Studying the Fa Well, Strengthening Righteous Thoughts, and Performing Godly Deeds
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings, honorable Master. Greetings fellow practitioners!
On this sacred occasion, I would like to share my experiences in these past 18 years on which I've walked the path of cultivation, steadily guided by Dafa and Master
I am 65 years old this year. Before I began practicing Falun Dafa, my health was terrible. When I was only in my 40s, I walked like an old lady and everywhere I went, three boxes containing emergency medication accompanied me (one beside my bed, one in the drawer where I worked, and one in my pocket). Tortured by my physical illnesses, I was in extreme misery.
In December 1993, I was admitted to a hospital again. A long time neighbor suggested that I learn qigong. June 3, 1994, is a day that I will never forget. After dinner, my neighbor took me to the exercise practice site. From afar, I heard the beautiful exercise music that felt as if it came from the Heavens and I felt as if I was in Heaven: my experience was extraordinary. That night, I slept soundly. Every day I went to a practitioner's home to do the exercises and study the Fa. I also frequently went to villages and demonstrated the exercises to farmers. Within two months, all my ailments disappeared. My complexion became rosy and fair, with hardly any wrinkles and I had boundless energy. My colleagues and superiors at work all said, “You can tell whether Falun Gong is good by looking at you!” It is compassionate Master who saved me and Dafa who gave me a second chance at life. My family and relatives all witnessed the miracle of Dafa. One by one, 11 of them started to practice and cultivate in Dafa.
Following Master and Studying the Fa Earnestly
In “Teaching the Fa at the Assistants' Fa Conference in Changchun,” Master talked about Changchun disciples' experience in studying and memorizing the Fa. I realized that Master was reminding us of the importance of studying the Fa. At our practice site, we also started to memorize Lunyu and Essentials for Further Advancement, listen to Master's lecture recordings, and watch His lectures tapes. Every day we basked in the teachings of Master.
After the persecution started on July 20, 1999, we lost our group study and exercise environment. One day, I dreamt that Zhuan Falun was in front of me and the pages started to turn automatically from the first to the last page. Wasn't this Master hinting to me that I must study the Fa well without missing a page?
Every morning I got up at 3 a.m. to do the exercises. After sending righteous thoughts at 6 a.m., I began to memorize Zhuan Falun. In a year's time, I memorized the book three times. Every time I went out to clarify the facts of the persecution to people, I would study the Fa first because this is the fundamental guarantee of doing everything well. Then I would offer incense to Master, do “heshi,” and say to Master: “Master, I am going to clarify the facts and help people quit the Communist Party today. Please protect and help me. Thank you.” Then I would set out. Upon returning home, I would stand before Master's portrait and say, “Thank you, Master, for your protection. Thank you.” For more than ten years, I have been doing the three things.
The Evil Cannot See Me
Through studying and memorizing the Fa, I became more courageous in clarifying the truth and saving people. One day in 2001, I took my one and a half year old grandson with me to post messages on major streets. On several streets I posted messages with the words: “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good, The world needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” As I posted them, everything seemed to stand still as I quietly focused on what I was doing. My grandson obediently followed me. We came to a large bridge, and the bus parked there waiting for passengers happened to be the bus I was going to take. I picked my grandson up and sat down. Just then, I saw six men dressed in black uniforms running towards the bus. They circled the bus several times, swearing, and finally left, their heads drooping.
I asked the driver what these men were doing. He replied, “Their job is to persecute Falun Gong practitioners.” I then understood that these men were looking for me. My seat was facing the door and I had been playing with my grandson, yet they did not see me. It was Master's Fashen protecting me. Words cannot express the gratitude I felt and I kept crying. My grandson wiped away my tears with his tiny hand and comforted me, saying, “Don't cry, don't cry.”
The Man Who Followed Me Ran Away
In 2004, the informational materials production site in my city was sabotaged and a dozen practitioners were detained. The day before the incident, I brought back a bag of brochures from the site and for several days afterward, I realized someone was following me. One day, he pushed a bicycle along, pretending to buy vegetables. As I got close to him, he suddenly stopped his bicycle and ran to the side of the road pretending to wait for a bus. I unhurriedly walked by and stood beside him, sending strong righteous thoughts to eliminate all the evil entities controlling him. I saw his body shaking uncontrollably. Later on I bumped into him on a bus. I looked right at him and sent righteous thoughts. He dared not lift his head. Afterward, I never saw him again.
Master Is Always Beside Me
After reading the article “Remembering Master's Grace” written by practitioners, I deeply respected Master but also developed an attachment. I kept envying those disciples He had personally taught and regretted not attending Master's public lectures. One night I had a dream. An experience sharing conference was set to be held on a large grassy field next to a hillside. When I arrived, a few practitioners were already there, and I anxiously searched for a place to sit down. I raised my head and saw Master walking towards me. He was carrying a mat and smiling. He came to sit down on my right side. How could I be fit to sit next to Master? Wasn't he telling me:
“We have given everyone so many things. For all of you, as long as you truly practice cultivation and conduct yourselves strictly according to Dafa, I will treat you as my disciples. As long as you practice Falun Dafa, we will treat you as disciples.” (Zhuan Falun)
On my path of cultivation, I have encountered quite a few tribulations. It was Master who benevolently bore my karmic debt. One time, a car reversed quickly and stopped just as the tire touched the front wheel of my bicycle. Another time, I was hit by a speeding motorcycle and my bicycle and I were thrown quite far, landing heavily on a major cross street. It was night and already dark, and I fell into a deep ditch. This year I was hit again and fell in front of a car. There were other such incidents. Each time Master protected me.
Saving Predestined People in Remote Mountainous Regions
Over the past decade, only a few practitioners from my area went to the remote mountainous regions to spread the Fa. One day, I dreamt that I went back to my parents' place and passed by a mountainous region. I saw many men and women standing on the mountain slopes opposite, looking at me with hope in their eyes. Wasn't this Master hinting that I should save these sentient beings? In the fall of 2009, another practitioner and I prepared to set off to the mountain regions the next day. That night it poured the whole night and in the morning it was still raining. The practitioner said to me: “Saving people is such a pressing matter, should we be stopped by a bit of rain?” She put on a rain coat and we set out for the mountains. Along the way, we silently sent righteous thoughts. The rain became lighter and gradually stopped. By the time we nearly arrived at our destination, the sun was shining. Indeed, it is just like Master wrote in the poem “Stirred by Reflection:” “True thoughts dissolve all, The whole sky is clear.” The other practitioner said that the paths were treacherous, and many were nearly straight up and down as well as narrow. Yet when we went up the slopes, it was as if someone was pulling us up and when we went downhill, it was as if someone was bringing us down in a car.
The greatest difficulty we faced in going to the mountain regions was being unfamiliar with the roads. We did not know which way to go after getting off the bus. On the bus, I made it a point to ask people the names of places and tried hard to remember what they told me. People in the mountain districts are kind and warm. Generally when you ask them for directions they will clearly tell you. Some even took us. To get to places not on the bus route, we paid for a ride on a motorcycle. Once we came to a path that split into three directions and didn't know which path to take. I had a thought, “Master will tell me the right path that leads me home.” Just then, we heard the sound of a farmer's car coming from afar.
Every time I went to the mountains, I took a lot of brochures. We gave out the brochures without missing a single village. Strangely, we only thought about saving people and did not feel any hunger or thirst. Of course, this was due to Master's blessing. Walking in the woods, we heard the clear chirping of all kinds of birds and noticed the flowers, grass, and trees swaying gently in the wind as if welcoming us.
Balancing Family Relations and Taking Good Care of a Young Disciple
In the first few years, my husband did not know that I often went to faraway places to hand out brochures. He just told me to be careful. I asked him to strengthen my righteous thoughts. One day, I returned home earlier than usual. He said to me proudly, “Do you know why you came back so early today? It's because I used righteous thoughts to support you. I thought in my heart, 'Thoroughly disintegrate all evil beings persecuting her.'” Now every time I go out, he asks exactly where I am going so that he can support me with righteous thoughts.
As Dafa disciples, we must do well the three things that Master asked us to do and balance this with family relations.
My son and daughter-in-law work long hours, so my husband and I took on all the household responsibilities, including taking care of our grandson. I took our grandson to shops, parks and other places to hand out Shenyun DVDs. He happily gave them out to anyone he saw. Most people willingly took one from him when they saw that he was a child and said, “Thank you.” If someone hesitated, he would quickly say, “Take it, this is a good show.” At home, every day he watched shows clarifying the facts. He could sing the songs “Falun Dafa Is Good,” “Dafa's Little Disciple,” and so on. I taught him to be considerate of others. One morning, I asked him, “Would you like grandmother to cook an egg for you?” He replied, “No.” I asked him why not, and he answered, “If I eat the egg, then what would all of you eat?” Everyone was amused.
My grandson is four years old this year and he has experienced some dangerous situations. Once when he was only over a year old his finger was caught in a glass door. I picked him up and kept shouting at his finger: “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” In a short while, his flattened finger returned to normal. When I asked him to move the finger, it was as if it had never been injured. On another occasion, he was run over by a motorcycle. When he was pulled out from underneath the motorcycle, he was completely unhurt. I told my son and daughter-in-law about these two incidents. They know that Dafa is extraordinary. Several children around my grandson's age live in the same area. These children often get sick. We are often told that our grandchild is very well behaved. I said, “It is because he recites 'Falun Dafa is good' everyday and Master looks after him.”
Clarifying the Truth and Telling People to Quit the Communist Party in Other Districts
I remembered Master's words that everyone in this world used to be his kin. Therefore, aren't my husband's friends also my kin? In the last few years, I went to visit many of my husband's friends. All of them were deceived by the staged Tiananmen Square self immolation incident. I showed them brochures explaining the facts about the incident and they suddenly realized that they had been deceived. They subsequently agreed to disassociate themselves from the Communist Party. When some of them hesitated, my husband told them, “Chinese people always believed in the Divine. Don't lose this rare opportunity.” Protected by Master, I went to neighboring provinces such as Henan and Anhui alone. I returned home safely after finishing what I set out to do. I've experienced so many miraculous incidents in the past 18 years of my cultivation. Every time I go out to clarify the truth, my experience is always amazing.
Recently, I went to an even more secluded mountain village. People living in this village did not know the truth and refused to accept what I told them. There are still Cultural Revolution slogans from the 1960s on their walls. These villagers urgently need us to send them brochures and clarify the truth to save them. Master warned us in his recent lecture “What is a Dafa Disciple:”
“My hope is that Dafa disciples can all be like how they were with each other in the old times, and as diligent as before when you first obtained the Fa. There used to be a Buddhist saying, the idea of which was: If you can be like you have just begun, all the way from the beginning to the end, you will surely achieve Consummation.”
I will not let Master down in these last days of cultivation. I will continue to go to remote mountain districts to save even more people.
My cultivation level is limited. Please kindly point out anything inappropriate.