(Minghui.org) I recently had the chance to listen to Minghui Radio’s podcasts, such as “Recalling Experiences with Master with Gratitude,” “Fa-rectification Cultivation Experience Sharing,” “Online China Fahui,” “Falun Dafa Day Special Edition,” among others. While listening to these podcasts, I benefited greatly and I also corrected many of my mistakes.
Respecting Master and the Fa and Correcting My Speech and Behavior
While listening to “Recalling Experiences with Master with Gratitude,” Master Li’s (Falun Dafa’s founder) benevolence made me feel immersed in the infinite light of Dafa. I just cannot find words to describe the feeling I had. The recollections from fellow practitioners brought me back to that cherished period of time when Master was spreading the Fa, as though I was listening to Master’s lectures together with these practitioners.
Practitioners recalled many miracles they experienced when Master was spreading the Fa. They mentioned Master’s selflessness, agreeing that Master only thinks about the needs of others. They recalled Master remaining silent and not asking for anything in return, no matter how great a good deed he did. No words can describe Master’s benevolence appropriately. I also have great respect for all those practitioners who went through so many hardships just to attend Master’s lectures for the sake of seeking the Fa and the Way. Their spirits have also touched me deeply.
The stories in “Recalling Experiences with Master with Gratitude” kept cleansing the degenerated substance in my dimensional field – which did not conform to the Fa. I am increasingly able to see some of my behavior that was not respectful of Master and the Fa.
A few years ago, I saw a practitioner wearing white gloves when studying the Fa, explaining that he could not dirty the Dafa books. At that time, I did not think much of it and even thought that it was a little bit illogical. Now, when I think of it, I realize that I did not cherish this rare affinity with the Fa. I only understood the surface meaning of cultivation. That was why I was not respectful of Master and the Fa.
Thinking, for example, that wearing pajamas to study the Fa and practice the exercises is not wrong, or that there is nothing wrong with losing concentration when studying the Fa, being less enthusiastic when participating in activities to validate the Fa, or often being late for group Fa-study sessions.
Just imagine with Master being always by our side during our Dafa activities, how could we dishonor Him through our actions. I think every Dafa practitioner should wear appropriate attire, be respectful, not be late, come early and leave late, and listen to Master’s lectures attentively.
Our human flesh eyes can obstruct our divine thoughts, so the acquired notions can make us behave what I would call uncivilized. Actually, Master’s law body is truly by our side every day. Thinking about the ancient people’s respect for the Heavens and Gods. They took a bath and changed into clean clothes before paying their respects to the Gods or their ancestors. All the more should we be like that when facing this universal Dafa. Master has benevolently brought this universal Dafa to us and offered it to us. He is just waiting for us to understand this principle.
“But it’s cultivation—whatever happened to being “free of gaps” (wu-lou)? There are no little things.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2015 West Coast Fa Conference”)
“Some of our practitioners are struggling with passing the tests of sickness karma. Don’t think that it’s necessarily something major [that causes that]. You might think that you haven’t done anything majorly wrong and that you are very firm in your faith in the Fa. However, you shouldn’t treat the little issues you have like they are nothing. The evil will seize upon any gaps. Many practitioners have even passed away on account of little things; it really was due to something very minor. That’s because cultivation is something serious, and requires having no gaps. If for a long time you haven’t dealt with those things through cultivation, small as they may be, if you haven’t taken them seriously for a prolonged period of time, then it is a big issue. Many people have passed away on account of such things.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2015 West Coast Fa Conference”)
During the past few years, I did not do well when doing the exercises. I had to work during the day and study at night so my time was limited. Cultivation is to go against the tide. If you do not advance, you fall behind. My leg really hurt after just half an hour of meditation, and for a long time, I could not meditate for one full hour. After listening to "Recalling Experiences with Master with Gratitude," I caught up and broke through the situation of having my leg ache after just half an hour of meditation. All of a sudden, meditating for an hour felt like a breeze and I felt like I had returned to my initial state of cultivation. I experienced the wonderful feeling of the Fa "working on me." Cultivation is not difficult once we are able to let go of our attachments.
Cultivating Diligently and Gain Righteous Understandings of the Fa – Remembering the Lessons Learned in a Positive Way
“But you need to remember one thing I’ve said: When two people have a conflict and a third person sees it, even that third person should think about whether there are any problems on his part—“Why did I happen to see it?” This is all the more so for the two people involved in the conflict. They should examine themselves even more since they need to cultivate themselves internally. So when you find that you don’t agree with something, is it that it’s not consistent with your notions, or that it’s not consistent with Dafa? You should examine that, too.” (Teachings at the Conference in the Eastern U.S.)
Listening to the cultivation experience sharing articles by fellow practitioners also helped me get rid of many of my attachments, especially with regards to the above-mentioned issues.
When listening to practitioners’ sharing, I also cultivated at the same time. When fellow practitioners talked about how they cultivated their xinxing and let go of attachments, and when they talked about some of the conflicts that took place between them and their families, friends, or fellow practitioners, at times, I would feel for these practitioners. I felt that they were treated unjustly too, and thought why would there be such unreasonable people on earth. Besides I thought that these people do not deserve to be saved. Sometimes I would admire the practitioners for their generosity and persistence in practicing forbearance. I would acknowledge that their cultivation realm was very high, and they were following Master’s Fa when they did things. Sometimes, I would feel that the practitioners’ attachments were actually very easy to get rid of, but why would they take so long and so on. These thoughts appeared in my mind because of my notions.
“They were brave enough to descend because of their steadfast faith in Dafa and their conviction that Fa-rectification would surely succeed. [They believed that] the Fa could definitely save them, that Dafa would definitely succeed (enthusiastic applause), and that Fa-rectification would definitely succeed, and it was thus that they had the godly courage to come to the human world. I'm not talking about Dafa disciples or students who obtained the Fa at different times, but rather the human race's overall situation right now. Many beings and many things in human society have changed. With such beings before us, we must act, we must save them.” (Fa Teaching at the U.S. Capitol,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. VIII)
I think that if I return to the Heavens, and am able to see the state of that person who made me feel undeserved before he came down to earth, I would not be so evil as to not want to save him. It is because he did not have enough compassion and had not cultivated to the state of a god.
Master cited an example while he was teaching the problem about jealousy,
“You also see people being dismissive about another person’s teachings, and they convince themselves that the person is nothing special and not worth listening to. It’s true that the person may not speak in a way that’s impressive, but that is because he is speaking strictly about what his own practice entails.” (The Seventh Talk, Zhuan Falun)
I realized that I had looked down on fellow practitioners. Master said,
“To shed light on this, consider the issues that people sometimes have with one another, where they speak well of one person while speaking ill of another, or comment on someone’s having practiced well in contrast to someone else. Comments like those reflect issues between people.” (The Eighth Talk, Zhuan Falun)
When listening to the sharing, I subconsciously judged the cultivation state of those practitioners. Doing that I was actually creating conflicts, and creating barriers between practitioners. Thus, I was generating karma.
When reflecting on my every thought, I must make sure that they conform to the requirements of Dafa. Only then would I be able to correct myself and truly improve in my cultivation.
When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. God gave him 11 days to complete God’s mission. However, Moses took 40 years. During that time, it was always a test of his righteous belief. If Moses could persist in holding righteous thoughts, I believe that he would not have taken such a long time to complete God’s mission.
“I can tell you explicitly that early on I had planned on ending the persecution this year (warm applause), at the twenty-year mark. Although it has turned out that the old forces have changed things a bit, the furnace is running out of coal, and the flame is no longer sufficient. So this affair will soon conclude. That’s all the more reason for you to do well.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2019 New York Fa Conference”)
Although Dafa practitioners should not have any attachment to time. We must learn from these lessons in a positive way, Thus, Master can worry less and feel more gratified. Also, we will be able to cultivate diligently, practice the Fa principles in our daily lives and save more sentient beings in the last phase of the Fa-rectification period as we keep up with its progress.
Thank you, Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners!
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