Being a Quiet Stepping Stone in Dafa
(Clearwisdom.net) I am a 69-year-old practitioner who obtained the Fa in September 1994. Initially I lacked a deep understanding of the Fa. While many practitioners around me experienced significant changes in their health or other areas, I didn't have many changes. I thought I had a poorer inborn quality and might not be able to succeed in cultivation practice. But I thought that this practice was so great, even if I couldn't succeed, I should help others to succeed in their cultivation. Many practitioners in my area are illiterate, or they are not very educated. I pushed myself to study the Fa very hard, to help them. I recited Zhuan Falun, and I tried my best to create a good environment for practitioners for mutual Fa study, and we all improved very quickly.
When the evil regime began to persecute Dafa on July 20, 1999, most of the practitioners in my area made it through determinedly. More than half of them went to Beijing to validate the Fa and clarified the truth to others. Although some practitioners were persecuted to different extents, their firm belief in Dafa has never wavered. During that time I met practitioners from other cities and the countryside. Some of them may not have had a deep understanding of the Fa, but their firm belief in Dafa is pure. It was dangerous, but they went to Beijing to validate the Fa.
One year later, several practitioners who had to leave home to avoid persecution set up a truth-clarification materials production site with me. I didn't know much about the technology, so I did the grocery shopping and cooking. Sometimes I looked after the younger practitioners' children. I am very happy to help practitioners so that they can have more time to study the Fa.
A few practitioners followed a wicked path after they were persecuted; others had poor health issues for a long time. I think any form of persecution happens because the practitioner has a loophole. He or she didn't look at things from the Fa's perspectives, allowing the old forces to take advantage of the person.
Master told us,
"For a long period of time the sentient beings in Dafa, especially the disciples, have had a misunderstanding of the Fa at various levels regarding xinxing improvement. Whenever a tribulation comes, you do not see it with the side of your original nature but view it completely with your human side. Evil demons then capitalize on this point and inflict endless interference and damage, leaving students in long-term tribulations. As a matter of fact, this results from an inadequate understanding of the Fa by your human side. You have humanly restrained your divine side; in other words, you have restrained the parts that have been successfully cultivated and have prevented them from doing Fa-rectification. How can the uncultivated side restrain your main thoughts or the side that has already attained the Fa? Having humanly fostered the evil demons, you allow them to capitalize on the loopholes in the Fa. When a tribulation arrives, if you, a disciple, can truly maintain an unshakable calm or be determined to meet different requirements at different levels, this should be sufficient for you to pass the test. If it continues endlessly and if there do not exist other problems in your xinxing or conduct, it must be that the evil demons are capitalizing on the weak spots caused by your lack of control. After all, a cultivator is not an ordinary human. So why doesn't the side of you that is your original nature rectify the Fa?" ("Expounding on the Fa," Essentials for Further Advancement)
I've tried my best to help these practitioners. I am not afraid of being interfered with by those people who have strayed from Dafa. This is the result of solid Fa-study and reciting the Fa solidly. I won't have any worries of this or that when I think only of rescuing those practitioners. We should help the practitioners who are confused by persecution with our greatest compassion.
I've never thought that I cultivated better than others; I only want to help them. For example, one practitioner still suffered from poor health after being released from long-term persecution two years ago. Another practitioner and I went to visit her. She was lying in bed, her face pale and her eyes dull. Her practitioner husband stayed with her on the edge of the bed. I quickly saw her problem but didn't point it out directly; instead, I patiently gave her a hint so she could realize the problem on her own. At first she lay there quietly. Then her face became rosy, and she spoke to us. She finally realized her fundamental attachment in her cultivation for so many years. We talked with each other from the Fa's perspective until midnight. At 3:40 a.m., we did the exercises together. Although she hadn't done the exercises for years, she did all five exercises that day and sent righteous thoughts at 6:00 a.m. with us. This is the manifestation of the power of Dafa.
Practitioners who are interfered with by long-term tribulations had insufficiently studied the Fa; others didn't pay attention when studying the Fa. We realized that to study the Fa together with the practitioners in tribulations is a great way to help them improve.
I study the Fa with two to four study groups consisting of two to three attendees every week. An older practitioner had not studied with anyone for almost three years. We spent one day studying the Fa with her and sent righteous thoughts together. She has undergone many positive changes and improved quickly. Now she has caught up with the progress of Fa-rectification. I feel really happy for her.
Whether things are big or small, I have played the role of a stepping stone in other practitioners' improvement. After I studied "Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference," I realized that being a stepping-stone is also assisting Master in Fa-rectification.