I believe I have enlightened to a deeper understanding on the purpose of Fa study, and have come to understand that it doesn't matter what level of understanding one has of the Fa, or whether one has studied the Fa for a long time or short time. It also doesn't matter if you are illiterate. What truly matters is whether your heart can genuinely study the Fa and solidly comply with the requirements of the Fa, to cultivate yourself.
"Only when you are studying the Fa and cultivating your heart and mind in addition to the means of reaching Consummation--the exercises, and truly changing yourself fundamentally while improving your xinxing and elevating your level--can it be called true cultivation practice. " ("What is Cultivation Practice?" from Essentials for Further Advancement)
The key is to genuinely follow what Master teaches us.
As a child I only had six years of schooling, and I have cultivated for ten years. But due to my excessive human attachments, I was persecuted for six of those years and I left Dafa for two years. So, I have actually only cultivated for two years. If I don't make a concerted effort to catch up with the Fa rectification, how can I follow Master to go home? The Fa has a standard, and the lives at each given level have to follow that standard. Master can't open a back door for me, nor can I sit there and cry, so there is only one path - to strive forward diligently. I have made up my mind to catch up and firmly take the path that Master has arranged for me.
Initially I tried to find more time to study the Fa, and I found it difficult to recite the book Zhuan Falun. It took me a long time to recite only a short paragraph, and needed to recite long sentences by splitting them up and memorizing them in parts. Even though it was difficult, I never gave up and persisted in reciting the Fa with a calm mind. The first time, it took me four months to recite the whole book, then two months the second time. It now takes me only two weeks to recite the book. Each day I spend two hours reciting the Fa and I also read at least one lecture, except on the day I join group Fa study. Also, I still produce truth clarification materials, as we need to save people from the control of the old forces. Our every word, action and movement lays a foundation for the future and sets an example for the people of the future. How can we not do it well? We have to do the three things well. Quite often I only sleep for two or three hours each day, but I don't feel sleepy. I often feel there is not enough time for the people we need to save. We can't let Master keep waiting for us. We must use wisely this precious time that Master left for Dafa practitioners.
From my own experience I know that when we calm our minds and study the Fa without any messy thoughts, it feels wonderful to enlighten to Fa principles one level after another. If I want to achieve tranquility, I am usually able to, but if my mind-state is not good, it won't work and I experience interference. As long as we can treat Dafa as our Master at all times, Master will take care of us. Anything we want to achieve, we can achieve it.
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