(Minghui.org) I seldom write sharing articles. When I glanced down at my notebook today I suddenly saw these words, “Are you a true disciple?” I thought perhaps it was a hint for me to not stop writing. But what should I write? Maybe I should start by asking myself, “Am I a true disciple?”
Master Li, the founder of Falun Dafa, often reminded us to practice true cultivation. Master mentioned this many times in Zhuan Falun, the main teachings of Falun Dafa.
“There is a criterion, however, that the life prolonged beyond your predestined time to live is completely reserved for your practice. If your thoughts undergo even a little deviation, your life will be in danger because your lifetime should have long been over.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
In the past two years, many local practitioners passed away from sickness karma. One was very good at memorizing Master’s teachings, and he was able to recite passages from Master’s different lectures. When a practitioner and I went to see him he was bedridden. He wanted to read the Fa with us, but his home was so filthy that I cleaned it for him. He was later transferred to a nursing home and passed away.
Another practitioner who worked with an elderly coordinator was busy helping other practitioners to clarify the truth—but then he died of sickness karma. Even more shocking the coordinator also passed away recently! Some practitioners were stunned when they heard this. This coordinator was the first person to practice Dafa in our town back in 1996. He introduced Falun Dafa to many people and actively participated in projects to clarify the truth.
I consider myself to be a truly cultivating disciple, but I also went through some tests of life and death.
On November 30, 2023, when I returned home after distributing truth clarification materials, I had a dream. I dreamed that I was dead and four women were dressing me in burial clothing. I shouted, “That is not what I want! Stop!” I woke up.
The next day after I came home from distributing information about Falun Dafa, I felt as though the blood vessels in my temples were about to burst. I sat down on the couch and sweat poured down my face. I checked my pulse, and it was 121 beats per minute. My mind was clear: I would be all right. I began sending righteous thoughts and listened to Dafa music. I gradually relaxed. My heart rate slowed down and I was able to sleep.
On December 21, at 1:45 a.m., I woke up from a nightmare: I was being carried by four people, and funeral music was playing. I turned over and fell asleep.
Then, around 2 a.m., I dreamed the same people were carrying me out and one of them asked, “Can we carry you out this way?” His face was ashen in color. I said sternly, “Stop! Stop right now! It’s time for me to do the exercises!”
When I woke up at 3 a.m. I felt weak, but I did the exercises. I was not frightened by the dream. I endured years of persecution, what could a little nightmare do? I only follow Master’s arrangement.
“Throughout the entire course of your cultivation there will be the question of how you fundamentally understand the Fa and whether you can be steadfast—you will be tested on whether you are steadfast in the Fa all the way until the last step of your cultivation.” (“Suggestions Given at the Beijing Falun Dafa Assistants’ Meeting,” Further Discussions on Falun Dafa )
As a true Dafa disciple, no matter the situation, we must keep up our righteous thoughts so that we will not be taken advantage of by the old forces. We must walk well on the path to divinity until we return, through consummation, with Master.
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