There Are No Minor Things in Cultivation
(Minghui.org) I am 61 years old. When my daughter-in-law was due to give birth, she passed her due date. My son asked me, “When will my wife give birth?” I answered casually, “On or around the 7th or the 8th.”
My son wanted me to go to his home immediately. Since I was still doing something for a fellow practitioner that I hadn’t finished, I couldn't leave straight away. I thought, “I am a Dafa disciple. I firmly believe in Master and Dafa. Everything of mine will be arranged by Master.” I finished what I was supposed to do and then took the train to my son's home at around 2 a.m.
My daughter-in-law was having contractions, and she was hospitalized. She gave birth to a baby boy on the 8th without any complications. Our family was very happy. “Mom, you're so miraculous,” my son said. “You seem able to reckon things on your fingers. When you said 7th or 8th, it was exactly then.” In my heart, I understood that it was all arranged by Master.
I took care of my daughter-in-law during her one month rest period after giving birth. I always required myself to follow the standard of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance." I was happily spending money, happily doing my chores, not saying anything that I was not supposed to say, and not doing anything that I was not supposed to do. The atmosphere at home was very good, and the relationship between my daughter-in-law and me, as well as between the two families, was very good.
I realized that it was really time-consuming to take care of my grandson. I thought to myself, “My son and grandson have their own blessings. I am a Dafa disciple, and I should not be bound by sentimentality.” I suggested we hire a babysitter to take care of the child. My son and daughter-in-law were both understanding and considerate, and they agreed to hire a babysitter. They were afraid that it might be difficult to find a good babysitter. My daughter-in-law's parents had the same concern.
“I am not an ordinary person,” I reckoned. “I am a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple. Everything of mine is arranged by Master. We will definitely be able to find someone who is predestined and who has the best morals to come to our home.”
We found four babysitters who all had very good morals. They took good care of the child and also did household chores. I clarified the truth to them and helped them quit the CCP. One of them even wanted to practice Falun Gong, so I taught her the exercises. Before she left, she said she wanted to read Dafa books. I gave her a copy of Zhuan Falun.
From this experience, I felt that as a Dafa practitioner, no matter where we are, no matter who we have contact with, no matter what we are doing, we should always remember that we are practitioners. We should let go of our selfishness and treat others with kindness. We should believe in Master and the Fa and walk only on the path arranged by Master.
In March 2015, my husband and I were having a meal with friends when one of them said mysteriously that he knew someone who could help people get disability certificates. This certificate would give one priority and discounts during travel. This friend said just to treat this individual to a meal, and that he would be able to get whomever the certificate.
My husband and several friends of his were discussing this. “Yes, right now the fares are so expensive,” they said. “It takes one to two hours to buy a ticket if you line up. It would save quite a bit of money if we could get a disability certificate. And we will be given priority without waiting in line.” His friends were discussing how to falsify the documentation.
I quietly listened as they were talking. I had a feeling that was difficult to express. The friend saw that I did not say anything, so he pointed at me. “You should also get one.” Of course, I said I would not.
My husband later told me he wanted to use my ID to apply for the disability certificate. I told him that he couldn’t, and he was shocked. He became very upset. “I already treated this person to a meal,” he yelled. “I already spent the money, so how does it work if you don’t do it? Why you are so different from others? Why won’t you do such a good thing to save money? What is wrong with your mind?”
“For so many years you have known that I follow the teachings of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” I reminded him. “My Master teaches us to be good people by following that standard, so I need to tell the truth, do things truthfully, and be a true person without lying or deceiving others. You know I have no illnesses and I am not disabled. How can I lie to apply for a fake certificate? Please respect my choice.”
My husband saw that I was determined. Without saying anything, he left and never mentioned it again.
Although this was something very minor, I understand that in cultivation, no matter whether there are big things or small trifles, we are being tested. It also gives us the opportunity to improve our xinxing. We are Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples, so we should keep Master’s Fa in our heart. We should, therefore, use our pure state of mind to follow Master’s requirements to rectify our every single word and behavior.
No matter what we come across, we should walk every single step of ours with righteous thoughts so as not to leave loopholes for the old forces and the evil.