The Seriousness of Cultivation
(Minghui.org) I have practiced Falun Dafa for three years and wish to share some of my thoughts with fellow practitioners.
A practitioner at our practice site was hit by a falling Areca palm, went into a coma, was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a broken nose and fractured shoulder blade.
After I heard this, my first thought was, “As a Dafa practitioner, aren't we protected by Master's Falun? Why was he hit?”
“At that very moment, he turned his head and saw a big Falun rotating above his head. That iron pole had slid down along his head and stuck into the ground without falling down.” (Zhuan Falun)
After thinking about Master's Fa teachings, I felt ashamed of my first thought. I was undermining Dafa. I realized that I had to be very careful with my every thought. Since I was aware of my mistake, I needed to rectify it according to the Fa.
This practitioner was discharged from the hospital several days later.
“We pay back our debts bit by bit,” he said. “Because of this incident, I paid back a lot of debts.”
A practitioner told me that during the second exercise, when I was supposed to be holding the wheel above my head, it seemed that my hands were in front of my head. I jokingly said that I was sleeping.
However, the practitioner's comment made me realize that I had also dozed off during the sitting meditation, sending forth righteous thoughts, and even group Fa study. I also had a difficult time to get up on time.
It was my attachment to comfort. Dozing off was a kind of seeking comfort. I realized that I had to let go of this attachment. I could not let it interfere with my cultivation.
“Some people just feel that they should live comfortably. If everyday people think this way, they’re not wrong. People just want to live better, more joyfully, and with less suffering. But for a cultivator, I’ll tell you that suffering some isn’t bad, ...” (Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Houston)
Memorizing the Fa
Our coordinator recently told me that I needed to study the Fa more because I had a lot of interference and needed to reinforce my righteous thoughts. I tried to study one lecture of Zhuan Falun at lunch time every day with other practitioners over the Internet. But I gave up trying, as for me it was just a formality.
Actually, I found that I did not study the Fa attentively in the morning on the platform with other practitioners. I often left the platform and did other things while the practitioners were reading the Fa. They pointed it out to me, and I corrected it.
I tried to memorize the Fa after I finished reading one lecture of Zhuan Falun every day. I memorized a small paragraph daily. Because of memorizing, I enlightened to more meanings of the Fa.
I then memorized one poem of Hong Yin with other practitioners. I benefited greatly from memorizing the Fa. The Fa guided me in my cultivation and reinforced my righteous thoughts when I clarified the truth to Chinese people at the tourist sites or made phone calls to people in China.
“The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” (“Drive Out Interference” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I was about to write my experience sharing article when I was reminded to make phone calls to China. I thought that if I started to make phone calls, I would not have the time to write my article. So I decided to delay the phone calls.
Instead of writing the next morning, I looked at other practitioners' articles, read some of Master's Fa, and looked at this and that.
I realized that my priorities should be calling China. Thus, I made phone calls in the afternoon. and the morning of the following day.
“Clarifying the facts and saving sentient beings are what you need to accomplish. There is nothing else for you to accomplish. There is nothing else in this world that you need to accomplish.” (Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference)
We need to treat cultivation seriously and it needs to be a priority.