Studying the Fa and Cultivating the Heart
Greetings venerable Master!
Greetings fellow practitioners!
As my cultivation has improved I would like to report back to Master.
Study the Fa wholeheartedly
Everyday people want to attract attention and admiration, flaunting themselves in front of others. I am fortunate enough to be able to melt into the Fa, and not be led astray by everyday society. Out of the three things that need to be done, I believe that studying the Fa is the most fundamental. Without a solid grounding in Fa study and righteous thoughts, how can you clarify the truth from the realm of a cultivator? If a stranger is able to listen to me clarify the truth, he must have been touched by thoughts from the realm of a cultivator, not because I have been persuasive. Therefore, I do not allow anything to interfere with my Fa study.
I use a pure heart to study the Fa wholeheartedly, and will never allow my thoughts to go astray or fall asleep while studying. When I study the Fa, every cell in my body is studying, and I feel as energetic as a young student. I am filled with a strong urge to seize every opportunity to study the Fa diligently and to purify my mind with the Fa. Actually, once Dafa enters our mind, human notions will be washed away. If a cultivator’s brain is filled with nothing but the Fa, just imagine how wonderful that would be!
We do not study the Fa so that we can pass a tribulation easily or solve a problem easily. Of course when it comes to overcoming a tribulation, the quality of our Fa study will manifest and be put to the test. Quite often when I suddenly encounter a tribulation, my first thought will be, “great!” I do not have any everyday people’s feeling of hatred, or fear of trouble. This mindset is not something you can pretend to have just because you want to have it. This mindset comes from having everyday thoughts changed from studying the Fa, allowing you to maintain a righteous mindset when encountering a tribulation. Often I find that after reading a few lines of Fa, the things that I was previously attached to would no longer interest me. I thought to myself, if only I could recite the Fa, how sacred would that be. From then on, reciting the Fa became an integral part of my cultivation. If everyday people can rid themselves of fame, gain or emotion, they would lead very happy lives. If a cultivator is not attached to things that everyday people are attached to, and never allow their thoughts to stray from the Fa, then they will definitely be in a very sacred realm. Through Fa study if we can continue to rid ourselves of desires and attachments, and allow our thoughts to be more pure, then our words will have greater power when we clarify the truth.
Regardless of whether we read the Fa or recite the Fa, I always sit up straight. I often tell people that Falun Gong is deeply rooted in traditional Chinese culture. There is a saying in traditional culture that respect comes with sincerity. I also do the same. Often when I read the Fa, tears will flow freely, and I feel that a lot of what everyday people pursue is wrong. In the process of reciting the Fa, I deeply feel that the purpose of having this human body is to cultivate, not to remain as a human in this world. Studying the Fa is limitless; I feel I am full of energy, and that my future is bright. No matter how big the troubles I face, my thoughts will be disconnected from this human realm; no matter how big the trouble I face, I can always sleep at night. I study the Fa diligently, and at that time, I have not let down the many beings in my realm. Ancient people who study everyday teachings will hang their hair up and put nails in the back of the chair to stop them from falling asleep. When I study this great Fa, how can I afford to be slack? The night before my IELTS exam, I continued my routine of studying the Fa upright; I did not have any concern in my heart. Two weeks later, when I hadn’t received my exam results, I went to school to check. The teacher smiled at me and told me that she was sure I would have no problems passing. I indeed passed the exam with flying colours. My exam results enabled me to have enough points to attain permanent residency in Australia and the Immigration Department accepted my application. We need to take care of our schooling and everyday lives because this is validating the Fa, and of course Fa study is integral to everything.
When I see everyday people using the Fa to obtain the things that they are attached to, I really have great pity for them! The Fa strengthens my compassionate thoughts.
I persist with Fa study wholeheartedly and this has helped me to interact better with fellow practitioners. Back in China, the scene of practitioners studying the Fa diligently always attracted me. Once I went to a fellow practitioner’s house and I saw that she was studying the Fa on her balcony. She was so absorbed in what she was doing that she did not hear my footsteps. I learn from others when I cultivate, but when I study the Fa, I do not compete on quantity. Rather I strive to remember every word. When I can achieve this, I am so happy. In the past, I wanted others to care about me. When I left China, I left my friends and family. Here I do not have family and I often can’t help but cry. Through Fa study I hold myself to the Fa’s standards. I will think, “If I was a God or a Buddha, how would I behave? Do Buddhas need others to care about them?” I cultivated away this attachment in this environment. With the Fa in my heart, I don’t need to feel sorry for myself and my xinxing will improve.
Cultivating and clarifying the truth in this everyday environment
After coming to Australia I often hear about people applying for permanent residency. When I first heard about this I was really impatient. A cultivator should constantly improve his understanding with regards to material things. Permanent residency will give you a better life and better job. Cultivators can have everything, but their heart should be unmoved. I warned myself that I should do well in regards to applying for residency and I should let go of this mental burden. I cannot be lost among everyday people! Since I was impatient, I looked within. I can be moved when I hear everyday people talk about this. I will feel scared and concerned for myself and this is why I encountered these issues. If I can maintain my righteous thoughts, eliminate interference and upgrade my xinxing, that is cultivation.
Once when I was selling tickets for Shen Yun, someone saw that I was a student from Mainland China. They said to me, “Did you know that there are 500,000 people waiting to get permanent residency.” I recognized immediately that this was a test for me, as I had not broken through the attachment of personal interests. I tried not to feel uneasy and to regard this issue with righteous thoughts. If 500,000 people are waiting to get visas that has nothing to do with me. This is not something I should recognize as reality and my heart should be unmoved. That day I sold five tickets. A kind-hearted Westerner told me that he had already gone online and booked three of the most expensive tickets. When the Immigration Department approved my visa application my heart was unmoved. Cultivators talk about depth of character. I will not be attached to gain or loss. All good things come from Master and all the troubles that we encounter originate from our own attachments and state of mind. I feel that a true cultivator will always have a clear mind and not be moved by material things. I will strive to have this state of mind.
Apart from doing well, I will work hard to clarify the truth to other people. Master said, “As Dafa disciples, what you should do in the current situation is clarify the truth to the world’s people and expose the evil, thereby safeguarding Dafa. Your own improvement and Consummation are part of this process.” (Essentials for Further Advancement II - A Suggestion)
Once a university lecturer asked us to talk about the educational systems in our respective countries. I spoke about the truth of the Chinese education system. After saying a few sentences a few of my Chinese classmates got very angry. I told them that this is a democratic country, I am entitled to finish what I am saying, if you have anything you disagree with, we can talk about it after class. A classmate said to me, “When you did your politics exam in China, didn’t you also toe the party line and give the answers you were supposed to give?” She angrily said, “I do not want to talk to you, you are not worthy of being Chinese.” From that time on, she refused to talk to me.
The teacher stated that I was biased in my view of Chinese issues. I thought this feedback was unjustified, as I did not think I had exaggerated. I felt really uncomfortable. However looking within, I slowly understood that I had an attachment that I was in the right and others did not understand the truth, and therefore I was much better than everyone else. Because I had included my own impure thoughts, what I said was not accepted by others. When I enlightened to this, my environment changed. After finishing class one day, I heard someone calling my name. It was the classmate that had the disagreement with me. She said that she did not feel confident about her English skills and asked me to help her make a phone call to find out how she could extend her student visa. I made the phone call and told her what she needed to do. She was so happy and bought a bottle of water to thank me. I clarified the truth to her and she was able to accept it. I was able to help her with the three withdrawals and she repeatedly thanked me.
I cannot ensure that I look within at all times, but I know that no matter what we encounter, as long as we persist in looking inward and cultivating ourselves, then we will be continually assimilating into the Fa. Finally, let us review Master’s Jingwen “Rationality” from Essentials for Further Advancement II. “Validate the Fa with rationality, clarify the truth with wisdom, spread the Fa and save people with mercy—this is establishing the mighty virtue of an Enlightened Being.”
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Thank you Master for allowing me to cultivate within Dafa.
Thank you Master, thank you fellow practitioners!