Saving People Diligently and with Perseverance
(Clearwisdom.net) I am a seventy-five year old Dafa practitioner who began the practice on October 8, 1997. Prior to the practice I had many illnesses: heart problems, hypertension, and lower back and leg pain.
When I first began to do the sitting meditation, my legs were always held up high. I would sweat profusely from the pain. I treated the practice as, "Let joy be found in hardship." (Hong Yin) A year later, I was able to sit in the lotus position and remain in it for an hour. I could feel that Master was purifying my body. I vomited repeatedly, and I felt healthy after my body was purified. I am grateful that Master has given me a second life, which I will use to help Master to rectify the Fa.
In 2001, a fellow practitioner handed me a hundred copies of truth clarification materials that explained the goodness of Falun Gong and exposed the persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). I distributed them to people, and they were glad to accept them and were thankful. Master told us,
"Validate the Fa with rationality, clarify the truth with wisdom, spread the Fa and save people with mercy..." ("Rationality" from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
From that moment on, I made up my mind that I would not depend on others to offer more people salvation. If I got Dafa materials from others, I used them; if I did not have the materials, I would make them. I got some old posters, cut them into small postcards and wrote the following sentences on them: "Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good; the world needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance; and the Tiananmen Self-immolation Incident is a hoax." I posted them every night.
Master once told us,
"The only thing you have a role in is saving people," ("Teaching the Fa in the City of Chicago," 2005)
I listened to Master and insisted on carrying out this task every day, regardless of the conditions. I could walk on the icy wintry roads during the snow, ride my tricycle in the rain and still felt endless energy. I did not find it hard to do. I sewed additional pockets into my clothes to hold more Dafa materials. I would occasionally go out four or five times a night to distribute The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.
I would do anything and think of all the possible approaches at my disposal, to offer people salvation. When I went shopping during the day, I would pay with currency on which I had written a positive statement about Falun Gong. I offered each visitor I encountered salvation. I told them of the goodness of Falun Gong, the worldwide spread of Dafa, and quitting the CCP.
I made use of any opportunity to offer people salvation. Other practitioners quipped that I might have handed out a truck-load of Dafa materials. I smiled and felt that I could do more, and I was still far from what Master requires of a Dafa practitioner.
From time to time during my cultivation and Fa-rectification process, I have experienced the power of Dafa and Master's protection. I have had my tricycle since 1997 and treated it as an important instrument to verify the Fa. Due to frequent use and a lack of maintenance, the parts that connect the trunk and wheels rusted, became lose and made noise when I was driving. One day, I discovered that the screws on both sides had fallen out, but the trunk still remained connected. I was moved and realized that Master had kept the tricycle in one piece for me, to complete the Dafa work.
Occasionally I fell off the tricycle, especially on a rainy day, but remained unhurt. For the years of cultivation when I did something good for Dafa, I would receive Master's encouragement. For example, words would jump off the book when I read Zhuan Falun. I held no attachment of joy or showing off, and continued doing the three things as a Dafa practitioner in the process of Fa- rectification.
Sometimes I failed to control my attachments and let the old forces take advantage of me, and developed illness symptoms. I would suddenly suffer leg pain when I was outside for Fa-validation or visited a Dafa practitioner. I could not ride the tricycle. I ended up walking several hours to get home. I knew then that I had a problem. During face-to-face truth clarification, someone did not listen to me or would not accept the facts. Nevertheless, I remembered that a Dafa disciple should look inward and discover the attachment. I studied the Fa and sent righteous thoughts to deny the old forces' arrangements. The leg pain disappeared and I was back to normal after I rested for a while. I was not afraid when the symptoms recurred. I firmly believed in Master and Dafa, and had Dafa to control my thoughts. I persisted in doing the "three things", regardless of any interference that I encountered.
Master has confirmed the importance of distributing Dafa materials to offer more people salvation, and I should not fall behind. Thinking about Master's great expectations for us, I will continue to do this until the Fa-rectification is complete.
Due to Master's great compassion and protection, while in my 70's, I am still full of energy and can do almost everything. I have spent the most meaningful life with Dafa, will not let Master down, and save more people. My fellow practitioners: let us cultivate the Fa diligently, and remember our missions to save sentient beings during the process of Fa-rectification.