January 26, 2000
My mother was called Ma Jin-xiu. She lived in Guang-an-men, Shang-yi East #4-041, Xuang-wu District of Beijing. She was counted by the Chinese government as one of the "1,400 cases of death attributed to Falun Gong". Her death "due to Falun Gong" has been publicized on TV controlled by the Chinese government. Now I will tell the true story about her death.
In 1981 when I went to middle school, my mother got diabetes. She got four '+'s in every medical checkup. She often had heart palpitations. Believing that she might die very soon, she entrusted me to Aunt Hua, asking her to take care of my brother, my sister and especially me as I would be so young after she died.
For more than ten years, she was plagued by her diseases. Although she took more than 30 prescribed pills daily, her health got worse and worse. In 1994 and 1995, she suffered apoplexy twice each year, which brought hemiplegia to her face. Her eyebrows were extremely uneven. Her eyes did not shine and her face looked dark. Her mouth corners were skewed too. The second time she suffered apoplexy, the doctor said that it was very hard for her face to recover and if she suffered apoplexy one more time, she might lose her life. My mother was on the verge of death.
My mother's health showed no improvement until she learned Falun Dafa in 1996. After she watched Master Li's videotapes, she thought that Falun Dafa was so good that she would like to practice cultivation of Falun Dafa. Shortly, my mother's health improved miraculously. She stopped taking medicine. She kept practicing the Falun Dafa exercises, studying the books and improving her Xin-xing (heart quality, mind nature, moral values etc.) Her face recovered quickly. In only two to three months, her eyebrows became almost even. Her eyes became bright for the first time in many years. Her skewed mouth corners also became straight. Her face became white. She could walk much faster than before. She had felt tired after a tiny bit of work before. After she practiced Falun Dafa, she felt at ease even after working for half a day. My mother told everyone she met, "Falun Dafa is so good. You see that my health now is so much better than in the past. I feel very healthy. I got rid of the diabetes." Many of our relatives and friends, and even our neighbors, were very impressed with her.
Because my mother was old and she had been unhealthy for years before learning Falun Dafa, she was concerned whether she could finish her cultivation in her limited lifetime. But she vowed that she would continue to practice cultivation in her next life if she could not achieve perfection in this lifetime. She also told her vow to me.
My mother had not had any negative symptoms until the middle of 1997. My sister and I lived next door. My mother looked very well when she stayed in my room. A minute later, she went to my sister's room, and my sister started to cry that my mother's arms could not move. We took her to the hospital very quickly. When she was in the hospital, the hospital issued a notice that my mother might die shortly. My mother stayed at the hospital for treatment for a few months before she died.
For the 17 years after my mother got diabetes, many diabetes patients that my mother knew died. Therefore, my mother said to me several times, "so-and-so and so-and-so all died although they got diabetes later than I. Only I live so long. I am really lucky to be able to learn Falun Dafa."
Although my mother had a heart for practicing cultivation of Falun Dafa, she could not give up many of her attachments. Her understanding of Falun Dafa was only based on the change of her health and how she felt, so she improved very slowly in her cultivation process and therefore was not able to prolong her life even further. After she learned Falun Dafa, she could take money lightly to some extent, and she no longer argued with others in the free market. But I still remembered that during the period of her hospitalization, she checked her money while sitting in the wheelchair in order to find money for the return trip of her son. She fell down many times in order to find the money. I also remember that she could bear the humiliation from others on the bus. But while in the hospital, when my father scolded her in front of others, she threw the food onto the floor. Then, immediately, her arms and legs could not move, although she had been recovering very well before that.
Falun Dafa practices the characteristics of the universe, "Truthfulness, Benevolence, and Forbearance." Master Li said, "Qigong is cultivation practice and something supernormal, as opposed to everyday people's physical exercises. One must focus on Xinxing (mind nature, heart quality, moral value standard) in order to cure illness or increase cultivation energy." [Excerpt from Zhuan Falun, Lecture One] Master Li also said, "There are still some practitioners who have a wrong understanding. They feel that practicing Falun Dafa is like buying insurance so that their physical bodies will never die. Our cultivation system aims at cultivating both nature and life. A cultivator can prolong his life as he cultivates himself. However, some practitioners have not made enough effort when they cultivate within the In-Triple-World-Law (Shi-jian-fa) and always linger in a level. When they have raised a level with great effort, they will linger in that level again. Cultivation is a serious matter, so it is very difficult to guarantee that one's life will not come to an end at one's predestined time." [Except from "An Explicit Direction" in Falun Buddha Law (Essentials for Further Advances) ]
Let us think, if my mother had not practiced Falun Dafa, how long would she have survived after 17 years of diabetes, got four "+"s in every medical examination, and suffered two apoplexies twice in such a short time period?
She was sent to the hospital soon after she felt uncomfortable, without delay, and hence received adequate medical treatment. She took medicine. She was given injections. There does not exist the problem of refusing medical treatment. What about the outcome? She still died. We all know that the hospital could treat one's illnesses but could not save one's life if one is to die.
If a patient dies in the hospital, can we attribute one's death to the hospital? Then, how could we attribute a Falun Dafa practitioner's death to Falun Dafa if he/she dies? If nobody will die after practicing Falun Dafa, then all the people in the world will practice Falun Dafa in order to avoid death. How many patents die in China everyday?
As the family member of one of the 1400 cases, I welcome the opportunity to tell the truth to everyone.