Encouraging Fellow Practitioners to Return to Cultivation
(Minghui.org) Master has discussed the seriousness of cultivation. He stressed the importance of former practitioners, as well as those that have fallen behind, returning to their cultivation path.
Remembering Master's words, I realized that I have the responsibility to wake up these practitioners. Therefore, when I came in contact with two practitioners, I helped them become more diligent in their cultivation.
Returning to Dafa After Short Conversation
Practitioner A operates a small business and was always very busy. I didn't keep in touch with her, but recently I kept thinking of her, so I decided to give her a call.
She began to practice Dafa in 2006 but didn't make Fa study a priority. She was very attached to monetary gains. Therefore, she moved with her husband to China's northeast in hopes of making more money.
She was diagnosed with uterine cancer in the beginning of 2009, making her depressed. She was put on a chemotherapy protocol, during which she experienced many side effects, such as lethargy, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. She lost all her hair, had a dark gray complexion and believed that she was at death's door.
I said: “Many who practiced Dafa have returned to good health, yet you were diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. Why is that so?”
She admitted that she didn't treasure the opportunity to practice Dafa and did not study the Fa diligently. She realized that she had many human attachments and above all was thinking only of earning more money. She ran into conflicts at home due to her attachment to wealth and could not handle them like a practitioner.
I told her that Master saw that her life was in danger and hinted that I should help her. But, that didn't assure her that Master still regarded her as a practitioner. To help her overcome that fear I suggested that she do the exercises, read the Fa diligently and follow the Dafa principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
She understood what I said and immediately started to recite the phrase: “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” She told Master in her mind that she would return to the cultivation path, be diligent and let go of various human attachments, including the pursuit of wealth.
I could see that she became happier and she said that she felt much better after our conversation. Master had seen her determination to return to cultivation.
This was the turning point in her life and she became very diligent. She studied the Fa and did the exercises. She also talked to friends and family members about Falun Dafa. Having witnessed the change in her health, they accepted the truth and believed that Falun Dafa is good.
To keep her on track, I went to her house to study the Fa on a regular basis. She looked better each time I saw her. But, she still worried about her illness and when she felt very ill, she wondered if her condition had worsened.
However, after sharing understandings on the Fa and through reading Master's teachings, she quickly let go of her negative thoughts, affirmed her faith in Master and Dafa and continued on the path of cultivation.
Benefiting from Returning to the Cultivation Path
Practitioner B was thought of as a veteran practitioner, who started to practice with several family members before the onset of the persecution. Soon after taking up the practice, Dafa was banned and she lost the cultivation environment. All her relatives quit cultivating in Dafa, but she felt that since she had obtained the Fa, she should persist in her cultivation.
However she only did the exercises and did not study the Fa, nor did she put into practice the principles of Dafa. Yet she regarded herself as a practitioner and went on like this for the past 10 years.
Her health deteriorated and she experienced asthma attacks, which worsened over time to the point where she had trouble speaking.
Until this year she refused to take medication. But, she was at the end of her endurance and started to take medication. Her health worsened, though, and she thought of talking to a practitioner.
A friend who is not a practitioner asked her: “Do you still truly want to practice Falun Dafa?” She answered firmly: “Yes, I do.” That friend told her that she knew a practitioner, my father, and she could get them together, which was just what she wanted to do.
He was not at home, but my mother, after hearing the reason for their visit, suggested they speak to me. When I got to my mother's home, practitioner B's asthma condition was very severe and she had great difficulty talking.
The next day I went to her home to read the Fa. We started to read one lecture of Zhuan Falun daily. I taught her the exercises while watching Master's instruction tape and corrected a lot of her movements. She did all five sets of exercises twice daily from that day onward and learned to look within when there were conflicts at home.
The change in her health was astounding. Her complexion turned from dark gray to bright and clear, and her shortness of breath became less severe. I was very pleased to see her health improving day after day.
Although she has not recovered completely and is sometimes breathless when talking to people, she tells people the facts about Dafa. She has persuaded eight people to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliates.
She said: “I did not say much and cannot recall exactly what I said. It is Master who helps me find the right words. All I do is to simply approach people and start talking. Thank you Master!”