Walking Steadily on the Path of Cultivation
(Clearwisdom.net) I began practicing Falun Dafa in 1996. Due to Master's compassionate care, I recovered from serious diseases and became a healthy person. Thank you Master and Dafa for giving me a new life!
1. Clarifying the Truth
When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began persecuting Falun Gong in 1999, I was very sad. I knew Falun Dafa was good, so I didn't listen to the regime's lies and still practiced the exercises and studied the Fa every day. Master said very clearly,
"If we change the situation in human society and reverse the general climate, then let's see who still says that Dafa is good and who changes his mind. This way, won't everything suddenly become crystal clear?" ("Huge Exposure" from Essentials for Further Advancement)
I started to clarify the truth at home first. My husband quickly understood the truth, which provided me with a calm environment to study the Fa, practice the exercises, and validate the Fa.
At that time, whenever I was asked whether I still practiced Falun Gong, I said, "Of course I do! How can one give up such a good practice?" I had benefited so much from Dafa. All my neighbors knew I was previously very sick, and recovered after practicing Falun Gong. Master said,
"People with predestined relationships and those who can be saved can be made to--made to by Master's Law Bodies, righteous gods, or the immense field that Dafa has formed in the world--appear right before you in any of a range of settings, providing them with a chance to learn the truth. But you have to carry it out, and it doesn't work if you're not out there doing things." ("Teaching the Fa at the Fa Conference at the U.S. Capital")
I clarify the truth whenever possible, and I always take many materials with me. I also go near a place where Dafa practitioners are persecuted every day to send righteous thoughts in close proximity to the evil. I have met all kinds of people while clarifying the truth, and sometimes directly face xinxing tests. Once in a small park, a fellow practitioner and I talked to an old man about the CCP's corruption and how the Party persecutes kind, innocent people. Suddenly the man raised his stool and said, "I'll hit you!!" I remained still and in my mind, I said, "You can't touch me." He put down the stool and said in confusion, "I said I would beat you. Why aren't you scared of me?" I told him that I stopped him because I did not want him to commit a sin by harming a Dafa practitioner, and what he intended to do would place him in danger.
Studying the Fa well is essential to doing the three things well. Enlightening from the experiences of fellow practitioners memorizing the Fa, I became determined to memorize and recite Zhuan Falun at least once. Once I did, I gained so much from it that I encouraged other fellow practitioners in the same study group to try it too.
By clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings, I have come to truly believe that Master will bring people with predestined relationships to us. I clarify the truth whenever I can, and people are happy to listen to the truth and quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Everything has been done by Master. As long as we have the desire to save people and eliminate our selfishness, they will be moved by our kindness and will be saved.
The people to whom we clarify the truth truly appreciate us after they learn the facts about the persecution and quit the CCP. After hearing the truth, whenever one young man sees me, he calls out, "Falun Dafa is good!" When I clarified the truth to a 79-year-old woman while walking along with her, she quietly listened to me and agreed to quit the CCP. After quitting, she was moved to tears.
I often meet fellow practitioners who I knew before the persecution. Whenever they ask me to help, I help unconditionally. I know as a practitioner it is my responsibility to walk with fellow practitioners on the path of cultivation. We don't exchange phone numbers. However, whenever I have a thought to meet them, I do. Once I was near a fellow practitioner's home and decided to see her. I didn't find her at home. On the way back home, I looked up and saw her walking in front of me. Another fellow practitioner met me just after she moved to the same area where I live. We studied the Fa together at her new home and went out together to clarify the truth.
2. Looking Inward to Cultivate Oneself
I still have many attachments and human notions even after cultivating for so many years, especially my impetuousness. Sometimes I forget to be considerate and raise my voice when I'm impatient, which often irritates others, especially one senior female fellow practitioner. I can't bear her way of talking and dealing with matters, and she can't accept my way either. Several times we have forgotten that we were practitioners and argued like ordinary people. I didn't look inward at first, to see what I was doing wrong and instead always focused on her faults. I later realized this wasn't right, and started to look inward to correct myself. I learned to look for fellow practitioners' virtues and treat others with kindness. Since I changed my impetuous temper, I began to sincerely listen to fellow practitioners' criticism and adjust myself.
Looking inward is a magic tool. I have indeed found many of my attachments, such as intolerance to criticism, holding onto a mentality of being treated unfairly, complaining about others, the tendency to impose my opinions on others, etc. Whenever I realize I have an attachment, I try to eliminate it. The uncomfortableness I feel while holding on to an attachment disappears when my xinxing is elevated.
I will grasp this precious time to save more people and do well on the path of cultivation.