Ascending in Dafa Cultivation
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I'm not doing very well in my own cultivation in light of other practitioners who have always been diligent. But as a Dafa disciple who shoulders great responsibilities, I decided to give up all the distracting thoughts and participate in the Seventh Internet Experience Sharing Conference for practitioners in China. This is to sum up my cultivation experience in the past, to report to Master, and to share with fellow practitioners.
1. Removing Human Notions and Validating Dafa
Early this year, our parent company was planning to have some "Outstanding Employee" go on a lecture tour to give speeches about their job performance. My department head had chosen me to go. I refused their arrangement from the perspective of self cultivation and thought it was the old forces taking advantage of fame and wealth to interfere with me. Other practitioners in the same department discussed this issue with me after they learned about it. They told me I should eliminate my human notions and validate Dafa.
After some Fa study, I ascended quickly from the Fa principles. Removing the attachment of fame and wealth does not mean that we don't have fame or wealth. Dafa practitioners should make good use of every opportunity to validate the greatness of Dafa and show Dafa practitioners' great qualities. Saving sentient beings should never be compromised because of our own attachments to loss or gain. Although I was clear-minded about the Fa principle, I had already turned down the department head's invitation. Later I had a thought: Let nature take its course. I will follow Master's arrangement and try to shoulder the responsibility. A couple of days later, my department head told me that our parent company designated me to give speeches as well, because I had been appointed "Outstanding Employee" several years in a row. He told me to prepare for the speech well. I burst into tears at this regained opportunity to validate Dafa. I cried from my heart, "Thank you, Master! Thank you, Master! Your not-so-good disciple caused you to worry about me."
During two months of lecture touring, I was able to conquer the problems of limited time and little rest, and give good speeches. On stage, I showed a practitioner's lack of interest in fame and wealth, and showed my peaceful and optimistic inner spirit to the audiences using plain and clear words. I talked about the accomplishments at work which showed that cultivating Dafa brought me success. I conveyed the beauty of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to everyone who had a predestined relationship. When I wasn't on stage, I made good use of all opportunities to clarify the truth about Falun Gong with wisdom. I helped people quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and saved these sentient beings. The results have been good.
Later a manager of the parent company said to me, "You not only have good writing skills, but also a good spirit. All the other speakers' papers have been modified. Only your paper didn't require changing a single word." At that moment, a warm current came all over my body. I enlightened to another meaning of "Cultivation depends on one's own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one's master. " (Zhuan Falun, 2000 translation edition). Everything is done by Master!
2. Save Sentient Beings In an Upright and Dignified Manner
Due to the special characteristic of my job, I engage in many social activities after a busy workday. I have very little time for myself, yet I was studying the Fa and sending forth righteous thoughts every day. Other than that, I was doing few things to save sentient beings. I was frustrated and distraught until Dafa awakened me.
"With a Great Way that has no form, every setting provides Dafa disciples with a place to do cultivation. In each, a person can cultivate. The cultivation that you do today is not the lesser-path type that was passed on to man as a part of culture by enlightened beings, as happened in the past. Rather, ours spreads all of human society out before you and has you choose to cultivate with the form that best suits you." (Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan)
I enlightened to this: "Although I have a busy work schedule and very little time, I can get in touch with many people at work. It is convenient for clarifying the truth about Falun Gong in person and saving these sentient beings. It is also an opportunity that others might be looking for but can't get. How did I forget about this?" From then on, my work environment became a place where I helped Master do Fa-rectification and save sentient beings.
Among my clients are high-ranking officials as well as common laborers from the lowest classes of society. My clients include those who benefit from the existing social system as well as those who know the system is corrupt but feel helpless to do anything about it. Interacting with such a range of social strata, I use a variety of facts to help them understand the truth about Falun Gong in the shortest time. I tell them the wonderful results of Falun Gong in improving physical health, and the benefits practitioners bring to families, their work units and society. In addition, I touch on the Tiananmen Square self-immolation incident which was staged by the CCP, the organ harvesting of practitioners, the wide-spread acceptance of Dafa around the world, the current wave of quitting the CCP, etc. I also used different approaches such as handing out Shen Yun DVDs, handing out Internet anti-blockade software, and clarifying the truth in person by visiting and introducing Dafa books. I cherish every opportunity arranged by Master and save sentient beings with wisdom.
In order to save more people, I often organize different kinds of get togethers for my clients at my own expense. For some clients whom I haven't had the chance to clarify the truth to in person, I often convey the truth of Falun Gong from the perspective of an onlooker. When I make a speech at the gathering, I always start with topics of health and safety and go from there. I talk about how precious a life is, and how Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is the root of life and source of happiness. I talk about the Wenchuan Earthquake and other natural disasters, and how human beings should respect heaven, as well as how karma really does exist. I talk about the ancient legends, then the beauty of Shen Yun Performing Arts and their show. My speech shifts smoothly for about half an hour and the audience is peaceful and quiet. I feel that Master is right beside me. I also feel an energy current circling around my head, and the wisdom keeps flowing into my brain like a clear stream. After the parties, some people have asked me if I have Shen Yun DVDs, some people told me that they got to know the truth of Falun Gong on their tour of other countries, and some people have asked me if I was a Falun Gong practitioner and wanted to know more about Falun Gong. In short, every such gathering had a positive result and it laid a good foundation for fellow practitioners to clarify the truth further and save these sentient beings.
3. Quietly Supporting and Harmonizing the One Body
Many fellow practitioners in our area have Internet access. But we don't have many household level informational materials production sites, for whatever reason. This was before Master indicated that such sites should spring up everywhere. I had been using the excuse of being busy with work and had other projects. I didn't establish a materials production site at home until two years ago. This was mainly used to print the Minghui Weekly, produce some other materials about Falun Gong and send out the name lists of those who had quit the CCP.
Early this year, several materials production sites in our area were destroyed and fellow practitioners were arrested. We were short of materials, and even though this year's Shen Yun show was available, nobody was making any DVDs. I talked to several practitioners and none of them was able to do it. Retirees didn't know how to operate a personal computer, some practitioners didn't have Internet access due to safety concerns, some young practitioners had problems with their families, and I myself had a busy work schedule and didn't have any free time. I was at a loss about what to do, but Master started to give me hints: My department head told me that it wasn't hard to learn how to use a PC and that I shouldn't always rely on others. The printer printed out only one sentence, "Disciples communicate with each other; Ascend as one body" on the paper when I was printing Minghui Weekly.
I was really stressed those days. I knew very little about computers. The simple operations like downloading, printing and uploading were usually done with my child's help. My child will soon leave home and I would have to make Shen Yun DVDs independently. I wasn't sure if I could do it. I asked myself if I was a qualified Dafa disciple without doing the three things well. How could I face Master's great compassion, sentient beings' hopes and my own vow? I was hesitating, but my child then encouraged me by saying, "Making DVDs is easy. You only need to connect it to a DVD writer." My child bought a DVD writer, DVD disks, labels, and other materials once I agreed. He showed me all the steps of making a DVD. I also followed the instructions provided by the Minghui editor and was able to make Shen Yun DVDs at last. When I watched the DVD on the computer and saw the clear picture of it, I couldn't express how sacred and happy I felt.
I don't have much time during the day and can only do this work at night. When I was making the Shen Yun Chorus Concert DVDs, I didn't sleep at night and made the DVDs all night. It was hard work, but I felt happy whenever I thought that I was doing the most righteous and greatest thing in the universe. I had great energy during the day and my work efficiency was high. Several fellow practitioners later started to cooperate with me. Some helped me purchase the blank DVDs, some made DVDs using one of the DVDs I had produced, while others handed out these DVDs to others. The sentient beings in our area were getting to see these DVDs and it had a positive impact on them.
As a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple, I can feel the great responsibilities. We should make good use of all the opportunities to validate Dafa and save sentient beings no matter where we are, when it is, and what the situation is. Dafa will give us the wisdom and we will succeed if we do it with our hearts, no matter how we feel about our own abilities.
Fellow practitioners, let's not fail Master's great mercy! Let's be diligent and fulfill our prehistoric vows!
Thank you Master! Thanks, fellow practitioners!