February 22, 2013 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner in China
Prophecy of an old monk
On May 1, 1966, I was 11 years old and lived in Liaoyang City, Liaoning province. For the “May 1” Labor Day holiday my school organized a tour to the Qianshan Mountain in the neighborhood of Liaoyang City. When I traveled to a Buddhist monastery, I hung around a booth admiring the fancy souvenirs for sale and was left behind by my classmates. I went into the monastery alone. An old monk sitting in the yard stopped me, saying that he had been waiting for me and that I should stay there and become a Buddhist nun.
His words baffled me as I was so young and had never heard of anything like that before. I responded: “But I will miss my mother.” He then tried to edify me: “Have you heard of any deities before?” I then told him about the several deities that I knew of. He asked: “How would you like the idea of becoming one of them?” I said: “I would like to, but I miss my mother. If I do not go home she will be very worried about me.” He said: “Do not worry, she will be informed. The divine power of Buddha Fa is omnipotent. Only a few days after your reincarnation you already forgot who you are. If you could remember who you really are, you would have been on your knees requesting me to take you as my disciple.” I said: “I do want to kneel to you, and want to cultivate myself into a deity, but I cannot bring myself to leave my mother. You truly should have taken me away as your disciple when I was young and innocent. Now I am already old enough to be reluctant to leave my mother and, to be honest, I want to go to a university when I grow up. ”
He said: “You will never be able to go to a university. A political movement is going to sweep across this land very soon. It will last for a long time, about ten years. All of the people will be involved in it, and there will be no chance for you to go to any university.” He continued: “If you do not want to stay with me, you will still have the chance to cultivate, but you will have to wait for 30 years. At that time a great Fa called Falun Gong will be disseminated to this world and many people will practice it. The man to disseminate the Fa has already descended to this world. You can become its practitioner later, but you will have to wait for 30 years. In this mundane world, you reach, you grasp with your mortal life, but what will be left in your hand at the end, is nothing.” I said: “I will cultivate 30 years later. If I forget to, then please remind me.”
My classmates came to me after having turned around and asked me to go with them. Before we left the old monk asked a young monk in Buddhist cassock to stop me. He separated me from them saying: “You guys go, but she will stay here.” Not knowing what was going on, they dragged me by my hands and rushed down the mountain. We stopped at a place half way down the mountain, which was covered by many booths selling souvenirs. Before I could stop to catch my breath, I found the old monk was already there. I was astonished: “Why? How come you are already here, ahead of us? I did not see you coming down the hill when we ran down!” He said: “You see me here, but you did not see me rush down the mountain like you did, you should already know who I am.” Then I realized that he might be a deity. Seeing him in my way, my classmates dragged me by my hand again and ran down the hill. When we were at the the exit we saw him there once again. He said to me: “I would suggest that you do not return to the mundane world. You will get nothing from there but misery.” My classmates surrounded me like bodyguards protecting a VIP. I got on the bus, and I waved to the old monk and said goodbye to him. This story happened on May 1, 1966. One month later, on June 5, the “Great Cultural Revolution” that was unprecedented in human history swept over China. The movement lasted ten years and I never got a chance to go to a university.
Embarking on Cultivation in Dafa
Bitter as my life was, I could always find a well-paid and respectable job. Many people wanted the job, but in 1992, I felt indifferent to my good fortune and was eager to become a cultivator. On May 1, 1992, I decided that I would start my cultivation. I made up my mind that I would spare time for meditation every day from that day on. I would never stop doing that until I found the right way, when my real cultivation would begin. After I finished work I went to meditate by myself in a place that was most unlikely to be seen by others. I would sit on a concrete slab that was left over from a construction project of my employer, which was hidden from people’s sight by tall grass growing around it.
I kept on doing so until late Autumn of 1995, when I found the book Zhuan Falun. When I read it, I was completely absorbed. I knew I had found what I had been seeking with the greatest eagerness all my life. After I finished reading it for the first time, I respectfully put it aside and knelt to the Falun Gong founder and pledged to him that I would be a Falun Gong practitioner from that day on. The truth embedded in Dafa nourished my mind like water nourishes a thirsty man, so inspiring that I could not put it aside once I started to read it. I spent all my spare time studying the Fa, except for taking care of my aged mother. In January of 1996, she passed away and I could spend all my time cultivating in Dafa. As such, the prophecy of the old monk came true as I tread the steep and thorny path of cultivation, and kept marching forward till today.
Tempering My Soul and Purging My Karma
Master cleansed my body when I first began practicing Falun Gong. In my mundane life I had pursued fame and personal gain, at the expense of my health. I usually suffered from acute headaches that were intolerable. When Master cleansed the sickness from me, he always did it at midnight when I was fast asleep. So often it happened that I was awakened by the acute headache in the middle of the night, but I simply tolerated it without resorting to any medicines. I knew it was a sign that Master was eliminating the karma in me that had been accumulating from the beginning of my life. I also suffered from toothaches that sometimes would be so severe I was unable to eat anything. The pain was gone after a period of time and it never returned. I also had been a patient of serious asthma. For so many years, I had difficulties breathing and I wheezed like I could die from lack of breath. Master also eliminated the karma that fueled the disease. After two months the asthma was gone. It was a difficult process, but it never returned after I went through it.
Asthma is a very common medical condition among people, and is regarded as incurable by the medical community. Only the patients themselves perceive the unspeakable discomfort they suffer from. My symptoms were much worse than most asthma sufferers. I could have never recovered from it had it not been for Master’s help. Now I am free from any disease, without taking any medicines, all because of Master’s purification of my body.
When I first practiced Falun Gong I was like a limping infant, not knowing how far I could go in my cultivation. I scrutinized myself in everything I did by measuring my actions against the Fa. One day I went to buy a map. The seller mistakenly returned me 50 yuan too much, but I did not find it until I got home. When I went back to them, I saw the couple quarreling about losing the money. They were very happy to see me. I returned the money to them and told them: “I am a Falun Gong practitioner and will not let you lose your money, but I may not have acted this way if I did not practice Falun Gong.”
Here is another story. One day a cashier forgot to charge me after I bought many things from a supermarket. After leaving I went shopping in another store. While paying, I realized that the previous cashier did not charge me. I thought the cashier must be very anxious about the mistake. When I hurried back there I explained what I had found out. He said: “Right after you left I realized that I had let you go without charging you. I tried to chase you, but it was already too late. I talked with my colleagues about the bad luck but could do nothing.” Seeing me coming back to return the money, his colleagues said to him: “You’re so lucky to meet such a good person. It is hard to believe that such a thing happens nowadays.” I told them that I am Falun Gong practitioner, who will not benefit from the losses of others. They said: “From you we can see that Falun Gong practitioners are good people, although the government dislikes it and forbids it with the strongest tactics. We have seen another person return because he was undercharged. He also said he was a Falun Gong practitioner.”
Assisting Master in Fa rectification and Saving People with Truth Clarification
Very few people can recognize the lies in the propaganda that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) spews from its mouthpieces about Falun Gong, not even my husband. He went to the local police station to request my release in 2000 when I was arrested. When I came home, he prevented me from doing the Falun Gong exercises and tried to force me to give it up. Bearing a heart of reverence and gratitude toward Master, how could I bring myself to give it up? Realizing that he could not change my mind, he decided to divorce me. He then went to work in another city, leaving our child and me behind. Very soon he found another woman and built a new home with all of his income, despite the fact that our son, who was a university student at the time, was in dire need of money to support his studies. Because the local police station and Political and Legal Affairs Committee had me under close surveillance, I could not move freely and had to leave my city for work. It was a hard life, but I could at least make some money to support my son and shake off the authorities’ surveillance.
In their eagerness to get the ownership of my house, my husband and his new mistress tried to get me arrested again by circulating the message that I was a Falun Gong practitioner that had been arrested before. They even went to the police to tell them that I was a Falun Gong practitioner and had many Falun Gong materials in my home, hoping that I could be arrested soon, so that they could take my house for their own. However, thanks to Master’s protection, their plan failed. They then resorted to an even worse plot to ensnare me into the most desperate of situations, but they failed again because of my nobility as a Dafa practitioner. As the Fa rectification swept forward, evil elements in other dimensions were largely eliminated and my cultivation environment consequently improved. My husband soon parted ways with that woman and came back to me, saying: “Falun Gong is not bad after all. You can do it. I will leave you alone.” Yet I still bore a grudge towards him, especially when I thought of all the vicious plots he made against me with that woman. Anyway, he had done such great evil to me, and I found it hard to forgive him. Then I thought of studying Dafa, which can resolve any problem.
Weren’t those tribulations and sufferings the best chance to improve myxinxing? Shouldn’t I let go of all of my attachments to fame, personal interest and emotions of ordinary people? Isn’t that cultivation when I abolish those human attachments? With this in mind I let go of my grudge towards him. I clarified the facts of Falun Gong to him and did the three withdrawals for him. I told him: “You should suppress your resentment of Falun Gong, and only through this way will you be saved.”
Along with local fellow practitioners I devoted myself to truth clarification, doing the three withdrawals and saving people, fulfilling the pledges that I made in prehistoric times. One day I traveled to a tourist resort with my husband. When I supported my husband to go down the mountain, a woman said to me: “In contrast to you, I could not move on without the support of my husband.” I saw she was painstakingly moving down with her husband’s help. I said: “I was like you before and needed my husband’s support to move around.” She asked: “How did you get better? Now you look so healthy.” I said: “I regained my health after I began practicing Falun Gong. You see, I can now cover all the mountainous trips effortlessly without any assistance.” She said: “I also want to practice Falun Gong.” I then did the three withdrawals for her.
One day I tried to ask an elderly man to do the three withdrawals, but he refused with the assertion that Falun Gong is trying to seize power from the CCP. I told him: “As cultivators we have no interest in political power. I ask you to do the three withdrawals only for your own good. I hope you will escape the imminent catastrophe and secure your life in the future. You might have noticed it: Nowadays catastrophes, both natural and man-made, tread right on the heels of another. So fast they come! The heavens will soon send destruction to the CCP, which is so helplessly corrupt. Only by withdrawing from it can you secure your life.” In the end he agreed to quit.
I once urged a retired military officer to do the three withdrawals, but he said: “I have not paid my dues to the CCP or taken part in its activities for many years. This means that I have quit from it automatically.” I have met many people who make the same argument. I said to him: “You have sworn to give your life to the CCP in front of its bloody flag, so you must relinquish this pledge explicitly. Otherwise you will become an object to be buried along with the CCP.” He then agreed to quit.
A retired worker responded to my wanting him to make the three withdrawals: “I am thankful to the CCP. If your Master becomes the emperor of China, what posts and rewards can he offer me? Why did he smuggle himself abroad?” I said: “He went abroad to disseminate the great Falun Dafa to the world. Now Dafa has spread to more than 100 countries. Emperor? We cultivators are not interested in that. As you can see, the only thing the CCP cares about is to make money for themselves through corruption. No one cares about the Chinese people. Its corruption is irreversible. Only by withdrawing from it can you save yourself.” he smiled, saying: “Thank you. Please do it for me.” In the past few years countless people did the three withdrawals because of my persuasion.
One day I went to an open market to buy some vegetables, when I saw an elderly woman passing by. She looked very feeble as she moved painstakingly. She said to me: “Are there any miraculous ways in this world to cure a person of all of their suffering once and for all?” I answered right away: “There is such a way. If you wholeheartedly recite ‘Falun Dafa is good’ and ‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good’ you will regain your health soon.” She was very grateful to me and did the three withdrawals.
When I did the three withdrawals for an old man he said pessimistically: “I am already so old. What difference can it make whether I quit or not.” While doing his exercises, he said sadly: “I will be dying soon.” I said: “The soul of of a man will not die after he passes away. When he leaves this world he just abandons the flesh that had developed from food he consumed, but his true life does not perish and will continue to exist forever. But you must do the three withdrawals. Otherwise there will be no guarantee for the immortality of your soul. ” In his gratitude he agreed to do the three withdrawals.
So many stories have happened in the past few years and I will not enumerate them all here. Master, since human words are too inadequate to describe the path that I have walked, I cannot present to you all the stories that I experienced. Yet I hope my stories will convince Master of my worthiness as his disciple, although there is still a lot to do on my cultivation path ahead.
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