New Practitioner: Finally Cultivating and Saving People
(Minghui.org) I am 28 years old and began practicing Falun Dafa in May 2017.
I first learned about Falun Dafa by reading the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) propaganda posters on the bulletin boards in my junior high school.
Sometimes I picked up pamphlets that had wonderful stories and information about practicing Falun Dafa. I was amazed by them. A doctor whom I showed a flyer to pointed out that doctors would be useless if the practice was so effective. I agreed with him.
When I began attending university, I dated a classmate who is now my wife. She told me she started to practice Falun Dafa with her parents when she was little. I read Zhuan Falun but didn't quite understand it. I refused to believe that Falun Dafa was as wonderful as she said or that the Party's propaganda was all lies.
As I continued reading the other Falun Dafa books, my doubts and questions were answered. Although I didn't really practice, I distributed DVDs and other materials about Dafa around the university campus, hoping more people would learn the facts.
I got a job in Beijing after I graduated. I put Falun Dafa materials on the benches in nearby parks and around my residential area. There were many cameras in Beijing, and I sometimes became worried. But I knew Falun Dafa was good and that I should let others know about it. So I encouraged myself to keep doing it.
My mother-in-law constantly reminded us to study the Fa. I didn't take it to heart because I was still very attached to the material world. Affected by me, my wife became very lax in cultivation.
I read Hong Yin IV at my mother-in-law's home in May 2017. She told me many stories of practitioners who didn't stop practicing despite being severely persecuted. I was deeply touched and couldn't hold back my tears. That day I decided to truly practice Falun Dafa.
Clarifying the Truth
The first time I clarified the truth in person was before Chinese New Year in 2017. One of my relatives was seriously ill at the time. He was also a CCP member. I didn't really know what to say, so I just told him what I knew about Falun Dafa and asked him to repeat, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” He nodded in agreement.
Soon after, Master started to purify my body. I kept going to the toilet, but I felt fine. This situation continued until I went back home. My family did not understand and forced me to take medicine. Afterward, I felt nauseous and vomited. I failed to behave like a practitioner and quarreled with them.
I'm a software developer and often work long hours; thus, I spend a lot of time with my colleagues. It's hard for them to accept new things because they have access to all kinds of information. I knew there was a reason we worked together and that I needed to save them. So I suppressed my fear and thought of ways to tell them about Falun Dafa. When I was in a good cultivation state, they listened to me. But when my cultivation state was poor, they wouldn't listen.
One day when I was telling one of my colleagues about the persecution, my only thought was to save her. She agreed to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Another colleague asked what we were talking about, so I clarified the truth to her too. When she asked the first colleague why she agreed to quit the CCP, she said, “He's very sincere.” The second colleague also said she wished to withdraw from the CCP. I felt so happy for them. It was just as Master said:
“Compassion can harmonize Heaven and Earth, ushering in springRighteous thoughts can save the people in this world”(“The Fa Rectifies the Cosmos,” Hong Yin Vol. II)
When people are rude, I know their behavior reflects my hidden attachments to being combative and impatient. Before I began my new job, all my coworkers, except for two people, withdrew from the CCP, including my manager.
“I calculated their ages now, and from when I started to spread the Fa till now, they would be young people around twenty-five years old, many of whom really have not been saved.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference”)
At my new job, many of my colleagues are my age, but they are just as misled as I was and don't know the truth about Falun Dafa or the persecution.
My Workplace Is My Cultivation Environment
Our company offers two promotion opportunities each year. If the promotion is approved, the employee gets a significant salary increase. My manager told me to prepare for the review and hinted that I had a good possibility of being promoted. My immediate colleague also said that I should be promoted because of my capabilities and the work I had done.
I reminded myself of what Master said:
“There might be instances where something seems to be yours, and people might say so too, and you believe it is yours, when in fact it’s not and in the end it goes to someone else. From this it will be seen whether you can let it go.” (The Seventh Talk, Zhuan Falun)
After being evaluated, I wasn't promoted. I felt a bit sad when others asked me about it. I again recalled what Master said:
“You know, with cultivators, the following is often said: only when you have an attachment will you be affected inside; if you don’t have an attachment, it will be like a breeze passing over you—you won’t feel a thing.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2014 San Francisco Fa Conference”)
Looking within, I found that I had attachments to fame, self-interest, jealousy and competitiveness. I sent strong righteous thoughts to eliminate them.
My Wife Returns to Cultivation
After we got married, my wife didn't cultivate well and seldom read the Fa. Because I didn't practice Falun Dafa at that time, I probably influenced her. She became busy after our baby was born, and her cultivation state deteriorated. After I began practicing, I kept encouraging her. I reminded her how precious it was to practice Dafa. I tried to encourage her with Master's Fa.
“Did you know that Fa-rectification disciples who aren’t able to come through the Fa-rectification period will not have another chance to cultivate, because throughout history you have already been given all the best things? Today you have barely had any hardship in your personal cultivation, and you haven’t been asked to bear the enormous sins yourselves that you committed over your many lifetimes. Meanwhile, I have enabled you to raise your levels in the fastest way, kept everything good from your past, replenished things with what’s better at every level for you, always given you in cultivation all the most magnificent things of every realm, and have made it possible for you to return after Consummation to your highest realm’s position.” (“Fa-Rectification Period Dafa Disciples,” Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I told my wife, “You're so lucky that you obtained the Fa before July 20, 1999. Please hurry and catch up in your cultivation.”
She thought that Master no longer took care of her. I assured her that Master would never give up on any practitioner. She asked me to help her.
When we shared our cultivation experiences, I found she had many questions and didn't understand some of the Fa. It was my fault: I should have talked to her much earlier. She took my suggestion and started to study Master's lectures from the very beginning. She offered to review this experience-sharing article for me after I completed it.
Thank you, Master!