The calendar shows that today is Oct. 31st, 2013 already. How time flies! More than five years have passed at a glance since Osifu published the first gatha Ode for the Heavenly Gate on the network in 2008.
Five years ago, Osifu was a lonely practitioner, but now Osifu has you.
Five years ago, Osifu was a lonely gardener, but now Osifu has rich fruits.
Five years ago, Osifu was a lonely farmer, but now Osifu has golden harvest.
In fact, Osifu has never been lonely. Osifu’s inner world is extremely abundant.
In fact, Osifu has never been lonely. Osifu’s spiritual world is incomparably rich.
In fact, Osifu has never been lonely. Osifu’s holographic world is remarkably colorful.
A few days ago, one person asked Osifu what Osifu was doing, and Osifu answered him," On the way."
In fact, Osifu answered him at that time without thinking that Osifu was on the way. What does on the way mean? It means that monks who have no certain residence travel widely to look for a wise master, or for self-cultivation or for educating others.
If explained in detail, there could be the following five kinds of meaning:
1, It means that monks travel a long way to find masters for dharma.
2, It could be extended as begging.
3, It refers to itinerant monks or traveling monks who have no fixed abode. They travel to look for and call on wise masters, to cultivate themselves, or to educate others.
4, It refers to walking.
5, It means that two feet move constantly.
Osifu isn't a monk but Osifu is also on the way. Osifu has never stopped marching forward.
In 1992, Osifu read the first book Buddhist Almanac related to Buddha dharma, which Osifu bought from a second-hand bookstall by the roadside at a few cents.
Osifu liked reading. Because of poverty of his family, Osifu could not afford new books and had to buy second-hand books. After school, Osifu often visited the second-hand bookstalls. The books there were cheap and had many varieties, which provided many choices.
At that time, Osifu went to school in the city. At one weekend, Osifu was ready to go back to the countryside and passed by a second-hand bookstall on his way rushing to the bus station. Osifu glanced accidently at the second-hand bookstall. Suddenly, Osifu felt brightness before eyes, stopped and saw a book---Buddhism Almanac.
Osifu clearly remembers that book. The book cover was Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva in Bhikshu image, wearing red robe, holding pewter staff, standing on lotus tower, which looked very concise. Osifu bought the book almost without thinking and from then on Osifu began his regular study of Buddha dharma.
In fact, the content of this book was very simple. It just briefly introduced some basic knowledge of Buddha dharma, history of Buddhism, world view, life view and values of Buddhism.
Most people who got the book would probably just put it aside after flipping through pages, but Osifu was not like that. Osifu eagerly read through the book and recited the important parts of it.
Buddha dharma deeply attracted Osifu like a super powerful magnet. Without any reason, Osifu was attracted to it inexplicably. Since then, Osifu has stepped on the way of learning from Buddha, the way of enlightenment, the way of returning, the way of Bodhi and the way of walking on the way.
Since then, a powerful driving force, a super powerful impetus, pushed Osifu to forward to look for various Buddha dharma books from all the second-hand bookstalls in the small city. Whenever Osifu found one, he would buy it with the money saved frugally and then read it all night long.
Osifu lived in poverty in his childhood. When he went to school in the city in 1992, he could only have 10 yuan for the weekly cost of living plus the bus fare. Osifu spent the three years of school life by eating pickles, steamed bread and rice porridge. When Osifu went back home at weekends, eating bean curd and eggs was an improvement of life.
Osifu has been living in his own world, an abundant inner world, a rich spiritual world and a colorful holographic world.
Osifu has little pursuit of material desires but is full of interests to the mysteries and holy truth of the universe and life. Osifu also went through a process from Buddhist studies to learning from the Buddha.
Before 1992, Osifu had been in the countryside and received primary and secondary education there. Books that Osifu could read were only textbooks and comic books, which could only provide very narrow and restrictive knowledge.
After 1992, Osifu went to school in the city. There was a library in school, second-hand bookstalls on the street, and Xinhua Book Store where Osifu could read for free. Osifu was able to read more and more books and Osifu's knowledge range got much wider with his vision much broader.
Many people marveled at Osifu's strong memory, fast reading speed, ability of reading ten lines at one glance and never forgetting. Osifu smiled. That ability was forced out of practice. Certainly, there was also a little bit of talent.
From 1992 to 1995, it was the most important three years and also the turning point in Osifu's life. These three years determined Osifu's future life.
During the three years, Osifu intensively studied Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Legalism, Military Strategies, Yin-Yang theory, Logicians, Mohist, Eclectics, Agriculturalism, Novelist, Political Strategies and other books in large quantities. Although the learning wasn't systematic and deep enough, Osifu was able to study them assiduously.
Osifu only concerns things that he is interested in and Osifu is very good at concentrating.
Osifu only reads books that he is interested in and only studies issues that he is interested in.
After reading a lot of books, Osifu had understood the truth and got the answers to all issues. However, a new bigger and more important issue arose. How to verify the invisible world mentioned in the Buddha dharma which is invisible to the physical eyes?
After in-depth study of all religious classics and remarks of sages, Osifu believed that what the ancient sages said was true but how to verify it? Osifu is also a man who receives modern education and dialectical materialism education, but how to verify those intangible heaven, hell, the six-path incarnation, Buddhas or God? There is only one way--actual practice.
At that time, after comprehensive assessment of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Christianity and Islam, Osifu chose Buddhism as a starting point. It wasn't because that Osifu had a discriminative mind but because at that time Osifu thought that Buddhism gave a more detailed, more appropriate and more subtle description of the Three Realms, Six Paths and invisible world.
Osifu began to enter the stage of actual practice, and of course, the theoretical research was still continuing.
Reciting the name of Buddha, chanting sutras, holding mantras and practicing meditation were Osifu's compulsory courses. Especially on weekends and in summer and winter vacation, Osifu would redouble the efforts.
The empirical process was hard but happy as well. Osifu verified step by step that what the Buddha said was true, and experienced step by step that what the Buddha said was harmonious and thorough.
Doors to the spiritual world were opened.
Doors to the invisible world were opened;
Doors to the world of Yin-state were opened;
Doors to the intangible world were opened;
Doors to the Three Realms and Six Paths were opened;
Doors to the four kinds of births and nine abodes were opened;
During frequent out-of-body experiences, Osifu traveled the hell realm;
During frequent out-of-body experiences, Osifu traveled the ghost realm;
During frequent out-of-body experiences, Osifu traveled the animal realm;
During frequent out-of-body experiences, Osifu traveled the human realm;
During frequent out-of-body experiences, Osifu traveled the Asura realm;
During frequent out-of-body experiences, Osifu traveled the heaven realm;
During frequent out-of-body experiences, Osifu traveled the Arhat realm;
During frequent out-of-body experiences, Osifu traveled the Pratyekabuddha realm;
During frequent out-of-body experiences, Osifu traveled the Bodhisattva realm;
During frequent out-of-body experiences, Osifu traveled the Buddha realm;
During the empirical process, Osifu felt the invisible, but he didn't believe as what he felt could be false;
During the empirical process, Osifu saw the invisible, but he didn't believe as what he saw could be false;
During the empirical process, Osifu heard the invisible, but he didn't believe as what he heard could be false;
During the empirical process, Osifu perceived the invisible, but he didn't believe as what he perceived could be false;
During the empirical process, Osifu visited the invisible world, but he didn't believe as where he visited could be false;
Since there was no way to have Osifu to believe in them, the invisible began to foretell what was going to happen and what they predicted were verified and their prophecies were correct.
Osifu would also test them through various means. Requiring them to write gatha was one of the means and their literary talent was really good. They could finish instantly and fluently with beautiful diction, which couldn't be reached by ordinary people.
Osifu would also test them with Buddhism classics, Taoism classics and other religious classics. They really have high intelligence and could answer without thinking with clear argumentation and unobstructed eloquence, which couldn't be reached by ordinary people.
Osifu would also test them by fame and profits. Osifu proposed to build temples, family hall to worship them and offer them fruits, incense, candles and paper money. They said no necessary to whatever Osifu proposed to give them.
There were too many stories between Osifu and the invisible.
In this way, day by day and year by year, we became friends; we became relatives; we became families.
Osifu's matters were theirs and theirs were Osifu's.
Osifu knew more and more, and became more and more enlightened. There were also more and more things to be done.
Everything goes this way: Melon falls when it is ripe, and a canal is formed when water arrives.
Osifu wanted nothing from the invisible, and vice versa.
Because we were like-minded, we came together unknowingly.
Osifu's life and the Great Salvation gradually integrated into one.
During the transition period from 1992 to 1995, Osifu became an honest Buddha learner from a Buddhism amateur.
During the transition period from 1992 to 1995, Osifu became a steadfast Buddha learner from a Buddhism researcher.
During the transition period from 1992 to 1995, Osifu became a down-to-earth Buddha learner from a Buddhism explorer.
Osifu learned to use internet in 2002 after Osifu was transferred to the small city for work. In the second half year of 2003, Osifu began to communicate Buddha dharma with people on QQ and before then Osifu only knew to read holy books and didn't know how to use modern internet.
From 1992 to 2007, main efforts of Osifu were used for self-adjustment, purification, sublimation and ascension.
The publishing of Ode for the Heavenly Gate in 2008 was another turning point for Osifu.
From 2008 till now, main efforts of Osifu have been concentrated on carrying out the great vows and compassionate salvation, promoting laws of the universe and caring for the earth.
These are some of Osifu's memories, nothing great or vigorous. A common person did some common things.
This is Osifu, an ordinary person.
This is Osifu, an ordinary practitioner of the Way.
This is Osifu, an ordinary dedicator.
This is Osifu, an ordinary traveler.
This is Osifu, an ordinary cultivator.
This is Osifu, an ordinary demonstrator of the Way.
This is Osifu, an ordinary healer.
This is Osifu, an ordinary walker.
This is Osifu, an ordinary educator.
This is Osifu, an ordinary person who travels around to guide and transform people.
Osifu 15:59:55 Always bless you!
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