在印度弘扬大法的感悟 Reflection on the Journey to Spread Dafa in India|
在印度弘扬大法的感悟 Reflection on the Journey to Spread Dafa in India
AM06: JZ Huang – Sydney
Greetings, great merciful Master!
Greetings fellow practitioners!
On 4th October last year I had the good fortune of being part of the “Asia Pacific Tianguo Marching Band”, joining more than 140 practitioners from Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and Australia in a performance in the birthplace of Buddhism – India. Tianguo Marching Band was invited by the World Spiritual University to perform at the “International Conference and Cultural Festival” held in Mount Abu, which is an annual celebration of spiritualism in India.
This trip had moved me deeply and allowed me to see my gaps and attachments, and I have been able to understand a few things.
I left Sydney 2nd October, after a 20-hour trip I arrived in Mount Abu on the 3rd. Because we must attend the opening ceremony early on 4th October, the coordinator announced that we would rehearse in the main conference centre that evening. Due to daily parades in Hong Kong and the exhaustion of the journey, very few Australian practitioners attended the rehearsal. The evening rehearsal was mainly on familiarising ourselves with the conference centre’s environment, the songs, important notices, everyone’s positions and the orders of entry and exit. Every detail was carefully addressed. I didn’t think much of it at the time apart from worrying about how the practitioners who could not attend rehearsal would fare the next day? At the same time there was a hint of indignation. We rehearsed from 9pm until midnight.
The next day, we were performing at the theme park in the main conference centre. When lining up, some Australian practitioners had no place to stand as they did not attend the evening rehearsal, and so they took up someone else’s place. The displaced practitioners did not understand what had happened and said, “This is my place, you’re in the wrong spot.” The practitioner next to them would very kindly intervene, “It’s okay, let’s just listen to the coordinators.” I was very touched at the time. The tranquillity, friendliness, tolerance, mercifulness and righteous thoughts transformed us into a whole, and moved me. At the same time it reflected the insufficiencies in my own cultivation, making me ashamed of the indignation and worries from the night before.
Master said in Essentials for Further Advancement (Realms),
“A wicked person is born of jealousy. Out of selfishness and anger he complains about unfairness towards himself. A benevolent person always has a heart of compassion. With no discontentment or hatred, he takes hardship as joy. An enlightened person has no attachments at all. He quietly observes the people of the world deluded by illusions.”
My worries arose from my mistrust of fellow practitioners, and was a manifestation of my lack of righteous thoughts; my indignation was malevolence directed at fellow practitioners, caused by jealousy, subconsciously thinking this was unfair, why was I here – “attention, at ease, to the front” – while you guys are sleeping. But that was a mark of my cultivation state during the rehearsal.
I was even more impressed during the following performances. Almost everyone had memorised their songs, whether they were young in their teens or wise in their seventies. Every note was pure, energetic and on-pitch, and had the effect of truly saving sentient beings. On the other hand, I had some songs not yet memorised, and others I did not know at all, and would just carefully follow everyone, because I knew that field was to rescue people, and what it meant if I made a mistake. I was incredibly ashamed, and I felt like such a fraud and I wanted to dig a hole to hide in. I felt I did not meet the expectations of Master, of sentient beings, of my prehistorical promise, and the tears rolled around in my eyes.
At the opening ceremony in the main convention centre, Tianguo Marching Band’s neat formations and melodious tunes won rounds of applause from the audience. I know that melodious music has opened those ancient memories of the sentient beings. Behind the applause, there lay the hope sentient beings held for Dafa and the joy of being saved. I was proud of being one of the Tianguo Marching Band!
After returning to our accommodation after sharing in the evening, the events of the day played like a movie in my mind as I lay in bed. I asked myself, Who was I? What was I in India to do? What was my promise? Can I finish my mission so irresponsibly? I must look within to see what caused today’s situation.
ONE: Not understanding the importance of basic training
After many years in Tianguo Band, in my mind I was convinced that just playing Dafa songs in parades would be enough. Apart from Dafa songs, I had very little knowledge of basic musical theory, and I’ve never been formally taught. I did not have a clear understanding of rhythm, pitch or tone. On the surface this was a result of not taking time for basic practice, but what it reflects is my frivolity. I always found excuses for myself, I was very busy, I had a lot of projects and don’t have time to practise. This was not being responsible for my cultivation. I didn’t want to invest my time for results. The road of cultivation requires one foot after another firmly on the ground, so we can leave our footprints behind for history and the future.
I recall watching the video of “Shenyun Performing Arts 07 troupe” during the New York Fahui. The tears and sweat of the young practitioners doing their basic dance training appeared once more before my eyes, that earth-moving determination and the resolution to save sentient beings moved me to tears. I was sad and ashamed for my shortcomings, I had set my goal in Tianguo band merely as being able to perform. Ordinary humans could, for the sake of their jobs or medals or money, give it their all; and I have the task of saving sentient beings, how could I do it so light-heartedly. I was sad for myself, and the tears flowed in my heart.
TWO: Giving free rein to ordinary thoughts
I would often have a thought pop up: I don’t have a musical cell in my body, if it weren’t because of cultivation and saving sentient beings, I would not be putting myself through something like joining a band. I took this negative thought as myself, unable to differentiate between the real me and the fake me, I was led along by it, controlled by it, and unable to break through.
Master said in Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference, “If you took a look in the extreme microcosm at the material formed by what your mind is attached to, [you'd see that] they are mountains, huge mountains, made of hard, granite-like rock, and once they are formed there's simply no way for a human being to move them.” … “When your righteous thoughts are firm and when you can repel those things, I remove them for you bit by bit; however much you can do, that's how much I remove for you and diminish for you. (Applause) But since you're a cultivator, you have to truly hold yourself to the requirements for a cultivator. Even though sometimes you still can't quite get there yet, you've got to at least have those righteous thoughts, and you've got to cultivate yourselves.”
The old forces have arranged our every thought in order to fulfil their ambitions. I did not clear it in time. I fell into the arrangements of the old forces. I loitered for too long at the same level, and did not keep up with what Fa Rectification required of what I did in the Tianguo marching band.
Thank you great merciful Master for giving me the chance to come to India, to let me see the problems that exist on my path of cultivation, and the obstructing human notions that stop me from moving forward. With this realisation , tears flooded onto my pillow. I resolved that I would walk firmly on my cultivation path no matter how difficult it is in the Tianguo band, because I know I am a Dafa disciple of the Fa Rectification period. I have the greatest of all Masters. As long as I study the Fa more, study the Fa better, endlessly search within and cultivate within, listen to Master’s words, follow Master, have righteous thoughts, everything will change. With this beautiful wish, I sank into a sweet dream…
4 days of International Conference and Cultural Festival finished with orderliness, mercifulness and righteousness. The organising company presented a trophy and a Khata to thank every band member. In India, to present a Khata is a way of honouring the gods, inviting the spirit of Tianguo band to remain in India.
Finally I’ll share Master’s Congratulatory Statement to the New York Fa Conference,
“What history has bestowed upon Dafa disciples are all the most magnificent things. At present, all that you are doing is the most sacred, all that you are doing is for the sentient beings, and all that you are doing is creating the future.
“In history's past, you brought to humankind the splendour it should have; in history's present, Dafa has bestowed upon you the mission of saving all sentient beings; in history's future, everything of yours that is pure and righteous will be what ensures that the colossal firmament has formation and stasis, but not destruction. Walk your paths well. The beings who are saved are to be your sentient beings. All that you do establishes all that you will consummate.”
The above is based on my cultivation level, if it deviates from the Fa, please kindly correct.
Thank you Master!
Thank you fellow practitioners!
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