New Practitioner: I Found Falun Dafa!
(Minghui.org) I am a new practitioner from Jilin Province. I was born in the 1990s. I started to practice Falun Dafa in November 2014. I was searching everywhere for meaning in life, including going to temples and Daoist monasteries, until I finally found Dafa.
From childhood, I knew there was a reason I came to Earth. I kept searching for the meaning of life and was always interested in cultivation.
When I started to practice Falun Dafa, I immediately knew that this is what I'd been looking for. Many of my friends are Buddhists, but still find themselves searching for a genuine cultivation way. After I introduced Falun Dafa to them, two of them started to practice.
I learned about Falun Dafa and the persecution on the Internet. I downloaded videos and read many materials about the persecution. I realized that Falun Dafa is not just personal cultivation.
I enjoyed reading Dafa books, and read them whenever I had free time. Within one month I finished reading all of Master's teachings. I could hardly believe that I found such a great way, and that I was able to practice it.
Dafa cultivation is different from any other cultivation in history. Not only do we cultivate ourselves, we have the mission of helping Master rectify the Fa and save sentient beings. The three realms were created for the Fa. Dafa practitioners are representatives from different cosmos. How magnificent this is!
I did not understand why my friends were afraid of mentioning Falun Dafa until I read the Nine Commentaries on Chinese Communist Party. After I read it, I realized that it was because evil factors are manipulating people. Sentient beings are in great danger and are waiting for us to save them. Master is leading Dafa practitioners to save them and rectify the cosmos. I was astonished by the importance of our mission, and I immediately started to do the three things.
Though I knew Dafa is great, at the beginning I was reluctant to practice the exercises or send forth righteous thoughts. I even lost my temper for no reason on several occasions. I was not able to control myself when I had conflicts with other people. I thought my life would be easier and I would be calmer after I began cultivating. I wondered why this was not the case for me.
One day while I was watching a movie with a classmate, he kept making comments. I usually did not care if he talked, but that day my anger welled up and I told him off. He was a bit surprised. I kept scolding him and he became very upset even though he accepted my apologies later on.
I did not quite understand why I acted that way. Later when I read the following Fa, I understood.
“Of course, you will not be informed of a tribulation or conflict ahead of time. How can you practice cultivation if you are told everything? It will not serve any use. They usually occur unexpectedly so that they can test one’s xinxing and make one’s xinxing truly improve. Only then can it be seen whether one can maintain one’s xinxing. Therefore, when a conflict arises, it does not occur accidentally.” (Zhuan Falun)
I realized that my life has been re-arranged by Master and is now a life of cultivation.
I also had the following realization through reading Master's teachings. As I understand it, everyone has both a main consciousness and an assistant consciousness. Normally the assistant consciousness comes from higher level than the main consciousness. The previous cultivation ways provided salvation to one's assistant consciousness so practitioners did not have such acute conflicts. Because the main consciousness is hard to save, it will face sharp conflicts directly. Dafa cultivates one's heart. Only during conflicts can attachments be exposed and practitioners can truly let go of their attachments.
After I had this realization, every time I let go of a bit of attachment, I felt more solid in cultivation. I was grateful to Master for giving us such a good cultivation way.
Clarifying the Truth
I used to cultivate and clarify the truth by myself. One day one of my high school classmates contacted me and we decided to find other practitioners and talk to people together. I cherished this opportunity to work with fellow practitioners.
I knew there would be conflicts between practitioners and these were good opportunities for us to cultivate. But when the conflict appeared before me, I did not pass the test.
Another practitioner and I both talked to people about Falun Dafa, but we used different approaches. He thought my way was not quite right, and I agreed his way was easier for people to understand. But I was not really convinced. Even though I sent righteous thoughts to support him, I was still a bit upset.
That night I told him that we should cooperate with each other while talking to people. He listened patiently but pointed out my shortcomings. I knew he was right but I was still upset with him.
After he left, I thought about what happened and realized that Master arranged this opportunity to expose my shortcomings. Practitioners are like mirrors which reflect our shortcomings and attachments. I know I should cherish these opportunities.