April 14, 2013 | By a practitioner in Dalian City, Liaoning Province
(Minghui.org) It may be difficult to comprehend the assertion that “Falun Dafa is the Buddha Fa” using average reasoning. This was the case for me before I knew about Falun Gong. As a scientist, I was an absolute atheist, and I never let belief persuade me without seeing the truth with my own eyes. I never gave any thought to things like “Buddha Fa” or “cultivation,” because these concepts seemed irrelevant to my experimental work. I didn’t change my mind until I attended a Fa lecture given by Master, when in a sensible and miraculous way, he cleansed my illness-ridden body and freed me from my stubborn and dogmatic belief in empirical science. The essence of my life was then upgraded as I began following the path to return to my true self by practicing Falun Dafa.
One day when I was composing an experimental report, I was suddenly stricken by dizziness. I began to vomit, and was unable to write. At the hospital I was diagnosed with a cerebral hemorrhage. My condition worsened in the following years, and I was hospitalized many times. I had many CT scans, but there was no trace of blocked blood vessels, yet I was treated for stroke. Soon the condiditon deteriorated so badly that I could barely walk. The hospital then examined my cervical vertebrae with a CT scan and came to the conclusion that I had excess pressure on the cervical vertebrae canal. I was in need of serious surgery.
Odds Against Me
It would be an extremely difficult operation, both in terms of the surgical expertise required and the risk involved. The smallest mistake could damage the nerves and lead to paralysis. Deterred by such a risk, I thought I should seek other, safer treatment. But the doctor said, “Your condition is dire. Nothing but surgery can possibly help. Otherwise you are bound to end up paralyzed. You must do it, and as soon as possible.” The odds were against me, but I was left with no other choice. I had to agree to the surgery, because I was so afraid that my over-stressed vertebrae would deteriorate further.
On July 9, 1991, I had a major operation on my third to seventh vertebrae to release the pressure. The first and second vertebrae were left untouched, as they were too delicate and operating on them was potentially life-threatening. The surgeon was one of the best in the city. The operation lasted 7.5 hours and left a 15-cm-long incision. I had to crawl onto the operating table. With a drill, the doctor cut open the vertebrae in the back of my neck. He took bone from my hip and inserted pieces into the spaces between the vertebra that had been cut open. He then used stainless steel to wire it all together. I remained conscious with only a local anesthetic during the whole procedure. It is hard to imagine how much I suffered. I had to stay motionless in bed during the first seven days after the operation, while being given drugs day and night. Fifteen days later, the doctors encased my upper body, from my head to my chest, in a plaster cast for three months. During that time, I could not get out of bed without help.
The surgery released the pressure on my spine. I rejoiced that I had made the right choice to risk the operation, but then I started to experience all kinds of side effects. My neck, shoulders, and back, which used to be fine, now felt compressed and began to hurt. I had an MRI that showed I had spinal displacement and protrusion caused by the surgery. The old problem was gone, but I was doomed to suffer a new one. It became routine for me to be hospitalized, until I was finally completely overwhelmed after I caught a serious cold. I was too feeble to go to the hospital, so my doctor had to see me at home. I tried all available therapies but to no avail. I was bedridden and could not find a way to free myself. I was desperate.
Master Created a Miracle
I was fortunate to attend the first Fa lecture given by Master in Dalian City, Liaoning Province. I will never forget that day.
The lecture was on March 27, 1994. My husband carried me on his back from our home on the third floor to a car that he had rented from his employer. When we arrived at the gate of the hall where the Fa lecture was to be given, he carried me inside to the first row closest to the lecture platform. He then put me in a deckchair that he had brought with him. I lay stiffly in the chair, wearing a big coat, with a blanket covering me and a scarf around my neck. I appeared as a gravely ill patient, and before the lecture began, the staff at the lecture hall and some people from the Qigong Association of Dalian City came to ask me to leave and return the entrance ticket. I later realized that Master had asked them to talk to me. The Falun Gong lecture was supposed to teach people how to cultivate, not to cure diseases, so seriously ill patients were not allowed to attend the course.
We were anxious to hear the lecture. My husband hopped onto the lecture platform, where he found Master, and explained my condition to him. He said, “We are not here to get cured. We began reading your books and listening to your audio Fa lectures two weeks ago. We are here to learn Falun Gong.” Master said, “This practitioner has good enlightenment quality. Let me have a look at her.”
Master came over to me, and I stood up. He asked me to sit down while patting me twice on my neck and the top of my head. He then did something to cleanse my shoulders and arms. After that he told me to stand up and walk. When I walked to the front center of the stage, he further gestured to cleanse my legs. The whole process took less than two minutes. I then walked back and forth twice in front of the stage, and all the attendees began applauding for me. When I returned to my seat, some attendees from Beijing beside me said, “You are so lucky. We have attended Master’s Fa lectures several times but have never seen him cleanse anyone’s body personally.” I said, “I never expected that he would cleanse me himself. Truly, I am so lucky. I am so happy!”
As we were learning the exercises after the Fa lecture, Master came over to me and asked in his amiable tone, “Do you find your neck easier to move now, as if it had been lubricated with oil?” I said, “Yes, it is.” He said, “You actually did not need to go through that operation after which you suffered so much. If you had practiced Falun Gong earlier, you would have recovered long ago.”
When the lecture was over, my husband was about to carry me home. I stood up and found that my legs felt quite relieved, so I left the hall on my own two feet. When we were at the gate of the building where we lived, he was about to carry me upstairs. I said, “You don’t need to do that. I can now walk on my own.” I then walked upstairs to our apartment on the third floor. It had all happened so unexpectedly that I could not believe it was true. It was so miraculous. Master is so amazing! My condition, which had stumped modern medicine, was removed by Master in a matter of minutes. It was truly a miracle, an incredible miracle. Falun Dafa is a true science, a science that transcends the mundane world!
In his Fa lectures, in his plain, understandable words, Master taught us the most profound principle of the cosmos, the Buddha Fa that we had never heard of before. My life became meaningful from that point on. I was returning to my true self by cultivating in Falun Dafa. From the dust of the mundane world would rise the cosmic quintessence that is forged by Falun Dafa according to its universal principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Absorbed by his teachings, I came to understand that Master had cleansed my physical body to pave the way for my genuine cultivation. That is when I began my cultivation in Falun Dafa. I remained firm in the practice, never budging.
Eighteen years have elapsed, as if in an instant. Had it not been for Master and Falun Dafa, I might have already perished in abject suffering. That day when Master cleansed me was so memorable that I could paint it in my brain vividly even eighteen years later. My story spread among the public rapidly and aroused quite an enthusiastic response locally. Many people learned from my story that Falun Dafa was a righteous way, and they began practicing Falun Gong.
Thank you again, Master, for your compassionate salvation.
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