March 01, 2013 | By Sijing, a practitioner in Jiangsu Province, China
(Minghui.org) I am a teacher. Before I began practicing Falun Dafa, I pursued fame and tried constantly to get good performance reviews at work. I would get angry if a student did poorly on an exam because the low score affected the class average. I also gave a sour look to students who gave other teachers a gift and didn’t give me one. However, thanks to Teacher, Dafa has changed me for the better.
After I began practicing Falun Dafa, I understood the real purpose of life is to return to one’s original, true self. I now treat my students kindly and with patience. I am strict with them during class and considerate of them after class. As a result, my students and I are friends. During their spare time after lunch, they often stop by my office to see me. Some even stop by to just say hello as they pass by. The other teachers admire the good relationship I have with my students.
I also stopped accepting gifts from students after I became a practitioner. Several of the students’ parents knew that I didn’t accept gifts, so they would prepay for more minutes on my cell phone. I would always return their money. Prior to Teacher’s Day, I would send a message to all the parents and ask them not to give me any gifts. Once, a student’s parents gave me an embroidered banner. They said, “Teacher, we know you don’t accept gifts. However, we made this banner stitch by stitch It expresses our entire family’s gratitude. The last two characters ‘Ji Xiang’ (meaning ‘auspicious’) were embroidered by our child’s father himself. Although the stitches aren’t perfect, the banner expresses our respect for you and the blessings we wish you.” I told them, “I am a Falun Dafa practitioner. Our Master teaches us to be good people. Please do not believe the propaganda on CCTV that defamed Falun Gong. It is all lies used to deceive people. Falun Dafa has spread around the world. When you go on a trip overseas, you will see that is true. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is completely corrupt. Let me help you quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.” They agreed.
During the persecution, the CCP has put a lot of pressure on the officials in the school where I work. One such official asked to talk to me. He said, “You were already a good person before you practiced Falun Gong.” I replied, “That was totally different. What you saw before was only a superficial goodness. How could you know or see my inner thoughts and feelings? Now I can truly say that I’m good both inside and out.” I told him about all the positive changes I experienced after practicing Falun Dafa. He was speechless. Since then, he often tells me, “You are the kindest person in the world. In my eyes, you are a superlative teacher.”
Master teaches us to be good people wherever we are. I behave like a practitioner at work and at home. I get along with my neighbors and have never had any conflicts with them. I always greet older people first, treat others with sincerity, and give help whenever it is needed. I have donated money several times to our residential community when they have asked. We don’t have a property management office in our community, so the hallways in the building get very dirty. I decided to clean the hallways and have been doing it for seven years now. For a period of time, I would find a big pile of trash in front of my door every morning. My neighbors had put it there. Every time, I threw it in the trash can and never quarreled with them. When they understood that I was being kind, they became embarrassed and stopped bringing their trash to my door. We have been getting along well for years.
Before I became a practitioner, I was very aggressive and lacked any female gentleness. After I got married, I always looked down on my husband and often found fault with him. As a result, he felt inferior to me. He eventually had an affair with another woman and divorced me. I was shocked and pained by this and couldn’t accept it. I felt worse than death. At that time, my relatives who practiced Falun Dafa offered me help. They guided me to learn the Fa. Through studying the Fa and cultivating, I gradually understood my karmic relationship with my husband. At the same time, I reflected on my own problems and disciplined myself to strictly follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I gradually calmed down and became peaceful.
Later, my ex-husband was sentenced to prison for neglecting his duty. His wife left him with nothing and he got very depressed. I went to see him in prison and gave him money and daily necessities. I also encouraged our daughter to go see him. Initially, she refused to see her father because of the terrible pain he had caused our family. I told her, “Your father made a mistake, but I should also be held responsible for his mistake. Although your father and I got divorced, he will always be your father. You should still be obedient to him after he is released from prison.” My daughter’s hatred of her father gradually diminished. After he was released from prison, he had nowhere to go. My daughter and I allowed him to stay with us. He was very moved. We are now a family again. I am very respectful of my parents-in-law and treat his relatives kindly. They have all witnessed the beauty of Dafa and a practitioner’s tolerance, generosity, and kindness.
Falun Dafa has changed me a lot. My students’ parents tell me that I am righteous from head to toe. My colleagues praise me because of my excellent teaching and personal qualities. If I didn’t practice Falun Dafa, it would be impossible for me to achieve all of this. Society can only gain from Falun Dafa. Without the evil CCP’s cruel persecution and defamatory propaganda, more people would be walking on the path of cultivation in Dafa. I want to let everyone know, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good! Falun Dafa is the righteous Fa!”
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