Cultivating Away Human Notions
(Minghui.org) Human notions can prevent us from understanding the Fa principles. I used to have many human notions, but my surroundings changed for the better after I cultivated them away. I'd like to share my experience on the process of eliminating them.
One day when I was delivering Dafa materials, the motorcycle I rode collided with a barrier and I landed hard on the ground. Three areas of my face bled while the practitioner on the backseat felt as if he floated lightly to the ground. The motorcycle landed a few meters away from us and the engine was still running. “This is terrible!” was the first thought that came to my mind. After falling face down, I thought of “Fa Zheng Qian Kun, Xie E Quan Mie.” (“The Two Hand Positions for Sending Forth Righteous Thoughts” in Essentials for Further Advancement II) It may seems as though I was having righteous thoughts, but my motivation was actually fear of getting injured.
“You may talk cultivationBut you have to discard the attachmentsthat you hold deep insideWhat’s given up is not oneselfBut instead the folly of delusion”(“Discarding Attachments” in Hong Yin Vol. II)
I enlightened that only assimilating to Dafa's principles, eliminating human notions, and the wish to follow Master, are Dafa disciples' righteous thoughts.
Upon My Genuine Improvement, My Wife Began Supporting Dafa
I started cultivating Dafa because of my illness. At that time, I was in my 30s but was tormented by a disease. I had to take a rest after I climbed only three floors. In mid June 1997, I came across Zhuan Falun by chance. I studied it and my body was restored to a young man's state. I truly felt the preciousness of Dafa.
Since then, I've been practicing and studying the Fa at home. I continued after the persecution started. I started stepping out and contacting practitioners in 2003 after one practitioner gave me Master's recent writings and news on Dafa.
At this time, my wife's fear increased. She used all her connections to exert pressure on me – beatings from my parents and brothers and they threatened to sever family ties with me. I calmed down to study the Fa and send forth righteous thoughts to disintegrate all the persecution factors that were imposed on me.
At first, my wife and mother-in-law nagged at me. Even though I was studying the Fa, I felt irritated and something inside me wanted to rebut them. Later, I enlightened that when I take it (the nagging) to heart, my wife and mother-in-law will be even more manipulated by the old forces. Master said, “...just by having your heart unaffected you will be able to handle all situations.” (“Eliminate Your Last Attachment(s)” in Essentials for Further Advancement II) I calmed down and maintained a compassionate attitude when their nagging started. The hatred that was torturing me disappeared. They stopped when I became indifferent to their nagging. Both of them read Zhuan Falun now and even my ten-year old daughter often studies the Fa.
Conflict at Work Resolved
I took my job seriously and responsibly but was often talked about and even abused verbally. I know that as a practitioner, I need to tolerate this. However, I can't understand how I incurred insults with my good communication skills. Even though I was tolerating the conflict, I was harboring resentment.
One day when I was talking with practitioners, I enlightened that this is a tribulation to upgrade my xinxing. My heart became calm. Resentment turned into sympathy and finally to compassion for the people who slandered me.
The conflict that lasted more than six months was resolved after I removed my human thoughts.
Fa Principles Displayed Level by Level
We have a Fa study group twice a week at a practitioner's house. I often stayed in an air-conditioned room at my home as I could not bear the heat. However, there are no air-conditioners or fans at the study site. The door was closed tightly. How do I study the Fa when I'm sweating continuously? Although I know that it's a good thing to suffer hardship, I could not help but blame the practitioner in my heart. As I was the only person who felt very hot while other practitioners did not speak up, I used human thoughts to measure practitioners and thought that they didn't create a good environment for the Fa-study.
Master said, “As a practitioner, one cannot conduct oneself based on the standard of everyday people.” (Lecture Four in Zhuan Falun) I thought, air-conditioning is a method used by everyday people and being hot and stuffy is directed at them. Does it have an effect on a true cultivator? I felt hot and stuffy when I'm stuck in everyday person's mentality. When I let go of human attachments and no longer complained, my heart purified. I felt coolness rising at the back of my body and no longer felt the heat unbearable. Actually, when I stepped out of this (human) feeling, I stepped out of human state into a divine being state. Divine beings are not burdened by the principles in the human world.
Everything Is Spiritual
There were flies in my workplace. I could not chase them away and they kept buzzing around me. I initially killed a few of them. It was quite weird that they were killed with folded sheets of paper and no swatter was used. Are they seeking death? Suddenly I thought of Master's Fa that everything is spiritual,
“All matter in the universe, including all substances that permeate the universe, are living beings with thinking minds, and all of them are forms of existence of the universe's Fa at different levels.” (Lecture One in Zhuan Falun)
I said to the flies in my heart, “It is your predestined relationship to be able to be in front of a Dafa disciple. Remember “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” You will not live your life in vain as you have received blessings from Dafa.” All of the flies flew away when I had this thought.
Inspired by this, I told the flies “Falun Dafa is good” when I studied the Fa outdoors. However, the flies didn't go away and it was no use sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the interference. They were always biting me, making my body so itchy that I couldn't calm down. I realized that the discomfort from the itchiness is a human feeling after I looked within. A divine being would not have such a feeling. So, I focused on studying the Fa and endured it. Soon, the flies no longer bit me – the righteous thoughts' field of a Dafa disciple can rectify everything.
When we feel helpless, lost, difficult to maintain solid cultivation, it's time to eliminate our human thoughts. More Fa principles will be displayed to us when more human thoughts are removed. One layer of the Fa principle will be displayed when one layer of human thought is removed, and we will assimilate to one layer of the Fa and also ascend one level. I hope that practitioners can cultivate away human notions, assimilate to the Fa without being obstructed by any thoughts, and return to our pure inborn thought: help Master to rectify the Fa and save sentient beings.