How I Was Able to Overcome Not Studying the Fa Well
(Minghui.org) I became a Falun Dafa practitioner in 1994. Before July 20, 1999, when the persecution started, I was very diligent since I had studied the Fa well. During the process, I had experienced the joy of upgrading my xinxing and the suffering of removing my attachments. I was able to enlighten from the Fa when I encountered any tribulation, because I had studied the Fa well.
At that time I was able to hold myself to a high standard while interacting in society, at work, and in my daily life. I remember one occasion when the evil Chinese Communist Party officials in my county planned to hold a brainwashing session, they ordered each person (who was forced to attend) to pay 500 yuan.
A Righteous Thought Produces a Good Result
Although at that time I did not understand how to see it from the Fa, I knew we followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and that those who practice Falun Gong are good people. So I was determined not to pay and not to participate. As a result, they did not ask me for money again. Now, looking back, I see that these were righteous thoughts; it was the power from my studying the Fa. Hence, I was able to withstand the evil persecution.
However, because our practice environment was destroyed, I did not continue to study the Fa diligently, and I gradually slacked off. When I studied the Fa, it did not enter my heart, and I became confused. Fortunately, I was able to access Minghui.org regularly and see practitioners' articles about their cultivation experiences. I knew I had to look inward, but I could not find the roots of my problems, which hindered me from studying the Fa with my whole heart.
Just over a month ago, a practitioner from a rural area suffered severe symptoms of “sickness karma.” Her son brought her to the city, and one of her practitioner family members found me and asked me to study the Fa with her. I had a sincere heart to help my fellow practitioner. Along with her and other practitioners, we started to study the Fa, learn from each other, and share our cultivation experiences. Every day I also downloaded some Minghui.org articles to share with her.
Seeing My Own Attachment Through Another
During the sharing, I noticed that this practitioner did not cultivate herself with her whole heart. In reflecting on myself, I asked myself, "Don't I have the same problem? Isn’t this attachment the one keeping me from solidly cultivating myself?" After this thought, I immediately became determined to get rid of my attachment.
When this righteous thought emerged, I discovered everything had changed. Previously, I could not focus when studying the Fa; it was superficial. Now when I study the Fa, it enters my heart. Although sometimes I have interference, I can easily get rid of it by sending forth righteous thoughts. I can enlighten to Fa principles, and my righteous thoughts are stronger. Master opened my wisdom for truth clarification and getting up early to do the exercises is no longer as difficult for me.
True Cultivation Is How You Act
Some practitioners claim that they do not know how to enlighten to the Fa or cultivate. If so, we should try to look inward: is it that your unrecognized attachments are keeping you from truly cultivating, and that you are not treating yourself as a true practitioner? True cultivation is not what you say; it is acting in accordance with Dafa when you encounter obstacles in your life.
"Because nobody is more precious than a cultivator. He wants to cultivate, and that’s the most precious thought. In Buddhism they talk about Buddha-nature, and that when a person’s Buddha-nature comes out the Enlightened Beings can help him.” (“The First Talk” in Zhuan Falun)
As long as we bring a pure heart to cultivate, Master will help us.
Master has been worried and exhausted for us; Master expects us; Master awaits us. Dear fellow practitioners, please pay attention to the temptations of the ordinary world and go home with Master!