Articles from the 20th Anniversary of Falun Dafa's Introduction Series Helped Me Rediscover My Enthusiasm for Cultivation
(Minghui.org) For a long time, I felt indifferent when it came to my state of cultivation. I was just going along doing things passively, unconcerned about what was happening around me until last week when I read some of the submissions to the Special Edition commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Falun Dafa's Introduction. After reading just a couple of articles, I felt as though thousands of light rays spread through my body, expelling the mist lingering in my mind and shining through every corner of my heart. Their stories invigorated me and touched me. I had tears in my eyes as I read those articles.
One of the submissions was about a practitioner, a company director, who followed the Falun Dafa principles and was able return the company to health with her righteous actions and her abilities. The company employees all admired her and were very proud to be working in that company.
Practitioners' Honesty and Steadfastness Results in Success
Another article was from a practitioner that could not graduate from a university because of the persecution. She was illegally imprisoned and released in 2006. She then was offered a job as a cashier in a supermarket. Although everyone thought that her situation was hopeless, she didn't let her situation get her down and kept positive thoughts.
“There must be a way for me to succeed even though I don't have my diploma. With wisdom given to me by Dafa and my virtues, I will be able to make a living,” she told herself.
She told her supervisor that she didn't get her diploma because she held steadfast to her belief and was consequently persecuted. Her honesty and persistence touched the heart of the general manager. She was given a number of opportunities, and doors opened for her. People who didn't know her thought she was very well-read and very well-educated. In fact, she had read very few books. She had read many times her favorite book, Zhuan Falun, which supersedes all sciences. She drew her wisdom from this book. Therefore, she was very successful, even without completing a university education and despite entering her field of interest a few years later than her peers.
Moving the Hearts of Others
A submission titled “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Made Me Compassionate Toward Others” moved me to tears. Living by the Falun Dafa principles day-in and day-out, she moved the hearts of her enemies, strangers, relatives, friends, and even police officers. When she barely had enough to pay for her child's tuition, she didn't hesitate to lend the little that she had to a stranger so she could pay for her daughter's tuition. I asked myself if I could do the same and the answer was no. The compassion and kindness of this practitioner demonstrated to people around her that Falun Dafa practitioners are the best people. I am very proud of my fellow practitioners. I must elevate myself to measure up with my fellow practitioners.
Remaining Steadfast Despite Adversity
An article was submitted by the husband of a practitioner, titled, “The Unforgettable Scene at Tiananmen Square.” This article brought back memories of the summer of 1999, when one could feel the terror everywhere. Many practitioners went to Beijing, calling out “Falun Dafa is good” and “Falun Dafa is righteous.” I always cried when I heard the song, “Tiananmen Square, Please Tell Me.”
The husband recounted how his wife, a practitioner, was fired from her job because she refused to renounce Falun Dafa; his teenaged son was expelled from high school; and his family was facing adversity overnight. He was devastated. And, yet, he was touched by the scenes he witnessed at Tiananmen Square, especially when he heard practitioners call out to declare the goodness of Falun Dafa, when he saw the unfurling of Falun Dafa banners and the fact that they did not back off despite facing violence from the police.
“They knew very well that they faced beatings, detention, sentencing, forced labor, and the loss of their families. Why did they still go ahead and demonstrate? I finally realized that it was because they wanted people to know that Falun Dafa is good, that the Great Way will not be obliterated by the communists, and that those who benefit will safeguard Dafa with their lives.”
After reading these articles, I finally realized that Master cherishes the paths we have walked and that he reminds us repeatedly to cherish what we have accomplished, as history will not repeat itself.
Reading the stories told by fellow practitioners, I admire every one and feel indebted to our great Master and the Fa that he gave us. Only the greatest law can produce the greatest Falun Dafa disciples. I feel such pride and the glory at being one of the millions of practitioners.
I cannot be indifferent anymore. I must rediscover the enthusiasm from when I first started cultivation. At this critical moment when the old is being replaced by the new, and facing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the chances becoming smaller and smaller, and given that the Fa rectification of the human world is not far off, I do remember how I felt when I first learned the Fa. I am full of hope and confidence, and I will assimilate to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, save my sentient beings, and fulfill my vows.