Proud to Be a Dafa Disciple
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings, our reverent, great benevolent Master! Greetings, fellow disciples!
I began cultivating Falun Dafa in 1996, and it has benefitted both my mind and body. Despite tribulations, I hardly ever stopped studying the Fa or doing the exercises. During the most dangerous situations, Master protected me. I believe Master sees disciples according to their solid faith. I truly experienced,
“When disciples have ample righteous thoughts
Master has the power to turn back the tide (“The Master-Disciple Bond,” from Hong Yin Vol. II)
As long as disciples have righteous thoughts and stay on the Fa, the evil really cannot touch us, so beautiful is Buddha's infinite grace!
One day about ten years ago, two Chinese Communist Party (CCP) political and judiciary committee secretaries “talked” to me from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., I was sending forth righteous thoughts the entire time and clarifying the truth. I saw they had an arrest warrant with my name on it, and I tore it to pieces. The two commented, “Lady, you are truly remarkable!” As I left, I realized that without Master's strengthening, I could never have been so talkative. I had tears in my eyes. Master helped me, otherwise my righteous field would not have been so strong.
The second time, the political and judiciary committee passed down my name to have me taken to the city's brainwashing center. The administration in the factory where I worked tried to spare me by saying that if I turned in some books and wrote a guarantee to stop practicing, that would do. I thought, “Even to write one such character would be betraying a Buddha.” On the last day, the factory vehicle picked me up from home, and I thought they would take me to the brainwashing center, but we ended up at the factory. They asked me, “Do you still practice?” I answered calmly, “Yes.” A police vehicle arrived, and I said to all present, “Who dares to force me into that vehicle? I will go on a hunger strike to protest. I am not at fault for cultivating Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance!” I had just studied Master's new article, “Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful.” I truly felt that Master was helping me, and my righteous thoughts were manifesting. I thought, “I am a Dafa disciple, and I firmly believe in Master and Dafa. I chose this path without any grievance or regret. Wherever I go, I will clarify the truth and cultivate.” My heart was very calm. They went into another room to talk. They told me that I would have to retire eight months early with full salary and bonus. People were surprised. My husband at home told me, “Others would have had their salary reduced if they missed just one day of work, but you can stay home for eight months and still get your full bonus!” Act according to Master's teaching, and no one can touch us!
The factory where I work has 6000-7000 employees. I normally don't talk to the factory directors, but in order to clarify the truth, I forced myself to visit the directors in their homes. They gave up requiring me to “guarantee not to practice and be punished.” After they retired, the new CCP secretary talked to me. I told him about Falun Gong and how I had benefited from the practice. He agreed, and never mentioned Falun Gong on our factory cable TV. After he was promoted, I visited the interim secretary. They put me in internal close monitoring, but I still clarified the truth. The director's wife, through my schoolmate, told me to stop clarifying the truth or I would get into trouble, but I still talked to everyone, including people on the CCP disciplinary committee, in human resources, and in the CCP system organizing office. Finally the ones who punished me said, “You have not said one negative word about Falun Gong so far.” I said, “Falun Gong is good. How could I say anything negative about it? If Falun Gong was not good, I would not have gone to Beijing and risked my life to appeal.” They all laughed.
Fellow practitioners in our factory are all doing very well, and our environment is relatively good. People all recognize us. We have been able to read Dafa books at the workplace, and we share during the lunch hour. People call my office, “The Falun Gong room.” When two younger administrators assumed their new positions, the director called me to his office and said, “I will absolutely not allow you to read Dafa books in our factory.” I clarified the truth while sending forth righteous thoughts. He understood and said to me, “Sister, please use a newspaper to cover your books.” The CCP secretary is the famous so-called “Iron lips,” which means she is very talkative. She often talks to me, each time giving me a good chance to clarify the truth to her.
We once clarified the truth while passing out small calendars that people love. We developed an attachment of zealotry. Someone reported me to the factory administration, and my fellow practitioner was reported to the local police station. The other practitioner was scared and took all the leftover materials to my office. I thought about her and her position—she was younger with more pressure from home, and I could share the pressure. I told her, “You can say I gave you all those things. Don't be scared. Let us recite.
“Live with no pursuit,
Die not caring about staying;
Clear out all wild thoughts,
Cultivating to a Buddha is not hard.
(“Nonexistence,” from Hong Yin)
Her righteous thoughts stabilized, and she came to my office to send forth righteous thoughts with me. We were both untouched. It was at the end of the year and about time to receive the end-of-year bonus, a large sum of money. The CCP secretary came to my office and said, “This time we can't give both of you a bonus.” When I asked why not, she jumped up and shouted, “You caused such big trouble! Neither of you was taken into custody, yet you still want a bonus?”
I answered, “We did nothing wrong. We were truly acting for the wellbeing of all. When disasters come, people can remain safe. You may not understand now, but you will understand in the future. We did well with our work, we should receive our end-of-year bonuses. If you withhold our bonuses because of Falun Gong, that is persecution. I will for sure sue you.” The bonuses were given on Chinese New Year's Eve. People thought it was our fault that the end-of-year bonus was not given out, and they gave us strange looks. But we finally received our full bonuses. That greatly hit the evil. We cultivate in an open and dignified manner, and we formed a righteous energy field. We are proud to be Dafa disciples!
When the CCP political and judiciary committee found me, I had strong righteous thoughts. I was not afraid of them and just shook their hands. I invited them to come to my home. They said, “You just moved—we'd better not let your neighbors know you are a Falun Gong practitioner.” I told them that I never thought cultivating Falun Gong was not good, and I always told my neighbors I practiced Falun Gong. There is nothing wrong cultivating Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
When my schoolmate's son got married, she arranged for me to sit with her administrators. They asked me to have a drink. I said, “I used to drink a lot before, but now I don't drink any alcohol.” When her factory director asked why not, I answered, “I practice Falun Gong, and am not allowed to drink alcohol.” He said admiringly, “You are marvelous! You dare to say you practice Falun Gong in such a social setting!”
No matter what the social setting, be it daily life or at work, I am very successful in persuading people to make the Three Withdrawals (withdrawing from the Chinese Communist Party and its two youth organizations). When I hear people that don't understand what Falun Gong is on a bus or in the morning market, I tell them about Falun Gong. I also say, “I am a practitioner. Please remember 'Falun Dafa is great! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is great!' You will receive blessings.”
I am not showing myself off. This is what I should do as a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple. Recalling my path, I still have regrets. The above tribulations all appeared when I was not in a good cultivation state. I had the attachment of showing off, zealotry, or a desire to validate myself. When I was moving, I didn't study the Fa well. I currently feel my heart is heavy as I write this sharing, because I know each time I escaped hardship, Master endured so much. I can only diligently and solidly cultivate and eliminate my attachments. I can then help Master in Fa-rectification with a pure mindset.
I established a materials production site, burned discs, and printed materials such as the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party booklets. I have worked with fellow disciples, installed NTDTV antennas, and helped fellow practitioners install NTDTV dishes. I encourage practitioners nearby to go on the Internet, spend paper currency with truth clarification messages printed on it, and make calls to clarify the truth. Fellow practitioners feel that our cultivation state is better and better. We are all very diligent. No matter what difficulties we come across, none of us can put down our Dafa responsibilities; we all work hard on doing the three things.
I only sleep for four hours per day, and I don't feel tired, nor do I feel bad. I live every day full of energy. Due to cultivation, I treat each person in a kindly manner. I have also overcome the pain of my dear one who died. I have let go of the pain and loneliness from the past nine years when I could not see my daughter. I am doing Dafa things calmly. When everyday people think I might be miserable, I then explain how evil the CCP is, and they agree that the CCP is very bad. I moved four years ago. My neighbors say, “You didn't age and are always smiling.” Some have noticed I have become younger looking, with less grey hair. “You Falun Gong practitioners are truly good, we can tell from knowing you!”
Master, please rest assured! I am determined to eliminate my selfishness. In the limited time ahead I will diligently advance together with fellow disciples, walk steadily on the path Master arranged, be strict with myself, and save more sentient beings.