A Young Falun Dafa Practitioner's Cultivation Experiences
(Clearwisdom.net) I am a young Falun Dafa practitioner, and a college freshman. I have persevered through ten years of difficult cultivation practice, and have sincerely tried to remember Teacher's words, and not forget my mission.
Under my parents' influence, I was fortunate to start practicing Falun Dafa in 1997. I listened to Teacher's lectures daily with my mother, and practiced the exercises with her. My parents were coordinators at our local exercise site. My father made a wooden box and painted a big Falun (law wheel) on it. He put a stereo inside the box, and carried it to the exercise site every morning, never missing a day. In the evening, my entire family and other practitioners met at a fellow practitioner's home to study the Fa together. Our lives were full of new meaning every day, and we diligently cultivated ourselves according to the Fa.
I remembered that back in 1997 when we celebrated the fifth anniversary of Falun Dafa's public introduction by Teacher, my entire family, along with other fellow practitioners, arrived at the Changchun City Stadium in Liaoning Province to see the artwork created by practitioners. I was shocked by the practitioners' wisdom, and overcome by the cultivation stories portrayed in their art. I was also moved by Teacher's great mercy. I wrote my pledge to Teacher, to be steadfast in cultivation practice to the end, in the message book.
When the persecution started on July 20, 1999, the television, radio stations, newspapers and all the media came out with redundant reports slandering Dafa and Dafa's Teacher. Although I was very young, I was in too much pain to express my feelings with words, while listening to or watching that news.
My parents decided to go to Beijing to appeal for the rights of Falun Gong. I sincerely wanted to go with them, but they told me that I was too young and had to stay home. I didn't ask them to stay with me, so my parents left, and I was very proud of them. I was alone in our big home. I cried while holding Teacher's book. I looked at Teacher's picture and said, "I am a Dafa disciple, and although I'm by myself in this house, I will steadfastly cultivate and practice Dafa to the end. I have no fear, because Dafa and Teacher are with me." With Teacher's protection, I started studying the Fa.
Later, my father returned home, so I studied the Fa with him while we waited for my mother to return. We later found out that my mother had been illegally arrested and imprisoned in the Beijing Forced Labor Camp for a year and six months. During her imprisonment, she was brutally tortured. I missed my mother so much, and I was depressed. I was unable to study the Fa and practice the exercises well. My school studies also declined tremendously.
Eighteen months later my mother was released from the Beijing Forced Labor Camp, so my entire family started studying the Fa together again, practicing the exercises, sending forth righteous thoughts, and doing the three things. I clarified the facts about Falun Dafa to schoolmates, which helped them to understand Dafa. I also wrote letters to my teachers to expose the falsehood of the "Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation," and help them learn how wonderful Dafa is and how Dafa has been accepted around the world. Two of my school teachers understood the truth about Dafa. I emailed Dafa truth-materials through the Internet to the readers. I also carefully folded truth-clarifying materials, packed them well, and went out with my parents to distribute them. While walking on the cold and dark rural trails, my heart actually felt very warm and I wasn't afraid or tired, even during the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) rampant persecution of Falun Gong. I sent forth righteous thoughts continuously.
"If thoughts are righteous, evil will collapse"
("What's to Fear?" from Hong Yin Vol. II)
While visiting my relatives in the rural areas, I distributed and posted Dafa truth-clarifying materials. I used different methods to clarify the truth.
I have now begun studies in a university. No matter where I go, I am a Dafa practitioner, therefore I should do the three things well.
On November 18, 2009, there were two teachers who slandered Dafa in their classes. The next day, another teacher slandered Dafa in class, so I sent forth righteous thoughts to stop him. After the class ended, I waited for him at the entrance. I clarified the facts about Falun Dafa to him, and he was quiet and listened to me. In the end, he thanked me. I smiled and was happy for him, since he now understood the truth about Dafa. I pressed my hands together in the Heshi position (hands pressed together) to thank Teacher for His mercy.
Ten years have passed, and practitioners have become more mature through cultivation. Therefore, we should do the three things even better. Only by doing so will we be worthy of Teacher's merciful and arduous salvation efforts.