Cultivating As If I Have Just Started on My Cultivation Path
(Minghui.org) After I retired in 2012, I moved to my son's home to take care of my grandchildren and help with household chores.
There was interference in my cultivation during the first year. They watched television when I studied the Fa and I could not send forth righteous thoughts on time.
Thus, I decided to intensively recite the Fa, which would improve my cultivation environment. My son bought a new apartment and moved out. Since then, I have had a quiet environment to study the Fa and do the exercises.
My four-year-old granddaughter lived with me, and I taught her to recite Hong Yin. Within two years, she could recite Hong Yin. She liked to listen when I recited the Fa and saw Master's law body as well.
When she did not obey her father he hit her hand with a bamboo board. She said that she did not feel any pain and that Master was smiling at her.
Treating Cultivation Seriously
As I had to make meals, I missed the noon and 6:00 p.m. sending righteous thoughts on time. I thought that I could clean out the evil factors and deny the old forces' interference. Then, I started to look within in 2015, after studying “Fa Teaching at the 2015 West Coast Fa Conference.”
I found that I wanted to be praised, was argumentative, competitive, vain, and had not let go of sentimentality, among other attachments.
“If you don’t sever emotion, you won’t be able to cultivate. But if you do break out of emotion, nobody can affect you, and ordinary attachments won’t be able to sway you. What replaces it is compassion, which is more noble.” (Zhuan Falun)
The more I studied the Fa, the more I realized its power. When reciting the Fa, I always felt layers and layers of Buddhas, Taos, and divine beings watching me. Thus, I must treat cultivation seriously.
When reciting Lunyu I thought, “I cultivate the universe's Fa – how sacred it is to study it! The divine beings in the heavens kneel when listening to Master Li's Fa. Therefore, I decided to double cross my legs when studying the Fa, and my mind became tranquil with no distracting thoughts.
The Fa principles were continuously revealed to me, and I realized that I was indoctrinated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and thus I was not serious in my cultivation. I had to live by following those principles.
When another practitioner advised me to stop making phone calls because 20 practitioners were arrested for making phone calls. My first thought was, “Nothing is by accident. I can't stop making recorded phone calls until the persecution ends.”
The more I recited the Fa, the more considerate I was of others, the stronger my righteous thoughts and the more calm and rational I became.
Since the end of 2015, I studied the Fa first with one and then with more practitioners. At times we were eight practitioners, with five coming regularly. I then found other Falun Dafa study groups, which was beneficial for my cultivation.
I established a truth clarification materials production site in my home, which greatly helped me improve my xinxing. When practitioners complained as to how I produced the materials, I just made the changes, without resentment.
When another practitioner told me that I had a xinxing issue because of a printer problem with truth-clarification brochures, I looked within. I found that I had the thought of finishing my task fast, the thought of being superior to others, and not willing to be criticized, among other attachments. Once I realized my attachments, the printer issue was resolved.
I realized that the truth-clarification materials I made were for saving people and that I must be serious about it. Now I check the quality before printing and take out what is not good.
“Today at this critical moment in history, with every penny and every little [thing], what’s being revealed is your realm, your state of mind, and your attachments as a cultivator, as well as whether you can achieve consummation or not.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2015 West Coast Fa Conference”)
I must cultivate more diligently and do the three things well, and maintain the state of “...cultivating as if you were just starting...” (“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference”)