Memorising the Fa
Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I’m a new practitioner who obtained the Fa in May 2009. I’m here to report to our revered Master and share with fellow practitioners some of my cultivation experiences of the past two years.
I have been living in Australia for 11 years. Due to the evil Party’s lies, I had kept myself away from Falun Gong until two years ago. At the beginning of 2009, I saw the book Falun Dafa in the local library. Being curious, I borrowed the book and took it home. Surprisingly, it only took me two to three days to finish the book. I thought Falun Dafa was good. I should do something to let more people know about this.
I started the practice by memorising the Fa. At that time, I thought the Fa was so good that I should keep it in my heart. I began with copying the Fa. I would copy one paragraph and then memorise it before moving on to the next paragraph. When I finished the 4th section in Lecture one, I could memorise directly from reading the Fa. After one-and-a-half lectures, I changed to reading the book through. Four months later, when I shared with a fellow practitioner, I was inspired by one sentence she said about the importance of melting in the Fa. I understood that Master would like me to keep memorising the Fa. So I started from the beginning again and have not stopped since. I started with memorising the first six lectures. Before every new lecture, I would review the previous ones. Then, I started to memorise lectures seven to nine. It took me a whole year to memorise Zhuan Falun.
I now realised that by memorising the Fa, it made the process from being an everyday person to becoming a Dafa practitioner much shorter. I was also experiencing the mighty and magic power of the Fa in the process of memorising the Fa. One needs to keep a calm mind when studying and memorising the Fa; otherwise, you just can not remember anything. I feel that when I memorise the Fa well, my mind becomes even calmer and vice versa. When I first started memorising the Fa, I would be completely in tears only after a few sentences. I also took all possible opportunities to memorise the Fa, whether doing housework or looking after the children. When I read for my children, I would read them one book and then I would memorise one paragraph of the Fa. Once, I was cooking and memorising the Fa at the same time. I did not make any mistake in doing either. I memorised the Fa and the cooking also turned out to be even better than usual. I felt that my head became bigger and emptier in the process of memorising the Fa. There were also fewer bad thoughts. Sometimes, a few sentences of the Fa would appear in my mind and I would try to recall in which lecture and which section these sentences were, and what the paragraph before and after them was. It felt like a quiz. When I memorised the Fa well and did it a lot, I could even feel the changes in my body.
Later on, I read Master’s new articles. Master asked us to do the three things well and told us the importance of saving sentient beings. I thought there were about 200,000 people living in my city and wondered if these people would be eliminated if they were not given a chance to make a choice. My husband is a Westerner, an everyday person. Although he does not believe in cultivation, he respects my freedom of belief. He does not mind me doing my things on weekdays. And he is happy to support me financially. Therefore, with all these conveniences, I started to give flyers out to child care centres, schools, police stations, the local court, hospitals and retail shops, etc. I also put flyers on the community notice board to spread the beauty of Dafa.
Because my parents-in-law did not understand cultivation, they had some misunderstandings about me and Falun Dafa. One weekend, after I finished group activities and went home, my husband said that his parents were worried about me. He read an article about a cult to me. I recalled that Master said in “Teaching the Fa in Canada, 2006”: “So everything that you do, be it your balancing well your family relationships while you live among ordinary people, balancing well your relationships in society, how you perform at your workplace, how you conduct yourself in society, etc., none of these are things you can just go through the motions on. All of these are part of your cultivation format, and are serious matters.”
I sent an e-mail to my parents-in-law that same night. My husband read my e-mail and said they should be at ease now. From then on, my in-laws were happy to support me. Whenever I needed to go out, they would look after the children and help me with the housework.
Last October, Master gave me a hint through a fellow practitioner that I should do petitions. So I applied for a permit from the local council and set a table on the side of busy roads and outside the library. I got a petition sign from a fellow practitioner and took it home. My husband saw it and said that since this was the first time that I was showing it to the public, I should use new signs and posters. It was great. He wanted to spend money to support me. I could not find an appropriate poster from the clearwisdom website, so I designed two posters myself and took them to the printing shop. I used a portable camping table from the house covered with yellow cloth. I put a petition sign on the table and one A-frame stand from my daughters, showing the beauty of Dafa and the facts about the persecution, on each side.
I came across a lot of precious sentient beings in collecting signatures. Some were shocked by the persecution, some showed sympathy and some helped me with collecting more signatures from people around them. Things around us and people we meet in our daily life provide us with opportunities to save more sentient beings. I clarified the facts to school teachers, parents of my children’s classmates, teachers in child care centres, people working in grocery shops, food shops, tailors, fashion shops, etc. When I checked out, I would have a few words with the salesperson. If there were no other customers waiting, I would take out a petition and ask them to sign to support Falun Gong. In most cases, they were happy to do so. In fact, it is all done by Master. What Master needs is our heart to do it. Master said: “You all can cultivate and save beings. It is just a question of how you align your thinking and what kind of attitude you have toward the Fa.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2007 New York Fa Conference”)
As long as you have the heart, you can see sentient beings that can be saved everywhere.
There are also people who hesitate. But if we give them a helping hand, they are able to enter into the future. One day, I met a teacher from my daughter’s old child care centre. We had a bit of a chat. Then, I showed her my petition folder and asked her to sign. She hesitated and asked me whether this would cause her any trouble. I told her this was not a formal petition. It was to show your voice of support. She then signed the petition. They are everyday people. The way they think is based on themselves. But she signed the petition; it showed that she did not agree with the persecution and her life could be saved.
Sometimes I thought that if a sentient being was saved just through knowing me, even without much more association, isn’t this what we need to do and what we should do? Also, the Western environment is the normal society for human beings. Master said: “The people in Western society or those in societies not ruled by the wicked Communist Party live in a human way that is natural, with the differences among people just being cultural. In a natural society such as that, people share a common way of life that values keeping calm, being kind and open-minded, and not putting up your guard around people. That’s normal…” (“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference”)
So I often take the initiative to speak to people in my daily life. Even though I may not be able to clarify the truth to them at the time, it lays a foundation for the future when I see them again. Master told us: “Validate the Fa with rationality, clarify the truth with wisdom, spread the Fa and save people with mercy.” (in “Rationality”, Essentials for Further Advancement II).
I started to get involved in the media work from the end of last year, so I had more contact with other fellow practitioners. It helps expose my own shortcomings when I have contact with others. I understood that Master has made this arrangement for me to further improve myself in the Fa. I always remind myself and check my words and behaviour to see if there is anything that is not in line with the Fa, and always look within and see if my heart is moved. Whenever there is a bad thought, I reject it and eliminate it. When I come across xinxing tests, I ask myself: “Is there anything that I could not let go of ? No, there is nothing that I cannot let go of.” When I think this way, I feel I face everything in a calm and peaceful manner. Master told us: “Under the tests that the human mind is put to, a state will come about in a cultivator when understandings born of both divine and human thoughts are present and collide. When human thinking gains the upper hand, that person heads toward humanness; when divine thinking and a person's righteous thoughts gain the upper hand, he heads toward godhood.”(“Teaching the Fa in San Francisco, 2005”)
At my current level, I understand that in the process of cultivation, as long as you have the Fa in your heart, you can let go of everything, you can look inward without any conditions and you can improve further. “Cultivation is a long process, it’s a gradual process to get rid of attachment. But you really have to be disciplined.”(Zhuan Falun) As long as the Fa-rectification is not finished, it is still our cultivation process and we should treat every day seriously.
If there is anything improper in my sharing, please kindly point it out.
Thank you, Master.
Thank you, fellow practitioners.