Homework and Exams
(Minghui.org) While walking through the park one day, I saw two students attentively doing their homework on a bench. This got me thinking. As cultivators, don't we also have homework?
Do we complete our homework 100%, with quality everyday? Do we study the Fa attentively each day? Do we do the five exercises? Are we able to send forth righteous thoughts four times a day, without falling asleep?
We talk about respect for Master and Fa, believing Master and Fa, if we can not accomplish our daily homework, how can that be called respect and belief in Master and the Fa? How could we then pass our “exams”?
I often had dreams where I was taking an exam, I had not studied and prepared well and so was anxious. When I woke up after such a dream, I thought about how even though I study Fa, was I doing it with attentiveness, or just going through the motions. Did I care about doing the exercises daily, or did I often skip, with the excuse that I was tired. Sometimes I fell asleep while sending forth righteous thoughts. Was my anxiety in my dreams the result of my lack of diligence in my daily cultivation.
The tribulations and tests we encounter, shouldn't we think of them as exams? When facing an exam, we can not avoid it, we can not copy off of others, nor can we find someone else to take the exam for us.
I noticed some fellow practitioners panicked when faced with a tribulation, they forgot they were cultivators. They forgot to face the tribulation with righteous thoughts. Instead they wished to avoid the tribulation, or to discuss it with another practitioner to try and solve it with advice from them. Many would often ask “what do you think I should do?”
We need to understand “One’s gong level is as high as one’s xinxing level.” (Zhuan Falun) Whoever enlightens obtains, others ready made answer can not solve one's own problem, and if one's xinxing level has not reach there one can not resolve the problem.
I remembered someone was asking: “Should I go to Beijing?” Even after given an answer, he still could not go. Facing problems, we should enlighten on the basis of the Fa, view the Fa as our Master, only then can we truly elevate.