Stepping into Dafa During the Persecution, Dissolving Resentment, and Saving Sentient Beings
My husband and I had been happily married for quite awhile, but after I started practicing Falun Gong he suddenly seemed to look for trouble. One day, he told me, “You walk around thinking you're something special just because you practice Falun Gong. I can't stand it, I want a divorce.” He started gambling and refused to give it up. He also had an affair with a woman he met through ballroom dancing, who bore him a child out of wedlock.
I thought to myself that nothing is accidental, and that I should look within and improve myself. Not only did I not fight with my husband, I treated him and my in-laws even better. Through my efforts, his entire family of nearly 40 people came to understand the truth regarding Falun Gong, and they all withdrew from the wicked Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations. As a result, they had good fortune. Eventually, my husband had a change of heart. He said, “I am sincerely convinced that Falun Gong is good. The woman I had the affair with knew that you were a practitioner. But when she came to really understand what kind of person you are, she told me that she also wants to practice Falun Gong. She finally told me that she thought you were a good person, but that I was not.”
--By the author
Greeting, Master! Greeting, fellow practitioners!
The Eighth Internet Experience Sharing Conference for Practitioners in China has begun, and I gladly join in this grand meeting with a grateful heart and a desire to report back to Master and fellow practitioners.
1. A predestined relationship with Dafa
I first heard about Falun Gong from watching the afternoon news on the same day that the Chinese Communist Party began its campaign of persecution. I wondered what it was and why so many people were practicing it. I also wondered why I had never heard about it. The news reports were very negative, and at the time I wasn't aware that most of it was fabricated to slander Falun Gong. Even still, the more I listened, the more I felt that Falun Gong was great, and I had sincere admiration for Master.
One and a half years later, on a morning in the middle of winter, I met up with an old schoolmate that I hadn't seen for many years. He explained the truth of the situation regarding Falun Gong and gave me a copy of Zhuan Falun. I was very excited and started reading the book as soon as I got home. The more I read, the more I felt a deep familiarity with it. It was as if I had read the book a very long time ago. In contrast to what I heard in the media reports, the book taught people how to be good. The CCP had told lies. In Zhuan Falun, Master says:
“Zhen-Shan-Ren is the sole criterion to discern good and bad people”
As soon as I read this, I suddenly felt clear about the deeper meaning behind being a human being, and I realized why I should be a good person from then on.
On the third day of reading the book, I saw my schoolmate again and told her, “This is what I've been looking for all my life.” She said, “You must have a predestined relationship.” She also told me that the book had once belonged to one of her colleagues who used to practice Falun Gong, but that he had stopped due to the threat of persecution. He was scared to keep the book at his home, so he gave it to her. Even though I began to practice Falun Gong at the peak of the CCP persecution, I still felt strongly that the CCP's lies would not be able to prevent the spread of truth, since might can't crush those who still have a conscience.
The CCP has persecuted Falun Gong for 12 years now, and I have been practicing for 11 years. When I started, I didn't have a very mature understanding of how to cultivate. Now I am able to evaluate things on the basis of the Fa, be a good person, and have strong righteous thoughts. I have been reborn over the course of 11 years. After my relatives saw the changes in me and were able to listen to the truth, one of them also decided to become a practitioner in October 2010. It is just like Master said:
“Those who really have a predestined relationship and can enlighten will come one after another, entering the Dao and obtaining the Fa. They will distinguish the righteous from the evil, obtain true teachings, lighten their bodies, enhance their wisdom, enrich their hearts, and board the boat of the Fa, sailing smoothly.” (“Enlightenment” from Essentials For Further Advancement)
2. Dispel poisoned thinking
The CCP's propaganda has deeply poisoned the Chinese people, and my family was no exception. On January 23, 2001, the CCP staged the so-called “self-immolation incident” in Tiananmen Square in order to smear Falun Gong and incite people to hate it.
At the time, I had been practicing for just over a month. My husband came home one day, and, as soon as he stepped in the door, he threw a fit right in my face. He said, “You're so proud to learn Falun Gong, but just look at what happened in Tiananmen Square today.” I had not been watching the television, so I didn't know what he was talking about. I replied, “What does Tiananmen Square have to do with my reading the book? If you read the book you would know that it asks people to be good.” My child, who was a 2nd grader in primary school, heard many negative things from schoolteachers and was very scared. This was just the start of the ordeals I went through on my cultivation path.
My husband and I had been happily married for quite awhile, but suddenly he always seemed to be looking for trouble. On three separate occasions he proposed that we get a divorce. The third time he was very straightforward: “You walk around thinking you're something special just because you practice Falun Gong. I can't stand it; I want a divorce.” He started gambling and refused to give it up. He also had an affair with a woman he met through ballroom dancing, who bore him a child out of wedlock. The woman even came to my home to cause trouble and would openly wait for him at his workplace, and he would sleep over at her place. I asked him to read the book, but he refused and even encouraged one of our children to tear Master's photo out of the book, thereby accumulating even more karma for his wrongdoing. I told him the facts, but he didn't want to hear it. When the DVD of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was available, I watched it all with him, but when it was done, he just said it was getting too political. I still clarified the truth to others and gave out materials or the DVD, but he always opposed me and got angry.
I thought to myself that nothing was accidental, and in every painful ordeal I went through I was able to look inward and find attachments in myself to lust, zealotry, jealousy, and the show-off mentality. My husband was always concerned with saving face, and he had a habit of talking about people behind their backs. If I wasn't a practitioner, I would not have known how to handle these situations and to look for the attachments within me that caused my ordeals. Master used these situations to help me improve my character and enlighten to the Fa's principles. I changed from always looking at others' faults to looking for my own shortcomings. I found in myself the roots of hatred and jealousy and diligently worked towards being selfless and tolerant of others. I gained a deeper understanding of the mission that Dafa disciples shoulder and felt very lucky to be a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple in the Dharma-ending period
Not only did I not fight with my husband, but I also treated him and my in-laws even better. I told them to remember that “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” Through my efforts, his entire family of nearly 40 people came to understand the situation regarding Falun Gong, and they all withdrew from the wicked Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations. As a result, they had good fortune. Eventually, my husband had a change of heart. He said, “I am sincerely convinced that Falun Gong is good. The woman I had the affair with knew that you were a practitioner. But when she came to really understand what kind of person you are, she told me that she also wants to practice Falun Gong. She finally told me that she thought you were a good person, but that I was not.”
When others became indignant about my husband's behavior, I would reply, “Perhaps if I did not practice Falun Dafa I wouldn't deal with it this way. Perhaps I would have already lost my life. But it is Falun Dafa that has enabled me to improve myself and become a good person. I now treasure my life, and my capacity for giving is so much more now. Falun Dafa's Master saved my life and gave me new life at the same time.”
3. A new material production site
After I learned Dafa and realized how precious it was, whenever I saw people who had been poisoned by the CCP's lies, I felt a responsibility to tell them the truth. With fellow practitioner's help, I began to post truth-clarification stickers, distribute materials, and clarify the truth to people through letters, phone calls, or just face to face.
When a new article from Master was published, we would pass it around for each other to read. I once received an article that was 80 pages long, and since I wanted to read it again, I went to a photocopy shop to make a copy. As the shop assistant was copying the last page, he noticed what it was and fearfully told me, “If you had told me earlier that this was Falun Gong material, I would not have accepted it. I might lose my business over this—it must be destroyed.” I told him, “Remember that Falun Dafa is good, and it will bring you good fortune.” He refused to listen and asked for 5 yuan. I paid him, but he still wouldn't return the original. After a little more persuading, however, and some assistance from Master, he finally returned the original. I left without any further incident. When I got home, I looked within and saw that I had been afraid and had not sent forth righteous thoughts. As a result, the evil took advantage of the loophole and made an ordinary person commit a sin against Dafa.
I thought to myself, “If the photocopy shop won't make copies for me, I should try to buy my own photocopier.” Master saw my wish, and a year later we were to set up material production sites everywhere in China. I thought it was the perfect opportunity and volunteered my home as a production site in 2006. I have learned so much since then. At first I didn't even know how to turn the computer on and off. Now I'm able to go on the Internet, download what I need, print copies, make DVDs, and so on. Through ups and downs, I have persisted in my duties and have gradually become more steady and mature. A photocopier salesperson told me that my equipment was very high-quality and could do more than three times the volume of a normal copy machine. I purchased a new printer this year. It has a sacred mission, just like me: to assist Master in this period Fa-rectification, thus establishing mighty virtue.
4. Cooperate with each other and rescue fellow practitioners
In March 2011, a local practitioner was arrested while distributing truth-clarification materials, and his home was searched by four officers from the city's Domestic Security Division. That night, the practitioner was held in a detention center. When I heard what had happened, I immediately exposed the persecution through our Clearwisdom website. I also talked to the practitioner's family about how we were going to rescue him. We received a phone call from his employer's security department advising us that he was being held at the No. 2 Detection Center. When we arrived there, the guard at the gate told us that he needed to see paperwork from the local police station. The next day, the practitioner's mother and I went to the police station and asked to see the person in charge of the case. We were told to come later in the afternoon, since that person wasn't available in the morning. We eventually reached them by phone, and they told us that they had nothing to do with the case and to ask Li from the Domestic Security Division. On the third day, we finally had a meeting with Li. As soon as we mentioned the detained practitioner's name, his attitude became indifferent. He accused me of trying to write down some phone numbers that were on his desk and demanded to search my bag. Eventually, and with Master's protection, we left safely. I knew that Li felt threatened because he knew what he was doing was wrong. The practitioner's mother had very strong righteous thoughts and patiently explained the truth to those who would listen. She sent an open letter to the practitioner's employer and colleagues, which had a good effect, and encouraged some of them to join in the rescue effort.
By then, the detained practitioner had started a hunger strike in order to protest the persecution. When this was exposed on Clearwisdom, they stopped injecting him with drugs. They still attempted to hold an illegal trial. We also exposed this on Clearwisdom and put up the phone numbers and contact information of those who were organizing the trial. Practitioners sent forth righteous thoughts to disintegrate the evil, and practitioners outside of China made phone calls and sent text messages to those involved. As a result, the authorities were frightened and the trial was canceled due to fear of further exposure on Clearwisdom.
“what is most important is that Dafa disciples cooperate together well, and that only when people work together well will things go well.” (“Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa”)
As things currently stand, the practitioner is still imprisoned. Other practitioners are facing similar situations, which requires us to cooperate even better in order to thoroughly disintegrate the evil behind those who would persecute Dafa disciples. Let us all have righteous thoughts and actions, and together complete our historic mission to assist Master in Fa-rectification, complete cultivation, and return home with Master.
Thank you, revered Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners!