Improving Ourselves and Cherishing our Fa-Study Group
(Minghui.org) A lot of Falun Dafa practitioners have moved and relocated out of our area over the years, disrupting a firm and solid Fa study group. So several practitioners got together and set up a new Fa study group.
We have been studying the Fa together once every week for a year now. We have been reciting the Fa for the past few months. Some of us are reciting Hong Yin IV, and we all feel that we are making tremendous improvements in cultivation. By reciting Hong Yin IV, we have managed to eliminate the attachment of fear and the feeling of just completing a task. As a result, we have had very good results when we talk to people about Falun Dafa.
Practitioners cherish the Fa and cherish sentient beings in their hearts. Below are sharings from two practitioners in our Fa study group.
Mei [alias]: Reciting the Fa and Assimilating to the Fa
I am over 70 years old and live quite a distance from our Fa study group meeting place. Although there is another study group close by, I still prefer to travel the long distance to form a one-body with practitioners here. In this group, we recite the Fa together.
I have a large family, with several generations living under one roof. There are lots of family chores, but I put cultivation as my top priority, without neglecting my other responsibilities.
After completing the exercises every morning, I recite Lunyu. I memorize a poem in Hong Yin IV every week and recite Master’s short articles. This helps me to have a clear understanding of the Fa principles and strengthens my righteous thoughts.
My husband used to be a supervisor at his workplace. He was deeply influenced by the lies and propaganda put out by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) about Falun Dafa.
Around the Party's sensitive dates, or when something was going on in our area, my husband would come home and have a big argument with me. Recently, he heard that some bad people were ganging up on practitioners, so he tried to stop me from having contact with other practitioners.
I ignored him and just went to my room. My husband chased me into the room, screaming at me: “Who do you listen to?” He asked me twice.
I looked at Master’s portrait and said calmly, “I listen to my master.”
My husband left without saying a word. Ever since then, he’s never tried to stop me from going out. It seemed like nothing had ever happened.
There was another time when my husband had his tooth extracted at the dentist. I knew that he wouldn’t be able eat solid food, so I cooked soft things for him, such as an omelet and noodle soup.
When my eldest son came home one night, my husband complained to him, saying, “I had my tooth taken out, and your mom just ignores me.” He also made things up and cursed at me non-stop.
I wanted to respond, but a voice in my head said:
“Do not complainBut hold on to your kindness”(“Dispelling Your Delusion,” Hong Yin IV)
Seeing that my heart was affected, Master was helping me.
My eldest son could no longer tolerate my husband's complaining and told his father to shut up. My husband look stunned and didn't say a word.
My husband apologized early the next morning and said that he was wrong. This was the first time that he had ever apologized to me.
I understand that this happened because I assimilated to the Fa, Master strengthened me, and the Fa changed me. When I conformed to the requirements of the Fa at my level, no matter what my husband said to me, my heart was unaffected, and as a result, he also changed his attitude.
Starting from the very beginning of my cultivation, I have always been cultivating away resentment for my husband and the attachment to self-interest.
I didn't realize that I had the attachment to self-interest until recently. When our granddaughter had a baby, my husband asked me how much money we should give her and suggested a figure. I immediately responded, “You want to give that much money for a child's birth?”
The moment I said this, I realized that I had an attachment to self-interest and was afraid of losing money.
I am a life created by Dafa—how can I be attached to money? How bad is this attachment? I definitely don't want it.
Ming (alias): Helping Other Practitioners
I am an elderly practitioner who has been helping other practitioners when they face sickness karma. One practitioner cannot move her legs and can only stand up by holding on to the bed. To help her, I often go to her home to study the Fa and send righteous thoughts with her.
She is illiterate. After she started practicing Falun Dafa, she could only read Zhuan Falun and none of Master's other books or lectures. Therefore, she did not have a good understanding of the Fa. I have been encouraging and helping her. She has been cultivating in Dafa for over ten years.
Another practitioner, Chen (alias), joined our Fa-study group recently. Her eyesight is not good, and she can hardly see anything. I pick her up and drop her off at group Fa study every single day. I also often use a tricycle to take Chen to go out, so she can help clarify the truth.
When I talk to people, Chen sits inside the tricycle and sends forth righteous thoughts. We cooperate very well together, making me believe that this might be our sacred predestined relationship from past lives.
Chen’s eyesight is not good, she can hardly sit up straight, and her exercise movements are not accurate. Some practitioners became impatient with her, and it showed. However, for Chen, no matter how other practitioners treat her, she is always calm and doesn’t lose her temper. Instead she often thanks them. Chen always holds herself to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
I know Chen has been trying hard to correct herself, and it is tough for her because of her poor eyesight. However, she is an excellent listener and has a good memory. She can recite Lunyu and parts of Hong Yin IV. This extraordinary memory was given to her by Dafa.
This made me realize that Dafa creates different cultivation ways for different practitioners.
“You're all clarifying the truth, sending righteous thoughts, and studying the Fa, so the specifics of the things you're doing are different but the division of roles is orderly, together there's a form, and separated there are particles.” (Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Lantern Festival).
This is the cultivation path Master has arranged for us. At the very final stage of the Fa-rectification, we should adhere to Dafa’s standards. We should use Dafa to cleanse our minds and souls and renew ourselves. We are elevating to the highest positions of our original, true selves.