A Group of Diligent Practitioners
Greetings, fellow practitioners!
There are several elderly practitioners who have been steadfast in their cultivation through assisting Master in rectifying the Fa and saving saving sentient beings. Fellow practitioners encouraged them to share their stories, but they said that they simply told people about Falun Gong and the persecution, and didn't feel they had anything further to say. Over the past decade, they have never stopped studying the Fa, especially the group study twice a week. They have experienced countless miraculous stories, but few of them have been recorded and publicized as most of them are illiterate. Here, a practitioner volunteered to write down their stories that are but a small portion of their cultivation experience.
Stories of Practitioner A
I am a 78-year-old woman. I learned Falun Dafa immediately after I had been diagnosed with late stage lung cancer in 1998. Since I was informed I only have two months to live, my family began to prepare my funeral. However, I learned about Falun Dafa, at what seemed like a a random occasion, and started to practice. I have been healthy ever since, for over 10 years. I understand that my life was extended by Dafa and Master, thus, cultivation is the most important thing in my life.
When I first started learning Dafa, I had a difficult time studying the Fa, because I was illiterate. With my strong belief in the power of Dafa and Master's help, I was eventually able to read all of Zhuan Falun. Studying the Fa well can strengthen disciples' abilities in saving people. From the very beginning of the persecution, I have been talking to people about the truth of Falun Dafa. In order to obtain the opportunities to talk to and convince people, I waited on an uphill road every day, to help vendors who had to push their carts up the road. While pushing carts together with those vendors, I told them about Dafa and the persecution. I did this for several years until the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published. Then I went to parks and open markets to talk to people about quitting the CCP and its organizations. I used every chance possible to talk to those I encountered. One day I went to the local government building to send forth righteous thoughts. Afterwards, I saw someone who was walking quite a distance ahead of me. I thought that I should catch up with him and give him a chance to hear the truth. As I had this thought, I was already beside him. So I talked to him, and he had no problem agreeing with me on the evil nature of the CCP, and withdrew from it immediately. After this experience, I reminded myself not to develop the heart of zealotry, because it was Master who made this happen.
Regardless of whether it is raining, windy, hot or cold, I have been going out and talking to people about Falun Gong every day. Most residents in my neighborhood know me and they call me “Falun Gong” when they see me. Because of this “title” that they gave me, I have been careful with my appearance and attitude in public. I always dress myself neatly and properly, when I talk to people. I let them see my compassion and vitality gained from practicing Dafa.
I talk to all different people. Once I ran into a young man on a bridge and started to talk to him about Falun Gong. He interrupted me right away and said, “Do you know who I am? I am a police officer in charge of you.” He wanted to call the station with his cell phone to arrest me. I replied, “No one but my Master is in charge of me. Police officers also need to be saved, your call won't go through.” Then I left, and arrived home safely.
The local police know about my steadfast belief as well. Three times officers have gone to my home to look for me. The first two times they did not find me, since I was out distributing flyers. I thought, “How come I have never encountered them?” and I would wait for them at home. One day I came back with some materials in my hands, leftover from distributing, the police arrived at my home at the same time. Upon seeing those flyers in my hands, they thought they had found the excuse to arrest me and threw me into their police car. I shouted “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Forbearance-Compassion is good” all the way to the police station. I also shouted “the police are persecuting good people”as we arrived at the police station. In the interrogation room, they asked me where I was from, I told them the name of my home town; and they said, “We don't care about those from other areas. You can go home now.”
We cannot relax our righteous thinking, even a little bit, otherwise the evil will take advantage of it and interfere with us. Master told us to look within. I always look within, as soon as I do, my tribulations are resolved. Once I went to stay with my daughter's family which was in another city. My daughter did not like my talking to everyone about Falun Dafa, so she told me to stop. Without thinking much, I just agreed with her, “Okay, I will not talk about that any more since you are so angry.” I did not know that the evil forces would interfere with me immediately. I became terribly sick, for six days. I could not eat or drink, and was on the verge of death. My son checked to see if I was still breathing. He was certain I would not make it, and was preparing my funeral. My daughter knew that only Dafa could save me, so she went to find the coordinator of our local Fa study group. The coordinator came to see me, and whispered in my ear to look within for what I had done wrong. Once I looked within and realized that I should not have agreed to stop clarifying the truth about Dafa, I was able to sit up right at that moment. It was just like what Master said, “it won’t take even a second and your ailment will be gone.” (Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Houston)
Stories of Practitioner B
I am an 83-year-old woman. I used to suffer from serious heart disease, being hospitalized six times a year. In 1998, my health condition became even worse, I now could no longer live without an oxygen tank. Knowing my condition, an acquaintance introduced Falun Gong to me because of its well-known power of healing. I tried to practice the exercise of holding falun, with my shaking hands. Although it was difficult, I completed the exercise. Not long after, I regained my health! Falun Gong was miraculous! I have been practicing ever since.
Because I could not read, I listened to the audio tapes of Master's lectures. My three daughters also became Dafa practitioners, which was helpful to me, I could listen when they were reading the Fa aloud. They also read Minghui weekly to me. My illiteracy cannot stop me from clarifying the truth of Falun Gong and the persecution, so I usually go out with a fellow practitioner who can write, to talk to people face-to-face about quitting the CCP and its organizations. Every time a person wants to quit the CCP, the fellow practitioner would write down his or her name. We also go out to distribute Falun Gong flyers and go to the buildings that detain and persecute practitioners, to send forth righteous thoughts in close proximity.
I treasure this period of time assisting Master in rectifying the Fa. Moreover, I know clearly that I would not be alive had I not been practicing Dafa. On my cultivation path, I want to follow Master's teaching, study the Fa well, and save more sentient beings, in return for Master's merciful salvation.
Stories of Practitioner C
I am a 69-year-old woman, the youngest in our Fa study group; therefore, I carry out most of the coordinating work. I have been mindful of my behavior. I convinced all my family members to quit the CCP and its organizations, and my husband also became a practitioner. I provide a venue for fellow practitioners to study the Fa together, so that we can do Dafa work as if we are all one body. I also helped fellow practitioners suffering, due to sickness karma. For example, a practitioner started to have sickness karma symptoms after she had been released from a brainwashing center. Practitioner E brought this “sick” practitioner to her home and took care of her there. All the practitioners of our group went over there, so she could study Fa with us, and send forth righteous thoughts. The “sick” practitioner felt the power of the group through the unbroken bond of Dafa practitioners.
Stories of Practitioner D
I am a 73-year-old woman. I have been doing what Master tells us to do, saving people. I obtained the Fa in 1997. I thought the Fa was good, so I started practicing it. I have been steadfast in my belief over the past 14 years. During the past years, I have firmly cultivated. When facing the evil's interference, I did not cooperate with any of their orders. I was arrested twice, but each time I had righteous thoughts and righteous actions. I told everyone I saw in the police station about the truth of Falun Gong and the persecution. I was released with little trouble, both times.
I talked to a police officer who lived close by, about Falun Gong, but he did not agree. One day some unknown practitioners had distributed flyers in my neighborhood, and I saw the police officer was holding a flyer and trying to report to the police on his cell phone. I walked up to him, and heard him mumbling to himself, “How come it didn't go through?”
I don't acknowledge the old forces' arrangements, but place saving people as the first priority in any circumstance. I go out every day to talk to people about Falun Gong, regardless of weather conditions. I can't ride a bicycle, so I walk. This way I actually can meet more people. When I am talking about Falun Gong, I don't have any other thoughts in my mind. A fellow practitioner reminded me in a friendly way, that I talk too loud and might attract nearby police officers' attention. I said, “Police officers are people, too; they need to be saved, also. I was so concentrated on talking about the Dafa and the persecution, I didn't think of anything else. Moreover, I hope people nearby could hear the truth as well, so that they would be saved, too.” It is very cold in winter in the North, but I still go out every day. Sometimes my hands became stiff from the cold and prevented me from writing. I would rub my hands with a handful of snow.
I sometimes go out to distribute Dafa flyers or talk to people about quitting the CCP with others who are illiterate in our Fa study group, and I write down the names of people who agree to quit the CCP and its organizations. I read every issue of Minghui Weekly to learn from other practitioners' experiences. I feel that others have done much better than I have. Our group studies the Fa together regularly, and we learn from, and complement, one another. We want to achieve what Master has required us to, and improve as one body.