助师正法参加香港七一大游行 Partaking in Hong Kong's July 1st Parade|
助师正法参加香港七一大游行 Partaking in Hong Kong's July 1st Parade
悉尼 一安 Sydney Yi-An
Partaking in Hong Kong's July 1st Parade
Greetings fellow practitioners!
My name is Yi-An, I’m 15, I was born to a family of practitioners. I have been studying the Fa and doing the exercises with Mum and Grandma even while still in the womb. Mum says that I would become very quiet, as though asleep, whenever she’s studying the Fa. Sometimes I would poke at her tummy, as though telling her I can understand Master’s lectures. Under Master’s merciful protection, I’ve always had a strong physique. Since age 2 or 3, I started posting truth clarification letters and sticking up banners with Grandma while still in a pram.
In 2011 I had the fortune of coming to Sydney. Here I can freely hold banners and clarify the truth on the streets. I can personally pass Dafa materials into those who are yearning to be saved. The liberal environment is a stark contrast to the oppression and persecution going on inside China. I have never been so happy and elated. This is a precious opportunity given me by Master, I must give my fullest effort in truth clarification and saving sentient beings.
I participate in large and small group Fa study weekly. Every time I go to a parade, I was attracted by Celestial Band’s magnificent and awe-inspiring music. I dreamed that one day I could become one of them, playing Dafa music to vanquish evil and help Master with Fa rectification.
Master saw my wish, and soon I had the chance to start playing the trombone under the guidance of a fellow practitioner. As I had no music foundation, I had to start from the beginning and it was not easy. While learning, whenever I wanted to slack off, I could not help but remember the wish I sent to Master and feel very ashamed, then continue practising.
With Master’s blessing and the fellow practitioner’s help, after half a year I fulfilled my wish of becoming a member of the Celestial Band. I will use my Faqi – my trombone to help Fa rectification and save sentient beings.
In 2015, it’s been two years since I joined Celestial Band. In each of the last 2 years, practitioners from the band participated in Hong Kong’s parade and came back to share their experience. I was moved, and wanted to be like the older practitioners and participate in Hong Kong’s July 1st parade, and go to the frontline of eradicating evil.
I know Hong Kong is far and the return air tickets are expensive. So I had a thought that I should earn my own money for the Hong Kong tickets. During Christmas last year I’ve been playing the trombone in front of department stores or at Manly Beach. Apart from playing with Celestial Band, this was my first time playing in public, and I was very nervous and sweaty. But when I thought that I was able to earn my own money to travel to Hong Kong, I was also very excited. I used the summer holidays to work in a bread shop. This way, bit by bit, I earned enough for tickets to Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong parade was a very challenging parade for me. Without Master’s blessing, to parade for 4 hours under 40 degrees heat would have been almost impossible.
On the day of the 1st July Hong Kong parade, I assembled with fellow practitioners at 9am to send forth righteous thoughts. There I saw many practitioners from different countries. It was above 30 degrees at the time. I had already soaked through my clothes with sweat before doing the exercises. The fellow practitioners around me were the same, but they were all energetic and stood up straight. It was a big encouragement. I kept saying to myself, I need to overcome all distractions. And ask for Master’s blessing. Soon, my heart grew quieter and I did not feel as hot. After doing the exercises and sending forth righteous thoughts, we read “On Dafa”. I felt a very tranquil and powerful field.
At 1pm, the temperature was climbing. The conductor asked us to take out our instruments and get in line. When I took out my trombone, it was blistering from being in the sun. Even the first 30 minutes of Celestial Band practising long notes drew a lot of ordinary people to the audience. When the conductor led everyone through “The Sacred Song”, the audience immediately took out their phones and cameras to take photos and videos.
At 2pm, we were led by the drums to the starting point of the parade. I was feeling unwell in the sun. The conductor told us to put down our instruments for a toilet break. I used that time to rest in the shade. After 15 minutes I returned to the band. To my surprise a lot of fellow practitioners did not take a break, but were doing exercises under the searing sun. Their expressions were so merciful and tranquil. I gained the deepest respect for them and saw the gap in my cultivation.
I did not leave the band again. Under the blazing sun we waited until 3pm before the Celestial Band set out. Walking with the band, I had never felt so proud and honoured. But the sweltering weather was a huge tribulation for me. I did not walk far before starting to feel tired and weak. My steps became heavier and heavier, my stride longer and longer. Beside me was a Taiwanese practitioner, who walked with a sprightly stride as he played with full concentration, without any hint of weariness. I felt very ashamed at my gap compared to him. A practitioner beside me smiled and encouraged me, “Keep going, kid, we haven’t reached halfway yet.” I gathered my energy, but as I walked things flashed black before my eyes and my body began to sway. I realised that this was interference from the evil old forces, and I will not acknowledge it! I immediately sent forth powerful righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil, and asked for Master to help me. I sent forth a determined thought that I must persist until the end of the parade! Suddenly, a group of ordinary people next to the band waved a flag and shouted repeatedly, “Falun Dafa is good! Keep going Falun Dafa!” The voice shook me to the heart, and my eyes immediately cleared and my body stopped swaying. At that moment I deeply felt Dafa’s power, as Master said in Hong Yin Vol. II‧The Master-Disciple Bond, “When disciples have ample righteous thoughts, Master has the power to turn back the tide.” My tears could not stop flowing, thank you Master!
Under Master’s merciful protection, I persisted through the parade. In the last half hour of playing on the spot, I felt my body being surrounded by a powerful energy field, and was very comfortable. I successfully played all the songs.
The July 1st Hong Kong parade showed me my shortcomings and my gap compared to other practitioners on cultivation. I value this memorable experience. I have a wish, that I can participate in every July 1st Hong Kong parade.
As I was writing this draft, one morning I had a very clear dream. In my dream, I was hit and thrown into the air by a speeding train, and just as I was about to land, a big round Falun lightly lifted me from my back and placed me on the ground. I was well aware that this is another time that Master eliminated my karma debt and gave me a new life. I am very grateful to Master. I have no words to describe this but that I will make every effort to cultivate and do the three things to thank merciful, great Master.
I still have a lot of shortcomings and am far from reaching what Master requires of us. For example, I like sleeping in, and I can’t always ensure that I study the Fa and do exercises every day. And I have only been able to sit half-lotus position. Even with this submission I hesitated a lot. Firstly I didn’t think there was much to write, and secondly I was worried I could not write well and what if it doesn’t get published? This exposed my fear, vanity and selfish thoughts of narcissism. Thank you fellow practitioners for encouraging and supporting my first submission.
Finally I would like to share Master’s “Solid Cultivation”, “Study the Fa and gain the Fa, Focus on how you study and cultivate, Let each and every thing be measured against the Fa. Only then, with that, is it actually cultivation.”(Hong Yin‧Solid Cultivation)
The above is my cultivation experience. Please correct me if there is anything inappropriate.
Thank you everyone!
Thank you Master!
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