification materials on stormy nights, I had no fear in my mind. All I had was the thought of saving people. I could go from the first floor to the seventh floor and not feel tired. Everything went well. I know that Teacher is near me, protecting me and assisting me.
When I first started studying the Fa, I was not able to enlighten as I read. I now find that I usually enlighten to a higher level of understanding of certain Fa principles. This is how Teacher has been pushing me up.
I am 60 years old and a Dafa disciple during the Fa-rectification period. I have to do the three things well and catch up with the progress of Fa-rectification. Assisting Teacher to save sentient beings is my prehistoric vow and my mission in this lifetime. I will not do harm to Dafa and I will not cause Teacher to worry. I will walk my path well.
I still have a lot of human mentalities. Sometimes I am too busy to study the Fa and do the exercises. I cannot be completely independent either. Teacher said, "Time waits for no one." ("Teaching and Explaining the Fa at the Metropolitan New York Fa Conference") I have to be what Teacher expects me to be: "The Closer to the End, the More Diligent You Should Be".
Let our righteous thoughts disintegrate the evil and may the world's people be saved through our truth clarification. Let our xinxing elevate through Fa-study and let us negate the arrangements and persecution of the old forces, such as sickness karma and financial hardship. Let us walk our path to godhood while validating the Fa.
It is the Fa that redeems people and it is Teacher who saves people. Teacher has suffered a lot for sentient beings and his disciples. Whenever I think about this, I have tears in my eyes. I am only a humble particle doing what I should be doing, and I still have a long way to go compared to diligent practitioners. I am writing to support the Clearwisdom website and, every time I write for Clearwisdom, it is an opportunity for me to reflect on my cultivation and improve.
Thank you, Master, for your merciful saving.
Thank you, fellow practitioners, for your assistance.