Young Practitioner: Never Slack Off in Cultivation
(Minghui.org) I am a Falun Dafa practitioner who just entered college. Although I am young, I have been practicing Dafa for more than 10 years.
Dafa Made Me Healthy
When I was a child, I suffered from all kinds of health problems and had to go to the hospital often. I experienced frequent coughing, asthma attacks, and pneumonia. My grandparents held me all day long. When it came time to go to kindergarten, I was too weak to go.
My grandpa and grandma cultivate Dafa, so they taught me to read Zhuan Falun, recite Hong Yin, and do the Falun Dafa exercises every day. I guess I had a deep predestined relationship with Dafa. I could easily recite Hong Yin and Hong Yin II and sit in the full-lotus position for one hour. My grandparents studied the Fa and did the exercises with me as long as they had time. My health gradually improved. By the time I was five years old, all my health problems had disappeared. I went from being a child who didn’t dare to walk to being a lively girl.
Miraculously Avoiding Injury
One day I was jumping on the bed for fun and accidentally fell into the glass of the wardrobe at the foot of the bed, smashing a big hole in the glass door. I was upside down inside the wardrobe, my neck resting on the shattered glass below. The glass at the top fell onto the back of my neck, yet nothing hurt. My grandpa and grandma got me out carefully. After they cleaned off the shards of glass, they didn’t find a cut on me.
It was a hot summer day, and I was wearing short sleeves and shorts. The consequences could have been unimaginable if I didn’t cultivate Dafa. I felt deep gratitude and knew that Dafa was really special.
Starting in pre-school, I studied the Fa teachings, practiced the exercises, and went out to put up truth clarification posters with my grandpa and grandma after finishing my homework every night.
One time, I wanted to post information on the bulletin board outside the gate of a community, but there were a few kids playing nearby. So I asked Master Li to help make the kids go away so I could put up the posters. As soon as I sent forth this thought, those kids were called home.
Maintaining My Xinxing and Enduring Tribulations
On the first day of third grade, the head teacher told me to collect one yuan from each student for a telephone fee. I handed it to the teacher without the one yuan from me, because the teacher owed me one yuan. I thought nothing of it.
During class, the teacher said, “I am short one yuan. Who didn’t pay?” I raised my hand and said, “I didn’t.” The teacher ordered me to put out my hand and hit me with a baton. My hand was cut and bleeding, and I was in so much pain that I almost fell down. The teacher then threw my assignment book on the floor and told me to rewrite it.
The teacher also announced that my position as class leader was immediately revoked, along with all other honorary titles. I was forced to stand during the entire class as punishment. I was in tears, but I didn’t utter a word of complaint.
After class, my classmates gathered around me because they knew what kind of person I was. I once found 13 yuan and turned it over to the teacher. I also picked up money I found on the street and gave it to disabled elderly people. So my classmates knew that there must have been a reason why I didn't pay the one yuan. They told me to tell the principal.
I controlled myself and didn’t feel tempted because I believed in Dafa. Master Li said:
“We should try to keep compassionate and pleasant while karma is being reworked. By doing so, your judgment won’t be clouded by the situation at hand and lead you to mishandle things, as might normally happen for people. And you will be able to handle anything unforeseen that comes along. If your heart is always very kind and compassionate, you will usually have breathing room and space to think when situations come up unexpectedly. By contrast, if you are always a contentious person and getting into disagreements with people, then I think it’s inevitable that you will fall into an argument when issues come up. So as I see it, the tensions you experience are meant to change your body’s black matter into white matter, virtue.” (The Fourth Talk, Zhuan Falun)
I followed Master’s teachings, maintained my xinxing, and still looked at the headteacher with a peaceful attitude. In less than a week, the discipline in the class was a mess, and the deputy class leader could not maintain control.
Shortly after that, the teacher said to me privately, “You are still the class leader. The previous honors belong to you.”
At this time, the school was taking pictures of the class leaders and merit students. My teacher told me to have my picture taken with them and even borrowed a school uniform for me. Later, he posted my photo on the Hall of Fame wall again. I felt unsettled, however, and I couldn’t understand it. He had hit me in front of everyone and hurt me! I was humiliated. But now he was taking advantage of me to solve his problems. The more I thought about it, the angrier I got.
Then I recalled that Master said: “...karma is surely being reworked with any altercation you get into, so we should be magnanimous and not handle it like most people would.” (The Fourth Talk, Zhuan Falun)
Master’s teaching once again woke me up. I was not going to get entangled in whether the headteacher was right or wrong. The next day, my position as class leader was restored, and things returned to normal. In our final student handbook, the headteacher included a comment about my conduct: “You are a girl with excellent in character and learning, and who is very humble. You are my right hand!”
“So the next time you are going through a real trial or tribulation, try to keep this in mind, and see if you can bear it. Or when faced with what seems impossible, and even if others say so, try to keep this in mind, and see if it might just be possible. I believe that if you can do that, you will always find that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” (The Ninth Talk, Zhuan Falun)
Never Slack Off in Cultivation
In middle school and high school, I slacked off in Fa study and cultivation, claiming I had a heavy course load and a lot of homework. I behaved like an ordinary person. My grades started ti fall, and I felt the strain. I could not balance my schoolwork and Fa study. When I studied the Fa, I felt it took away from my school studies. I slacked off and failed the college entrance exam. So I decided to study for one more year before retaking the exam.
Under the supervision of my grandpa and grandma, I reflected on myself and reread Master’s lecture “Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa.” That helped me to be clear about the importance of Fa study and practicing the exercises. When I went home on Saturdays, I made myself recite one lecture of Zhuan Falun no matter how much homework I had. Master gave me wisdom. After re-studying this year, my gains were great. I could understand very clearly what the teachers taught, and my grades improved rapidly. When I took the 2018 college entrance exam, I was not nervous at all. I ended up being admitted to the ideal university and got my first choice for a major. Thank you, Master, for giving me the best!
I still have a lot of ordinary attachments. I will correct myself in Dafa. No matter how severe the persecution is, I will not give up cultivation. At the last moment, I will not relax and slack off. I will look inward, catch up with the Fa-rectification process, be more diligent, and return home with Master.