Safeguarding and Upholding Dafa Cultivation
by Lou Juan
To the Respective Master,
Greetings to everyone!
Time flies, since I have landed in Malaysia a year ago. During this transition period, my life had changed due to our kind Master guidance, as such I came to this wonderful place to continue my cultivation together with other local practitioners. Thank you to Master for granting me a stable and peaceful cultivation route.
For the past one year, I explored a lot on my shortfalls during my Dafa cultivation. I do understand that I must study Fa, have the righteous thoughts to eliminate all my bad thinking and to set forth the right cultivation route. At the same time, I have noticed there are some changes on Malaysian practitioners and I would like to share with everyone here, please correct me if I am wrong.
- Comfort Lifestyle As An Obstacle In Dafa Cultivation
When I first arrived here from China, where I have left the terrible persecuted environment and is currently in a “freedom” land, my feeling is was very light and comfortable. I remembered my first experience joining the big group Gong exercises in a beautiful park by the lake side. All practitioners were wearing yellow t-shirt, sitting on the green grass meditating while listening to the peaceful music. My feeling was great and I could feel the good energy surrounding me did hope that China, too, could have this kind of Gong exercises environment.
Secondly, I felt glad joining the big group Fa study together with the local practitioners for the first time. I wished China could have the same environment too.
Next, I remembered my first experience in joining Falun Dafa Parade activity, I was wearing the fairy costume. There were people watching at both sides of the streets. I wondered how wonderful if this could take place in China. All these beautiful memories were pondering in my mind for that first year, I continued my daily routine of Fa study, practised the five set of Gong exercises and carried on clarifying the truth of Dafa. Subsequently, I noticed that I have slowly let down the strong feeling that initially touched me very much.
Lately, I have joined the group Fa study but I could not concentrate on my Fa study and sometimes I felt drowsy I have participated at the group Gong exercises, I encountered some interferences and it affected badly on my meditation. In Malaysia, I have participated at one of the team activity on clarifying the truth of Dafa and found that I have not been serious about it. Initially, I tried my best to saved some costs and time in hopes to do more for Dafa, and after a while I felt no more burden and it is normal now.
Once I have completed an assignment, I felt relaxed and reluctant to continue to proceed further. All these bad habits have unintentionally formed, which I have noticed myself and I kept reminding myself to study Fa and set forth the righteous thoughts to continue to improve myself. However, after a few days these bad habits resurfaced again, it made me worried. I felt sorry to Master for this pre-arranged good environment for me but I couldn’t progress well on my cultivation.
Recently, I had sharing session with other practitioners and I realised the main obstacle why I could not progress well was my comfort lifestyle which I should get rid of it. In view of the comfort life that without persecution, I have lost my original thought and that my desire towards comfort life has emerged. I began to look for good food and nice dressing, and tended to relax in comfort, especially wishing to sleep more during the weekends instead of doing Dafa works. This relaxing thought has caused my cultivation path being stagnant. Referring to Master’s advice, “since every minute and every second of your life is part of your cultivation, you are wasting the limited time that you have in your cultivation journey and failing to walk the path well.” (Fa Teaching given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference)
Recently, my house water piping sounded like siren, I was wondering why. Suddenly, I realised it was a warning sign to me that not to further delay my cultivation. I lived a comfort lifestyle that even lustful thoughts appealed to me whenever I began my Dafa cultivation, the lust sin started bothering me badly. Even though I did not actually commit to it but having the thought of it is also wrong. Based on a high-level cultivation view, having this kind of thought is not right.
My character is very active. Whenever I attended the group Fa study session with other practitioners, I always liked to get closer with other male practitioners. Before that I knew how to control myself, but recently I could not as this lust demon had influenced me which increased my immoral thoughts.
For instance, during Chinese New Year festival, I would send short greeting text messages to those male practitioners whom I liked. I then realised that this kind of manner was not right because I should have sent the text messages to all practitioners instead.
Another issue, during the group Fa study, I would look for those male practitioners whom I had interest in, for their present and focus on their sharing. This personal thought would not be known to any ordinary people except Master who would be able to see through it, as well the old forces would also know about it. It distracted my mind and made me unable to focus on my practice; such unhealthy practice has obstructed me from achieving the objective to help people.
After reading a several articles on demonic lust from the Ming Hui website, they made me realised that lust sin is not something born with main conscious but is Primordial conscious creature, it’s an ordinary perception that still keeping the love relationship deep inside the heart. If unable to let go these unclean mindset and creature, it is difficult to achieve the peacefulness.
Master, mentioned that “a notion formed, will control you for the duration of your life, influencing your thinking and even the full gamut of emotions, such as your happiness, anger, sorrow, and joy. It is formed postnatally.” Zhuan Falun Volume II (Buddha Nature)
Master also mentioned in Zhuan Falun that, “From a high-level perspective, everyday people are playing with mud while in society without realizing that it is dirty.” Lecture 6 (Demonic Interference in Cultivation)
During Dafa cultivation, the old forces used the lust sin to obstruct Dafa disciples from cultivation, emphasising on the lust sin perception to block Dafa cultivation disciples from continuing the practice.
Therefore, one must remove this issue of lustful thoughts with a clear mind. Despite not managing it well in the past, but we could not be demotivated and overrule by the sinister thoughts; we have to be determined to combat it.
Looking at traditional culture, many people behave differently and it was not acceptable during the past. In order to minimise the demon interference, different gender behaved themselves and reduced contact with each other.
Recently, I found that there were some serious desires for fame and fortune, envy, showing off and happiness. Master mentioned in Zhuan Falun, “It was more difficult for a young person to conduct himself or herself well. Maybe you would have found this person usually very good, caring little for fame and self-interest, when he did not have many abilities in ordinary human society. Once he became well-known, fame and profit would easily interfere. He would think that he still wanted to make every effort to achieve some goals of ordinary people.” Lecture 3 (Reverse Cultivation and Gong Borrowing)
I found that I managed to get rid of these desires for fame and fortune, envy, showing off and happiness during Dafa cultivation.
I became arrogant and conceited, not accepting other practitioners’ advise. Master allowed me to get exposed during Dafa cultivation and helped me realised that I was influenced by demon interference.
My gratitude to Master for allowing me to believe that continuous practice with persistency help me got rid of these deeds. Master mentioned in Zhuan Falun, “To tell you the truth, the entire cultivation process for a practitioner is one of constantly giving up human attachments.” Lecture 1 (Genuinely Guiding People Toward High Levels)
I realised that perseverance will always be reflected during practice. Different levels will have different requirements, different levels of dedicated performance which should not be neglected. We have to always measure it according to Dafa, constantly improving themselves and increasing the righteous thoughts, that is called practice.
- My Personal Cultivation on Dafa
I have mentioned earlier that my Dafa cultivation is inadequate. In fact, this year I have also gained considerable experience especially having more in-depth understanding of individual cultivation and Dafa cultivation.
In the period of Dafa cultivation, we are the Dafa Disciples with the mission to save human beings. I realised that practising Dafa is to save more human beings, it is not for personal gain. Using the right thoughts to achieve selfless realm.
To cultivate according to Master’s requirements, we must be serious to be compassion to save human beings to attain a higher level.
I wanted to uplift myself to do well in cultivation and I always have one thought i.e. to fulfil all Master’s requirements then can consider consummation.
Due to my personal attachment while practising cultivation, I am unable to achieve the Compassion to save human beings or Truthfulness in clarifying the truth. I behave Just Do It type of attitude to fulfil the need of a Dafa program.
When other practitioners pointed out on my wrong doing, I could not accept it. I discarded it and told myself I did not request for anything from Dafa. I believe Dafa is good and I continue the Dafa cultivation. Everything happened for a reason and I thought it over again on why the other practitioners have advised me in such a manner, it must have some attachments which I have over look on them. Master seemed to know that I was looking at my innerself and have highlighted to me during a Fa study.
After reading Zhuan Falun “The mentality of Showing Off” paragraph, I immediately understood the Fa tribulation. The main reason of for showing off is because of the issue of pursuit. I have the pursuit thought during my Dafa cultivation. After further understanding on Master’s advice I calmed down and further advance myself. I listened to Master’s request on disciples’ requirement to carry out the three things.
- My Sharing on A Holistic Approach Towards A United Team
After my above sharing on personal cultivation experiences, now i would like to share a topic on how to form a united team. Our cultivation in Dafa is part as a whole like an apple. If the whole Dafa practice is complete, then the apple will looks fresh and smooth, otherwise it would not.
According my personal understanding, when every Dafa practitioner listen to Master’s advice and practise Dafa with the right thought to save human beings then we’ll be able to overcome the issue holistically and form a united team.
I refer to “Original nature will automatically know what to do” (Essentials For Further Advancement, Expounding on the Fa).
I noted there are some issues concerning the current team work at Malaysia practitioners, I will not disclose the details matters here but wish everyone could listen to Master guiding principles, whenever encountered any issue, let us look through our innerself and be serious on Dafa cultivation instead of pin-point others. Don’t looking for accomondation from other stop negative thinking on others, and let go our ego thus demon would not gain any chance to obstruct us and cause any misunderstanding among us.
Thank you very much for the local Malaysia practitioners for their kind assistance to assist and support me whenever I am in need and as well in Dafa cultivation.
Since Dafa disciples have waited for millions of years and finally we got the chance to become a Dafa disciple of our great Master. We meet our great Master during this Dafa Cultivation period to carry our duties to save more human beings. We must value it and progress well in our Dafa cultivation. Lastly, I would like to share this poetry from Hong Yin (Volume ll),
“In the chaotic world, like pure lotus flowers
plum blossoms, a hundred million
Cold winds only accentuate their beauty
The interminable snowfall and rain are the tears of Gods,
Who look longingly for the plum blossoms’ return
Never, ever get preoccupied with worldly things
Steel your righteous thoughts
For all that you have gone through since ancient times,
Was for none other than this time around.
January 28, 2003”
Thank you Master.
Thank you everyone.