Encouraging Each Other to Memorize the Fa Together
(Minghui.org) I memorized Zhuan Falun in the past, but I'd stopped reciting it for a long time. I felt that it was a waste of time and didn’t want to do it anymore.
Recently, when I was quiet and by myself, the same passages I used to recite repeatedly came to me, which reminded me not to forget what I had memorized and recited in the past. I also remembered how memorizing the Fa instilled Dafa into my mind and heart. I even sensed that all my cells and the living beings within me were happy about my realization, because they had been waiting for this enlightening for ages.
I suggested to my study group that we memorize the Fa together so that we could encourage and remind one another and that it was still not too late to do it. I also said that, if we could accomplish this together, we would gain so much.
We started to memorize the Fa. Before or after each group study, we worked on it. Each person recited one paragraph or whatever paragraphs the person had memorized.
When I memorized the Fa by myself, I wasn't under any pressure and I could recite whatever paragraph I wanted to. When I got busy, I made no progress. When we memorized together, we were committed. We also used our time more efficiently.
After I woke up in the morning, but before I opened my eyes, I recited the Fa. Before I slept, I recited the Fa. Sometimes when I did the exercises, if my mind wasn’t clean and I couldn’t control it, I would recite the Fa, and my main consciousness was soon in control. The results were great.
Some practitioners mentioned that when they recited by themselves, they could do well, but when they had to recite in front of a group, they became nervous and got stuck. After analyzing this, we realized that the problem was still due to not being familiar enough with the Fa.
Some practitioners said that, after they realized they needed more time to memorize the Fa, they asked non practitioner family members to test them. If the practitioner made a mistake, the family member would correct it. This also helped the family member become familiar with the Fa.
Some practitioners mentioned fear, that the day was coming when they might not be able to recite the Fa. That concern made them nervous and they hoped that practitioners would stop coming and that our group would drop the requirement to recite the Fa. All such bad thoughts were exposed.
It was hard for me to recite On Dafa in the beginning because my head felt numb and my brain went blank. I would forget it all right after I recited it, and I would also often mix up phrases from the old version with the revised version. My body and mind were in chaos for a while.
However, I knew a practitioner who was memorizing the Fa very well, which encouraged me to overcome my difficulty. I then recited it sentence by sentence, then every two sentences. Then I recited it all together. That strategy gave me great confidence. I used every spare moment I had to recite. After I could repeat the passage silently, I recited aloud until even the punctuation marks were imprinted in my memory.
“As a student, if his mind is filled with nothing but Dafa, this person is definitely a genuine cultivator. So you must have a clear understanding on the matter of studying the Fa. Reading the books more and studying the books more is the key to truly elevating yourself. To put it more simply, as long as you read Dafa, you are changing; as long as you read Dafa, you are elevating. The boundless content of Dafa plus the supplementary means—the exercises—will enable you to reach Consummation. Group reading or reading by yourself is the same.” (“Melt Into the Fa” from Essentials For Further Advancement)
After I started to recite the Fa with the group, I learned to cherish my time. Now, every second is precious to me. I no longer give into the temptation to look at wechat, converse about daily life, watch the news, shop compulsively, or gossip about other people’s affairs. Such indulgences disrupt my will to be diligent, and time passes quickly.
Some practitioners mentioned that they regret not having memorized the Fa completely. Why should cultivators have such a regret? We suffer for sentient beings, work day and night, and we suffer in our daily lives. Why can’t we remember in our hearts the Dafa that created our lives?
Actually, I believe that we can do it and that we are able to do it. Let’s encourage one another other and recite the Fa together.