(Minghui.org) After practicing Falun Dafa for six months, I now view life in a significantly different way. I have become more understanding and positive, I know how to be a good person, and I strive to be an even better person.
I grew up guided by the education of the Chinese communist system, which emphasizes atheism and the theory of evolution. During my second year in graduate school, I came across some financial investments and started dabbling in Bitcoin and other funds.
I got to know an investor in a blockchain company. I later read in the news that this company had been shut down by the Chinese government. The chairman had fled to the United States and continued to run his business.
Another friend from this company told me what had really happened. The company had refused to bribe the police, so the police retaliated against it. I was confused. This friend has access to a lot of information that was not available to most people in China–information free from propaganda. He told me about the corruption in China's legal system. He also told me that Falun Gong was not a cult and that the Chinese Communist Party was killing Falun Gong practitioners for their organs.
For some reason, I believed him. I had always thought that China’s leaders must be kind and innocent and that China was strong and prosperous. I didn't expect to discover that the communist regime was so evil and shameless.
This friend shared software programs with me so I could bypass the Party's Internet blockade firewall. A whole new world of uncensored news scrolled down in front of my eyes. I read the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, The Ultimate Goal of Communism, and information about the persecution of Falun Gong.
I was shocked. The foundations of my life since my youth were rocked. I visited overseas websites whenever I had time. I called this my “nirvana rebirth,” as I finally came to understand the reality of our society, and this reshaped my views and enabled me to tell right from wrong. I realized that the theory of evolution was a lie and that humans were created by the divine. I knew which side I should stand on. What I learned over those few months was far beyond what the Communist Party's education had instilled in me over two decades of study.
When I read Zhuan Falun out of curiosity, my confusion about life seemed to suddenly clear away. I had asked, “Why am I alive? Why is life so hard?” I didn't have an answer until I read in Zhuan Falun:
“To the great enlightened people, living as a human being is not the purpose, and one’s life is not meant for being human—it is meant for you to return to your origin.”
I also read in the book:
“As a human being, you are a good person only if you can follow this universe’s characteristic of Zhen-Shan-Ren. A person who deviates from this characteristic is truly a bad person. In the workplace or in society, some people may say that you are bad, yet you may not necessarily be bad. Some people may say that you are good, but you may not really be good.”
This resonated with me very strongly. Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance) is the highest standard. I made up my mind to adhere to that standard and to assimilate to the characteristic of the universe: Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
I understood the principle of “transformation of karma” and the relationship between loss and gain. I have learned to let go of my quest for personal gain and to stop complaining if situations appear to be unfair to me. More importantly, I have now become more understanding, forgiving, and positive. I feel that Falun Dafa is worthy of dedicating my whole life to it. The principles in the book are worth practicing for the remainder of my life.
I started genuine cultivation in June 2018.
I would like to share a few examples of how I have changed for the better.
Many bogus companies exist in China today. Some of them “reimburse” clients for “research” or “exploration” to attract investments. My friend told me in July 2018 that such a company was running a certain project, and if I took advantage of it, I could have a free trip.
Such practices are very common. But I had started practicing Falun Dafa, and I realized that I shouldn't do this. I had no intention of investing in the project. It wouldn't be honest if I went on a free trip, and I would have to trade some of my virtue for the trip. Knowing the principle of loss and gain, I was able to make a sound decision.
This friend was the one who had shared the software program with me that had allowed me to access uncensored information. He hadn't read Zhuan Falun. At my recommendation, he also started practicing Falun Dafa.
Master said in Zhuan Falun,
“To tell you the truth, the entire cultivation process for a practitioner is one of constantly giving up human attachments.”
I have been able to remove a lot of my attachments in just half a year. For example, I am no longer attached to eating meat. I don't buy meat for meals that I cook for myself. I also don't feel that the meat dishes in our company cafeteria are particularly attractive. I cannot even remember why I liked meat so much at one point. I know that this change is a manifestation of the power of Dafa.
I donate part of my monthly savings to truth-clarification projects. Even though it isn't much, doing this is very meaningful to me. I haven't watched any TV shows for half a year, and only a few movies. Those entertainment programs that I used to love now seem vulgar and boring. I listen to the Fa and do the exercises in my spare time. I feel so fulfilled because I have found my spiritual home.
I used to spend a lot of time checking WeChat messages on my phone. After reading the notice from the Minghui editors and sharing with fellow practitioners, I now only use WeChat for business-related messages on my company phone. WeChat is no longer installed on my personal phone. This has helped me maintain a clearer mind.
I would like to thank our compassionate master [Li Hongzhi] and thank those practitioners who have created the software programs that help us access uncensored information. I would also like to thank the practitioners in the media projects that provided me with the facts and an opportunity to know Dafa!
Falun Dafa is great.