Deaf Couple Cultivate and Improve Together Under Teacher's Merciful Care
(Clearwisdom.net) My husband and I are deaf and cannot speak. However, I am better than my husband in writing skills; my husband is more limited in communication - he can neither hear nor speak, and what he manages to write down is usually confusing and misleading.
Three years before we started practicing Falun Gong, in 1994, Teacher came to my home. At the time I was suffering from a very difficult disease. At the school for the deaf where my husband used to go, there was a teacher who knew our Teacher and he invited Teacher to our home. Unfortunately, I was not at home, but Teacher saw my husband and me using clairvoyance, and described our appearance, attire, and what we were doing. Teacher also mentioned seeing golden lights around my husband. Several days later, my husband's teacher came to our home again, and told me that Teacher was from a very high level and posessed mighty divine powers. I believed what he said and my disease disappeared before I realized it. Later, I understood that it was Teacher that removed the cause of my disease in another dimension.
In 1997, my disease, nephritis, recurred, which caused me to start practicing Falun Gong. When I opened Zhuan Falun and saw Teacher's photo, it was as if I had seen the photo somewhere else. After I finished the book, I felt I had been reborn.
Before I practiced Falun Gong, my husband and I had some problems that almost caused us to get divorced. I resented his not being smart and lacking a man's capability to do many things. Although we have been married for fifteen years, we still do not have children. After I started to practice Falun Dafa, I started to cultivate virtue. Teacher said in Zhuan Falun,
"Desires, lust, and things of these sorts are all human attachments, and all of them should be given up."
I realized that when Dafa was being spread in the world, my husband and I met each other and came together because of Dafa. I changed my attitude towards him 180 degrees. He was deeply moved and he thanked Teacher and Dafa for my change. While on my cultivation path, I also told him the truth of Falun Gong and the benefits of assimilating oneself to Dafa. Sometimes he also reads and copies Dafa books.
After the persecution began on July 20, 1999, I stepped forward to validate Dafa. My husband also wanted to follow practitioners to validate Dafa. I thought he didn't truly study the Fa and probably did not have the righteous thoughts to step forward. I felt that it could bring damage to Dafa if we did not handle it well. He requested again and again and said that he would stay together with Dafa practitioners, alive or dead. I then thought he must have a lot of karma, being deaf and unable to speak. His helping practitioners should be good for him to accumulate virtue, so I agreed. On January 8, 2002 (lunar calendar), my husband and I were arrested for clarifying the truth about Falun Gong, and we were detained at the Third Detention Center of Changchun City. In the detention center, my husband was persecuted even more severely than me. When the police interrogated us, they asked me to leave first and kept my husband alone with them. He didn't reveal anything. After the interrogation, the police didn't know how to handle two deaf people, much less know how to speak to us, so they let us go home. Even the police felt it was extraordinary that a deaf couple had stepped out to validate Falun Dafa.
After that, the local Communist Party officials used my husband's family and relatives to prevent him from following Dafa practitioners. His family tried to talk him out of it, in front of me, and behind my back as well. My husband didn't agree with them. Then his mother suddenly lost her eyesight one night. Local Communist Party officials used this misfortune to provoke his family to resent my husband and pressured me not to take him with me (to clarify the truth of Falun Gong to people). I knew it was the old forces, wanting to drag my husband down. His family did not know the truth and they were poisoned too deeply. So I sat down and told them the most private matter about my husband and I. My purpose was to let them know what kind of benefits Dafa had brought to our family and to their son and why my husband was so steadfast. I pointed out they were being narrow-minded and selfish, and let them realize that all these troubles were caused by the Communist Party. I asked them why they didn't dare to question the Communist Party, but only blamed Dafa, when they actually should thank Dafa. Hearing this, they all left. Several days later, they came back to apologize and promised they would not bother us anymore.
From then on, my husband has always been following Dafa practitioners on the path of validating Dafa. He uses his special skills in industrial arts to help make Dafa banners and truth clarification materials. Sometimes when I watch him doing it so devotedly, I can't help feeling, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if he could study the Fa and be a true Dafa disciple during the Fa-rectification period?" Recently I read, "Teaching the Fa in San Francisco, 2005," in which Teachers says,
"Dafa disciples, let me tell you about a principle. If an ordinary person can do Dafa disciples' things during this time when Dafa disciples are persecuted, this person will become a divine being for sure, even though he is an ordinary person who hasn't cultivated."
I realized that my husband could follow practitioners steadfastly through today because this is his way of cultivating. He told me that he twice saw Teacher's golden and shiny Law Body beside him.
Now I truly understand Teacher's compassion for all lives in the Fa-rectification period. In China and many places in the world, deaf people - especially those who cannot speak - are often discriminated against and looked down on as being less significant, and even as unintelligent people. However, as long as we firmly believe in Dafa, in Teacher, follow Dafa to act, and choose compassion during Fa-rectification, Teacher will give us great and extraordinary levels. At the same time, I am also deeply ashamed, because I am no longer as diligent as I was. After Teacher published his article, "The Closer to the End, the More Diligent You Should Be," I read it and knew that Teacher was talking about practitioners like me. I promise to Teacher that from now on I will be diligent in cultivation and will not disappoint Teacher's compassionate salvation.
I also hope that those practitioners who are not very diligent, who have stopped cultivating or who have followed an evil path will catch up. I also hope that we practitioners will help them, offer them our hands, so that we can upgrade and improve together.