The Endless Joy of Cultivation
(Minghui.org) I was introduced to Falun Dafa on my birthday during the winter of 1998. I realized that Zhuan Falun was a book about cultivation the first time I read it. I started reading it in the afternoon, and continued until evening, totally forgetting my birthday dinner. I read to page 309, which says,
“It has been said, ‘When I come to this ordinary human society, it’s just like checking into a hotel for a few days. Then I leave in a hurry.’ Some people are just obsessed with this place and have forgotten their own homes.” (Zhuan Falun)
With tears in my eyes, I fell asleep with my clothes on. Though I spent the entire chilly night without a blanket, I woke up feeling hot all over. I knew I had experienced purification as Master describes in the book.
I grew up in my grandmother's house. She believes in the existence of Buddhas and can recite many Buddhist scriptures. I have heard many stories of Buddhist cultivation from her, and firmly believe in cultivation. Before I heard about Falun Dafa, I had met four famous qigong masters. After reading Zhuan Falun, I realized that I was very fortunate not to have been influenced by any of these qigong masters. It gave me a chance to cultivate myself in the true Buddha Law with a pure mind.
I could easily sit with both of my legs crossed for a couple of hours when I started cultivating. I felt very light and enclosed in energy. I didn't completely understand Master's teachings, so I read them repeatedly.
I was climbing the stairs one day when I saw some moving images through the window. I asked others to take a look, but they saw nothing. I realized that what I saw was in another dimension, and wasn't visible to everyday people's eyes. I firmly believe that Master is a great Buddha who can guide me to return to heaven. I spent my spare time studying the Fa and doing the exercises. Before I knew it, all my illnesses were gone, and my skin looked rosy. I felt happy and relaxed every day.
The persecution of Falun Dafa was launched in 1999. I knew deep in my heart that damaging Dafa was a crime worse than killing, so I always told people around me not to believe the lies of the propaganda. I hoped that people wouldn't be pushed to the opposite side of Falun Dafa.
A dozen fellow practitioners and I were were discussing our truth-clarification projects one day when employees from the local 610 Office broke into the house and arrested us. A police officer tried to make me believe that all the other practitioners had been released after writing guarantee statements promising not to practice Falun Dafa. He said I was the only one who insisted that Falun Dafa was beneficial. I was happy he remembered what I had told him, so I continued to tell him more. I couldn't stand seeing the police officers repeat the lies about Falun Dafa. Even though they hurled verbal abuse at me and ridiculed me, I made up my mind to treat them with compassion and tolerance. At this moment, I saw a lotus flower fly toward me through the window. I saw it clearly, and I was filled with happiness. The officers couldn't understand why I was still smiling. They told me my family members were crying outside. Members of the leadership team at my workplace came a short time later and bailed me out.
I wanted to help those who have been deceived by the lies, so I started making truth-clarifying materials in my spare time after work. I sometimes had to miss meals or sleep. Very few fellow practitioners were able to produce truth-clarifying materials at that time. I was kept busy all the time. I thought I could catch up with my Fa study and exercises, but I eventually lost control. Before I knew it, I had drifted farther and farther away from the Fa.
I was persecuted again. The 610 Office threatened that I would lose my job and my apartment, which was loaned to me by my workplace. If I lost this job, I wouldn't be able to keep the apartment or find another job. However, I knew that cultivators in the past had to give up everything worldly in order to start their cultivation. Now Falun Dafa had opened the door of cultivation to everyday people, allowing us to have family lives and own property. How could I betray Falun Dafa just because they threatened me with my job and apartment? I had my mission to help the deceived people, but I didn't have any excuse to be attached to my personal interests.
A scene in another dimension suddenly appeared before my eyes. It was a beautiful scene with Eastern pavilions, Western palaces, a bridge, and a river. I knew I was in the right mindset of letting go of fame and fortune. It was exactly as Master said,
“Cultivation and enlightenment come first. Seeing comes later.” (“Lecture in Sydney”)
I have since been able to see heavenly beauties flying (fei tian) at any time. The lines of the image are formed with Falun, countless Falun. There are many Falun inside each Falun. They are crystal clear. No language can describe how beautiful it is! Sometimes I watched it quietly for a while. I know I shouldn't be attached to it, so I don't pay too much attention and just let the fei tian fly around as they wished.
However, because of my lack of Fa study, I didn't have a good understanding of the Fa principles. With my various attachments manifesting, I failed to correct my mindset in time, and I was fired from my job. I had to leave my hometown and find odd jobs. Even thought I was in hot water, miracles often happened to me. I was happy every day.
I had to mix paint to a certain shade of color one day at work. It was a hard shade to make, so I wasn't sure if I could do it. But I saw heavenly beauties with paint brushes in their hands come to help me make the color. My confidence increased and I was able to mix the exact shade.
My family and I opened a business. A machine in our factory suddenly started making a sharp scraping noise one day. The staff members operating the equipment evacuated. The technical support department called the manufacturer for a rush repair. We were told to stop the machine and take off the roller, and that it would take three days to repair. The temperature of the roller was as high as 220 degrees. I stayed in the workshop and thought that as a cultivator I had to look within. I found that my attachment to personal interest had welled up as our business had improved. My mind was on the business when studying the Fa, and I knew I had to correct myself. I told the machine, “You are my key to breaking through the financial persecution. Are you disappointed with me because I didn't concentrate on my Fa study? I must correct myself. I will recite the Fa to you.” I started reciting the Fa. Fifteen minutes later, the noise gradually died down. Everything returned to normal after 20 minutes. My family members thought it was a miracle. Ever since then they have reminded me to study the Fa if they see me busy in the shop. They took the initiative to hire another person so that I could free myself up a little.
I often distribute truth-clarifying materials in the evenings. One time, when a dog barked at me as I was approaching a building entrance, I said to the dog, “Don't bark. I’m heading upstairs to awaken the deceived people. Your barking will expose me. The evil factors could take advantage of that.” The dog stopped. When I left the building, I had forgotten about the dog and accidentally stepped on it. The dog shivered without uttering a sound. I almost cried. I was so touched that the dog tolerated the pain in order to protect me! I told myself I had to follow Master's instructions and treasure every opportunity. Only this way will I not let down all the sentient beings who have helped me.
Cultivation is endless joy! Countless miracles have been part of my path. The above experiences are only a few that I hoped to share with my fellow practitioners.
I would like to thank our great compassionate Master!