Cultivation Experiences of a Young Dafa Practitioner
(Minghui.org) Greetings compassionate Master! Greetings fellow practitioners all around the world!
I am fourteen years old and my brother is one year younger. We visited our aunt with our grandmother last summer, and met many kind people who knew my aunt. We were told they were all Falun Dafa practitioners. They clarified the truth to us and helped us quit the CCP and its related organizations. After that, my grandmother, brother, and I began practicing Falun Dafa.
Studying the Fa and Practicing the Exercises
My academic performance was poor in the past, particularly in math. I failed almost every test. I was distressed about it a lot. We studied the Fa last winter with my aunt and fellow practitioners, read Minghui Weekly, and shared experiences. I realized that Fa-study was a priority. When we returned home, I studied the Fa and did the exercises with my grandmother and brother every day. As cultivators we cannot be separate from the Fa. Even though I have only a one hour break at noon, I study the Fa for 30 to 45 minutes. I am full of energy in the afternoon, in much better shape than those who take naps for an hour. I know Master strengthens me.
After school, besides doing homework, my brother and I persevered and practiced the exercises. Initially, I could only meditate for half an hour with my legs double crossed. I was able to meditate for one hour within a few days, and even though it was very painful, I endured.
I thought about what Master said,
“When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible. If you can actually do it, you will indeed find: 'After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!'” (Zhuan Falun)
I can currently meditate three hours without having much pain. My brother can meditate for one and a half hours.
Even though we had little time and the pressure to study was high, we encouraged each other, persevered in our Fa studies, and did the exercises. Master granted me wisdom, and my grades improved drastically. I am now number four among our class of 60 students, and number eight in our entire grade. I used to be afraid of math problems, but then they appeared to be so much easier. All my teachers and classmates were amazed by my improvement.
Changing Mind and Body
My brother and I both were in poor health and we often had colds and the flu, which easily developed into bronchitis. We often became short of breath when we walked or ran. My parents spent a lot of money on our medical bills. Less than one year after practicing Falun Gong, all our symptoms had disappeared. We feel truly happy being free of illnesses. My brother's character improved and he is able to endure more.
My temperament also improved. I used to have a hot temper. If anyone made me mad, particularly if they were boys, I chased them up and down the stairs and beat them. My classmates gave me the nickname “female tiger.” I was proud of being so tough. It was just like Master said,
“Although this person’s body smells like pine oil, he may still think he does well in his practice.” (Zhuan Falun).
When I first began practicing Falun Dafa, I realized that I had a strong competitive mentality, and was too narrow minded.
“... as a practitioner one should not fight back when being punched or insulted” (Zhuan Falun)
We should abide by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Only this determines who are truly good people. After I enlightened to the Fa, I realized how ignorant I had been. I now use the Fa to rectify my heart and mind, and measure my actions with the Fa. In the past, my classmate next to me ran away when I raised my hand, but now I don't say anything and just smile if others mistreat me. My classmates have all said that I changed into a kind, intelligent, and gentle lady.
Clarifying the Truth and Saving Sentient Beings
When I looked at my classmates and people on the streets, I sometimes could not help but cry. They live in the maze. They have such hard and bitter lives, and still do not realize how much their minds have been poisoned. They did not have a chance to hear about Dafa, and cannot return to the original place they came from. My brother and I were determined to do our best to save those predestined people. I began singing Dafa songs to my classmates (“Coming for You,” “Predestined Relationship”). Tears ran down my face while I sang. They also cried and asked me to teach them these songs. They all withdrew from the CCP organizations in the end.
One day our teacher wanted us to write an essay with the title “My Precious Collection.” I wrote in my essay that one should speak the truth and do truthful things... that is the most precious characteristic one should have. Kindness is also a most important characteristic, and forbearance does not mean one is a coward. I used the story of Han Xin, which tells of how he endured the humiliation of crawling between someone’s legs when he was young, and became the backbone of the country when he grew up. I received many compliments from the teachers.
When we were in physical education class, I often noticed that elderly people were sitting and watching us. I then went over and told them the truth about Dafa and asked them to remember, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” I also helped them to withdraw from the CCP and related organizations. My brother did the same in his class.
After we had done our homework, my brother and I went to the streets and took chalk with us. I wrote informational messages in the subdivisions, while my brother watched out for me. I wrote “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” “Withdraw from the CCP and related organizations to safeguard your future,” “Bring Jiang Zemin to justice.” We also went to schools and the residential buildings of the police department and wrote messages.
We did this in our school because we had “the Tiananmen Self-immolation” in our text books, and I did not want it to poison students. I wrote “Falun Dafa is a righteous Fa. The Tiananmen Self-Immolation was a staged act,” “The World needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” The next day, I saw students as well as pedestrians reading our messages. We were happy because we young Dafa disciples did what we should.
The Wonders of Dafa
One afternoon, my brother was playing basketball with others. Suddenly the ball hit my brother's right eye. In that moment he saw a Falun in front of his eye, and the ball bounced back.
Another time, my brother was playing with a classmate, and the finger of his classmate accidentally poked into my brother's left eye. He squatted down in pain. He said nothing but chanted “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” He recovered completely within a few minutes.
Refusing to Join the Youth League
Because of my academic achievements, teachers and classmates tried to persuade me to join the youth league. They stated, “Because of your academic excellence, you are qualified to join the youth league.” I answered, “Reaching academic excellence is not for the purpose of joining the youth league. I do not want to join.” When I came home, I sent forth righteous thoughts and asked Master to help me. When I saw the youth league leader the next time, he agreed with me and no longer mentioned it.
Before I obtained the Fa, I liked to listen to legendary stories. I often asked myself why I came to the human world, why was I human? After obtaining the Fa, I realized that human beings all came here for the Fa.
“One should return to one’s original, true self; this is the real purpose of being human.” (Zhuan Falun)
We all came her for the Fa. I regret that I obtained the Fa so late, but we are still much more fortunate compared to those who didn't have this chance. We will cherish this precious opportunity, try to do our best, do the three things well with fellow practitioners, and cherish this eternal opportunity.
Please point out any shortcomings I might have.