Looking at Loss and Gain from the Perspective of a Cultivator
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa in the spring of 1997. During these over 20 years, I have truly experienced the extraordinary nature of Dafa and would like to share it with everyone.
Benefiting from Dafa
I was 30 years old in 1997 and didn't have any health problems. However, I started practicing Dafa after seeing the changes in my wife—she became even-tempered, was healthy, and could do more housework. I opened the book Zhuan Falun and read. Though I was not stunned like other practitioners, I was still moved by some of the principles, such as the concept that human beings don't suffer for no reason.
Moreover, Master said:
“And with the passing of all adversity, will come the sweetness of true joy.” (“Cultivating Amidst the Delusion,” Hong Yin)
With this, I took up cultivation.
When I felt unwell and had symptoms of muscle strain, I was not concerned and calmed down to read Dafa books instead of running to the hospital. Cultivation refreshed me, so I continued to go to the exercise site in the mornings and read the books when I had time.
One day, my back hurt so much that I couldn't sleep. I had a lumbar intervertebral protrusion. My legs also hurt, and I barely slept for several nights.
“...an ailing body is a real impediment to anyone serious about spiritual practice. And so I will purify your body for you.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
I felt at ease after understanding the cause of the pain and didn't go to the hospital. Instead, I insisted on going to work even though my legs hurt and recovered in about a month.
Broadening My Heart
Dafa not only gave me a healthy body, but also broadened my heart. In the past, I would get angry instantly and could not tolerate it when I encountered a problem.
In college, some of my classmates commented that I wouldn't listen to different opinions and immediately fought back when the suggestion didn't suit me. I also wouldn't listen to unpleasant advice from my elders at home. I used to complain and feel resentful, but after I started cultivating, I learned to understand others' perspectives.
In 2000 when I was held at the detention center, my nephew said that he would not acknowledge me as his uncle. However, after I was released, he looked for me and wanted me to help him hire a famous lawyer for his business lawsuit.
I thought of what he'd said before but also recalled Master's Fa:
Breaking Free of the Three Realms
He who regards notordinary sorrows and joysA cultivator is he
He who has not attachmentto worldly loss and gainAn Arhat is he(Hong Yin)
I let go of my former enmity and helped him.
Due to the persecution, I was transferred out of the teaching department to be in charge of newspapers and magazines. One day, the daughter of the officer who was in charge of persecuting Falun Gong came to me with her thesis and asked me to correct it. After thinking carefully, I decided to follow the requirement of a cultivator, as a cultivator has no enemies. Moreover, her father does not represent her.
“A benevolent person always has a heart of compassion.With no discontentment or hatred, he takes hardship as joy.” (“Realms,” Essentials For Further Advancement)
I helped her with her thesis.
Letting Go of Greed
After I was demoted, I was left to take care of the old newspapers, magazines, and test papers. Generally, no one would ask about my work after giving me instructions. If I did not cultivate, I would have pocketed the money from selling the papers, but as a cultivator, I used them to buy office supplies for the workplace.
My employer wanted to punish and “transform” me after I filed a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin, but due to my performance at work, their efforts were unsuccessful.
Staying Calm Through the Ups and Downs of Life
Despite being persecuted for almost 19 years, my heart was filled with sunshine.
At work, I no longer forged documents to help my graduates in their exams, earning respect from others. I also overcame the economic persecution by enduring hardships.
My son once skipped school due to the persecution and had a bad temper. Some people thought that he could not be saved. So they were surprised later to see that he was so healthy and did well in his studies. He eventually found a good job.
Someone said, “Heaven compensated you for what humans owed you.”
Yes, that is true. I have done what I was supposed to do, so Dafa gave me what I should have. The Fa-principle of loss and gain was proven once again.
Dafa has allowed me to gradually understand the true meaning of life; Dafa has given me a new life and cleansed my soul.
I thank Master from the bottom of my heart!