Changes in Body Followed Changes in Mind
(Clearwisdom.net) One day I listened to some fellow practitioners, who were in their 60s and 70s, sharing some cultivation experiences they had during the past few months. They concluded that although they thought they were cultivating diligently, in looking back they realized they were not exactly walking the path Master had arranged for them.
A few months ago, a practitioner asked them, “How come your bodies have not undergone much change (toward youth) after practicing cultivation for so many years? Is this a correct state for Dafa disciples? Can your truth-clarification be powerful enough with this state?” So they started looking inside according to the Fa. Master said,
“An everyday person cannot discern the changes in you from the appearance, as your cells’ molecules still retain their original structure and combination; their structure does not change. Yet the energy inside has changed. Thus, from this point on this person will not age naturally, and his cells will not die. Accordingly, he will stay young continuously. In the course of cultivation practice, one will look young and, in the end, stay that way.” (“Lecture Two” of Zhuan Falun)
“In the process of transformation, human cells will be gradually replaced by the high-energy matter, and aging will slow down. One’s body will appear to gradually return to youth and experience gradual transformation until, in the end, it is completely replaced by the high-energy matter. By then, this person’s body will have already been converted to a body of another type of matter.” (“Lecture Five” in Zhuan Falun)
Indeed, physical transformation has been constantly talked about in Zhuan Falun. These practitioners realized that they did not steadfastly believe in Master and the Fa in this regard.
“Old age, illness, and death are also forms of demons, but they are created to maintain the characteristic of the universe.” (“Lecture Five” in Zhuan Falun)
How could great enlightened beings of the future, the new cosmos, be restrained by “old age, illness, and death?” They realized that because they hadn't changed their conventional thinking in their hearts, they had not been able to break away from old age, illness, and death, and they had been following the old forces' arrangements. In addition, even though Master taught that while sitting in meditation one should feel wonderful and very comfortable, as though sitting inside an egg shell, they haven't experienced this in more than a decade of cultivation practice. They thought it was normal and that they were burning karma through pain in the legs. They had suffered many hardships, but failed to improve their understandings on the Fa.
Upon coming to these realizations, the practitioners firmed up their righteous thoughts: “We are determined to walk the path Master arranged for us; we will disintegrate all the arrangements by the old forces that hinder our bodily transformation; and we will let our physical body transform into divine bodies and Buddha bodies. This is what Master wants, and this is validating the Fa.” As soon as their way of thinking changed, their cultivation state changed accordingly.
Practitioner A is 71 years old. She used to have white hair at her temples. As soon as her way of thinking changed, the age spots on her face disappeared during the hour-long experience sharing. She was amazed herself. In a few more days, her white hair turned black. Now she has black hair and no wrinkles on her face, and she looks much younger. She said her legs were no longer painful during the sitting meditation, and she has felt great changes in both body and mind. Her attachment to her children has changed too -- she stopped worrying about them all the time and instead told herself to let them be.
Practitioner A used to think she was doing well in cultivation, but she realized that she was simply an everyday person most of the time. Now she has experienced the wonderfulness of being on the path of divinity, so wonderful that it is hard for her to describe. She deeply understood that the changes she experienced are due to the wide and far-reaching Buddha's grace. When we left the group study, I saw how fast she walked down the stairs, not at all like a 71-year-old.
Practitioner B and C are a couple. Both are 65 years old. In the past, they strove to finish reading one lecture of Zhuan Falun every day. Now they study the Fa whenever possible, and they sometimes finish three lectures of Zhuan Falun in one sitting. They have gained many new understandings from the Fa, especially from the lectures Master gave at Fa conferences. In addition, they have memorized Hong Yin and Hong Yin II. When they changed their conventional way of thinking, they had a thought, “My hair will turn black.” They told this to others, but nobody believed them. When their hair indeed turned black, people were convinced. The couple felt their bodies changing every day. Their wrinkles have reduced, and their skin has become smooth and radiant. Their home environment has also changed, and the flies and mosquitoes have disappeared. They wholeheartedly believe that, “As long as we are on the path of Fa-rectification cultivation arranged by Master, everything will change for the better.”
Practitioner D is 69 years old. She started practicing cultivation in 1994. She was seen by others as very “diligent,” except that she almost never reads the lectures that Master taught at Fa conferences. She can endure a lot of hardship; for example, she always sits in meditation for two hours regardless of how painful her legs become. She is very healthy, but when climbing stairs, she always has to stop to take a break in the middle. She was amazed at seeing that other practitioners' hair had turned from white to black. When she asked them about it, the fellow practitioners shared their experiences with her. D's conventional way of thinking started to change, as well. She started reading lectures given at Fa conferences and stopped being attached to wearing reading glasses or not. Her legs no longer ached during her two-hour-long sitting meditation, and most of her hair turned black again.
Along with these changes, the effects of these practitioners' truth clarification is naturally very good. In the past, clarifying the facts, especially to their friends and families, was done with emotion. However, now things are much different because they are peaceful and calm.
Every Dafa disciple knows we should follow Master's arrangements instead of the old forces' arrangements. However, many practitioners have remained at the personal cultivation stage due to their lack of understanding of the Fa, and some even cannot meet the Fa's requirements for personal cultivation. They think that bearing hardships and spending more time in cultivation is being diligent. (Of course it takes hardship to practice cultivation.) However, their Fa-study is not good, and their understanding of the Fa is not clear, regardless of how much time they have spent studying. They seem to fail to understand that if they do not change their old, conventional way of thinking, they are in the old forces' arrangements, regardless of how much hardship they bear and how much time they spend trying to cultivate. Master's new lecture “Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa” talked about the old forces' evil arrangements for Dafa practitioners; so we should have a clearer understanding about this now.
Master said in Zhuan Falun, “Ours is the genuine transformation of the human body through cultivation practice at two major levels.”
In “Comments for Republication” in Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa, Master said,
“This is because with the modern, standardized vocabulary it is absolutely impossible to express Dafa’s guidance at different higher levels and the manifestation of the Fa at each level so as to drive the real changes, such as the transformation and improvement of the students’ benti and gong.”
In The Great Consummation Way of Falun Dafa, Master said,
“'Cultivation of body' in Falun Dafa refers to achieving longevity. Through performing the exercises a person’s innate body undergoes transformation and is preserved. Your main consciousness and flesh merge into one, accomplishing Perfection of the whole.”
“Innate body undergoes transformation and is preserved”! This is what Master wants. These fellow practitioners have undergone transformations within the past few months to validate Dafa with their personal experiences.
The transformation of the physical body is certain for Dafa practitioners. Let's firmly believe in Master and the Fa, change our conventional thinking, and our innate body will most certainly transform.
Please kindly point out anything improper in my understanding.