A Little Ten-year-old Disciple is Determined to Steadfastly Make Progress in Cultivation
I am a little Falun Dafa practitioner. My name is Zhang Ning (alias). I am ten years old this year. I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1997 along with my mother. Before I practiced Dafa, I was a big medicine taker and often had to go to the hospital. You could not imagine that, though I was only a little boy, I had many kinds of illnesses such as nephritis, dermatitis, chronic bronchitis, and pneumonia. Because I got ill too often, it was almost routine to take a lot of medicine, get shots, and stay in hospitals. I gave my parents a ton of distress. After studying Dafa and doing the practice, I unwittingly found that my sicknesses were all gone. I have never had to take medicines, get shots, or stay in hospitals again. I was so happy; how truly miraculous Dafa is! It was Teacher's benevolence that made me become a healthy little Dafa disciple.
I persisted in studying Fa and doing the practice every day. No matter how cold or hot the weather was, I always went to the practice site with my mother, and took part in the group practice and study. However, ever since 1999 when Jiang XX and his villainous followers distorted the facts, cracked down on Falun Gong unreasonably, and persecuted Dafa practitioners, my little heart also got hurt. I was afraid of doing the practice, and I was even more scared of reading the book and studying the Fa. Our condition was not good, and our environment was even worse. The local police came continuously to our home; they told us that we were not allowed to live in our house because we were practicing Falun Gong. My mom was fired by her workplace, and my dad was not employed anymore, either. Our living was really tough. Teachers in my school came up to me and said this and that about how bad Falun Gong was, which made me feel very unpleasant. I didn't want to repeat their mean words, since I knew what these teachers said was not right. It was no doubt that all my sicknesses disappeared due to practicing Falun Gong. However, I had no way out and nodded my head at that time. I was almost about to cry. Just as Teacher said in Serious Teachings: "Can those who've obtained Dafa regard things as everyday people do? If a person has obtained the Fa but isn't able to validate the Fa, does he still deserve to be a Dafa disciple?" But at the time, I was such a person and was not like a little Dafa disciple at all. I was just like my ordinary friends. I was not able to persist in studying the Dafa and doing the practice. I forgot that I was a practitioner. Just then, tribulations came to me one after another. One time, my friends and I were playing on the courtyard. Because there were many logs on the courtyard, I would play climbing up and down, and running back and forth. All of a sudden, I stepped on a 5-inch nail, which was covered in rust. It went through my foot. I fell down right at the moment. When I exerted my strength to pull the nail out of my foot, I saw blood flowing out of the hole the nail was in. The blood came out faster and faster. I almost fainted from the pain. The grandpa and grandma of my neighbor found me and then carried me back home. My dad got worried to ask me about it. I could not say anything but cry because it was too painful to endure. My dad said to me: "What on Earth do you want to do?" I cried on and said that I wanted to practice Falun Gong. It was truly miraculous that right when I said that I wanted to practice Falun Gong, the pain on my foot started to ease and the blood started to stop flowing out, too. Binding up the wounded foot, I picked up the scriptures and read. After a couple days, my foot was healed. I resumed practicing Falun Gong again.
Whenever there are festivities or holidays, the villainous people would always come and disturb our regular life. On July 18 of last year, the local police were afraid that we might go to Beijing. They made us guarantee that we would not practice Falun Gong and not go to Beijing. We did not agree although the police thought of all kinds of ideas and means to try to coerce us. In the end, they forcefully threw us out of our home on the pretext of our giving them trouble. Within a month, police drove us out of our residence three times. Because we could not have a peaceful life, I again lost my confidence, and couldn't keep practicing Falun Dafa. In that period of time, the weather was extremely hot. I had nowhere to stay, so I just followed my dad or mom daily. They had to work, and no one took care of me, so blisters grew all over my face (some people said they were a contagious disease). I also had high fevers; my eyes were nearly sealed in my swollen face. The police still often came to disturb us. The pressure on my parents was extremely heavy. Whoever saw me in this situation would tell me to quickly go to see a doctor. My mom decided to send me to see a doctor after she found that I had difficulty to endure itching. The school did not allow a student with a contagious disease to go to school because they were afraid that some other students would be infected with it. One student in my class grew a blister on her hand; she said that I had infected her. I would indeed get suspended from school. This time, I made up my mind once more to continue practicing Falun Dafa. And then a miracle came true. I didn't even finish reading one lecture of Zhuan Falun yet, when I fell asleep. When I woke up on the morning of the following day; however, all the blisters on my face had turned smaller. Furthermore, by the afternoon, all of them were gone almost without a trace. Therefore, I again made great efforts to practice Falun Dafa. Dafa is so miraculous! It is not like what you view on T.V. at all. All that is deceiving people.
Lastly, I would like with all my heart to tell every grandpa, grandma, uncle, aunt, and child "Falun Dafa is good! Our Teacher is good!" I persevere in studying the Fa, doing the exercises, and listening to the recorded lectures every day. Dafa has changed me and my health has significantly improved. Therefore, I need to steadfastly practice Falun Dafa.
April 19, 2001