Letting Go of Attachments and Gaining Wisdom
(Minghui.org) I had toothache for some time, but I believed it was a false manifestation, regardless of how painful it got. I tried to be firm in my mind and not acknowledge the distraction, but I kept fidgeting with my tooth and it got loose. I kept pushing it, and half of it snapped off. The remaining half was sharp and was a problem when I ate, so I went to the dentist and had it removed.
I looked inward and realized that, although I was very firm in believing in Master Li and the Fa, I still wanted to solve the problem my own way. Having half my tooth snap off was reminiscent of what Master talks about in Zhuan Falun: “After a lot of time and effort, if the doctor is not careful, the root may break inside the tooth bed.” (Lecture Seven, Zhuan Falun)
This happened because I only believed in Master halfheartedly. After I realized the importance and seriousness of believing in Master and the Fa, compassionate Master made a new tooth grow in less than a year. I was in my 50s when this happened. When my colleagues found out, they were impressed by how miraculous Dafa is!
Compassionate Practitioners Help Correct My Shortcomings
One morning when we were doing the meditation at the exercise site, I saw a practitioner falling asleep, so I gently woke her up. Sometimes, I’m the one falling asleep and getting awakened. I realized that when practitioners do that, they do so out of compassion. I was moved to tears by their compassion, knowing that I made our group worry about me because I hadn’t cultivated well.
When I later felt sleepy while meditating in the morning, a practitioner advised me to go to bed earlier. I said that I couldn’t. She then suggested that I do the standing exercises with the group but meditate alone at home. Master said:
“What's key is how he deals with it and whether he can recognize his shortcomings when others point that part out or when his attachments come out in conflicts--that’s what is critical. Once you recognize something you need to overcome it, and only that is cultivation. When all is said and done, I’d say that it’s a question of diligence.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2004 International Fa Conference in New York”)
I realized that Master was using this practitioner to point out my shortcomings so that I could work harder on my cultivation and keep up with the progress of Fa-rectification.
I started to do the exercises at home and meditated for two hours when I had time. In addition to extending the meditation time, I also tried to do the standing stance exercise for one hour every day. I used to work in shifts, two days on and two days off. I couldn’t do the second exercise on the days I worked. But recently, I didn’t need to go to work and had more time to do the exercises, so I followed Master’s instruction: “You can cultivate under any circumstances. When you have more time, do more. When you’re busy, you can do less.” (“Teachings at the Conference of Changchun Assistants”)
Saving Sentient Beings with Wisdom
Master said, “The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” (Drive Out Interference from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
To make my calls to people in China to talk about Dafa and the persecution go well, I would recite the Fa for an hour and a half before I started. I usually recite the Fa for three hours a day, and it feels like all my cells take part in it. I get a lot of wisdom from the Fa about the best approaches to save sentient beings.
I once called a police officer in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province. I told him that I would send him a link to a website, hoping that he would understand the truth and stay safe. I told him about the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) history of killing and kidnapping people over the past 70 years to serve its own agenda.
I also talked about how the spread of the pandemic was caused by the CCP’s tyranny and that the coronavirus, itself, is aimed at those who side with the CCP. I cited the example that Master mentioned in Fa Teaching at the 2013 Western U.S. Fa Conference of the powerful Roman Empire falling due to its persecution of Christians.
I advised him to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. This officer quit the CCP with his real name and agreed to talk to his family to persuade them to quit, too.
Another time, I called a deputy chief officer at the Zhengzhou City Police Department. At first, I told him that Falun Dafa is practiced in more than 100 countries and has received more than 3,000 proclamations. Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafa, has been translated into more than 40 languages and has been published in more languages than any other Chinese book!
After hearing the truth about Dafa, the officer asked me how long I had been practicing. After I told him 18 years, he was surprised and said, “You sound so young! How old were you when you started?” He was even more surprised when I told him that I was almost 60 years old at that time. He said, “I thought you were in your 20s, judging from your voice.” I told him that practicing Dafa has made me young and given me energy. Master said:
“Those practices that cultivate both mind and body make one look very young in appearance, and one looks quite different from one’s actual age.” (Lecture Five, Zhuan Falun)
I talked about the importance of quitting the CCP and its affiliated organizations, hoping that he would choose a bright future for himself. I also recommended software to visit websites outside of China. He asked me many questions about his misunderstandings of Dafa, and I explained them all. During our conversation, he said some lewd things, so I said, “People’s thoughts can be easily controlled by evil spirits when they are not righteous, and they will say inappropriate things.” He hung up.
I looked inward and asked why I encountered these rude words. I felt it must be because I still had the attachment of lust, as there are no coincidences on the path of cultivation. I realized that sometimes I watched videos of ordinary people on Facebook. They portray the emotions and desires of everyday people, something that a cultivator should let go of. Cultivation is serious, and I must always correct my wrong thoughts. Master said:
“Dafa disciples are the hope of the future, and shoulder the historic responsibility of saving sentient beings. It is imperative that Dafa disciples study the Fa well if they are to fulfill their tremendous missions. All of this can only be done, and accomplished successfully, when you cultivate yourselves well.” (“To the Fa Conference in Japan,” Team Yellow Translation)
I am grateful to revered Master for his compassion and benevolence and for allowing me to be a Dafa practitioner during the Fa-rectification period. Thank you, Master!