Fellow Practitioners, Please Learn from My Lesson
(Clearwisdom.net) As a veteran practitioner, I often read experience sharing articles written by fellow practitioners and understand the seriousness of cultivation. I felt that I was diligent since I was doing the three things every day. An incident that occurred yesterday made me realize that cultivation is not as easy as I imagined--only needing to do the three things well. The Fa-rectification process is at a new stage and has different requirements for us. It's utterly important that we cultivate ourselves diligently.
Yesterday afternoon I was at home studying the Fa, when a friend sent me a cellphone text message. I read it, and it was a word puzzle. I got hooked on it immediately. I put down Zhuan Falun and started working on the puzzle, but I couldn't solve it, and I got anxious. I thought to myself, "Why can't I solve this puzzle today?" I was considered an expert at word puzzles and asked myself what was going on. I spent the whole afternoon working on it. I couldn't even concentrate when it was time for the 6:00 p.m. sending forth righteous thoughts, because my mind was occupied with the puzzle.
After dinner, I began making truth-clarification materials (my home is a materials production site), but I was still thinking about the puzzle. I knew this was not right. I started to recite Hong Yin poems to prevent myself from focusing on the puzzle. Then I saw two pieces of paper going into the feeder of the printer at the same time. I tried to pull one of them out, but it got stuck in the printer. What should I do? I've been making materials for years, and this was the first time this had ever happened. I was a little worried and yanked out the stuck paper. After that, the printer stopped working and started to make a loud noise when I tried to re-start it. Then my husband (also a practitioner) said to me, "You need to fix (cultivate) yourself first." It reminded me of articles I had read in "Minghui Weekly"--many practitioners told how they needed to cultivate themselves well before they could fix any printer problems.
I studied the Fa and realized that I had strong hidden attachments to showing off and vying for supremacy, including trying to outdo others. In order to solve the puzzle, I stopped studying the Fa. I was trying to show that I was good at the puzzles. I started sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the attachments. While I was sending forth righteous thoughts, a phrase popped into my head: "change paper source," and I knew that Teacher was giving me a hint. That night, I connected the printer to the computer and turned on the computer. Indeed, "change paper source" appeared on the computer screen. I didn't know how to make this change, as I had never had to fix the printer before. I clicked on the words, and a picture appeared on the screen. I followed the instructions in the picture, and the printer started working again. I was very happy and thanked Teacher for his help. I truly understand the Fa principle of "Cultivation is up to you, gong is up to the master." If we cultivate well, Teacher will help us do everything.
I wanted to share with fellow practitioners my experience so they could learn from my lesson. I sincerely hope that all of us can diligently cultivate ourselves during the last phase of Fa-rectification, and that we all can save more people and fulfill our prehistoric pledges so that we are worthy of Teacher's tireless efforts and boundless compassion. Please kindly point out anything improper.