June 27, 2015 | By a Dafa practitioner from Sichuan Province, China
(Minghui.org) I started to practice Falun Dafa in September 2010. Looking back at my four years of cultivation, I would like to thank Master for his endless compassion. It is so sacred to cultivate in Dafa.
1. Blessed by Falun Dafa
I taught myself Chinese medicine and ran a Chinese medicine clinic and pharmacy. Many patients came to my clinic. I kept learning and updating my knowledge of health and medicine, and I learned fitness, qigong, yoga, and tai chi. However, my own health started to suffer from all my hard work. I started to cough up blood and had difficulty walking.
I realized that modern medicine could not help me. A friend of mine told me that someone in a late stage of cirrhosis recovered after he practiced Falun Dafa. I was shocked when I heard the words “Falun Dafa” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance”. I thought, “Are there still people who believe in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance? How good is that?!” I made up my mind to learn Falun Dafa. I visited the person who had recovered and borrowed the book Zhuan Falun and an exercise video.
At the start I had a strong desire to cure myself and did the exercises a lot. But after I read Zhuan Falun, I realized that I have to be a good person with a pure heart in order to have good health. Master purified my body, and I soon I recovered.
I married again, this time to a Dafa practitioner, and had a beautiful baby daughter. She is now two years old and very healthy.
My cousin came to help me just after my daughter was born. She had a strong body odor. I told her about the wonders of Falun Dafa and helped her withdraw from the CCP. Gradually her odor disappeared. She said she used to get sick easily, but it was no longer the case after she came to my home. We got along quite well.
My husband did well at work, and his income increased after he practiced Falun Dafa. My business got better and better. My friends and relatives admired me for having a good family. They witnessed the blessings that Falun Dafa brought to us.
We realized that when we let go of our attachments to fame and interest, everything went well for us.
“We stress holistic improvement and holistic upgrade. If xinxing is upgraded, everything else will follow up.” (Lecture Two in Zhuan Falun)
2. Getting Over Tribulations Six Times
I was not able to contact any other practitioners in my city after I started practicing and didn’t have Master’s lectures after 1999.
I learned that practitioners had to clarify the truth and save sentient beings from a May 2011 experience sharing article. I bought a DVD burner to burn DVDs of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and Let Us Tell the Future. I distributed them myself and told people about Falun Dafa. I didn’t have any fear. People listened to me and recited, “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
I decided to sell my business and house so that I could have money to do Dafa work wholeheartedly. I was not aware that my zealotry and a mentality of doing things led to that decision. I was reported, and my home was ransacked in October 2011. I was detained and sentenced to forced labor.
I was calm in the detention center. I remembered Master’s words “…as a practitioner one should not fight back when being punched or insulted.” (Lecture Four in Zhuan Falun) I had tears when I thought of Master’s bearing things for us. I recited Hong Yin when I had the time. The inmate who instigated other inmates to beat me was then handcuffed and shackled, while everyone respected me. I was released 15 days later thanks to Master’s protection.
I was able to visit the Minghui website using software to overcome the Party’s Internet firewall. I read all of Master’s lectures. With the help of our local technical support practitioners, I set up a material production site at my home.
I lived in a good residential area, but there were a lot of monitoring cameras there. I left Dafa materials outside every household.
One day my cousin told me that I had been reported to the police. I stayed calm and was not afraid. I looked within as Master required us to do. I found my heart for doing things, my zealotry, and my fear when distributing materials. The old forces took advantage of my loopholes.
I knew Master was there looking after me and that I shouldn’t view things from a human perspective. I calmly sent forth righteous thoughts.
Later on, the police told me that they saw me on the camera but didn’t come to have a word with me.
I always have Dafa materials in my bag. One day I lost my bag that also had my ID card and a phone in it. It was taken to the security office of the district government. They called me and asked me to pick up. I was not scared. I thought of Master, whose compassion could dissolve all evil. I tried to be a particle of Dafa and let go of myself. I could feel that I was sacred. The security guard was nice and chatted with me as if we were acquaintances. In this way, Master dissolved a tribulation for me.
I was detained, and my home was ransacked for the second time when I gave Dafa materials to plainclothes officers and community officers who were stationed outside a residential area. I was not afraid when they interrogated me. I looked inward and was released five days later.
When I gave people Dafa materials, I would say, “Falun Dafa.” Some people were not willing to take them, and I didn’t force them on anyone to avoid having them thrown away.
One day I handed pamphlets to two elderly people sitting on the riverbank. One of them asked me twice what I said. I replied, “Falun Dafa.” He got angry and ordered me to give him all my materials. I looked at him and said, “Ding” (freeze) to him in my heart. He was about to stand up but sat back again and was not able to move. I left safely.
I was reported to the police when I was clarifying the truth to a young military officer in my pharmacy in June 2014. At that time, the media was publicizing a reward for reporting on Falun Dafa practitioners. When the police came to the pharmacy, I looked straight at them while sending forth righteous thoughts in my heart. They said that I was not allowed to tell people about Falun Dafa and asked who the boss was. I told them I was, and they left. I didn’t clarify the truth to them. I regretted my lack of compassion. Master helped me dissolve this tribulation.
When I looked back at the reasons why I was detained and persecuted, I realized that it was my attachments – the mentality of doing things, showing off, zealotry, fear, and not cultivating myself and assimilating to the Fa.
I realized that Master controls everything, and things happen so that we can get rid of our attachments and our karma and be purified. As long as we are in the Fa, nobody can persecute us because Master is looking after us.
“If you truly follow the righteous way in cultivation practice, nobody will dare to do something to you at will. Besides, you have the protection of my fashen, and you will not be in any danger.” (“Lecture Three” in Zhuan Falun)
3. Elevating Myself While Clarifying the Truth
I made myself clarify the truth whenever possible because it is my mission. But I felt it was difficult to do. I was able to break through this state after I studied the Fa a lot. My understanding was that there were many evils in this world and many bad notions controlled them. Dafa disciples came to this world to clear the evils using abilities Master bestowed upon us. “’Tis in hardship the golden body is tempered” (“The Difficult Path to Godhood” from Hong Yin Vol. II)
When I realized that, I felt the evil shrink. I regarded myself as a king who was helping Master rectify the Fa and clarifying the truth to save sentient beings. When my mentality changed, people were willing to listen to me.
I took a taxi to and from work, giving me an opportunity to tell the drivers about Falun Dafa. Normally I sent forth righteous thoughts for one minute as soon as I got in and then talked to the driver. Most of the drivers were polite and listened to me quietly and withdrew from the CCP after they learned the truth. Some drivers stopped their taxi and continued listening to me even after I arrived home. Some said that they were really happy to meet me, and others asked for more pamphlets.
When I started to clarify the truth to my clients in the shop, I told them everything I knew, whether they accepted it or not. Some didn’t come anymore. Some were rude to me. I looked within to see if I used my wisdom, I was rational, or I was compassionate.
Because the clients came to my pharmacy and stayed for a short period of time, I normally gave them a good first impression, and then I clarified the truth to them when they came the second time. They were inclined to listen to me. If they came from far away and were not likely to come again, I told them the facts according to how well they could accept it.
Looking back at my four years of cultivation, I realized I came across hardships and tribulations because of my human heart. If Master didn’t protect me, I would have been in danger of losing my life.
“Cultivation practice itself is not difficult, and neither is upgrading one’s level itself difficult. It is because they cannot give up the human mind that they call it difficult.” (“Lecture Nine” in Zhuan Falun)
We should treasure this opportunity of a million years, let go of our attachments, and assimilate into the Fa so that we can be worthy of Master’s saving grace and fulfill our missions.
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Category: Journeys of Cultivation