Young Adult Practitioner: Cultivation Starts with Small Things
(Minghui.org) I started Falun Dafa cultivation in 2006. Before I became a cultivator, I was weak and sickly. I also got into a lot of trouble at school, and my grades were not good. In elementary school, the head teacher did not want me to advance to the next grade with the rest of my class because she was afraid that my poor scores would impact the class average. So I was held back a year.
After becoming a Dafa practitioner, my academic performance in junior high was always among the best. I lived far from the school, so I rode a bike every day. Other students bullied me by making me do their homework and clean the classroom. I was also forced to lend my new bike to others. When encountering this unfair treatment, I remembered one of Master Li Hongzhi's poems:
“To consummate yourself, reaping Buddhahood,Let joy be found in hardship.Physical pains count little as suffering,Indeed, cultivating mind is hardest.Each and every barrier must be broken through,And everywhere does evil lurk.Abundant troubles rain down together,All to see: Can you pull through?The world’s miseries endured,One departs the earth a Buddha.”(“Tempering the Will” from Hong Yin)
I did not hold any resentment in my heart and let my feelings go.
I lived in a dorm when I went to high school and said to myself: “Cultivation is my priority, followed by learning.” The workload in high school was heavy, but I still found time to do things to raise awareness about Dafa. Every Saturday and Sunday, I took a crayon or piece of chalk and wrote “Falun Dafa is good. Falun Dafa is righteous” in places near the school.
I sometimes talked to people face to face and explained the facts about Falun Dafa and the persecution.
Sometimes, when I was writing messages about Falun Dafa, I would feel scared. I realized that fear was an attachment that needed to be removed. Gradually, my fear became smaller and smaller.
Once, I wrote a message in the hallway of a residential building. Just as I just finished, a resident opened his door. I remembered Master's words,
“My roots are planted in this universe, and so someone would have to be able to harm me in order to harm you, which means that they would have to have the power to harm this universe.” (The First Talk, Zhuan Falun)
He didn't seem to notice me, so I went upstairs. He locked his door and went downstairs. This kind of thing happened many times. With Master’s protection, no one stopped me from writing good words about Dafa. I sincerely thank Master for taking care of me.
In the dorm room, some of my roommates were lazy; some were untidy. We had a daily schedule for cleaning up the room, but they finished the chores in a hurry and didn't do a good job. It was not accidental that I saw this. I am a cultivator and know that there is no small matter on the path of cultivation. So I cleaned up the room properly every day. I was quite tired sometimes, but felt happy. The situation was an opportunity for me to improve. Our room ended up being awarded “cleanest room” several times.
Some of my classmates would skip classes to go to a cybercafe, play basketball, play billiards, or go out with girlfriends. I, however, had a high requirement for myself. As a Falun Dafa practitioner, I knew that all those temptations were testing me. I tried to do every small thing well.
I memorized Master's poems during the school breaks and often recited them to myself.
It was mandatory to live in the dorm when I was in college. Since we weren't watched closely like we were in high school, some classmates wasted time playing video games. I knew I needed to be strict with myself. So I arranged my schedule to have more time to validate the Fa and study for my courses.
I had good grades, and people trusted me because of my character. I was elected the president of the student union of my college and received several scholarships. One of the scholarships was a national scholarship that was given to only three students at our university.
I became healthy and smarter after I began cultivation. I also often considered others first, as required of a Falun Dafa practitioner. The people around me received me well.
I wouldn't have been blessed by any of those honors if I didn't practice Falun Dafa. I sincerely thank Master for watching over and encouraging me.
Now, I have a good job. I know these things were given to me because I am a cultivator. I will continue to be diligent and have strict requirements for myself. I want to help more people learn the facts about Falun Dafa and assist Master with the Fa-rectification. I won't leave with any regrets.