A Young Practitioner's Story
(Clearwisdom.net) When I was in the second grade, my mother told me about Falun Gong. I firmly believed what mother told me and withdrew from the Young Pioneers. I said resolutely, "Mother, I believe."
After I learned about Falun Gong, I had a dream where I saw a gigantic Buddha with blue curly hair, wearing a yellow kasaya. He was standing on a lotus flower and had a golden Falun. He gave me a golden key. The following day, I told my mother about the dream and she was very surprised. At the time, I had only listened to a few paragraphs of the Fa read by my mother. When I grew older, I went with her to distribute some information materials about Falun Dafa. At the time, I was young and had a very pure heart, so there were no problems with the distribution, and I was eager to do it. Sometimes, I would tell my friends facts about Falun Gong and the persecution, and tried to persuade them to withdraw from the Young Pioneers. After returning home, I would give the names of those who wanted to withdraw to my mother. When I was in the third grade, my academic ranking in class jumped from 31st to 10th on the final exam. When the teacher called my name, my classmates were surprised. I was both startled and delighted. From that time on, I have always had good grades.
When I was in junior high school, the environment was more complicated. There was interference of all kinds from my human attachments and contamination from the big dye vat of ordinary human society. It was just like what Teacher said, "They will indeed stumble to low levels..." (Zhuan Falun) At that time, an older lady my mother knew gave me an MP3 player. Mother helped me load Teacher's Fa lectures, the exercise music and songs by practitioners onto it. I felt as if I had found a priceless treasure. I listened to it every day. Even if I only had 5 minutes, I would use it to listen. I was really diligent during that period of time. In my dreams Teacher always gave me encouragement. I had a dream that when I was distributing fliers in a residential area, another practitioner was behind me, helping me to put up the self-stick posters and distribute the weekly newspaper. In one dream, when we were about to enter a building, suddenly a demonic-looking man appeared. He stared at me and was about to shout for help. I sent forth righteous thoughts, "Don't let him speak." His mouth was moving but no sound came out, and sweat was pouring down his face. Then I woke up. I told my mother about it and she said, "Teacher was giving you encouragement. Make sure you study the Fa well."
When I was being diligent, the magnificence of Dafa would unfold before me. I enlightened to a lot of Fa principles and saw a lot of scenes in other dimensions. I saw white lotus flowers and dancing fairies. Their movements were very graceful and they were dressed like the dancers in the Shen Yun program "The Fairy Flute."
For a period of time, I slacked off and found that there were a lot of things in this human world that I was reluctant to let go of. Teacher gave me a hint and let me see in a dream that I was walking down the stairs in the dark. Later, I had a very vivid dream. I saw my sisters and brothers at a temple on top of a high mountain. One day, several soldiers came to the temple and said that they were there to avoid the war. My elder sister asked us to find a suitable place for them to stay. Several days later, as they returned down to the human world, my sister led us to see them off as they descended the mountain. Then they invited us to stay in the human world for a few days. At first, my elder sister refused, but later accepted the invitation after the soldiers' repeated offers. All of my brothers and sisters went with them. I was the only one reluctant to leave, but eventually did. Not long after, I'd had enough of the filthy human world and wanted to go back. However, I found that I could not return to that dimension any more. I was dumbstruck and began to cry. The crying woke me up. I felt distressed for quite some time and the scene in my dream was clearly engraved in my mind. I knew that the reason for my failure to return was that I was reluctant to leave here. I said to myself, "If I fail to cultivate diligently, I will be ruined here." At that moment, I suddenly understood and was grateful to Teacher for letting me see. When I became diligent again, the magnificence of Dafa manifested itself to me again.
Now, I have memorized all of Hong Yin and the first three lectures of Zhuan Falun. At the same time, I began to read Essentials for Further Advancement and Teacher's other Fa lectures. The questions I had were resolved by reading the Fa.
I am still lagging far behind when compared with other diligent young practitioners. I had more attachments than them also, so I need to work harder in my cultivation in order to live up to the expectations of Teacher's merciful and arduous salvation.
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