Firmly Believing in Master, Validating Dafa, Letting Go of Attachments, and Saving Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) To my joy, I began practicing Falun Gong in 1998. Looking back at my 13 years of cultivation, I have personally experienced how extraordinary Falun Dafa is and Master's great compassion. Miracles occurred on my path of cultivation. Protected by Master and with the help of fellow practitioners, I gradually let go of all kinds of attachments and desires and overcame one tribulation after another. I am fortunate to be able to participate in the Eighth Internet Experience Sharing Conference for Practitioners in China. This is an opportunity to learn from practitioners all around the world. Thank you Master and fellow practitioners!
Walking On the Path Back to One's Origin
From a young age, I loved to go and play in temples. I loved to see the Buddha statues and wall paintings, and listen to myths. I was weak since I was young and suffered from many illnesses. My stomach always ached, and the pain was unbearable. I also had migraines every few days.
I have two aunties. The elder auntie has some supernormal abilities and was capable of treating incurable diseases. But she was helpless when it came to my illness. The doctor said I had Meniere's disease, and heart problems. The hospital tried all kinds of treatments on me. My husband is a doctor, and my son is a brain surgeon. Yet neither of them could do anything about my illnesses. I went to temples to make offerings and even traveled to Tibet to pray to Buddha.
Despite my miserable plight, I still taught others qigong and treated illnesses. While other people recovered from pains in their backs, my own back muscles were injured and could not be treated. When those I treated for insomnia recovered, I in turn had trouble sleeping all year long. If not for Master saving me, I would have probably exchanged my life for the diseases of those cancer patients I treated.
Before practicing Falun Dafa, I had intended to go overseas to teach qigong, and all the paper work had been completed. At the last minute, I took 500 yuan and went out to do something. Upon stepping out of the house, I bumped into a person selling tofu. From the 500 yuan, I took out a 5 dollar note to buy a piece of tofu. However, later on, I simply could not find the rest of the money. In the end, I missed the time to leave the country.
The next year, not long after I started practicing Dafa, many people came to my house to learn the practice. I wanted to give them a copy of Zhuan Falun. On one occasion, I went to the bookshelf to get something, and unexpectedly I found that 500 yuan, there on the shelf. I opened the envelope and counted the money inside. It was 5 yuan short of 500 yuan. I passed the money to my son, and he bought many Zhuan Falun books.
Everyone did the exercises and studied the Fa together, and we listened to Master's lectures. No words can describe the joy and excitement I felt at that time. Master said,
“With an event of this magnitude, how could there not be various arrangements in history? Actually, everything that I have done was arranged countless years ago, and this includes who would obtain the Fa—nothing is accidental. But the way these things manifest is in keeping with ordinary humans.” (“Awakening,” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
Master Changed My Whole Life
I had found the most important thing in my life – Dafa. Opening the precious book, the first thing I saw was Master. He was smiling at me and tears streamed down my face. Master said,
“While others advance by taking the main road in cultivation, these people are on the side roads. If they practice one way, the other way will interfere. If they practice the other way, this practice will interfere. Everything is interfering with them, and they can no longer succeed in cultivation practice.” (“Lecture One” from Zhuan Falun)
As I read these words, I became a bit nervous and shut my eyes, afraid to continue reading. I then heard a voice say to me, “Keep reading!” I immediately read,
“We will straighten out all these matters and, by preserving the good part and removing the bad part, ensure that you are able to practice cultivation later. However, you must be here to genuinely study this Dafa.” (“Lecture One” from Zhuan Falun)
From then on, I could not be separated from Dafa and Master. Master has borne everything for me.
He purified my body, again and again, eliminating my karma. The incurable diseases that plagued me disappeared. My yellowish and thin face became pinkish red. My weak body became strong, and my lost innate nature was awakened.
One night while sleeping, my main consciousness left my body and flew to the sky. A demon appeared and came after me. I shouted, “Master!” and it instantly vanished. I flew back and quietly returned to my body.
Initially, I was afraid while delivering materials to other practitioners. Master gave me hints in a dream. There were many people on the streets. There were many cars and things that can't be seen by the naked eye, drifting in the air, blocking the path I had to take. As long as I uttered the word “disintegrate,” these things instantly cleared up. There were only a few people on the wide streets and it became very quiet. I could go wherever I wanted to. When I woke up, the scenes in my dream happened in real life too. No matter how many people there were on the street, whenever I said “freeze,” they turned their heads to face another direction and stood still. I walked past them and they couldn't see me. After passing through them, I released them from the spell. I saw that when I wanted to raise my hand to send righteous thoughts, even before I lifted my hand, the evil was already eliminated.
Wherever I went, I propagated the truth about Dafa according to the situation at that time and using different angles. Everyone loved to gather around me and listen to what I said. They changed their thinking according to my thoughts. I understood that all this was done by Master. His Fashen led predestined people to me.
I have seven brothers and sisters. There are nearly 200 people in my extended family of four generations. Everyone knew that I was a filial daughter and a virtuous wife and mother. I worked in the education sector for 30 years and have many students. They provided many opportunities for me to clarify the truth and persuade people to dissociate from the Chinese Communist Party.
Getting Master's Kin to Obtain the Fa and Start Cultivation
I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1998. Thus far I have practiced cultivation for more than a decade. My husband, who is not a practitioner, is very supportive of my practice. As more and more people came to our house to learn the exercises and study the Fa, we freed up three large, new rooms set aside for my son's wedding and used them as places for cultivation. We even bought a color television and DVD player. My son bought a tape recorder and many copies of Zhuan Falun for new practitioners from rural areas. We provided accommodations and food for these practitioners. Every day there were at least 20 to 30 people listening to Master's lectures, and at times there were up to 70 or 80 people. These people appeared to be my friends and relatives, but actually all of them are Master's kin, who had been waiting for Falun Dafa, waiting to be saved.
During the stage of personal cultivation, we improved in leaps and bounds. As long as we upheld our xinxing and persisted in studying the Fa, everyone experienced miracles. Some saw Master's law body. Others picked up Zhuan Falun and said they saw that every character was golden. Some saw row upon row of little cultivated infants sitting at the exercise site. A group of us were once doing the sitting meditation exercise in front of the entrance to a shopping center in the city. A big truck drove up and someone in the truck lit a large firecracker, then threw it into the sky above us. In the end, it was as if the firecracker had eyes. It returned quickly to the truck and exploded. Everyone watched in shock and exclaimed that the firecracker could not hurt those who practiced cultivation. But all of us knew that Master had protected us from danger. On another occasion, pouring rain started suddenly while we were doing the standing exercises. Many people stood at the base of the wall to take shelter, and we continued with the practice. Everyday people who took shelter were drenched while we were only slightly wet. Through these incidents, we witnessed the miraculous nature of Dafa.
In the Days After July 20, 1999
On July 20, 1999, the Jiang-led regime launched its persecution of Falun Gong. At night, a dozen of us studied the Fa as usual. A practitioner ran to my place and told us that the police had arrested a car-load of practitioners. He suggested that we disband quickly. None of us moved, and after reading one lecture of Zhuan Falun, everyone shared their understandings. We all agreed that we should continue studying the Fa the next day. They said, “The authorities have no reason to stop us from cultivating a righteous way. Master and gods are watching over us!”
The next morning, at 5:00 a.m., we did our exercises outside as before. Soon after, many police came to our exercise site carrying video recorders. My husband and son then came running up to me and dragged me away. The police followed us home, but I remained very calm. I told them about the changes that occurred for me after I began the practice and said to them, “Falun Gong is innocent. Master taught us to become better people by following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and there is nothing wrong with this. As Falun Gong practitioners, we are a benefit to our families and society.” I talked to them along the way until we arrived at my house. I then suddenly turned around and blocked the entrance. I said, “No one is allowed to touch Falun Gong. It is a sin to arrest Dafa disciples, and whoever does so will suffer the consequences.” The police officer said, “We won't arrest you. We are just going to check things out.” They went into the house, but did not search or confiscate anything. They only took some brochures I had prepared for them to read. The other police officers also went to several other practitioners' homes, but did not raid their houses or arrest anyone. Our Fa study group has continued to study the Fa together ever since.
A dozen practitioners in our area went to Tiananmen Square to validate the Fa. Although security was very tight in Tiananmen Square, I was allowed to go through without being questioned. We sat and sent righteous thoughts in the main hall, then went to Zhongnanhai to send righteous thoughts as well as put up messages. We did not miss any Fa study or exercise sessions. Everyone went and returned uneventfully. We continued to study the Fa together at my place every day.
The Fa Study Group That Never Wavered
Group study is a cultivation path Master arranged for us. For more than ten years, our small study group has steadfastly walked on this path and never wavered. Our hearts did not move despite the persecution, nor on so-called sensitive days. Our small group is unshakable.
Every day we study one lecture of Zhuan Falun and alternate between reading Master's new articles and lectures given at various places. We don't follow a rigid method of studying the Fa. Sometimes, one person reads a small paragraph or a question, and everyone takes a turn. At other times, everyone reads together. This ensures that no matter what education level or age group practitioners are in, everyone gets a chance to read through the teachings.
There are two people in our study group who are illiterate and can't even write their own names. We first had one lady listen to other people read, then taught her to read, sentence by sentence. After that, she started reading together with everyone and then finally read by herself gradually, until she could read the entire book. Now everyone in our group is able to read the whole book of Zhuan Falun without missing a character.
Our Fa study group gets together every year on April 25 and May 13. We share our understandings on the Fa, and at night we go out together to clarify the truth and hang banners to commemorate these days.
We often send righteous thoughts together, directed at different situations in local areas. The police station once put up a display on the street defaming Dafa. Everyone got together to send righteous thoughts. Half an hour later, we went out to send righteous thoughts in close proximity. Consequently, the clear skies suddenly changed, and it began raining, and the exhibition could not carry on. The officers quickly packed up their things and left. After that, they never again organized such exhibitions.
On April 29, 2007, the secretary of the political and legal committee slandered Dafa on TV. That afternoon, everyone in our study group sent righteous thoughts facing the TV station. The next day, the station broadcast programs slandering Dafa again. We sent out strong righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil elements, and the telecast stopped immediately.
In May this year, the authorities spread its propaganda on Falun Gong, targeting primary and secondary schools. They used brochures and display boards to achieve their purpose. We sent righteous thoughts after learning about this and clarified the truth as well as sent information to officials in the propaganda department and education bureau. Some practitioners went to the head of the school's office to clarify the truth about Falun Gong. Several days later, the display boards disappeared.
“Good or Evil Comes From That Single Thought”
My husband and I went to the supermarket to buy things one day, and while we were walking on the road, a van hit me from behind. My head hit the big mirror in front of the vehicle. The piece of glass was smashed into pieces. I was thrown and landed on the ground three to four meters away. I was stunned by what happened and could not see anything in front. Instantly, I remembered Master's words “Good or evil comes from that instant thought.” (“Lecture Four” from Zhuan Falun) I am a Dafa disciple! My husband came over and wanted to help me up, but I didn't let him lift me up. Instead I slowly got up myself. I saw the driver standing there, too shocked to say anything. My husband was worried and said, “Why are you standing there? Quickly, take the victim to the hospital.” The driver recovered from his shock and kept apologizing. I told him not to be afraid, and because I practiced Falun Gong, I didn't need to go to the hospital. I asked them to leave, and with that we went home. A moment later, the van driver came chasing after us. He insisted on taking me to the hospital, but I assured him I was alright. The other guy with him said, “You are really a good person.” I told him our Master taught me to be a good person and asked them to remember, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
This incident made me realize even more that my present life is entirely used to validate the Fa. As long as we act in accordance with the Fa, believe in Master and the Fa, and do the three things well, we will be able to accomplish our historic missions.
Thank you Master and fellow practitioners!