I Will Follow Master and Not Be the Bystander Leaning Over the Gourd
(Minghui.org) Master Li told us a story:
“In the past, there was a cultivator of the Dao walking on the street while drinking. He suddenly saw someone. This person was just who he had been looking for—someone who could cultivate the Dao. So he wanted to save this person and take him as his disciple. He asked this person, “Do you want to follow me to cultivate the Dao?” This person’s enlightenment quality and inborn quality were very good, and he said, “I do.” “Do you dare to follow me?” the cultivator asked. The person replied, “Yes, I do!” “Do you dare to follow me wherever I go?” he then asked. “Yes,” was the reply. The cultivator then said, “Okay. Now follow me!” Saying that, he put his palm-sized wine gourd on the ground, opened the lid, and jumped into the gourd. The person saw that his master had jumped in, so he imitated his master and likewise jumped into the gourd. The bystanders all leaned over and looked inside the gourd. “Wow!” they exclaimed. There was a vast world inside the gourd, really vast. Viewed with human thinking, how could it be possible for a person so big to jump into such a small wine gourd?” (Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. Fa Conference)
My thought was: If Master asked me to jump into a gourd, I would definitely do so as well. I am Master’s disciple, and I believe what he has taught us is the truth.
At that time, I had been practicing cultivation for three years, and I understood that Falun Dafa was here to save people. Master said,
“People who are very bad might be weeded out by a powerful disease—this is possible.” (“Suggestions Given at the Beijing Falun Dafa Assistants Meeting,” Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa)
I hoped that all my family members would be good people. I bought many copies of Zhuan Falun and gave them to my relatives, friends, and neighbors. I hope that all people will turn to goodness and escape calamity when Heaven eliminates the evildoers.
While I was cultivating Dafa with joy every day, the sky suddenly collapsed: Over 100 million practitioners who cultivated their hearts and improved their morality by practicing Falun Dafa suddenly became the enemy of dictator Jiang Zemin and the Chinese Communist Party. When plainclothes police followed and arrested me, I was perplexed and thought, Why does this feel like a scene in a movie? Was I dreaming?
I truly came to understand: To cultivate is to become an unselfish being. I was determined that those who were detained with me would not get the wrong impression of Dafa, and I was willing to risk being thrown in prison. I was released as a result.
I've been through so much in the past 20 years. At times, I also felt confused by things and situations. I would then warn myself not to let my attachments affect my thinking no matter what. Master saves us, and we help him to save others. Whatever the situation, I will follow Master and not allow myself to be caught as a bystander leaning over the gourd because people are waiting to hear the truth.