[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] Cultivation by Practitioners Born in the 1990s (Part 1)
(Minghui.org) The ten of us were born in the 1990s in China. We used to behave the same way as most of the young people living there. We were self-centered, competitive, liked to watch movies, played games, were mindful of our reputation, pursued recognition, and aspired to be trendy. We were loyal to our friends and would do everything for them, even if we needed to fight.
Meanwhile, we quarreled with our parents, and got angry with them. We yearned for love and planned our future. We worked hard for the life that we dreamed to live. We planned for everything that could be planned. But, one thing that was not planned – Cultivation!
Although we are of different personalities, we were brought together by Falun Dafa in the summer of 2014. Since then we accompanied each other, and have experienced many touching cultivation incidents.
Obtaining the Fa in 2014
We were students at a famous university in Northern China, and liked to take Professor Wang’s class. He gave lively lectures, and answered our questions patiently. He was easygoing and humorous. He didn’t accept any gifts that the students or parents brought for him.
Many students were not able to go home for the Chinese New Year one year. He invited them over to have hot pot at his home. We were very happy, and had a good time there.
This kind of teacher is rare. The students were willing to listen to his story telling. He talked about the Cultural Revolution, the June 4th Massacre, the Tiananmen Self-Immolation Incident, and quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations. Some students didn’t accept this information that countered CCP propaganda and kept a distance from Professor Wang. Some agreed with him. They learned the facts about many events that happened in China and withdrew their memberships from any of the CCP organizations. They asked him for Falun Dafa books, and started to practice Falun Dafa six years ago.
Professor Wang and his wife had been Falun Dafa practitioners for two years at the time. He said: “I am very moved. We are connected by Falun Dafa, I am grateful that we can cultivate diligently, and improve together.”
Coming from Different Backgrounds
All of us come from different backgrounds, have different personalities, and come across different questions during our cultivation.
Maizi Learned to Be Considerate of Others
Maizi was a tomboy. She said to Professor Wang: “I am not afraid, and will quit the CCP with my real name. But, I will not do it if you ask me to do bad things. May I read your book?” She was shocked after reading Zhuan Falun. Gods really exist! She started to practice Dafa, and lost more than 5 kilograms within several months. More importantly, she recovered from all her illnesses.
She used to have a bad temper, and was in low spirits. But, she always held the upper hand when she had conflicts with others. She looked down on those students who brownnosed teachers. She would stand up for weak students. After practicing Falun Dafa, she realized that she had to be considerate of others, even if she was right. Thus, when having conflicts, she knew that everything happened for a reason. As a cultivator, she had to practice forbearance, and follow higher principles. Thus, even scathing conflicts were dissolved after she began to cultivate. She said: “Cultivation helped me relax, be happy, and I no longer worry about all kinds of issues.”
Youyou Is No Longer Competitive
When she was little, Youyou’s parents taught her to be clever. She learned how to get teachers to like her, how to achieve higher scores, and be in the top of the class. She submitted an application to join the CCP when she was young. She went to the teachers’ office to help them when needed.
She didn’t believe the legend of Udumbara, but one day she saw it in Professor Wang’s home. Udumbara was on the dried grape, and she could see its beautiful white stamen through a magnifier. Later on Udumbara grew on the wood, iron fence, dried leaf and stone in Professor Wang’s home. Some have been there for 6 years and stay flowering.
Youyou then realized that her old notions had been wrong. She asked Professor Wang if she could learn Falun Dafa. He said: “You must be aware what it means to practice Dafa. You cannot use it to get a higher score or make money.”
She felt sad because she didn’t do well, and was not even qualified to learn Dafa. But, she held back her tears, and still wanted to learn Dafa. She said: “Now I realize that it was a test to see if I was determined enough.” She could meditate with both legs crossed for one hour when she just started the practice. She understood the Fa principles quickly. She was no longer competitive at school, and wanted to help others. Although she no longer aimed to be at the top of the class, she did even better.
Shitou: Healthy from Practicing Falun Dafa
Youyou's boyfriend Shitou had poor health and needed injections in the hospital each month. He kept a lot of medicine, and other students often came to him for medication. He stopped taking medication after he began to practice Falun Dafa. He said: “If I didn’t practice Falun Dafa, I might no longer be alive.”
Xiao Meng: No Longer Adverse Toward Dafa
Xiao Meng tried to avoid Professor Wang because he always talked about the CCP’s crime of forced organ harvesting, as well as about the existence of Buddhas and Gods. She was afraid of him.
She went to the teachers’ lounge to ask a question one day. Professor Wang was the only teacher there, and answered her question patiently. Out of politeness she didn’t leave immediately. Professor Wang then clarified the truth to her. She didn’t accept it, and prayed in her heart that someone would come so that she could leave. But, no one came for a long time. She felt a bit disappointed. Since no one came to rescue her, she listened to him, and felt that what he said was very sensible.
She met several other practitioners who shared their cultivation experiences with her. Although she didn’t understand some of them, she could feel a sincerity, which she didn’t see in other people. She started to practice Falun Dafa then.
Xiao Tao: Letting Go of Jealousy
Xiao Tao was stubborn and liked to play games. After her brother was born, she felt that their parents preferred him to her. She often quarreled with them.
After she started to practice Falun Dafa, she realized that her parents did not have it easy, and started to take care of them. She looked after her brother, and helped him with his studies. Now, her brother prefers her to anyone else.
When her mother reprimanded her loudly on the street. She kept silent. Later on her mother said to her: “You have changed so much. You are no longer the rebellious daughter.” Xiao Tao could smell a fragrance when she was sleeping. She felt a warm current coming from the top of her head down her body when she was meditating.
Momo Accepted the Truth of Dafa
Momo was sensitive and humble. She believed in God. She tried to be a good person, but within her criterion. She tried to treat everyone kindly, and step back when there was a conflict of personal interest. But, some adults thought her to be strange, and did not fit into society. They told her to bribe the teachers to get good grades, and to attend various clubs to get awards and certificates. She was in a dilemma. She felt that her thoughts were right, but was told to do what she didn’t want to do.
She was lost in life and didn’t know what to do. She wanted to commit suicide to escape from this situation. But she was afraid that she would go to hell. She wanted to vanish and escape from the reincarnation cycle.
One day Xiao Tao, Momo’s best friend said to her: “Do you know that Falun Dafa is good? The Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation Incident was staged and a hoax?” She invited Momo to Professor Wang’s home. Momo was shocked, and didn’t expect that Xiao Tao would say such things. But she thought there must be reason behind it. She saw the words “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” on the wall when she was a child. She didn’t know what Falun Dafa was. It was not wrong to say “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” She went to Professor Wang’s home with Xiao Tao.
When she saw Professor Wang, she was off guard. Although she was afraid of him due to the CCP propaganda about Falun Gong, she knew he was a good teacher, and different from other teachers. She liked him. After talking to him, she realized that Falun Dafa was a cultivation way, that practitioners treasure life, and would not commit suicide. She learned about the purpose of life, and that there were other ways that she could get away from the cycle of reincarnation. She felt happy and had a sense of belonging. Professor Wang recommended that she read Zhuan Falun. From that day she started her cultivation journey.
Xiao Yin Understands the Evilness of the CCP
Xiao Yin was terrified when she saw the Tiananmen Self-Immolation video. She then avoided classmates who practiced Falun Dafa. One day she visited Professor Wang’s home. He was easy going, and talked with her about the persecution of Falun Dafa. She was shocked when she learned that the CCP had done so many harmful things. Such an evil Party. Why were the parents proud of it? Why did we use the CCP’s criterion to judge whether a student was good or bad? She was disgusted with the CCP’s actions, and ashamed for a classmate who actively wanted to be a CCP member.
She thought there must be many people like herself who were forced to join the CCP’s youth organizations. They didn’t know what their pledges to the CCP meant, and that it would become true after they made the pledges – how sad. She felt light-hearted after she withdrew from the CCP’s youth organizations. Looking back, she realized that everything was arranged because things always went wrong whenever she submitted the application to join the CCP. She began to practice Falun Dafa soon after.
Xiao Tian Maintaining a Good Conscience
Xiao Tian was an arrogant and introverted boy. His previous teacher told him that he should maintain a good relationship with his professors, and try to become the captain of his class so that he would have a better chance to get a scholarship. She also told him that he should fight for his personal interest, but be tactful. He took her advice for guidance in his life, although he disdained his behavior in his heart sometimes.
Professor Wang clarified the truth to him. He realized that he should maintain a good conscience, and shouldn’t get lost in his postnatal notions. Professor Wang shared with him many cultivation stories, and told him that Falun Dafa required practitioners to improve xinxing based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and elevate their realm. He felt his heart opened, and he wanted to cultivate in Falun Dafa. He learned from Falun Dafa books that cultivation is cultivating his heart, not a superficial formality. He became easygoing and considerate after practicing Falun Dafa, as well as happy, and people enjoyed his company.
Yanzi Listened to Teacher Wang
Yanzi was a lonely child, as her parents worked in other cities. She liked to watch inspirational shows to encourage herself. But, the more she watched, the more she cared about her personal interests. She grew up in a family that believed in Gods. She listened to Professor Wang, and believed what he said. She withdrew from the CCP’s youth organizations. Instantly she felt that black substances left her body, and her body became light, and she became happy.
She started to read Falun Dafa books, practice the exercises with Maizi, and got to know many practitioners. She felt secure and well grounded with practitioners. With her cultivation, she gained insight into what Master said:
“If something is yours, you will not lose it. If something is not yours, you will not have it even if you fight for it.” (Lecture Seven, Zhuan Falun)
She realized that it was good enough if she was steadfast and honest, and didn’t need to worry too much about the life after graduation.
All Around Improvement
We were classmates. After we began to practice Falun Dafa, our friendship became stronger. We practiced the exercises in the classroom in the morning, and meditated, and studied the Fa in the evening. We improved our health, and did better in our studies. We don’t show off, but became considerate and humble. The class environment improved.
More than half of our classmates knew that Falun Dafa is good when we graduated from the university.
(to be continued)