Recalling Master Li's Early Fa Lecture Class
(Minghui.org) Before I began practicing Falun Dafa, I did other forms of qigong. But I didn't know that the key to improving was cultivating xinxing, and eliminating attachments. I thought that doing qigong would just strengthen the body and eliminate illness.
After finishing my morning qigong exercises on July 15, 1993, the coordinator took out a pile of tickets and told us there was a Falun Gong lecture class at the Qiqihar City Electrical Industry Culture Center that night at 6:00 p.m. It cost three yuan per ticket.
He quickly sold most of the tickets, and there was only one left. He asked me if I wanted one, but I said I didn't. He encouraged me, “There's just one ticket left. If you don't take it, someone else will.” I said, “I don't know how to practice this qigong very well. Why would I want to find out about another qigong?”
The coordinator said, “This is a good opportunity. There is no harm in getting to know more about qigong. How about I give you the ticket for free?” The coordinator seemed very sincere, so I bought the ticket.
After I got home, I noticed that the new long socks I had put on that morning had a circular hole as big as an egg on the right leg, with a dozen small holes inside it. I wondered why the sock had worn out so fast. I recalled that I had felt something hot turning on my right leg while doing the exercises that morning, and I'd scratched it a few times. Maybe I damaged the sock myself. I didn't realize that compassionate Master was already helping me. Every time I recall this, I feel ashamed at my poor enlightenment quality.
Three people where I worked attended the Falun Gong lecture. An older colleague sat with me. All of us who came early guessed that Master Li must be an older man, until we saw him sitting on stage. He was young and tall, and was wearing a white, short-sleeved shirt and gray pants, and had a compassionate smile.
I was having severe migraine headaches before attending the Fa-lecture. My head often hurt, and I could not sleep at night, which made me thin and pale.
In the class, Master talked briefly about the Fa principles and exercises of Falun Gong, and said he was emitting countless Falun to adjust our bodies. Mine was sensitive. On the first day I could feel the Falun turning in my abdomen. I also felt something like the Monkey King's shining golden stick less than a foot over my head. It penetrated my temples and stirred inside my brain, which was very painful.
My colleague next to me had pain in her feet, where she had symptoms of rheumatism. In the end, Master told everyone to stand up and stomp on the floor together. All my pains immediately disappeared, and my body felt very light. I momentarily thought, “I won't have migraine pain any longer, so I may not need to come to this class again.” I was still thinking about curing illnesses and mixing Falun Gong with other qigong.
The next day, Master started the Fa-lecture class. In that class, Master adjusted the students' bodies again, and continued purifying them. One day after the class had started, I started feeling sleepy, and soon fell asleep. I slept almost the entire class. After Master finished, I woke up. But I didn't miss a single word of his Fa-lecture. It was just as Master said,
“A small number of people might even fall asleep, and then they’ll wake right up when I finish talking. Why does that happen? Because there are diseases in their heads, so they have to be adjusted. There’s no way people could stand having their heads adjusted, so you have to anesthetize them. They don’t know it, though. But for some people the hearing part doesn’t have any problem. They sleep soundly but they don’t miss a word, they hear it all, and then they’re alert, and some of them don’t get sleepy even if they go a couple days without sleep. These are the different conditions people are in, and they all need to be adjusted. Your whole body has to be purified.” (Zhuan Falun)
On the third day, my throat felt itchy and uncomfortable. I kept coughing, again and again. Some students told me to use the qigong method I already knew to suppress the coughs, but I said, “I can't do that. Master taught us, '...in cultivation you need to commit to one discipline' (Zhuan Falun). This cough is to eliminate illness karma. I can bear it. We shouldn't mix Falun Gong with the things we learned before. It will mess up the gong.”
Another student said, “Your cough is getting worse. You should try the old method.” I said again, “I can't. Since I have learned Falun Gong, I shouldn't mix in other stuff. Master said, 'Cultivation is serious.'” (“An Explicit Reminder” from Essentials for Further Advancement) I just considered the cough the repayment of a previous debt, and no longer worried about it.
I later bought the exercise music tape and planned to return home as soon as possible to listen to it. After I got home, I suddenly realized that I was no longer coughing. I later threw away all my old qigong books. Master subsequently eliminated all the unrighteous stuff I was carrying from practicing other forms of qigong. I felt my body become very light, and I cried tears of joy.
I told Master from my heart, “Master, I finally found you after many years. This is the righteous Fa of the universe I have been waiting for a very long time. I can finally walk on the righteous path to return to my true self.” I could feel that over the entire class was a resplendent golden light, reaching all the way to the sky. The microphone Master used even shone with a splendid golden light. Master's entire body appeared transparent.
During the class, Master purified our bodies many times. Especially the first time, I felt that my head was split in half, just like cutting a watermelon in two. I unconsciously touched my head but didn't feel anything. I felt a hot current pass through my head to my feet, and fill my entire body.
My entire body felt light and wonderful. When Master taught us the five exercises, he also implanted the corresponding mechanisms for every student. When I did the third exercise, it felt as if my hands were being attracted by a magnet, so as to follow the path of the mechanism; they were not able to move sideways at all.
At the tenth and last class, the students shared their experiences, and Master answered their questions. The class arranged for me to share my experience and represent 21 students in presenting a pennant to Master. I ordered the pennant, and planned to finish my speech notes the next day at work. But the next day, just after I got to work, upper level leaders showed up for an inspection, and I was busy for the entire day. I finished a draft in a rush, just thirty minutes before the Fa-lecture class, and went to the class.
I was very nervous, since I had not prepared my notes well. I asked for Master's help again and again in my heart. The coordinator told me to go backstage to get prepared. As soon as I got backstage, I saw Master smiling at us with compassion. I immediately sensed a magnificent sense of calm that I had never felt before. All my nervousness disappeared. It was just like Master said,
“Buddha’s light shines everywhere, propriety and righteousness harmonize everything.” (Zhuan Falun)
My speech notes were just over a page and not finished. But when I spoke, I didn't follow the notes, but just clearly related all my experiences during the ten Fa-lecture classes. I did not look at the notes at all. When I was talking about how I passed the test of throat pain, Master stood up and shook my hand to encourage me, “You did well. Don't be nervous. Please keep going.” The students in the meeting hall also applauded for me.
In the end, I said, “I hope that all the students here who have acquired the Fa will cherish this rare opportunity that only happens once in thousands of years. I hope that we all follow Master's teaching, truly cultivate ourselves, advance diligently, and reach consummation!” Master shook hands with me again, and told me to truly cultivate myself after returning home.
The Fa-lecture class had come to an end, but the students didn't want to leave. Some shook hands with Master. Some asked for Master's autograph. Some wanted to leave their umbrellas for Master because it was raining outside. But Master politely refused. Master did not take any time to rest and caught the train to the next city for another lecture class. The students watched Master leave, and did not want to leave the venue for a long time.
When I was writing this article and recalling Master's Fa-lecture class, I cried tears of gratitude. Words can't describe my gratitude. I must truly cultivate myself diligently to be worthy of Master's compassionate salvation.