Walking the Right Cultivation Path with Steadfast Belief in Dafa
(Clearwisdom.net) I obtained the Fa in 1996. Before that, I had never heard of qigong, let alone know that qigong was cultivation practice. I thought that cultivation was merely legends and fairy tales. At the time, my elder sister and sister-in-law had already obtained the Fa. For several months, they often asked me to take Teacher's lecture tapes, exercise tapes and other materials with me to spread Dafa to other cities whenever I went on business trips. But I didn't realize that the opportunity was given to me to obtain the Fa. One day my sister-in-law said to me, "You should practice Falun Gong. Through cultivation, one can become a Buddha, Tao or Bodhisattva."
I was a dancer and choreographer before and had loved classical Chinese figures. In my eyes, Bodhisattva's images were so nice. They looked quite peaceful and compassionate, beautiful, graceful, and radiant. So even before my sister-in-law finished the sentence, I said, "I'd like to become a Bodhisattva through cultivation."
With that sentence, my predestined relationship with Teacher of tens of thousands of years was continued. For over a dozen years, my heart has been always with Dafa. My steadfast belief in Dafa has never been swayed. I've been walking firmly on the Fa-rectification path arranged by Teacher.
I. My Body Was Purified Through Doing the Exercises and My Celestial Eye Opened While Listening to Teacher's Lectures
In early June 1996, I went to the practice site for the first time. I had just started to study the Fa and didn't even know all the exercises yet. That night, I became "sick" and felt quite uncomfortable. I had a 103-degree fever, and my whole body was swollen. My head was larger than normal, and my face was deformed due to the swelling. The roots of my hair and my fingernails ached. I couldn't touch my skin, since a light touch would trigger unbearable pain. I also felt intense pain in my inner organs. My feet were swollen and ached so much that I couldn't stand still and couldn't straighten my back. The next day, I crawled to the restroom 13 times. The flat wart skin disease that was cured in the past reappeared. For four days, I didn't go to the exercise site and didn't go to work. I didn't know what to do. Every day, practitioners at the exercise site told me that since I had a strong predestined relationship with Teacher, and that Teacher was purifying my body the first time I went to the exercise site. They urged me to continue going to the exercise site and promised me that I would be fine once I went there.
Since I didn't have a good understanding of Fa at the time, I didn't enlighten to what the practitioners were saying. Finally, I couldn't bear the pain any longer so I decided to give it a try. On the fifth day, I wrapped a scarf around my face, and asked my husband to take me to the exercise site. I hid in the trees and learned to do the exercises. Listening to the beautiful exercise music, I felt so comfortable. I thought to myself, I should have come earlier.
That very day, all my symptoms disappeared overnight.
After Dafa's purification, I felt younger, healthier, and prettier. I was so happy and excited. I experienced and verified the beauty and miraculous power of Dafa. I went to back work on the sixth day.
On the eighth day, at the exercise site, practitioners were notified that they could go to an auditorium in a school to watch the videotape of Teacher's Nine Lectures in Guangzhou. I watched it attentively and reverently, as I didn't want to miss a single sentence. Because I didn't have a chance to attend Teacher's exercise and lecture classes in person, watching Teacher's lecture tape was a precious opportunity for me.
When Teacher talked about the celestial eye, the muscles between my eyebrows tightened and kept twisting. Since then, my celestial eye has been open. I saw Teacher's fashen many times. I saw Teacher's shining golden gong body in remote areas and rotating law wheels covering the sky and filling up a room. My main spirit went to other dimensions many times. These magnificent and glorious sights strengthened my belief in Dafa. In turn, my strong belief helps me to be more firm and diligent.
Dafa gave me so many wonderful and splendid experiences. The above are just a few examples.
II. Validating Dafa on July 20 and Eliminating Persecution
On July 20, 1999, the day the persecution of Falun Dafa began, after 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon, several dozen people from the city police department and a couple of other organizations came by police cars to my house. Staff members from three TV stations also came. They illegally searched my house and took me away. They confiscated 5,300 yuan in cash, as well as my minivan.
Since I had a very delicate appearance, the evildoers coupled threats with promises, and conjured up all kinds of tricks to force me to give up Dafa and reveal information about other practitioners. This interrogation continued for over 200 hours. During the whole time, they didn't allow me to sleep. I knew very clearly that without Teacher's protection, I would not be able to sustain it, and that without Dafa's guidance, I would not know what to do. With compassion and a calm heart, I told them the many benefits that Dafa brought to me and to other people. They said to me, "Show us the evidence of those benefits." I smiled and said, "I'm the evidence!" (I was in my forties, yet they thought I was in my twenties.)
I never cooperated with their persecution. They forced me to watch propaganda TV programs that slandered Dafa. I told them, "There is no reason I should listen to you. There is nothing wrong with cultivating and trying to be a nice person. As a practitioner, I should listen to my Teacher only." They said, "You are so stubborn. You speak too much. Don't think we're afraid to beat you." They pounded on the table, trying to frighten me.
I thought of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance during the whole ordeal. My actions followed those three principles. I told them the manifestation of Dafa's beauty in me and in other people. I said, "My Teacher told us,
'I am rooted in the universe. If anyone can harm you, he or she would be able to harm me. Put simply, that person would be able to harm this universe.'
Don't you dare touch me!" With Teacher's protection, they didn't touch me. Since I was on a hunger strike to protest the illegal arrest, they pretended to be nice to me and brought me egg noodles.
After 2:00 a.m. that night, several more evildoers came and shouted, "Take her outside!" They dragged me out and pushed me into a van. The withering sandy July wind made me feel cold and sad.
They took me to a remote rural site, where they threatened me, "Since you don't want to give up Falun Gong, and you said, 'He who teaches me for a day, is my father for life,' your Teacher is in US, then call out your Teacher to save you. No matter how stubborn you are, let's wait and see." I heard them getting their handguns ready. Yet I was not afraid.
I thought to myself that I've been practicing Dafa for three years and have received so many things from Teacher. Even if I died today, I've lived a worthy life. I kept reciting Teacher's poem:
"Live with no pursuit, Die not caring about staying; Clear out all wild thoughts, Cultivating to a Buddha is not hard." (Hong Yin)
They asked. "What are you saying? You're such a headache! Looks like this one is difficult too. She is pretty and wealthy. You would think she might be easy to sway. Doesn't look like she is going to change her mind. Let's go!"
My steadfast belief in Teacher and Dafa was never swayed throughout the ordeal. All Teacher wanted was my rock-solid heart. During the July 20 persecution, Dafa's miraculous power manifested in me. Here are just a couple of examples: From July 20 to July 30, I didn't sleep for over 200 hours. Yet every day, I spoke nonstop for at least 20 hours. I was on a hunger strike for three days but all the suffering was borne by Teacher. Thanks to Teacher, I was not hurt.
At 4:00 a.m. on July 21, they got tired and locked me in the detention room. The room was very dark. I said, "You detain good people illegally. You're committing a crime." They said, "Knock on the door when you're ready (to give up Falun Gong)." Then the twinkling lights started to appear in the room. I then knew that Teacher was protecting me and asking me not to be afraid. I cried and started to practice the first exercise, "Buddha Showing a Thousand Hands." Then I sat down to practice the sitting meditation. I felt that my legs were soft and I could easily sit in the full lotus position. Teacher was helping me. (I could not cross my legs before and I could only sit in the full lotus position for one minute before this illegal abduction. That night I was in the full lotus position for at least one hour.
I have shared only a few cultivation stories since I didn't study the Fa very well, and human notions have prevented me from sharing my experiences. I'm ashamed to face Teacher's profound benevolence. Please point out anything inappropriate in this article.