The Power of Studying the Fa Well
(Clearwisdom.net) I started practicing Falun Dafa in early 2008 after I observed my father's “beer belly” disappear and thought that I might lose weight if I practiced, so I asked him to remind me in the mornings to join him.
Perhaps due to my karmic relationship with Dafa, Teacher opened my third eye while I was practicing Falun Gong with my parents the next morning, enabling me to see a huge book in heaven. While I was doing the sitting meditation, Teacher showed me how to stay away from “birth, age, sickness, death,” but I forgot the details when I tried telling my parents. I was so thrilled by the magic of Dafa that I finished reading Zhuan Falun that same day. The more I read, the more I enjoyed reading it. I continued to view the VCD of Teacher's Fa teachings. After becoming a practitioner, Teacher eliminated my karma, during which I experienced a runny nose, toothache, and backache, just like Teacher said. From then on, all my illnesses were gone. I was lucky to have followed Teacher on the path to return home!
It Is Easier to Eliminate Attachments If We Study the Fa
When I first started practicing Dafa, I was attached to doing aerobics following an Internet video. One day, my computer gave me trouble as I was watching the video and then returned to normal after I restarted it. However, when I thought of doing the aerobics again, the computer had problems again. I said to my mom, “Teacher doesn't want me to do aerobics anymore!” My attachment was thus eliminated. Now I realized it was as Teacher said:
“Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master. (Zhuan Falun)
At that time I studied the Fa quite a bit, enabling me to understand Teacher's hints more easily, as well as Teacher's comments:
“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)
Furthermore, I was able to eliminate my attachment of human sentimentality, because I focused on studying the Fa a lot. At that time, there was a schoolmate who was very nice to me, and I did something that I was, morally speaking, not supposed to do, as I was divorced. After studying the Fa and understanding the truth of the universe, I became determined to behave well and not bring shame on Dafa. During that period of time, Teacher, knowing that I wanted to do well, kept giving me hints to read the Fa and fellow practitioners' sharing articles. Therefore, whenever I was not on the right track, I'd focus on studying the Fa and looking inward to eliminate attachments, thus putting my thinking and behavior back on track!
It Is Easier to Look Inward When We Study the Fa
My daughter and I always had friction as she grew older. After cultivating Dafa, I found that most of this friction came from my attachments, such as complaining about her not doing so well and using what I could have done as a measure for her. One time when my daughter accidentally hit me in the face, I got so angry that I yelled at her, demanding an apology and making her very unhappy. I thought of Teacher telling us:
“As a practitioner one should not fight back when being punched or insulted, but should conduct oneself with a high standard.” (Zhuan Falun)
I realized that I did poorly as far as cultivation was concerned, because she didn't do it on purpose, so I apologized to her.
After practicing Dafa, I gradually changed my bad habit of forcing my daughter to accept my ideas, and, when a problem occurred, I tried to imagine what it was like to be in her shoes to try understand her, enabling me to greatly improve our relationship.
Now she has started practicing Falun Dafa and has also learned to look inward. When she was a sophomore in junior high, she told me that she had quite a few bad attachments. I said, “As long as you realize your problems, you're cultivating. You should always recite 'Falun Dafa is good' in school (she lives in a school dorm). At home you should study the Fa more diligently; Teacher will help you eliminate bad attachments!”
I often rejoice at being Teacher's practitioner. I must study the Fa more and better, save more sentient beings, complete my prehistoric vows, reach consummation, and follow Teacher back home!
Fellow practitioners, please kindly correct my errors.