A World of Difference Between Being Selfish and Putting Others First
(Minghui.org) I went out a few days ago to talk to people about Falun Dafa and the persecution. It had been snowing and the road was slippery. I didn’t pay attention and fell pretty hard.
I sat on the ground thinking, “I’m a practitioner so I’ll be fine! I still need to talk to people.” I got up and moved my body around. Although my leg hurt a bit I could still ride the bicycle, so I kept going. I spent more than an hour and helped eight people withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations.
I received a phone call after I got home, the caller wanted my husband to fetch mineral spring water. He was cooking at the time, so I said I would go.
As soon as I got dressed and was getting ready to leave the house, my husband said that he’d deliver the water to Mr. Tang later that evening. I thought if the water was not for us then I didn’t feel like going out. I changed my clothes and told my husband that I fell earlier and my leg still hurt, so I wouldn’t go to get the water.
My leg was actually fine, but it started to hurt as soon as I finished talking to my husband. It got worse, and I could not stand straight. Both sides of my knees were swollen, and the pain was unbearable.
I knew then that I was wrong, and I quickly looked inward.
“I also want to tell you that your nature in the past was actually based on egotism and selfishness. From now on, whatever you do, you should consider others first, so as to attain the righteous Enlightenment of selflessness and altruism. So from now on, whatever you do or whatever you say, you must consider others—or even future generations...” (“Non-Omission in Buddha-Nature,” Essentials For Further Advancement)
I was willing to fetch the water if it was for my household, otherwise I would not. Wasn’t I being selfish? I sincerely said to Master Li (the founder), “I’m sorry, I’m wrong!”
As soon as I discovered my shortcoming, the pain lessened and the swelling gradually subsided. I was able to cook the next morning, and I can now ride my bicycle.
Master said, “You put in the effort and your teacher will handle the rest.” (The First Talk, Zhuan Falun)
I sensed Master Li took away some bad substances after this experience. I understood that a cultivator’s thought is very important. One must truly cultivate if one wants to raise in level.
“Study the Fa and gain the Fa, Focus on how you study and cultivate,Let each and every thingbe measured against the Fa.Only then, with that,is it actually cultivation.” (Hong Yin, Translation Version A)