Returning to Cultivation and Being More Diligent
(Clearwisdom.net) I started to learn Falun Dafa before July 20, 1999 when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting Falun Gong. However, I only had a basic understanding at that time. I felt that it was a good exercise system, as it teaches people to be good and helps people heal illness and get fit. Before I could finish learning the five sets of exercises, the CCP began its brutal persecution of Dafa. I listened to the CCP's lies. My elder sister continued her practice despite the persecution. She advised me several times to take up practicing Dafa again, but I refused to listen to her and struggled on amidst the mud of the human world.
In 2007, I felt that Master had not given up on me, but instead had hinted to me that I should come back to Dafa. One day, I went with a fellow villager Xiufang ( pseudonym) to a temple to worship some "god" to heal our illnesses. On our way home, all of sudden I had a thought in my mind, "Only Dafa can save us." At that moment, I had a strong thought that I would practice Falun Dafa again. We went straight to a practitioner's home and asked her to teach us the exercises.
From that day on, Xiufang and I did the exercises whenever we had time. Shortly after that we joined a nearby Fa-study group. We often studied the Fa, shared experiences, and did the exercises together with the practitioners there. I increasingly realized the wonderful and miraculous nature of Dafa. All of my illnesses were gone without my even noticing when they disappeared.
Through studying the Fa every day and reading Minghui Weekly often, I realized that self-cultivation needs to be connected with Fa validation. Assisting Teacher to rectify the Fa and saving sentient beings are the sacred mission and responsibility of Dafa disciples. So we started clarifying the truth about Falun Gong, and tried to do the three things well. We first clarified the truth to our neighbors and relatives, then gradually we talked to strangers. We adjusted our truth-clarification to the level that the listener could understand and talked from the angle that he was interested in. Gradually, we did truth-clarification more and more smoothly, and people were more and more receptive to us.
To help more people in our village practice cultivation, we thought of many ways and tried very hard. After more than a year's effort, there are 17 people in our village practicing Falun Dafa now. We have established a Fa-study group in our village and get together once or twice a week to study the Fa, do the exercises, and share our experiences and understanding, so that we can improve as one body. Though they are new practitioners, they have very good xinxing. Not only do they study the Fa and do the exercises every day and look inward whenever there is a tribulation, but they are also willing to go out to clarify the truth and validate the Fa.