One Woman's Belief: People Need to Come Together When Times Get Tough
(Clearwisdom.net) I had known a woman for only ten days, but after being forced into homelessness to avoid persecution, I sought refuge in her home for a few days. Under such a difficult situation, the aunt (affectionate term for older ladies) resolutely gave us shelter based on the simple belief that "people need to Come Together when times get tough."
This person is nearly 50 years old. Her husband passed away a long time ago. Overcoming the difficulty of raising children on her own, she developed great inner strength. She scrupulously required herself to live as the ancients did, in an honest and friendly manner. Her family was afforded little education, but during the time when political movements such as the Cultural Revolution were prevalent, the enormous social pressure did not move her. When the media created rumors to attack Falun Gong and people who did not know the truth slandered Falun Gong, she always protected Dafa with compassion. She said, "I read the book. Not a single word teaches people to do bad things. People who practice Falun Gong are all good people and have not done anything dishonorable." If practitioners were in trouble she would help them to protect the books.
My staying at her home brought inconvenience and pressure to this lady and her family, but she remained close to us on her own initiative. Although we lived together for only two days, she deeply felt that people who practice Falun Dafa are very good. She could see that the propaganda was groundless, and she became willing to understand Dafa more.
While we were there, the lady went to the hospital for some tests. She had been diagnosed with a serious cervical tumor and was experiencing internal bleeding. As a result, doctors told her that she needed surgery several days later.
After she came back, she brought up matters related to cultivation practice. We told her the stories of the great enlightened people in history, such as Jesus and Sakyamuni. We told her about the universal principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance, the relationship between de (virtue) and sickness karma, and of the true meaning of loss and gain. We talked about how the beings of the universe dropped to this world because of selfishness, and that Falun Dafa is the path to return to one's original true self. After that, the aunt decided to study the Fa with us in the evening! It had just been five days from the time we were first acquainted with each other to the time she started practicing cultivation in earnest! The next day, she was scheduled to have surgery, but when she was tested again, the doctor was surprised to find that the tumor had gotten noticeably smaller. The lady thought that Master must have been taking care of her, so she decided not to have the surgery.
October 29, 2002 is the most significant and the most unforgettable day in this woman's life, because on this day she began to practice cultivation in Dafa. The aunt studied Fa, learned the exercises and sent forth righteous thoughts vigorously. Thus, another precious life was saved; another person found her way back to the origin!
November 19, 2002