Believe in Master, believe in the Fa, Righteous thoughts and righteous actions in cultivation.
Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I obtained Falun Dafa in Australia in 2009. I saw the beauty of Dafa through the physical and mental changes of my parents who practiced Dafa. Although I did not practice Falun Dafa at that time, I always kept in mind the words my parents told me, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” In 2008 and 2009 I experienced the power of reciting the “Nine-Character Mantra”, which turned danger into safety and gave me the opportunity to learn about Falun Dafa. After these instances I began to truly practice Falun Dafa.
Part1. Believe in Master and the Fa, and when you have the heart to save people, everything will be arranged
After obtaining the Fa, I knew that as a Dafa disciple in the Fa-rectification period, I should help Master rectify the Fa and save all sentient beings.
I would go to Chinatown truth-clarification site every Saturday to clarify the truth. I try my best to save people with a pure and compassionate heart, and never give up on any predestined people. One time I handed a flyer to a Chinese lady, but she didn’t take it, glared at me, and walked away. I thought to myself, I still have to save her. Then on the following Saturday, she passed by our truth-clarification site. She did not accept the flyers and her expression was still hostile. I began to beg Master in my heart: “Master, I still want her to hear the truth.”
On another Saturday, she passed by our stall, and I greeted her with a smile, and this time she stopped. After I exchanged greetings with her, I told her the truth. Surprisingly, she happily accepted it and quit the CCP. From then on, every time she came to Chinatown, she would happily greet me. I also discovered that since quitting the Communist Party of China, she has become more energetic and loves to laugh. I feel deeply that as long as we wholeheartedly want to save people, Master will definitely be able to save them.
I also thought of my colleagues who used to work in state-owned enterprises in China, and wanted to tell them the truth so that they could be saved by Dafa. But years had passed and I no longer had their contacts. I know some of them went to the United States. In 2014, I went to the United States to attend the New York Fa Conference. At that time, I wondered if I could meet my former colleagues.
The day after the Fa conference, I was walking on the road and saw a man standing in front of a restaurant from a distance who looked very much like a former colleague of mine. I thought to myself, it couldn’t be him, right? Taking a closer look, it turned out to be him! I exclaimed in my heart, “Thank you, Master!” After saying hello, he was also very excited and said he didn’t expect to meet me here. He immediately called and organised a gathering of more than ten colleagues in New York at a restaurant. I was very excited at the time, “This is really how Master has shown mercy to my colleagues and given me such a perfect opportunity to clarify the truth.” As soon as I wanted to clarify the truth to my former colleagues, Master made such wonderful arrangements.
During the meal, I told them the truth. Although I was very nervous, I kept cheering myself up. I knew I had to tell them. Finally, some colleagues learned the truth about Dafa and quit the CCP. This experience was a miracle for me.
I also participated in promoting Shen Yun in my city. My English is not good, but as long as I stand at the ticket sales point, I feel very peaceful and I keep asking Master to bring me those predestined people. If no one asks about Shen Yun, I will continue to send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate interference. A lot of times, people just walked up and buy their tickets without me having to say anything.
Sometimes after the tickets were sold, I felt happy and my heart was proud. But I immediately cleansed my thoughts, stabilized my emotions, and then continued to send forth righteous thoughts and sell tickets. I found that as long as my heart is pure and I ask Master to bring the predestined person, I really don’t need to speak too much, and my poor English is not an obstacle at all, and others will buy the tickets. And I found that when my heart is pure, I stand there handing out leaflets, my body is not tired at all, and I can persist for a long time. I feel like Master is helping me.
In the process of clarifying the truth and saving people, I also encountered many similar things. As long as I have the thought, Master will arrange it, and then let the people who are predestined be saved. I am really grateful to Master.
Part2. Putting aside sentimentality to family , my son’s $20,000 was recovered
I have been practicing Falun Dafa for 14 years. From the start of my cultivation to the present, I have encountered many miracles. When I can view situations with the principles of Dafa, Master has shown me many miracles. While I am deeply amazed by it, it also further strengthens my faith in Master and the Fa.
I’d like to share one of these incidents with practitioners here.
In 2015, when my son got engaged, he used his own savings to buy a Tiffany ring worth ten thousand dollars for my now-daughter-in-law. But unexpectedly, one day my daughter-in-law started crying, saying she had lost the ring. I was also quite shocked at the time because, after all, ten thousand dollars is not a small sum for our family. The most important thing is that my son was still in college at the time, and his money was all saved from his hard work working part-time jobs. When I thought of this, I felt sorry for him. However my rational side was very clear that this was a test on my path of cultivation.
Master taught us in Zhuan Falun :When your friends or family suffer, are you moved? How do you weigh them? This is how difficult it is to be a practitioner!”
So I told myself that this was a tribulation caused by my son’s own karma, and he should bear it himself. Although he lost money on a surface level, it was a way to eliminate his karma, which was a good thing. So I shouldn’t feel sad.
I didn’t blame my daughter-in-law at all because I believed she must have felt terrible about losing the ring. I felt that as a practitioner, I shouldn’t blame ordinary people, let alone my own family, with whom I share a predestined connection.
I also used the principles of the Fa to console my son and help him see things in a broader perspective. I mentioned that Master once said in Zhuan Falun :“If something is yours, you will not lose it. If something is not yours, you will not have it even if you fight for it.”
Although my son doesn’t practice, he has come to recognize and agree with Master’s teachings due to my frequent guidance using Fa principles. He didn’t blame his fiancee either, which I found very reassuring. So within a couple of days, our emotions returned to normal, and our household resumed its usual rhythm of life.
However, Master also said in Zhuan Falun : “In order for you to improve, your heart has to be provoked when problems arise; otherwise it won’t do.”
A few months after the previous incident, one day after work, I came home to find my son sitting on the sofa, looking very unhappy. He told me that the Rolex watch he’d bought online for twelve thousand dollars was fake. Upon hearing this, my feelings of attachment and sympathy for him surged. I was deeply pained for him. Moreover, I was genuinely concerned about him, fearing he might become too disheartened. I even began to harbor a slight resentment towards my daughter-in-law, thinking that since her arrival, our household faced one problem after another. I felt my emotions truly shaken this time.
However, I immediately realized this way of thinking was wrong. As a practitioner, I should always look within and not blame others, especially not my daughter-in-law. Furthermore, she had nothing to do with the fake watch. This resentment, based in my attachment to my son, was wrong. How could I harbor such negative thoughts?
When I recognized this was an emotional attachment towards my son, I regained my composure. I told him not to take it to heart and reminded him of Master’s teaching: what’s yours will not be lost. He then calmly replied with a phrase that instantly alleviated my worries, saying, “I accept my fate.” I was greatly relieved. I felt that once I let go of my attachments, my family was also freed from negative emotions.
This incident passed, and life at home soon returned to normal. A few months later, my son unexpectedly found that the same person who sold him the counterfeit watch online, was still selling fakes. He reported it again, cooperated with the police, and the fraudster was brought to justice. The full twelve thousand dollars was returned to him.
About 2 years later, my son came home saying that the staff from Tiffany’s had called him, and told him that the lost ring had been found. We were all astonished. Later, we learned that a mother and her daughter were playing outside, and the daughter, while playing with the soil, found a sparkling object. Picking it up, it turned out to be a ring. She handed it to her mother, who immediately recognized it as a Tiffany ring, and returned it to the store. Since the ring my son bought had a unique identifier linked to his personal information, the store contacted him about it. In the end, the twenty-two thousand Australian dollars we thought were lost forever were fully recovered.
I was deeply moved. This truly was a miracle. I believe that when we find and rectify our attachments amid tribulations, Master will arrange the best outcomes for us. If something is not meant to be lost, it won’t be. Through these events, what I am most grateful for is Master introducing me to the profound principles of the universe. They’ve allowed me to maintain my faith in the teachings of the Fa, rid myself of attachments, and elevate spiritually. The wonders of cultivation are truly beyond words.
第三部份、認清自己對孫子的情，信師信法，從新精進Part3.Recognizing the attachment of sentimentality to my grandson, having faith in Master and the Fa, and diligently starting anew
My son and daughter-in-law soon had a baby. At first, I thought that as a practitioner, I should perform even better than everyday people. So, I busied myself taking care of my daughter-in-law during her postnatal period and my newborn grandson. Gradually, I became increasingly busy, so much so that I didn’t have time to study the Fa, do the exercises, or send forth righteous thoughts. Considering my daughter-in-law’s petite stature and thinking she might have difficulty taking care of the baby, I voluntarily took on the responsibility of caring for my grandson at night. Since his birth, my grandson had difficulty sleeping and would wake up several times throughout the night, always seeking me out. I would have to soothe him back to sleep. In addition to this, I was occupied with household chores and work during the day. As a result, I suffered from severe sleep deprivation. My attachment to comfort arose, and every time I had a spare moment, I would think of sleeping rather than practicing the exercises.
Master said in < Teachings at the First Conference in North America> : “Let me tell you that if you do as I have taught in this practice system, it is guaranteed that there will be no harm, only benefit. You claim that you are too busy and don’t have the time. Actually, you are afraid that you don’t get enough rest. Has it ever occurred to you that cultivation is the best form of rest? You can obtain the kind of rest that can’t be obtained through sleep.”
Although I was aware of the Fa, I didn’t fully adhere to it. Deep down, I still felt that only by sleeping could I get proper rest. Looking back now, I realize I had plenty of time for practicing the exercises and studying the Fa. However, because I lacked faith in Master and the Fa, I chose to sleep during those times, or spent them with my grandson, indulging in the joy of family bonds.
After having a grandson, I felt that being constantly busy was just a superficial aspect. The real factor behind my days without studying the Fa, practicing the exercises, or sending forth righteous thoughts was my sentimentality to my grandson.
At these times, I looked within, wondering why the presence of my grandson made me less diligent in my practice. But when I thought of him, how he came into my family due to a predestined relationship, and how adorable and young he was, I felt I needed to treat him well and protect him from any harm. But this thought masked my attachment of sentimentality. Because of this attachment, I didn’t consider that everyone has their own fate. I only needed to fulfill my role as a grandmother, without letting my emotions get in the way.
Master said in <Teachings at the Conference in Canada> : “Emotion and yuan are two different things, and are two completely different concepts. ”
Master also said:“If you want to cultivate, you have to rise above and beyond this emotion. If you can’t leave emotion behind, then you live within emotion. Emotion is presented in many ways in ordinary human beings. Whatever you are attached to, whatever you like are all attachments that you can’t give up。”
I felt it was difficult for me to detach from my deep emotion for my grandson because I had reduced my time studying the Fa. It became a vicious cycle. As I studied the Fa less and less, I started to perceive things through the perspective of ordinary people. Often, I would handle issues based on my sentimental attachment to my grandson. The more I viewed matters with this worldly mindset, the less inclined I was to study the Fa.
Before having my grandson, if I ever missed a day of practicing and Fa study, I would make it up the next day. But after my grandson came into my life, my affection for him, combined with physical fatigue and a desire for comfort, made me believe that missing a few days of practice and Fa study was no big deal. I lost that initial sense of urgency in my cultivation. I realized this mindset was perilous. Fellow practitioners often reminded me not to be like a frog in lukewarm water who was being slowly boiled.
I wanted to do better, so I tried to spend more time studying the Fa and doing the exercises. But many times, as soon as I woke up in the morning, my grandson would also be awake, wanting me to hold and soothe him to sleep. Many times, while trying to comfort him, I would fall asleep myself, missing my practice and study time.
I was distressed. Fellow practitioners pointed out that deep down, I probably didn’t genuinely want to get up or, at the very least, didn’t have a strong will to practice. To put it bluntly, I lacked strong faith in Master and the Fa, leading to a weakened commitment to the principles.
I felt their words were insightful.
Moreover, I found that not diligently studying the Fa affected my character. Other practitioners told me that I was no longer as calm and composed as I used to be.
I used to think that once the child grew up, I could return to diligently studying and practicing as I did before. But now, I know that this thinking is flawed.
Master said in <Zhuan Falun Volume 2>: “A human life is only so long, so while you might often have nice plans, do you really know whether there will be sufficient time left in the future for you to cultivate? Cultivation is no trifling matter, but rather, more serious than anything in the human world; it can’t be taken for granted. Once you miss the opportunity, who’s to say when you will gain a human body again in the cycle of reincarnation. Fate transpires but once. Once the dreamlike illusion you cling to is over, you will realize what you have lost.”
Now my grandson is two years old. Looking back on the past two years, I am really ashamed. If I could go back in time, I would definitely make sure that no matter how busy or tired I am, I would leave enough time for myself to study the Fa, because only by studying the Fa can I maintain righteous thoughts, and only by maintaining righteous thoughts will I not treat everything around me with emotions and human thoughts.
I’m deeply grateful to those practitioners who repeatedly shared their cultivation experiences with me, encouraging me to move forward, to break free from emotional attachments to my family, and to diligently advance in my cultivation. Especially after one practitioner shared that she practices and studies daily, it deeply affected me. I knew that she used to go a whole week without practicing. And I had always believed that I was doing better than her in this aspect.
Master said in <Hong Yin, Solid Cultivation>
“Study Fa, obtain Fa,
Compare in studying, compare in cultivating,
Examine each and every deed,
Accomplishing is cultivating.”
Recently I started to get up and do the exercises more and more frequently. Because other practitioners kept sharing with me on the Fa, and because I wanted to do well, my recent sense of urgency to study the Fa, do the exercises, and send forth righteous thoughts came back, and I began to seek help from Master. My grandson no longer affects me most of the time, and I have gradually caught up in studying the Fa and doing the exercises.
Cultivation is serious. I hope that from now on, I can return to the enthusiasm I had at the beginning of my cultivation journey – diligently studying the Fa, practicing the exercises, sending forth righteous thoughts, having the heart to save all sentient beings, and trying my best to let go of attachments to family, while addressing issues with righteous thoughts.
I also ask fellow practitioners to keep urging me on, so that we can all progress diligently together!
If there is anything inappropriate, please kindly correct me.
Thank you Master!
Thanks fellow practitioners!