Truly Practicing Cultivation Means Studying the Fa Well and Having Faith in Master and the Fa
(Clearwisdom.net) I obtained the Fa in 1999. Under Master's care, I have been practicing for 12 years. Here I'd like to share my experiences of studying the Fa, and having faith in Master and the Fa.
1. Studying the Fa well, remaining focused on the cultivation path
Not long after I obtained the Fa, a fellow practitioner told me that she had recited the whole book of Zhuan Falun. I felt confident, and said, “I can also do it in three months.” I indeed recited Zhuan Falun in three months. After memorizing Zhuan Falun I felt totally changed. I couldn't describe how my heart was moved. I deeply felt that studying the Fa was so important for a practitioner. After that, I recited Hong Yin and Essentials for Further Advancement and Essentials for Further Advancement II. I made use of every possible moment to recite Master's books. Whether I was walking or riding the bus, I was silently reciting the Fa. When I encountered any problem, Master's Fa would appear in my mind, and I would know what I should do. Here are two instances.
From 2001 to 2002, the local regime agents held large scale brainwashing sessions, pressuring many practitioners to be “transformed”. Some enlightened along an evil path and came to persuade me. At that time, Master's Fa appeared in my mind, and I read Zhuan Falun and all of Master's teachings thoroughly. I clearly understood that being “transformed” is absolutely wrong, and I was determined to follow Master till the end. As soon as I had this thought, I felt a shock go through my body and I felt that I became very huge. The next day, I did the fifth exercise for 4 hours and felt very comfortable. From these experiences I knew Master was encouraging me.
In 2007, some practitioners who enlightened along an evil path claimed that there was a so-called “tenth lecture,” and they asked me to give them the book. I immediately remembered that Master said, “At present, no other person is truly teaching people toward high levels like me.” (Zhuan Falun) I told them, “I only have one Master, Li Hongzhi. No one else is teaching Falun Dafa, and there is no tenth lecture. I am Master's disciple; I will follow Him.” They dejectedly left.
When I was reciting the Fa by heart, two miracles happened. One happened while I was detained at a detention center after I went to Beijing to appeal for Dafa. Once day I was sent to listen to someone who had enlightened along an evil path giving a “thought report.” I sat at the back and wasn't listening at all. Instead, I was reciting the Fa. Soon, the pain was gone. I knew Master had purified my body.
Another miracle happened while I was detained in a brainwashing center. Once I was forced to listen to a report slandering Dafa. I wasn't listening at all, and instead I recited the Fa. I shared this with other detained practitioners. So, the “report” time became our Fa reciting time. As a result, the brainwashing session was dismissed. Just as Master said,
“The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” (“Drive Out Interference” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
“That is why Fa-study is still the most, most important thing—it is the fundamental guarantee for all that you are to do. If you cannot keep up in Fa-study, then there is no hope.” (“Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa”)
2. Remaining steadfast in the Fa is a practitioner's path of safety
Although I studied the Fa a lot, I didn't know how to look inward or cultivate. Two years ago, I started a material production center in my home, and I read a lot of experience sharing articles online. Gradually I enlightened that, as disciples, we must follow whatever Master says. Whatever happens, we must unconditionally look inside ourselves and truly cultivate ourselves, and this is totally having faith in Master and the Fa. Looking inward is the magic tool Master gave us and guarantees that we will stay on the right path of cultivation practice. Master said,
“The old forces don't dare to oppose our clarifying the truth or saving sentient beings. What's key is to not let them take advantage of the gaps in your state of mind when you do things.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston”)
I started to distribute Shen Yun DVDs and truth-clarifying booklets face to face. Because I live in a small town and we all know each other, I would get the DVDs and booklets back few days later, and then give them to others.
I was wrongfully arrested, and I made use of this situation to clarify the truth to local police and people in the judicial and legal system. I wrote an appeal letter and mailed it with Shen Yun DVDs to the president of the local court, the chief procurator, and the director of the 610 Office. In the letter, I explained to them that under China's laws, we Dafa practitioners are innocent. At the beginning, I mailed the letters one by one, and I sent forth righteous thoughts for half an hour before and after sending each one. Because no CCP agents came to arrest me, I got excited. Later I sent four or five letters at once. Two days later, I couldn't wake up to send forth righteous thoughts at 12:00 a.m. or 6:00 a.m. I finally got up after 7:00 a.m. and in a half awake state I sent forth righteous thoughts. I immediately realized that something was wrong. I calmed myself down, and then sent forth righteous thoughts for 75 minutes and asked Master to strengthen me.
In 2010, the local 610 Office planned to hold a brainwashing session and claimed they would “transform” more than 90% of the practitioners they forced to attend. At that time, the head of the 610 Office came to my home along with other five or six others. For an hour and a half I told them the facts about Falun Gong. I told them my personal experiences of being harassed by the regime. In the end, the 610 office head had to admit that what I said was true. The plan to hold the brainwashing session failed because local practitioners sent forth righteous thoughts intensively for a long time.
In June 2011, my detention term expired. It was time for my pension to arrive, but they said they wouldn't give me my pension unless I was “transformed.” I realized that the county government officials hadn't really had a chance to hear the truth, so why didn't I take this opportunity to tell them? I wrote an appeal letter and explained to them that practicing Falun Gong does not violate any law and that they should return my pension. This time I did not mail the letter. Instead, I took it in and sent forth righteous thoughts in close proximity while they read my report. The result was good.
Only by following Dafa and doing what Master has taught us can we save people. Master said,
“But, as long as you go by Dafa, go by what Master has told you, you will have a path to walk, and that will be something nobody can change. But the path will be very narrow—narrow to the extent that only if you are extremely righteous will things work out and will you manage to save people. Only if you can go about things in an extremely righteous manner will there be no problems.” (“What is a Dafa Disciple”)
Above are my personal experiences. If there is anything inappropriate, please kindly point it out.