May 03, 2013 | By a Dafa practitioner in China
Waiting a Long Time to Learn Falun Dafa
I’m 43 years old and was born into a family of Buddhists. My mother burned incense and kowtowed to Buddha statues from the time she was young. She said: “There are many Buddhist prophecies that have been realized. Some of them are being revealed now, and others have not materialized yet.”
Growing up in this kind of environment, my Celestial Eye was opened when I was 16 years old. In spite of the suppression of religions by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), I followed Buddhism for more than 20 years, and we always burned incense at home.
Although Dafa practitioners had told me about Falun Dafa on several occasions, I was unable to learn it because I adhered to the principle of “no second discipline.”
In 2004, a Dafa practitioner read me a poem from Master Li:
“One dynasty’s emperor, one dynasty’s subjects
Dynasty after dynasty were the karmic bonds tied
in anticipation of the Fa
Don’t pay heed to the affairs of bygone dynasties
All will be known when you return home
(“Clarity Upon Gaining The Way” from Hong Yin II)
I stopped going to the temple after hearing this poem, and I didn’t reject Dafa as much.
When my mother and brother were both ill, Dafa practitioners taught them to recite, “Falun Dafa is good.” One time, I caught a cold. I was ill for more than three weeks and was not able to sleep well. I then thought I should try to recite, “Falun Dafa is good.” After I recited the phrase, I slept well for several hours. From this experience, I formed a good impression of Dafa.
My mother-in-law is a Dafa practitioner. One day I went to visit her. As soon as I stepped into her house, I felt good and light. I saw her holding her arms in mid-air, in the shape of a semi-circle, but I didn’t know that she was practicing the second Falun Gong exercise at the time.
Despite my efforts in burning incense and kowtowing to Buddha statues, my health did not improve. I had a crooked neck since I was young and frequently had back and leg pain.
One time I visited a Dafa practitioner at her home. My aches and pains were gone as soon as I stepped into her house, and I felt very comfortable. She was sitting in a lotus position with an erect palm. After she finished sending forth righteous thoughts, I said to her, “Keep doing what you were doing. I feel very comfortable when you do that.” She replied, “Why don’t you learn the Falun Gong exercises?” I didn’t say anything.
Many Dafa practitioners told me, “When one person practices, others will benefit from it.” I seemed to linger outside of Dafa’s door, but I could not make my way in.
My Opportunity Arrives
At the end of December 2004, my mother-in-law invited me to her house for dinner. I took two bites of food and then began to talk.
I revealed some deeply hidden personal secrets and then said that I wanted to practice Falun Dafa. I spoke as if I was another person and even asked my husband to let me learn the practice. I said, “Those who are supposed to learn Falun Dafa and don’t will not be able to survive in the future.” I added, “I will be fine as soon as I meet a coordinator.”
Soon, a coordinator showed up. While I was talking to the coordinator, my neck straightened after being crooked since childhood. I said, “I’m well now. I want to learn Falun Dafa.” That evening, I vomited a lot of things. My family wanted me to see a doctor. I said, “I don’t need a doctor. My karma is being eliminated.”
The next day, I took all of my religious items out into the courtyard. While smashing and burning them, I said to the items, “I’ve found my real Master. I’m going to listen to my Master.” I had not yet read any Dafa books at the time.
The first time I opened a Dafa book and saw Master’s photo, I felt a sense of familiarity that is difficult to explain with words. As soon as I opened the book to the first lecture, I heard many Arhats laughing with joy. Master said:
“Counted among the ranks of Dafa disciples are Jesus’s disciples as well as those of Shakyamuni, as well as, of course, other divine beings who you don’t know of and their disciples. Of course, you are not truly their disciples. You are disciples of Dafa, and were merely waiting for this day.”(“Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference”)
I thought Master was referring to me. I began the practice on January 1, 2005.
Being Diligent and Progressing Quickly
I thought that I had become a practitioner too late and wanted to catch up. Every day, I asked my mother and brother to come to my place. I closed the door and we studied the Fa together. We did this for more than two weeks, until it was almost Chinese New Year.
I also read the Fa to my 4-year-old daughter in the evenings. One night she said, “Mom, I can’t see you at all. I can only hear your voice.” I think my body may have gone into another dimension.
I started to practice the exercises as soon as I became a practitioner. When I did the first exercise, I felt as though I was elevating. When I did the fifth exercise, I felt that my legs and arms disappeared, and only my mind was there. I was a bit scared and took my legs down from the lotus position; even though I understood these phenomena from the Fa principles, I felt that I was moving too fast.
Merciful Master pushed me upward even before I had fully enlightened to the Fa principles.
Saving Sentient Beings
I thought Dafa was very good. I eagerly did the exercises and studied the Fa. I also spread the Fa among the people around me, such as my husband, parents, and siblings. I clarified the truth and encouraged my relatives and friends to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
I also shared the truth about Dafa with those agents who used to follow me. The majority of them understood the truth and quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
I was a well-regarded person in my circle of friends and associates. Many people were puzzled when I became a Dafa practitioner. Some of them came to see me and inquired about it. I took the opportunity to tell them that Dafa is the Great Law of the cosmos, and that we all have been waiting for millions of years for the Fa.
I said to them: “Seize the opportunity and often recite ‘Falun Dafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,’ and it will bring you many blessings. The CCP is an evil specter. You will obtain salvation by severing your ties with all of its organizations.”
Category: Beginning Cultivation