Diligently Cultivating and Returning Home with Teacher Upon Consummation
(Clearwisdom.net) I am a 12-year-old Dafa practitioner. I would like to share my experiences in cultivation with fellow practitioners. I welcome comments on anything that is not appropriate.
1. Eliminating the Attachment to TV
I have not watched TV for several years now. However, I would take a peek at TV when I was in other people's homes. When I watched TV, Master would hint to me and let me know that I should finally eliminate this attachment.
For example, one time my little cousin came to my home to play. The little boy watched cartoons and did not go to bed until midnight. I also went along with him and watched TV. Then, I only got a grade of 60 on my exam the next day. I knew I should not watch TV. I was very sorry about it. Since then, I have not watched TV for three years.
But on one Sunday, I went out to play in another person's house. That family also liked to watch TV. When I got to their home, they were watching cartoons. I joined them and enjoyed it. When I got home, my whole body felt cold and I had no strength. I seemed to have a fever. I had to lie down on the bed.
From then on, I completely gave up watching TV. I really eliminated the attachment to watching TV. It was really like what Master states in Zhuan Falun:
"In order to remove this attachment, what should be done? This person will have a stomachache upon eating meat. With abstention from meat, he or she will not have pain. This situation will happen, and it means that one should not eat meat."
I suggest that any young practitioners who still have interest in watching TV eliminate the attachment of watching TV as early as possible.
2. Making It Through Illness Tribulation
In the summer of 2009, there were suddenly quite a few blisters on my body. Especially on my feet, the blisters were quite dense. When a blister broke, fluid and blood came out and it was very painful. I thought this was a test and I must pass. I squeezed the blisters one-by-one to break them. They were as painful as needle sticking in. When I walked, my feet felt very itchy. I endured it. Adults said it was hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). My classmates said it was measles. I did not care. In a week, the blisters disappeared.
Another time, I had a temperature of 40 degree Centigrade (104 degree Fahrenheit). My face was very red, I had no strength, and I had no desire to eat. My walking was shaky. But, I was determined to believe that I was alright and I would recover the next day. I recalled a sentence from "Tempering the Will" in Hong Yin: "The world's miseries endured, one departs the earth a Buddha." If one cannot endure this little tribulation, how can one think about gong improvement? The next day when I woke up, the food smelled good, my head did not feel faint, and it was like nothing had happened. And, my whole body felt good. I had the feeling of "And with the passing of all adversity, will come the sweetness of true joy." ("Cultivating Amidst the Delusion" in Hong Yin)
3. Without Pursuit, One Gains Naturally
Because I wanted to have a better environment to study the Fa, I attend a school in my parents' hometown. Because I am a student from outside the area and my mother did not give the teacher gifts [a common custom in China, to curry favor with teachers], the teacher looked down on me. She always wanted my mother to give her some monetary gifts. At the time, I only had one thought: as long as I was good academically, I would be fine; she can have any attitude towards me.
Later, the teacher came to like me because I was very good in my classwork. She was good to me. I did not get good grades in my final exam. Yet, she evaluated me as a well rounded student. Actually, it was due to my studying the Fa well and doing the three things well at that time. I persisted in practicing the exercises and sending forth righteous thoughts every day. I often clarified the truth to classmates, distributed Dafa materials including calendars, CDs, pamphlets, and other things. In addition, every day I used cash with truth-clarification words printed on it. I knew that Master encouraged me. As long as one cultivates well, everything comes naturally and one gains naturally without pursuit.
4. Don't Forget to Send Forth Righteous Thoughts after Distributing Truth-Clarification Materials
Once, some fellow practitioners and I went out together to distribute truth-clarification materials and it went well. On the way home, however, my mother and fellow practitioners chatted all the way. It probably was due to the attachments to zealotry and showing off. Then, I reminded them to send forth righteous thoughts. They did that for a while and started talking about useless stuff again. Just then, our motorcycle ran out of gas and we had to push it to home. At home, I mentioned to my mother that we may think that there is no need to send forth righteous thoughts, and chat casually after sending forth righteous thoughts. Just like that, the evil can take advantages of our loopholes. Although what we do is the most righteous thing, we must not be negligent about sending forth righteous thoughts.
I grew up in Dafa. Master has always been watching over me. When I did not put away an attachment, Master would give me a hint. I don't know how to repay Master's compassion.
Finally, let's recall a sentence from "Greetings:"
"Dafa disciples, you are golden light in the mortal world, the hope of the world's people, Fa-disciples who help Master, and future Fa-Kings. Keep diligent, Awakened Ones that walk the earth: Everything of today will be the glory of the future."