从考驾照悟到的

尊敬的师父,

各位同修,

今天我想跟同修们分享一下我考驾照过程中悟到的一点修炼心得体会。

我在国内已经有多年的驾车经验,到澳洲后开车也已4个多月了。自我感觉自己的驾驶技术还不错,也基本能遵守澳洲的交通规则。

一天我如约参加驾驶技术考试。大约1个小时后,我按照考官的指令顺利的完成了考试。考完后我自我感觉很好,对自己的评价是PERFECT,非常完美。想想通过是绝对没问题,就高兴的等着拿驾照。可没想到,考官告诉我很遗憾没通过考试。当时我一下子愣了,是不是我听错了?我开得这么好,这么遵守交规,怎么可能没通过?是不是考官搞错了,是不是考官有意刁难我?

看到我一脸疑惑和沮丧,考官耐心解释了我考试中存在的几个严重的错误,我还是有点愤愤不平。随后碰到一个华人教练我就上去诉苦,才发现自己的确有几处严重违反交规的地方。

过后,我很快冷静下来,意识到这不是偶然的,肯定跟我修炼有关。我没有通过考试,肯定是师父有意安排帮助我提高的。我必须向内找,去发现自己的问题。

1 以法为师

经过反思,我发现这次考试失败的一个很重要的因素是不熟悉澳洲交规,平时凭感觉开车,还自以为没错,没有意识到一直存在违反交规的行为和安全隐患。师父在《转法轮》中说“不知道高层次中的法就没有法修;没有向内去修,不修炼心性不长功。”我悟到交规是驾车的准则和标准,不遵守交规就没法开车;大法是我们修炼的准则和标准,不学法就没有标准就没法修炼。开车必需学交规,不能凭感觉开车;修炼必需学法,不能凭感觉修炼。大法是严肃的,一定要时时以法为师,不得有半点侥幸心理。开车时,该让路就让路耐心等待,该限速就限速毫不含糊,平时做到严格要求自己,考试才能顺利通过。

我悟到平时开车要把交规牢记心中,安全第一,形成良好的驾驶习惯。修炼要多学法把大法牢记心中,去执著心第一,时刻用大法来衡量自己的心性,用大法来检验自己,不能等最后考试才发现自己平时犯的错误和不足,那时可能为时已晚。

2 向内找

当我被告知没通过考试的时候,我的第一念是是不是考官搞错了。我悟到我这是在向外找,没有向内找自己的问题。

联想到平时,同修对我提出善意的提醒和意见时,我头脑中第一念时常是对方不理解自己,是对方搞错了,是对方没看到自己好的一面,是对方有执著心,是对方想把自己的观念强加给我等等,反正是对方的问题,自己没问题没有错。有时候还狡辩说你认为我有这个问题,别人怎么没这样看我呀?是不是你自己有问题呀?你应该向内找自己的问题呀!有时还为此发生一些争执和口角。静下心来想想其实这些话中都是维护自己保护自己,虚荣以及所谓的自尊心等等人心。师父讲过“没有向内去修,不修炼心性不长功”。不承认自己的错误,不发现自己的问题,不提高自己的心性就等于没有修炼。我们遇到的一切都是师父给我们安排的最好的修炼道路和提高的机遇。遇到矛盾碰到问题,首先应该想到的是自己,向内找自己的不足,找自己的执着心,这是师父给我们修炼的法宝。

后来我意识到考试失败完全是我自己的问题,是我自己心性达不到标准,不熟悉交规,没能按照交规开车。考官完全没有错,她只是严格执行交通法规。我必须改正存在的开车毛病,提高安全驾车文明驾车意识。向内找发现了自己的问题后,我心情非常舒畅,真的应该感谢师父的慈悲,感谢那位考官。考官不让我通过考试,完全是为了我好,是对交通安全的认真负责。我很后悔当时沉着脸,一句礼貌性的谢谢也没给考官。

3、“做事先考虑别人”

一开始在澳洲开车,我马上意识到自己很多非常不好的在国内养成的恶习。比如不自觉的抢道,有好几次被对方鸣喇叭警告示意表示气愤。我知道自己的行为影响了别人,内心也很羞愧。

 

中华自古是礼仪之邦,仁义礼智信,温良恭俭让,是传统美德。可是受邪党文化毒害,传统美德都被摧毁了。“让”是中华传统美德,“争” “斗”是邪党文化。从开车中,我发现自己身上还有很多邪党文化的毒素,抢道就是典型的邪党文化。在澳洲,非常普遍的一个交通标志是“Giveway让路。澳洲交规中处处体现礼让别人尊重别人的美德。让路就是开车得考虑别人,不能只考虑自己,礼让别人,尊重别人。我考试时在一次让路时表现出缺乏必要的耐心,没有给别人开车提供足够安全的间距。这一点等待的耐心都没有,又何从谈起大法要求的“忍”呢?

师父要求我们“做事先考虑别人”。开车得先考虑别人。交规是常人层次的法,我们要做的是超常的好人,遵守交规是对修炼者最起码的要求。所以,这次驾照考试其实就是一次心性的考试,考试没通过,就是表示我的心性没达到标准。

另外,这次经历我也体悟到同修之间的提醒和帮助是多么的重要。如果及早有人提醒我平时开车存在的问题,我就可能尽快改正通过考试。同修之间发现问题发现执着和不足,一定要及时提醒和指正呀!这是对师父负责对大法负责对整体负责的表现。法轮内旋度己外旋度人。向内找修自己,讲真相度人。我们给常人讲真相救人,同修之间也得讲真相相互帮助共同提高,把同修修炼中真实的状态讲出来也是一种讲真相。我体悟到对同修讲真相不仅对自己是个很好的修炼过程,对整体的提高形成比学比修的良好修炼环境也是非常必要的。

最后希望同修们用大法作为标准,及时指出我深藏内心的人心和执着,你们每一个提醒和建议都是对我修炼莫大的帮助,都是我通过大法检验的保障。准备考驾照的同修,以我为戒,学好法提高心性,才是通过考试的保障。欢迎慈悲指正,谢谢大家!

Huang 墨尔本 12/6/2012

 

Some understanding from my failed driving test

Revered Master,

Fellow Practitioners

Greetings

Today I want to share with fellow practitioners my experience during my driving test and what I have enlightened to.

I have years of driving experience in China, and I have been driving for 4 months since I came to Australia. I feel my driving skill is pretty good and I can drive basically in compliance with the Australian road rules.

On my test day, I arrived on time to take my road test. I closely followed the examiner’s instructions and after 1 hour I completed the test without any trouble. I felt very good and my self assessment of this test is “PERFECT”. I thought there would be absolutely no problem in passing the test. So I sat there happily, waiting to pick up my driver's license. Contrary to my expectations, I was told that I had not passed. I was so shocked and could hardly believe my ears. What was wrong? I was so good and totally compliant with the road rules, so how come I did not pass? Has the examiner made a mistake, or was the examiner intentionally giving me a hard time?

Understanding my confusion and frustration, the examiner patiently explained several serious mistakes in my test, but I still felt upset. Then I met a Chinese instructor and I went up to him to complain. After talking with him, I found I did make several mistakes which are in serious violation of the road rules.

Soon I calmed down. I realized that this was not accidental. It must relate to my cultivation. I failed the test, it was certainly arranged by Master to help me improve. I must look inside to find out my own shortcomings.

 

·         Regard Fa as the Teacher

 

After some reflection, I discovered a very important factor which resulted in my failure was that I was not familiar enough with Australian traffic rules. I usually drive based on my own instinct and thinking that’s good enough. I didn’t realize that I have always been driving in violation of traffic laws with potential safety hazards. As Master said in Zhuan Falun: "Without knowing the Fa at high levels, one cannot practice cultivation. Without cultivation one’s inner self and one’s xinxing, one cannot increase gong.” I enlightened that road rules are the norms and standards for driving, and if we fail to comply with those rules, we should not be able to drive. Dafa is our guideline and standard for cultivation. Without studying Fa, there is no standard and we would not be able to cultivate. We must learn the traffic rules before we drive. We cannot drive based on our own feelings. Practitioners must study Fa, we cannot cultivate according to our feelings. Dafa is serious, and we must always regard Fa as the teacher without any reservations. When we are driving, if the sign says to “give way”, we should wait patiently. If there is a speed limit, we should unreservedly obey that limit. Only when we are strict with ourselves during everyday matters, can we pass a test when it suddenly comes.

 

I enlightened that every time I drive, I should keep the road rules in mind and take safety as the No.1 priority, and then I can form good driving habits. In my cultivation, I should study Fa more and keep Dafa in my heart, making letting go of attachments my most important priority and always assessing my xinxing based on Dafa. I cannot wait until the final exam to find out my mistakes and shortcomings as it may be too late by then.

·         Looking Inwards

When I was told that I had failed the test, my first thought was: “Isn’t the examiner making a mistake?” I realized that I was looking externally, finding someone to blame, and not looking inwards to find my own problems.

Thinking of my daily cultivation; when fellow practitioners remind me and make comments with good intentions, my first thought is often that they do not understand me, they are wrong, they do not see my positive side, they have attachments, they want to impose their ideas on me, etc. Anyway, it is their problem. I don’t have any problems, I am not wrong. Sometimes I quibbled that, you think I have this problem, why do other people not think that way? Isn’t it your own problem? You should look inward to find your own problems! Sometimes I have disputes and arguments with other practitioners on this issue. When I calm down and think about it, these words are, in fact, to defend and protect myself. It is a manifestation of vanity, and so-called self-esteem. Master said: "Without cultivating one’s inner self and one’s xinxing, one cannot increase gong.” (Zhuan Falun).Not admitting my mistakes, not recognising my own problems, not improving my xinxing means I am not cultivating. Everything we have encountered is part of our cultivation path and opportunities to improve ourselves arranged by Master. When we encounter problems and conflicts, our first thought should be to look inwards to find our own weakness, and our own attachments. Looking inward is the magic cultivation method given by Master.

Later on, I realized that it was entirely due to my own problems that I failed the driving test. It is because my xinxing had not reached the standard. I am not familiar with traffic rules and I did not drive in accordance with the traffic rules. The examiner was not wrong, she just strictly enforced traffic laws. I must correct my current driving habits, and improve my awareness of safety issues. After looking inward and finding my own problems, I felt very comfortable, and am really grateful for Master’s compassion. I also appreciated the examiner’s help. The examiner did not let me pass the test but it was for my own good. It means I can become more responsible for road safety. I feel very sorry that I sulked at that time, and did not say a polite “thank you” to the examiner.

·         "Think about others first before doing anything”

When I first drove in Australia, I immediately realized I had poor habits developed in China. For example, I didn’t give way to others when I should and was unaware of my rudeness. On several occasions, other commuters were upset with me and beeped their horns at me. I know my behavior affected others and I feel very ashamed.

China has been a country of propriety since ancient times. Compassion, righteousness, propriety, wisdom and faith, gentleness, goodness, reverence, thrift and sacrifice are all traditional virtues. Struggle and getting the better of others are promoted by the Communist Party. From driving, I found there is still some Party toxin inside me. For example, trying to go first instead of giving way is a typical manifestation of Party ideology. In Australia, traffic signs saying "Give Way" are very common. Australian traffic rules embody the virtues of being courteous to others and respecting others. To give way is to consider others first when you drive, not just think about yourself. In my driving test, one time when I should give way to others, I lacked the necessary patience, and did not keep a safe distance from other vehicles. If I don’t have patience in this situation, how could I be "tolerant" as required by Dafa?

Master asks us to consider others before we do anything. When we drive, we should consider other people first. Traffic rules are an aspect of Fa at the level of everyday people. What we want is to be extraordinarily good people. Therefore, complying with traffic rules is the minimum requirement for practitioners. This driving test is actually a xinxing test. I failed the test, which means my xinxing did not meet the standard.

In addition, from this experience I realized that how important it is for practitioners to remind and help each other. If my usual driving mistakes had been pointed out earlier, I may have been able to correct them and pass the test at the first attempt. If we see any shortcomings, attachments and weakness in other practitioners, we should tell them so they can correct the mistakes. This is to be responsible for cultivation, for Dafa and for the Onebody. When Falun rotates clockwise, it offers self-salvation, when Falun rotates counter-clockwise it offers salvation to all sentient beings. Look inward to cultivate ourselves, and clarify the facts to save sentient beings. We clarify the facts to everyday people to save them, our fellow practitioners also have to clarify the facts to help each other and to improve together. To point out the real state of fellow practitioners is also an aspect of telling the truth. I realized that telling the truth to a fellow practitioner is not only a good cultivation process, but also very necessary to improve our group as a whole and form a cultivation environment in line with the following requirement: “compare study and compare cultivation”

 

Finally, I hope fellow practitioners will point out my deeply hidden human thoughts and attachments based on a high standard of Dafa. Each of your reminders and suggestions is of great help to my cultivation, and is my safeguard against failing future tests. Fellow practitioners who are going to try for a driver's license; please take my experience as a warning. Study Fa well and improve xinxing, and in this way can we pass all the tests.

 

Please correct anything that is inappropriate.

Thank you

 

Melbourne practitioner Huang 12/6/2012