Diligent Fa Study Paves the Way to Return Home
(Minghui.org) Before I learned Falun Dafa, I was very competitive. I obtained fame and profit and was well known in our educational community. But when I began cultivation, I realized what I had actually obtained was karma. I had sickness karma all over my body in the form of hypertension, gastritis, conjunctivitis, gallbladder stones, colitis, constipation, arthritis, and sciatic pain. I took medicine, had acupuncture treatments, and was hospitalized, all with limited results.
After I obtained Dafa in 1997, Master purified my body. From that point on, I could breathe easily and felt comfortable. After that, Master purified my body often until I became completely free of illness.
1. Fa Study Guides Our Cultivation
I am 70 years old now. Ever since I obtained Dafa in 1997, I have made Fa study my priority. Why is that? Master told us:
“The Fa can break all attachments” (“Drive Out Interference” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
As a cultivator, if you do not study the Fa well, how can you get rid of your attachments? How can you assimilate to the Fa? I felt that studying the Fa well should be first and foremost; it is the precondition for doing everything else well.
I seized every moment to study and memorize the Fa. Whether it was a holiday, winter, or summer, walking or doing household chores, I would read or memorize the Fa. I always read one or two and sometimes even five lectures in Zhuan Falun every day day. There are over 40 Dafa books, which I also read every so often. Someone asked me, “How do you have so much time study to the Fa?” Master said:
“Pause for a moment of self-reflection, and increase your righteous thoughts” (“Rational and Awake” from Hong Yin Vol. II)
The most I sleep is five hours. I average four hours. When my children come to visit, I only sleep two or three hours to make up the time lost in visiting. I never watch TV. Nothing is as important as Fa study. I do the exercises from 2 to 5:30 a.m. I do two hours of sitting meditation.
It has become a habit for me to memorize the Fa while walking and to sing Dafa songs while doing the housework. I don't let anything else into my mind.
2. The Wonder of Studying and Memorizing the Fa
“as long as you read Dafa, you are changing; as long as you read Dafa, you are elevating.” (“Melt Into the Fa” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
I only listen to Master, and I seize every moment to study Fa. My husband would yell at me, “Why are you so busy? If you don't eat, the food will go bad.” Time passes like lighting; if I do not hurry, I won't able to do the three things.
One day when I was studying Zhuan Falun, I thought: “Such a wonderful Fa. Why not memorize it?” From that day on, I began memorizing Zhuan Falun. One sentence at a time, and then backward. After a day, I had only memorized one paragraph. After several days I wanted to quit. It was too hard, too slow; I had to concentrate fully in order to memorize the Fa, I wanted to back off. Looking within, it was fear of hardship, and I wanted comfort. Isn't that a human heart? I needed to cultivate it away.
I continued one sentence at a time. I do not know how long it took me, but I finished memorizing the book. When I did it the second time, it went a little faster. Over the years, I have memorized Zhuan Falun six times. I could feel a layer of bad substances was eliminated, and I was able to become even more tranquil each time I memorized it .
The fourth time I memorized Zhuan Falun, I felt like I was sitting inside an eggshell. It is hard to describe, but I could sense it clearly. Later when I did the sitting meditation, I could not recall anything from the ordinary world. No matter how hard I tried, I could not remember. Eventually, I no longer needed the music to do the sitting meditation; I just set the alarm for two hours and that is enough.
While I memorized the book the fifth time, one morning when I was sending forth righteous thoughts, I flew out and later came back. One time my main consciousness flew to the school where I used to teach. I shouted at the people, but they could not hear me. I flew closer and shouted again, “Falun Dafa is a righteous Fa! If you recite, 'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good,' you will be saved.” They still could not hear me. Another time, I was flying above the ocean. The sky was blue with white clouds. I was flying freely. The scene was beautiful. I flew each time with my legs double-crossed. Master's Fa is absolutely true--humans have a main consciousness, and it can leave the body.
I often study the Fa with tears running down my face. The more I study, the more I want to study. Master provided us with salvation. He earnestly expounded the Fa from every angle, every aspect, complete and down to the last detail. We do not need to expend too much effort to understand, just follow through. Whenever I think of those tests that I did not pass well, whenever I think of how Master has endured so much for Fa rectification, for saving sentient beings in the universe, and purified our bodies and given us so much, I cannot stop crying.
3. Overcoming the Fear of Pain in Doing the Meditation
When I first began doing the exercises, I felt this gong was really good, but the meditation was very difficult; it was so painful! I was in my 50s when I obtained the Fa, and my bones were very brittle. After great effort I finally double-crossed my legs, but in just few seconds the pain was excruciating. Later, at the mere mention of meditation, I would break out in a cold sweat from fear.
Master told us:
“When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it.” (Zhuan Falun)
I kept Master's words in my heart. I sat beside the bed, and pulled my leg up. It took me a while, and as soon as I got it in place, the pain started. I repeated “When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it." It was that for a while. Later I tied my leg up, for a few seconds at first, to half a minute, then from half a minute to one minute, five, ten, and 20 minutes. It was difficult to get past 30 minutes, but I was determined: I had to break through. I continued repeating “When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it."
When I passed the 30-minute mark, I unintentionally let out a cry in pain. My husband was very upset: “What are you yelling about in the middle of the night!?” From that point on, no matter how painful it was, I kept quiet. Even though my husband had yelled at me, I was pretty happy, since I had finally made it for 30 minutes.
After that, I gradually extended the time. There were times I was afraid of meditation. I knew without the power of Dafa, without the firm will and endurance, I would not be able to make it. It truly was
“After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!” (Zhuan Falun)
Now I can meditate for over two hours. I can study the Fa with double-crossed legs for hours without any problem.
4. Cherishing Our Materials, Diligently Saving Sentient Beings
Saving sentient beings is the mission of Fa rectification period Dafa practitioners. Besides seizing every moment for Fa study and sending forth righteous thoughts, a fellow practitioner and I often go out to clarify the truth and distribute informational materials. We cherish these materials very much, because we realize our fellow practitioners have risked their lives to make them.
We have to deliver the flyers to predestined people waiting to be saved. If we misplace them or carelessly give them out just to finish the task, not only could we be unsuccessful in saving sentient beings, we might even cause them to generate more karma by throwing them away. You see good results only when you do it wholeheartedly. When we gave out Shen Yun DVDs, we would first ask people if they had a DVD player. We would give them a DVD only if they had a player. We place the materials in attractive and convenient bags to make it easy for the recipients to carry.
One day we happened to run into a group of girls who came for an amateur dance competition. We made small talk with them and told them that we would give them a DVD of a world class performance, including dance, suggesting they might be inspired by the show and thus win more awards. We told them that they were very lucky, because they were predestined to meet us. We suggested that they share it with others after they watched the show. After a short while, our bag of DVDs was empty, so we called fellow practitioners for backup. Soon, they were gone again. Several times we got more and there were still people asking for DVDs after we had distributed them all.
While one practitioner gave out the Shen Yun DVDs, I would encourage the girls to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. I told them that they had good temperament and appeared so youthful, and that there was a secret to keeping their youthful appearance: it was a nine-character truth. They asked me what it was. I told them, “'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good.' If you remember this, it will nourish both your body and your heart. When you speak the truth, treat others kindly, back off when conflicts arise; when everything is in harmony, won't you be happy? You will appear youthful.”
They all listened attentively, so I went on: “The CCP does not believe in God. It has committed so many bad deeds that heaven will eliminate it. As long as you quit the CCP and its youth organizations from your heart, you will be saved. Disasters and calamities will have nothing to do with you. You may use an alias to quit.” Some of them used their true names, some asked me to make up a name for them, but they all agreed to quit.
No matter where we went, we brought truth clarification materials with us. Spring, summer, fall, and winter, we happily spread the truth to everyone: men, women, young and old. One day I was supposed to meet a fellow practitioner, when a thunder storm suddenly came up. We met anyway, saying nothing could stop us. We went to the mall and supermarket to clarify the truth, gave out all our materiasl, and persuaded over 30 people to quit the CCP and its organizations.
The summer of 2013 was long and hot. But no matter how hot it gets, it doesn't prevent us from doing what we should do. At the bus station, another practitioner clarified the truth to passengers and gave them Shen Yun DVDs while I was clarifying Dafa truth to an elderly couple waiting for the bus.
I smiled and said, “You look healthy. Are you retired? Still paying Party dues?” The man replied, “Yes.” I said, “At this age, we do not pursue things anymore, just peace and health.” He agreed. I told him that I would tell him nine words to ensure his peace and health: “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good.” I said, “We are both at a ripe old age. We have witnessed enough of the bad deeds committed by the CCP. It does not believe in God, and now heaven is going to eliminate it. If you quit it from your heart, you will be safe.” He agreed.
When we returned, it was noon. The street was so hot, we could not open our eyes; sweat covered our faces. I am in my 70s, yet I walked and talked all morning without any water. If we were ordinary people, we might have had heat stroke. Yet we were both perfectly fine. This is the power and wonder of Dafa!
On Sundays, we go to the parks to clarify the truth and give flyers to whomever we meet. Once we stopped at a gazebo, where there wer 16 or 17 college students. Some were from Sichuan, some from Fujian. One practitioner began to clarify the truth and gave them some material. I told them how nowadays it was very complicated in society: "You need to distinguish good from bad and not be deceived. The CCP is corrupt; students with good grades can't find a good job, while those with poor grades just bribe someone and get a good job." They all agreed.
I said, “The CCP does not believe in God and does bad deeds without restraint. Now heaven will eliminate it. If you quit it sincerely, you will be safe, and if you want to have a better future, I will tell you what to say: 'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good.' Some people who remembered these words had their illness cured, had success with their business, found good jobs, moved on with advanced degrees, and found their better halves... Falun Dafa is good, isn't it?”
They replied in unison, “Yes!” I asked them, “What nine words do you need to remember to make your wishes come true?” They shouted, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are good!” The sound echoed throughout the entire park. They all quit the CCP and its organizations. We gave out brochures until we ran out. They said they wanted to take them to their classmates and friends.