Walking My Cultivation Path for the Past Several Years Without Falling Behind
(Clearwisdom.net) I am 78 years old, and have persisted in doing the exercises year-round, and have never skipped once. I participate in the group exercises from 3:50 a.m. to 5:50 a.m., send forth righteous thoughts at 5:55 a.m., and then recite the Fa. In the afternoon, I either clarify the truth or participate in group Dafa activities. This is how I have walked my cultivation path for the past several years.
Before I began practicing in June 1999, I was on the verge of death several times. I was in four car accidents and had three major surgeries, to remove my uterus, ovaries, and gallbladder. People always said that one is bound to have good fortune after surviving a big disaster. The greatest happiness in my life was being rewarded with this rare chance to obtain Falun Dafa after enduring those hardships.
Because of the religious background of my family, I have always believed in and respected gods since my childhood. I worshipped gods in temples and enjoyed looking at their pictures. One morning after exercising in the park, I coincidentally saw a banner on the street saying, “Falun Dafa is a high-level Buddha cultivation practice. It is the law of the universe and it teaches people to do good deeds.” I was attracted to Dafa because the banner showed that it is related to the universe and Buddha, in which I believed.
This was how I started on my cultivation path. Below is my report to Master and fellow practitioners of my cultivation practice for over a decade.
Diligently Studying the Fa and Firmly Doing the Exercises
Studying the Fa has always been the most important thing in my daily life. In addition to group Fa study, I also study, recite, memorize, and transcribe the Fa. I also read at least three lectures each day. Occasionally, I read the entire book of Zhuan Falun in three days.
I persist in doing the exercises year-round, and have never skipped once. After we lost our group cultivation environment in 1999 due to the persecution of Dafa, I still firmly practiced the exercises at home. Master created a global group exercise time for practitioners, and I participate in the group exercises from 3:50 a.m. to 5:50 a.m. I then send forth righteous thoughts at 5:55 a.m., and after that I recite the Fa. In the afternoon, I either clarify the truth or participate in group Dafa activities. This is how I have walked my cultivation path for the past several years.
Clarifying the Truth and Saving Sentient Beings
Assisting Master to rectify the Fa and save sentient beings is the historic mission and responsibility of every Dafa disciple. I have mentally gone through different stages of my truth clarification and saving sentient beings, starting from wishing to not feel fearful, to being fearful, to being fearless. In preparing the informational materials, we started from passively waiting for supplies, to actively printing them ourselves. We started distributing the materials at midnight and then changed to daytime. We first distributed the materials in restaurants, supermarkets, and shopping centers, and now distribute in residential areas.
In conducted our truth clarification and urging of people to quit the Chinese Communist Party face-to-face, starting with family members, relatives, friends, and then to strangers. Clarifying the truth to strangers was a challenge for me. In the beginning, I was anxious and troubled because I was afraid to do it, and also didn't know what to say. With Master's arrangement, I met a fellow practitioner at an experience sharing gathering. We then worked together for more than six months. Determined not to miss any predestined sentient being, we clarified the truth at stores, supermarkets, hospitals, and bus stations. I can now smoothly do it alone. I clarify the truth and help everyone I meet to quit the CCP, then give them truth-clarifying DVDs and the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.
I have clarified the truth constantly, and I have also mailed the truth-clarification materials to my relatives who live far away. I visited my hometown last winter and helped more than ten people quit the CCP. I have clarified the truth to several tour guides on one trip and helped four of them quit the CCP. Generally speaking, tour guides are more inclined to believe in gods and have a better than average understanding of traditional divine culture and ancient Chinese art. They are easier to convince when told how the wicked CCP has destroyed divine culture.
When I clarify the truth face-to-face to people, I use my experience most of the time to demonstrate the benefits I have received from Dafa. I generally help people quit the CCP with their real names. I only use aliases for those who want to conceal their identities.
Many people are surprised at my age. They often ask “You are healthy and look like you are in your fifties. What is the secret to your looking so young?” I tell them, “My good health and younger looks are attributable to my cultivation in Falun Gong. Practitioners believe in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. They don't fight back when attacked, and they don't react when insulted. They help people improve their morality and health. When practicing Dafa, the elderly will become more healthy and live longer. The younger women won't need to do facials and will still look delicate and fair.” I have used myself as a physical example for years to help people understand the truth, and I have been able to save many of them.
Whenever a human notion arises to keep me from speaking up, Master always brings predestined people to chat with me or ask me directions. He always gives us opportunities. Thinking of this, I have enlightened that Master always meticulously arranges people to be saved. I must not pass up anyone.
Clarifying the Truth by Phone
To save more people more quickly, fellow practitioners have initiated using mobile phones to send text messages to sentient beings over the past two years. I bought a cell phone and collaborated with one fellow practitioner. We have gone to all the busy places such as parks, shopping centers and supermarkets. While walking on the street, one of us reads the phone numbers house by house and the other sends the text message.
Clarifying the truth through cell phones is also a step in xinxing improvement in the cultivation process. When I first used a cell phone, I was not familiar with it and easily made mistakes, causing a lot of trouble for fellow practitioners who were knowledgeable about these devices. Determined to operate the phone alone, I repeatedly practiced and was finally able to effectively send text messages to several hundred people simultaneously.
Establishing a Truth-Clarification Materials Production Site
In 2009, with the help and encouragement of an elderly couple of Dafa disciples, I learned how to access the Minghui website and download informational materials. I no longer rely on fellow practitioners to print the materials, thus reducing their burden substantially. The materials production sites are presently thriving and blossoming ubiquitously, with every practitioner becoming one of its small flowers.
I have recently learned to burn CDs and DVDs. I observed that the copier would not work smoothly whenever I was impatient and rushed. Once this attachment to quick results was removed, the copier worked fine. I enlightened from observation that impatience impacts the operation of machines.
On one occasion, the copier stopped on a hot summer day. I looked inward myself and sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate interference. I said to the copier, “It's my fault because I didn't have a pure heart and was not concentrating. We have a predestined relationship. I need your cooperation to help Master rectify the Fa.” Surprisingly, the copier immediately started again. I was so moved!
Because of Master's protection and his Fa guidance, I have been able to steadily follow Master since the beginning of my cultivation. Every time I have human notions or when I do things not in accordance with the Fa, Master always hints to me immediately, and I look inward and find my shortcomings.
I cannot disappoint Master. During this final stage of the Fa-rectification period, I have to continuously do the three things well and righteously cultivate myself to the end. I have to let myself mature sooner to become a genuine Dafa disciple.
My level of cultivation may not be high enough to properly illustrate my thoughts in the terms of the power of Dafa. Please kindly correct me.