Falun Gong Stories from a Small Town
(Clearwisdom.net) It's been more than a decade since Falun Dafa became widely popular in China. There are many moving stories that happened in our small town. The following are a few stories from our practitioners.
1. My Torticollis Disease Miraculously Cured
I'm over eighty years old now. I had practiced Falun Gong for about two months when my torticollis (a neck-muscle disorder, which had bothered me for nearly sixty years) was miraculously cured.
I went to a park in June 1996, where I saw a few people standing around a big yellow sign that read, "Falun Gong." It was said to be a Buddha school practice. "Marvelous!" I thought, "Cultivating compassion! That sounds wonderful." I learned the exercises by following the practitioners' movements. Later I listened to Master's recorded lecture in Jinan for nine consecutive nights. I immediately realized that I'd never before heard teachings of such a high level.
I was retired at the time, and made ends meet by selling popsicles. I got up early in the morning to go to the park to do Falun Gong exercises. About two months later, my wife suddenly realized that my tilted head (due to torticollis) had returned to a normal position. I couldn't believe it. Who could have thought that this was possible!
When I was eight years old, I got a wind-chill and had to live with strabismus (a condition in which the eyes do not point in the same direction) and torticollis ever since. I had a handful of nicknames, such as "tilted head," "crooked neck," etc. As I got older, the names didn't bother me as much, yet in my youth, if someone called me names in public, the disgrace it brought me was worse than someone humiliating my ancestors. After only two months of practicing Falun Gong however, my disease was miraculously cured. What a divine practice! Words can't express the depth of my gratitude to Master and Dafa.
Who'd expect such blessings and fortune at my late stage of life? Not only was my torticollis cured, but I felt and acted younger and more energetic. I now have a new nickname: "Young at an old age."
2. Such Wonderful People in This World
The following is a story by an older practitioner, and a large amount of money that was found and returned to the owner.
I'm in my seventies, and I have practiced Dafa for more than a decade. This story happened in the spring of 1997. It was 3:00 a.m. in the morning when I got ready go to the exercise site. As soon as I opened the door, I saw a stack of bills. I counted it, and it was 500 yuan. When I came back after 6:00 a.m., I found more bills on the stairs. I took them inside the house and counted again. The total was 1900 yuan. This wasn't a small amount of money, especially in our small town.
"Who could lose so much money so early in the morning?" I asked myself. "It must belong to someone who got drowsy late last night. Whoever he is, I need to find him right away. He must be very worried."
Two days later, I overhead a neighbor's phone conversation, saying that she lost her money. I went to ask her for details. She said that two days prior, she had lost a total of 2600 yuan in the morning. It was borrowed from her company.
My heart sank as I heard the number. There was a 700 yuan gap. What should I do? What if she was deceiving me to get more money? After discussion, my husband and I made the joint decision to return the money. "We are practitioners. We must be truthful persons and do truthful deeds. If we return what we found--1900 yuan, wouldn't they believe us?" And so we did.
The couple was overjoyed. "We never knew people like you existed. Thank you so much!" In order to express their gratitude, they wanted to give us 500 yuan as a reward. We refused no matter how hard they tried to persuade us.
There are indeed people like us who have hearts of gold. They are Dafa practitioners who have been taught the Fa principles by our Master.
Back then, whether it was at a Fa conference or an exercise site, when someone found jewelry, a watch or money, our assistants were always notified, and they made a lost and found announcement. Falun Dafa is a pure land.
3. An Unforgettable Exercise Site
Before the persecution began on July 20, 1999, the most popular exercise site in our town was the South Garden. It was a huge field close to a river. The only drawback was the big pit in the middle. It took the practitioners three days, working before and after their exercises, to fill it in. Many passersby said that Falun Gong practitioners were extraordinary, as everyday people wouldn't make such efforts.
I remember that between two big trees there was a banner with a Falun Dafa introduction and pictures of Master teaching the Fa and exercises. It attracted many people. There were designated practitioners teaching the exercises. Every day there were newcomers with predestined relationships who came to learn Falun Dafa. At the beginning there were only a couple of practitioners doing the exercises. The number later went up to about 500. It was a wonderful scene when the peaceful exercise music was playing, and the practitioners were doing the exercises together.
Some practitioners with supernormal abilities could see that the entire site was bathed in a red light, and Master's Fashen guarded the site. Master's gong column was extremely high. Practitioners often moved to the main street at 4:00 p.m. every day to spread the Fa and do exercises in front of the old post office. Later as more and more people joined in doing the exercises, dozens of sites were established in the many residential districts.
4. May 13 Eleven Years Ago
After the Beijing appeal event on April 25, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) searched everywhere in our town for Dafa practitioners. The tension was building.
In order to validate the Fa, the local practitioners decided to do group exercises for three days at a grammar school on May 13.
Each morning from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., when the music came on, with no one telling them, the group of over a thousand practitioners started doing the exercises in unison. It was an unforgettable and spectacular scene. Many police officers (either in uniforms or plainclothes) monitored the site intensely, some even sat right behind the practitioners. No one had any fear. Everyone was quietly concentrating on the exercises. According to the practitioners with supernormal abilities, the sky was filled with heavenly maidens holding vases and spreading manna dew towards Dafa practitioners. Buds were shooting out of the ground in unison. It was a site for the gods. Shielded with red light, the exercise site was filled with peace and harmony.
Eleven years of red terror failed to thwart Dafa disciples. We still firmly believe in our Master and Dafa.
May 13 has again arrived. Thousands of words can be distilled into one sentence: Thank you compassionate and great Master! We will strive to save sentient beings.