Some Enlightenment in Cultivation: Having a Grateful Heart

Author:

Wang Haotian

[PureInsight.org] After I finished doing the Falun Gong exercises, my heart was still and very tranquil. Looking around at my surroundings, I saw some bright blue lights through the clear air. My entire heart melted into the light and I was extremely happy and peaceful. I was touched from a very deep place in my heart and it was a very sincere appreciation of Dafa cultivation from my true being.

When I was young, my parents often educated us with ancient teachings: “Being given a cup of water should be rewarded with a running spring.” It means that when we get little help from others, we should try our best to pay it back later on. This should be one of the basic principles of our life in this world.

When I was in elementary school, I had a vicious lung disease. My parents, who are doctors, tried their best to cure my illness. They begged other doctors for help and also sought out some secret folk prescriptions. However, my illness was not cured completely. Instead, my other organs above my lungs, like my bronchial tubes, face and brain were infected because of the vicious lung disease. It was extremely painful to go to school. From elementary school to middle school, these diseases followed me rudely just like a shadow.

I remember that after I finished my first round of reading through the book Zhuan Falun, I had barely started doing the exercises. One day, I suddenly realized, “Wow, how could I have not taken any medicine for several weeks?” Strangely, I didn’t even think about it. But I did feel that my whole body was quite comfortable, relaxed and clean from the inside to the outside. I had no need to take any medicine at all. At that moment, I realized that my many years of illness had gone by a miracle, just like flying away without any wings.

After the wicked Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began to persecute Falun Gong (Falun Dafa), some people asked me when they met me, “Are you still practicing?” I told them my story. Then I asked them: “If you were me, what would you do?” They all responded the same to me: “It is so good, of course I would continue.” Yes, nowadays everyone is seeking and fighting for profit no matter what class one belongs to in this society. Where can you find anything like this high level practice, which not only teaches people to value virtue and be kind, but also cures people’s illnesses and upgrades people’s moral standards!

The nurses and doctors who knew me and worked in the same hospital as my father did not believe what had happened to me. They forced me to go to the hospital for a check-up. In the end, the results showed that all the organs above my lungs were quite normal and healthy. There were no traces of disease pathology. They were all shocked by the astounding effects of Falun Dafa.

Many people do not understand why so many Falun Dafa practitioners are still very persistent on cultivating Falun Dafa after the wicked Party started to persecute Dafa illegally? They also cannot understand why so many Dafa practitioners are willing to donate their money which they saved by limiting the expense of their food and clothes to minimal levels to make CDs and materials for clarifying the facts. In addition, they do not give up their belief of “Zhen, Shan, Ren” (“Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance”) even when they are arrested and tortured unconstitutionally.

Of course, it is really hard to understand if one has not yet experienced the beauty of Dafa. One who has not been validating the power of “Zhen, Shan, Ren” will not be able to be enlightened.

Facing these misunderstandings by people, so many Dafa disciples still hold onto their beliefs because they have the most sincere, kind and thankful hearts deep inside. They are thankful for their Master’s merciful salvation. They thank Dafa for giving them the beautiful and precious opportunity to be saved. Sometimes, they thought about how they could pay back Master for his merciful salvation. After thinking again and again, they found that it is quite difficult to pay back. Perhaps being more diligent and telling more people about the beauty of Dafa is the only way to pay it back. Or perhaps one can cultivate better and assimilate to “Zhen, Shan, Ren.”

Now another new year has just started. We can see our ever-lasting thankful heart deep in ourselves, and we know Master and Dafa’s grand mercy. We need to think about the countless efforts that Master has made during the process of saving our lives, including protecting us at every moment and all the other things that we cannot even know about at this moment in order to save the cosmos. Facing “Buddha’s enormous benevolence,” any grateful words would seem too vague and insignificant.

Nevertheless, I still wish that we have even more grateful hearts and are more diligent in the new year. With a thankful mind, we could be even more selfless!

Published on Jan. 19, 2010

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