Cultivation for Me Is Both Joyful and Sacred
(Minghui.org) I started to practice Falun Dafa in 2012. I had been wondering about the meaning of life for a long time and finally found the answers in Zhuan Falun. Master Li Hongzhi presents profound universal principles in the book in simple language.
Sometimes I had doubts about what the book said, but fellow practitioners reminded me that I should read it without any preconceptions. So I continued without thinking too much. I measured myself with the Fa principles and found that I had all the attachments Master talked about. Every sentence touched my heart, and I finished reading it in five nights. I also watched the Shen Yun DVDs. I developed a strong thought: “Master, I will follow you to my true home.”
Poor Health Since Childhood
I was weak and suffered from many ailments since childhood. I was on medication all the time and would bang my head against the wall when I had a severe headache to relieve the pain. I couldn't focus for more than an hour. My memory was poor, and I was muddleheaded all the time.
I remembered that a friend of mine who practiced Falun Dafa had recovered from rheumatoid arthritis, and I also heard that another person who had been paralyzed for 18 years miraculously recovered after reading Zhuan Falun for four months.
My Body Is Purified after Reading Zhuan Falun
Out of curiosity, I bought the book. After I read 25 pages I felt my head become light. This was inconceivable to me, because I had not been able to read ten pages of any book without getting a headache. However, this time I finished the whole book without any problems, and my body felt warm and light.
This was a miracle! I started to read it a second time, because I couldn't comprehend everything the first time around. After I finished the book this time, I went to put on my glasses, and one of the lenses fell out. I put on my spare pair, but I couldn’t focus properly. When I took the glasses off, I found that I could see clearly without them. I haven’t worn glasses since. When I shared this experience with fellow practitioners, they told me that Master had fixed my eyesight. I then realized that Master was purifying my body.
Master purified my body inside and out in 15 days. I didn't learn Falun Dafa for the purpose of curing my ailments, and I certainly didn't expect that I would undergo such huge physical changes.
Master Takes Care of Me Through Tribulations
Interference was intense when I started to cultivate. I was afraid that the opportunity to cultivate would disappear instantly if I was not diligent. Initially, I feared that Master would not regard me as a practitioner as I had many shortcomings, but Master still took care of me. I cherished the time dearly and tried my best to behave like a true practitioner.
Whenever I encountered problems, I constantly reminded myself to behave in accordance with Master's Fa and look inward during conflicts. In my mind I would recite:
“Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master” (Zhuan Falun)
The first and hardest cultivation test for me was my son. I brought him up by myself since his father had no use for him. I often took out my anger on him and beat him for no reason. He turned angry and was in constant fear. He resorted to hiding away playing computer games.
After I started to learn Falun Dafa I understood that I owed him a karmic debt. I tried to look within and improve myself.
My son had picked up many informational brochures about Falun Dafa in the past, but I had made him to throw them away. I repeated the lies and propaganda about Falun Dafa to him until he despised the practice.
When my son found out that I had started to practice Falun Dafa, he was very hostile towards me. I could either give up my cultivation to please him or practice “forbearance”. I chose the latter, because I would like to take my son with me and follow Master to our true home.
I read Zhuan Falun as much as I could every day and did as much as I could to help my son. He flew into a rage as soon as I mentioned Falun Dafa. He cursed me and beat me. I looked within to see if I had done anything wrong and to check if any of my thoughts were incorrect. Slowly, but surely, I improved my character, as Master continually gave me hints to improve and took care of me.
My son's attitude changed over time, and he finally supported me in my practice. He now reminds me to study the Fa or send forth righteous thoughts if I slack off in cultivation. He has watched the DVDs about the staged Tiananmen Square self-immolation incident and the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and understands the evil the Chinese Communist Party has done. He has also memorized a dozen poems from Hong Yin.
Improving in Cultivation
When conflicts or tribulations arise, I study the Fa and break through my attachments. I can let go of any material possessions for cultivation. Because I have such thoughts, Master shows me layers and layers of the Fa principles. I don't worry about how I can cultivate through my attachments, I only worry about how I can detect my attachments. As soon as I find them, I try my best to rid myself of them.
When I study the Fa more and deeply, I realize that Master helps me find my attachments. When I improve to a higher level, Master opens up my understanding to a higher level and broadens my mind. The more I study Zhuan Falun, the more I find that the power of Dafa is boundless. I feel like my every cell is bathed in the Fa. I find cultivation joyful, sacred, and enjoyable.
I have undergone numerous tribulations since I started to practice. Thanks to Master's protection, I have been able to walk steadily on my cultivation path. Sometimes I am not sure whether the tribulations are just tests for me or are interference, but I know I have to cultivate through the attachments that are not part of me but hidden within me.
I am fortunate that I can become Master's disciple at this final stage of the Fa-rectification. As long as we completely believe in Master, Master will open up the door to Heaven for us.