(Minghui.org) I am a Falun Dafa practitioner who began to cultivate in late 1996. Since then, I have placed great emphasis on studying the Fa.
A few days ago, I was studying Teachings at the Midwestern U.S. Conference in which Master said,
“...as to matters of ordinary people, there’s nothing that would make me happiest, but when I hear or see students sharing their experiences, that is when I feel most gratified.” (Teachings at the Midwestern U.S. Conference)
When I read this particular passage of the Fa, I was stunned and felt so sad that I cried. As a practitioner, I always wanted to make Master happy. Therefore, I want to share my cultivation experiences of the last two years.
Improving Through Memorizing the Fa
I started memorizing Zhuan Falun in 1998. However, I stopped at the onset of the persecution in 1999. While I was illegally imprisoned, I recited the Fa. However, I could only remember portions of the Fa. Then, in 2010, I started memorizing Zhuan Falun again and persisted until today. My rate of memorizing the Fa is not fast, but I persist, undeterred. Even if there was a day when I could easily be sidetracked, I still tried to memorize the Fa that day. Even if it meant I could only memorize a few sentences, I would still do it.
In memorizing the Fa, I learned how to cultivate and look within. In the process of memorizing the Fa, the inner meaning of the Fa kept enlightening me.
For example, after memorizing the whole section of, “Mystery of the Mandorla,” (The Fourth Talk, Zhuan Falun), I understood that one must place emphasis on cultivating one’s xinxing, as improving one’s xinxing is so important. When the Mandorla leaves the energy center to rise upwards in one’s body, it will reach different locations of the body and stay there for a period of time.
“It does so because the most essential things of a person’s body are there, and much more (the heart is also located there), and the bubble needs to form a system of these within it. The most essential things need to be supplied into the bubble for its enrichment.” (The Fourth Talk, Zhuan Falun)
From this I understood that “The most essential thing,” is the virtue that we cultivate in our daily cultivation, the white substance that is transformed by going through hardships when we cultivate our xinxing. This kind of “essential thing” can then enrich the bubble. If we do not cultivate our xinxing, then we will not have “essential things” to enrich the Mandorla. Therefore, I strengthened my emphasis on cultivating xinxing.
When I memorized “Jealousy,” I told myself that I must memorize it properly. I must get rid of “Jealousy,” because I did not want to hold onto it. As I reminded myself of this, Master seemed to be right beside me. A few sentences immediately appeared in my mind: What is there to be jealous of? You are only jealous of human things. I was immediately stunned. I knew that Master was enlightening me. Yes! Why am I being jealous of human things, why do I always feel unjustified or not content in my heart? These are all everyday issues that the Heavens are not concerned with. These are the things that I must cultivate away.
After memorizing a lot of Fa, I became more familiar with the Fa principles, and when faced with conflicts, I was able to apply them. In these situations, the Fa principles that help me maintain my xinxing will immediately appear in my mind. It is much easier to maintain my xinxing, helping me settle conflicts and problems harmoniously.
In the past, when I did things with others, I usually made my own decisions, voiced my opinion, and tried to take care of many things. By memorizing the Fa, I totally changed this type of strong egoism. When the Fa group discusses issues, I sit on the side and listen to others quietly. Through discussion, everyone reaches a common understanding so that we will follow an agreed method, as long as it is considered good.
Apart from memorizing the Fa every day, I also read the Fa. Sometimes, I read two lectures. If I do not have enough time, I will read one lecture. Through reading and memorizing the Fa, I gain a lot.
When I finished memorizing Zhuan Falun for the ninth time, I told myself that since I have already memorized the book nine times, I can rest for a few days and relax before I start the next round a few days later.
As I was saying that, I opened the first page of the first lecture and was about to close the book when the title “Truly Taking You to Greater Spiritual Heights” appeared before my eyes. The inner meaning of this title displayed itself before me in layer upon layer in my mind. At the same time, a voice from deep within me said, “When is there rest in cultivation? You still want to enjoy a period of comfortable living. Master is truly taking people to greater spiritual heights; how can one rest?”
I immediately understood that Master has been watching over me. At this moment, my face was flushed, and I felt so embarrassed; I felt I had let Master down. Therefore, I knelt down, put my palms together and said to Master, “I am wrong. I must listen to your teachings and not be lazy. I must become a genuine practitioner who will reach the standard.” After saying that, I quickly held Zhuan Falun in my hands and started to memorize Zhuan Falun again. Now, I have already memorized the third lecture for the 11th time.
Saving People During the Pandemic
On the 29th of the 12th lunar month in 2019, our area went into lockdown due to the pandemic. Later, the pandemic became more and more serious, so they locked down the small residential communities.
In our small community one person from each family could go out to buy food once every three days. Later, no one was allowed to go out. I thought that as a Dafa practitioner with the mission to save people, I still wanted to leave my home. Therefore, I still went out once every three days. I just had to go out very early in the morning. After sending forth righteous thoughts at 6 a.m., I went out. There were no pedestrians on the streets, I could only see the men on duty who were wearing the red armbands. Before I went out, I faced the security at the door and sent forth righteous thoughts. Once I went out, I and an elderly practitioner would paste signs with the two phrases, “Falun Dafa is Good, Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance is Good” along the streets.
One day, I wanted to go out, so I greeted the security guard at the door a few times. However, he did not respond and unlock the door for me. Upon walking closer to take a look I noticed that the security guard was an old man. He was slouched on a couch and was ignoring me. I walked to the front of the security window and talked to him peacefully, but he was still not responding. I thought that I must go out today, I cannot let the old forces imprison me in my house. I must spread the two phrases that can save people.
Finally, I said, “I will squeeze my way out through this railing opening.” After saying that, I bent down and kept saying that my body must shrink smaller, so I could get out.
After that, I said to the security guard, “I have gotten out. The weather is very cold. Please continue to lie there and rest.” After saying that I went out. Then, I ran to the elderly practitioner’s home. She had already made the paste by heating flour and water in the pot. We had already used all our self-adhesive stickers and there was no way to get new materials since every household was closed to visitors. We wrapped up the paste with plastic, took the fliers with the two phrases and walked along the river bank. There are no sentries on duty on the river banks and there are many residents below the river banks. We pasted the two corners of the fliers on the side of the staircases so that people could see them as soon they had taken out the trash.
After completing that, I returned to our area. The security guard was very polite to me. He quickly took out the keys to open the door and said, “Quickly go in. The men on duty will be here at eight o’clock.”
In the afternoon of March 15, 2020, the city’s lockdown was lifted, but the pandemic was still very serious. Many practitioners from our area began to clarify the truth, and awaken the conscience of sentient beings.
I partnered with a fellow practitioner to go out to clarify the truth to people twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. On the second day after the lifting of the lockdown, public transport resumed.
In the morning, we went to the boarding point by the roadside and saw a family of three waiting for the bus, so we walked over to clarify the truth to them. First, we talked to the grandparents, but they did not want to listen. Then, I looked at the boy who was over 10 years old. I thought that I must save this child so I told them, “Such a serious pandemic, the children must be safe when they go out. Let me give your child a safety amulet. Recite the phrases that are written on this amulet so that the child will be safe when he goes out. This child is the hope of your family. As seniors, we all hope for our children to be safe and happy.” The child’s grandmother accepted the amulet and looked at me. Taking this opportunity, I quickly explained to the child about quitting the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) organizations. He quit the Young Pioneers. At the same time, I gave the child an amulet. The two adults watched and listened as I spoke to the child. So we began to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa and explain the need for quitting the CCP to them. Then they agreed to quit the CCP too.
In June 2020, three big night markets were opened in our area. Most of the people who came to set up their stalls at the markets are young people who are selling small products, snacks and vegetables. This provided us with good conditions to save sentient beings. We took turns clarifying the truth among the three markets. We made sure that none of the stalls were left out when we distributed truth-clarification materials. We explained about quitting the CCP and the truth about Falun Dafa to them and to others who were there.
We clarified the truth about Dafa to all of the stalls and were able to persuade more than ten people to quit the CCP organizations every day. Sometimes, more than 20 people agreed to quit the CCP organizations during a day. We continued to do this for more than two months. When it rained, we used our umbrellas to shield the small stalls’ owners. This gave us the opportunity to clarify the truth and have people quit the Party.
Currently, the control measures for the pandemic have been scaled up, forcing everyone to be vaccinated. Everyone going through the small areas, supermarkets, streets and banks all have to get a scan code and show their vaccination certificate.
From the Fa, I understood that the pandemic has no relationship with Dafa practitioners. I am not under the control of the human Fa principles. Therefore, I do not acknowledge any of the pandemic control measures’ rules and regulations. I don’t even have a mobile phone. I still continue to do what I should do to save sentient beings.
Every morning, after sending forth righteous thoughts at 6 a.m., I go out with another practitioner to distribute Dafa informational materials. I persuade people to quit the CCP in and out of the city, along the streets and alleys. If it rains, I distribute truth-clarifying materials in the buildings to every household. Once the sky clears I go outside to clarify the truth and distribute materials. For 13 years, I have been clarifying the truth and persuading people to quit the CCP organizations be it rain or shine.
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