Growing Up Under Master’s Care
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I began practicing Falun Dafa with my parents when I was four years old. My sister and I have deeply felt Master's constant care. For eight years, my mother brought my sister and me to the Minghui School every Sunday to study the Fa and practice the exercises. We feel that we've benefited immensely from this cultivation environment.
Master Is Always Watching Over Us
One incident happened when my little sister was three years old. She suddenly cried out loudly as she held her neck. My mom guessed that she might have picked up something and put it into her mouth. She began patting her back and asked me to repeat “Falun Dafa is good” with her. Suddenly my sister spat a blood-stained toothpick out of her mouth and she immediately stopped crying. We wondered why my sister swallowed a toothpick. Our grandpa pointed out that she might have been imitating adults by using a toothpick to clean her teeth. Mom realized how serious this was. If she had known that a toothpick was stuck in her throat, she would have sent her to the hospital. We all felt that Dafa was amazing.
When I was in kindergarten I was to host a performance at school. Unfortunately, the night before the performance I had illness symptoms and kept going to the toilet and vomiting. When I woke up in the morning, I was fine. My mother asked if I wanted to stay home or go to school. I immediately said that I wanted to go to school.
Mother brought me to school and stayed to watch the performance. The teachers praised me for doing a good job hosting the performance. No one could tell that I had been sick all night. After the performance, my mother hurriedly took me to the doctor. The doctor was amazed and said that I looked fine even though I vomited all night.
Mom and I later realized that Master was purifying my body. Before I began practicing I was often sick and took a lot of medications. Once, my fever was so high that I had to be taken to the hospital emergency room. I was admitted to the hospital for several days. I later realize that Master was helping me cleanse my body as I had taken too many antibiotics.
Master Helps Me Eliminate My Attachments
I was especially fond of dogs. When I was ten I decided I wanted a pet. I often asked Mom if I could get a puppy. She painstakingly explained that rearing a pet is also an attachment. I still kept looking at adorable puppies, however.
One day while I was meditating I had difficulty focusing. I couldn't stop thinking of puppies and that life would be more interesting if I had a pet. That night, I tossed and turned and couldn't sleep. I couldn't stop thinking about how to raise a dog. I knew it was a bad attachment, but I didn't know how to get rid of it. I decided to get up and tell my parents that I couldn’t sleep.
They asked me to go back to bed. I went back and lay down. Suddenly, a dazzling light flashed in front of me. At that moment, I saw a shining golden Buddha who was our revered and compassionate Master! He stood silently in front of me. A few seconds later, Master disappeared and I fell asleep.
The following morning, I was able to stop thinking about keeping a pet dog. A few days later when I saw a puppy, I wasn’t eager to hurry over and pat its head. I realized Master helped me remove my attachment. Thank you, Master, for helping me get rid of my obsession to having a pet dog.
Master Helped to Remove My Attachment to Mobile Phones
Nearly every sixth grade student has a mobile phone. I was envious of them. Mom always turned down my request for a mobile phone. Earlier this year, our teacher asked us to add her number to our contact list so we could send her messages if we had anything we didn’t understand or had problems with our homework. I used that as an excuse to get my mom’s permission to get a mobile phone. After I got it, I kept secretly playing with it. Mom didn't know.
A month ago, I accidentally dropped my phone. When I picked it up, the screen was completely black. I felt awful. My mom knew I had damaged my phone and asked me to search within. She reminded me that anything that happens to a cultivator is never coincidental. I'm a practitioner, Master is watching over me. I realized that Master must be enlightening me to not be obsessed with modern technology. I didn’t fully understand my mother’s explanation at that moment.
What happened next made me realize that Mom was right about Master’s hint. My phone was damaged, so I could no longer watch my favorite programs. I wasn't able to watch them on my phone, but when I was home during the holidays I could watch them on television. Soon after my phone broke, the television screen suddenly turned black. I didn't understand why, since I had not touched the television.
When my mom learned about it, I thought she would reprimand me. Instead, she casually asked, “Why don’t you search within yourself? Master keeps reminding you not to be attached to the mobile phone and television; yet you still don’t understand.”
I suddenly realized what Mom was saying. From then on, I was more diligent in studying the Fa. A week later, I accidentally pressed the television remote control while tidying my desk. Surprisingly, the television switched on and operated normally. I realized that the television returned to normal after I got rid of my attachment.
Understanding the True Value of Cultivation
For a few months I wasn't diligent in my cultivation. Whenever our family studied the Fa together in the evening I pretend that I had a lot of homework. Every week when it was time to go to the practice site I hoped it would rain, so practice would be canceled. I didn't concentrate while studying the Fa; I missed words or mispronounced them.
One day at the Minghui class, Ms. Shu told us a story about people wasting food. One person didn't value food and wasted a lot since he was a child. When he passed away he went to hell. All the food he had thrown away was now rotten, but he was forced to eat it.
The story made me feel bad, as I often wasted food when I was young. When I told my mom about this she told me that Master was very clear about this. She said that I should read more of Master’s lectures whenever I had free time.
I asked my mother many questions about cultivation. I realize how valuable Dafa is and I now study the Fa and practice at the practice site more diligently.
I've had many experiences where Master gave me hints. I always feel Master’s presence and that He is looking after me. I am thankful for Master’s compassion and care all these years.
Thank you Master! Thank you fellow practitioners!
(Presented at the 2019 Singapore Fa Conference)