A New Practitioner's Cultivation Experience: “I Was Determined to Memorize the Fa”
(Minghui.org) Not long ago I had a conversation with another practitioner. She mentioned memorizing the Fa, and sent me a few related experience sharing articles written by other practitioners. From then on, I was determined to memorize the Fa.
In the beginning it was hard for me to memorize the Fa. I had to read each paragraph more than ten times before I could even start to memorize it. I soon forgot what I memorized, and had to start all over again. I spent quite a long time trying to memorize the first section of Lecture One with this back and forth method. A fellow practitioner said, “Don't keep going over what you memorized, just continue on to the next paragraph once a paragraph is finished. Once you finish all the paragraphs, then start over from the beginning.” I adopted her method. I also memorized four to five poems from Hong Yin every day.
I thought some words and sentences in the book were not important since I'd read Zhuan Falun so many times, so I usually skipped reading them. After I started to memorize the Fa, I needed to memorize every word. I realized that every word and sentence has profound meaning, and every word is very important. I didn't understand what some sentences meant when I read the Fa before, but I understood them while I was memorizing them. I want to share my experience of memorizing the Fa with you.
One evening I concentrated on memorizing Zhuan Falun first, then Hong Yin. The more I did, the more I wanted to do and the more joy I felt. I continued memorizing the Fa for several hours. After sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight, I was still very much awake. It was time to sleep according to ordinary people’s thinking, so I went to bed. But I couldn't fall sleep. I then got up and started doing the exercises and studying the Fa. I was still not sleepy after sending forth righteous thoughts at 6 a.m. the next morning. I forced myself to sleep for two hours. I got up at 8 a.m and felt energetic all day.
During the period of memorizing the Fa, I gradually developed a supernatural ability: I could remember the content by just reading it once. At the very beginning, I needed to read the same part over ten times before I could memorize it. Later I only needed to repeat it seven or eight times. Finally I could memorize the content by just reading it once. From then on, I could recite the Fa automatically when I wished to. Just as Master said:
“When it is transformed into a high-energy matter, it will gradually form an energy cluster of great density, and this energy cluster has intelligence.” (Lecture Six in Zhuan Falun)
After I memorized the Fa, the most obvious thing that I noticed is that I am firmly in control of myself. I often became sleepy while reading the Fa in the past, or I forgot that I was a practitioner while I was busy at work. My mind gradually became clearer after memorizing the Fa. I behave as a practitioner wherever I am. Now even when I'm busy at work, I keep sending forth righteous thoughts to purify myself. Whenever I have time, I recite the Fa in my mind.
Besides my new understanding of some words and sentences in the Fa, to me the whole Fa has changed. I have the feeling of “Planet earth looks like a tiny pellet” (“Holding the Wheel” in Hong Yin III). I can look at the earth from the universe. One evening I suddenly had an idea: It's been almost two years since I started cultivation. Shouldn’t I raise my level? Maybe this was a critical thought because I had an unprecedented experience when I was doing the sitting exercise the next morning. My mind became empty, and a thought came of: “I am divine.” This thought was soon replaced by another thought: “That's incorrect, it should be 'The divine is here.'” My mind understood it instantly: “The divine does not have the concept of 'self'.”
These thoughts were generated in an instant. But in this short instant, Master let me experience a divine level. I suddenly understood what Master said:
“What is a Buddha? He is the guarantor of all beings at his level, the protector of all beings, and the defender of the truth of the universe.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Founding Ceremony of the Singaporean Falun Dafa Association” 1996)
One shade of the meaning is: When we are enlightened, we are sentient beings' world. Sentient beings are what we have. There will be no “self.” Therefore, Master repeatedly told us to be “...selflessness and altruism.” (“Non-Omission in Buddha-Nature” in Essentials for Further Advancement )
I now have a different understanding about cultivation. In the past I regarded myself as a practitioner. But now I regard myself as a high level being who is helping Master to rectify the Fa. Now when I interact with people I have a higher and stricter requirement of myself. I know that sentient beings won't be saved if I don't do well. I fully understand the meaning of
“Dafa disciples Great is the task upon their shoulders” (“Dafa Disciples” in Hong Yin Vol. II)
I went through many tests after I began memorizing the Fa. I don't know how I could have overcome those tribulations if I hadn't memorized the Fa.
My cultivation level is limited, so please kindly point out anything not in line with the Fa. Heshi!