The Benefits of Memorizing the Fa
(Minghui.org) Many practitioners have memorized the book Zhuan Falun. I truly admire their persistence and wanted to do the same. I had previously made hand-written copies of Zhuan Falun ten times. Although I made several attempts, however, I was unable to memorize the entire book.
“Memorizing Zhuan Falun helps you improve, since both the microscopic part of your body and the human part at the outermost surface are memorizing it together.” (Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Switzerland)
When I made up my mind to memorize the Fa, I started doing it one sentence at a time. I then went over a few sentences together, and then the whole paragraph, and finally the entire section, for each lecture. Whenever I made a mistake, I corrected it, then went over it a few times to make sure I didn't make the same mistake again.
It was very time consuming at first, and I only managed to memorize a few pages in several hours. Because I had copied Zhuan Falun before, I was familiar with the content, and in the end I managed to memorize the entire book in a bit over a month. After I had memorized Zhuan Falun three times, I revisited different sections. As of this year, I have memorized Zhuan Falun seven times.
When my state was optimal, it seemed as if every word in the book appeared in front of me, and I felt that I was memorizing the Fa deep down inside. During the first few times I memorized Zhuan Falun, I went through many physical transformations. I also enlightened to some Fa-principles and their inner meanings, as well as the hints Master gave me.
Being immersed in the Fa, I always felt energetic and in high spirits. When my state was a bit off or when I couldn't continue reciting the Fa, I cleaned up my negative thoughts and dimensional field by sending righteous thoughts. Sometimes, when I couldn't calm down to memorize the Fa, I sat in the lotus position in front of my desk, and miraculously, I was able to concentrate.
When I came to or was memorizing the section titled “Qigong is Prehistoric Culture,” I tried to find some excuse to skip it, thinking, “This part is fairly straightforward. It's ok for me to worry about it later.” But after I read it, I clearly saw the interfering factors, and managed to break through and memorize it.
I visited the Beijing Evolution Theory Museum back in 1995, which had a huge impact on me. From then on, I often thought about the fake display there, and how the theory of evolution had been interfering with me. In order to prepare for my exams, however, I had to study it. When I realized that this was the root cause, the interference was cleared, and I was able to move forward.
One time, when I was reciting “Cultivation of Mind and Body” in Lecture Five in Zhuan Falun, I suddenly realized another problem. It mentions that Buddhism considers one's flesh body to be a dirty empty shell. I was also in agreement. Therefore, the second time I was held at a forced labor camp, I went on a hunger strike for three consecutive months and lost consciousness several times as well. Despite that, I wasn't sent home.
In my mind, I took going on a hunger strike as more important than clarifying the facts to the people around me. In addition, poisoned by the evil Chinese Communist Party culture, I didn't fully understand the meaning of a person's life. I now see that I hadn't enlightened to or harmonized with the Fa, and this is why I ran into those tribulations and endured the hardships passively. In addition, Dafa is a way of cultivating both the body and the mind. To transform one's body into a Buddha body, how can it still be a dirty empty shell?
The process of memorizing the Fa is also a process of harmonizing with the Fa, and eliminating one's attachments and all kinds of desires. Memorizing the Fa made me more focused on looking inward, and it increased my wisdom as well as compassion. Memorizing the Fa helped me realize the inner meanings of the Fa at different levels.
I live in a small city. A few years ago, a Western practitioner helped set up an exercise site, and I went there to help teach the exercises to non-Chinese people.
However, in the group there was a lady who did yoga and a man whose rationality was a bit off. The lady came to our site and tried to talk people into doing yoga movements. The man kept doing some weird movements that didn't follow the Falun Dafa exercises.
I talked to each of them about this, and said that if they didn't want to stick to one practice way, then it might be best to leave. They not only kept attending the group, but also kept constantly stirring things up. I was very upset about this situation and it lasted for a long time.
After I memorized the Fa a few times this year, I came to realize that I shouldn't become upset with people. I thought from the bottom of my heart, “You shouldn't interfere with me teaching the exercises. Dafa is to save sentient beings, so it is good for all sentient beings. Please develop kindness.” Because my xinxing improved, something changed, and those two people stopped coming to the group practice.
Recently, memorizing the Fa went very well. Nevertheless, my scalp felt quite itchy for a little while. I thought it was because I had used the same brand of shampoo for a number of years, and maybe it was time to switch. After I switched brands, however, the problem persisted.
After over a month, the itching intensified, and flared up right after showers. I realized that the itching had to do with an attachment. But I still had no clue about how to pass this test. A practitioner told me one day that he was going through illness karma elimination, and mentioned how uncomfortable he felt. This hit me and made me wonder why I was treating the discomfort and itchiness as something bad.
“The main reason it feels that way is that you always worry your body has some condition or other. The reality is, powerful things have come about inside of you; what your body has developed are energies, powers, and many supernatural beings. If any of them move about, your body may have a sensation of itchiness, pain, or something unpleasant, as the peripheral nerves are sensitive; a whole range of phenomena are possible.” (The Sixth Talk in Zhuan Falun)
Through memorizing the Fa, eliminating interference, breaking through one's notions, and cleansing the rotten substances in one's dimensional field, one gets to assimilate to the Fa from a microscopic level all the way to the surface level of the body. Consequently, one can see one's attachments and eliminate them. One's xinxing improves. Then comes a feeling of being elevated, more peaceful, and hopeful for the future.
Before long, we were preparing to hold functions about forced live organ harvesting at which I would deliver a speech. About one week before the functions began, I had some interference, as I almost lost my voice and was coughing a bit. When I looked inward, I couldn't find anything. So I had to calm my mind, recite the Fa, and send righteous thoughts more often to clean up my dimensional field.
I finally managed to nail down many attachments, such as the show-off mentality, zealotry, lust, liking to be praised, suspicion, fear, and validating myself. Through continuous Fa-study and cultivating my xinxing, my voice returned to normal when I delivered my speech.
Memorizing the Fa has motivated me to cultivate more diligently and pushed me to strive forward in order to return to my original and true self.