Dafa Has Changed Me
One day I was clarifying the truth to a teacher in my village. He said to me: “You say Falun Gong is good. If you can stop Mr. A from cursing people, I will admire you.” Mr. A had a bad reputation for cursing at people. I had been not good to him. After studying the Fa, I understood that practitioners shouldn't be the same as ordinary people. We should do everything according to Master's Fa. I should let go of my attachment of disliking him. I contacted him and repeatedly asked him to remember “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truth-Compassion-Forbearance are good,” and he would be blessed. I told him that hitting people or cursing people would lose “de”......he asked why nobody had told him these principles before, and said he liked to listen to me talk. He agreed to withdraw from the CCP and asked twice for amulets (the second time he asked for his son.). Since then we haven't heard him curse at anyone. There was another lady who cursed everyone and even cursed her elderly father. After she knew the facts of Falun Gong, she stopped cursing people and started to learn Falun Gong. This is the power of Dafa.
Greetings venerable Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
I obtained the Fa in 1997 and have been practicing cultivation for fourteen years.
I Become Healthy After I Obtained the Fa
Before I started to practice Falun Gong, I often caught a cold that included cough and phlegm. I felt miserable. I had a skin problem and felt itchy all over my body. Medication did not seem to work, but not long after practicing the Falun Gong exercises and studying the Fa, all the diseases disappeared. I know that Master must have borne a lot for me and dissolved a lot of karma for me. I haven't been on medication ever since. Master has given me good health and I made up my mind to follow Master, have high requirements of myself, improve my xinxing and to spread the Fa.
To Spread the Fa by Setting a Good Example
In early years the village government collected agriculture tax and grain tax each year. The general public was resistant while our practitioners paid the taxes without any delay. Before I started to practice Falun Gong, when I paid the grain tax, I only gave wheat with sand and pebbles, and felt that I gained. Through studying the Fa, I understood the principle of loss and gain. Master teaches us to be good persons according to the principles of “Truth-Compassion-Forbearance.” I washed the wheat and sifted out the sand and then gave it to the village government. I would have never done that if I hadn't started cultivation.
I was very introverted and self conscious. I would try to do my best to avoid any criticism from other people. I didn't get along well with my in-laws because of housework conflicts. I hated them and made up my mind to treat them badly in the future. After studying the Fa, I understood that there were causal relationships whether people treated me well or badly. Master requires us to be free of hatred and complaint, and to treat hardship as joy. How come I was still concerned with their right or wrong? I changed my attitude toward them and treated them very well and considered them first. I asked them to keep “Falun Dafa is good and Truth-Compassion-Forbearance are good” in their minds. They were very touched and praised me in front of everybody they met.
Clarify the Truth to Save Sentient Beings
On July 20,1999 the Jiang regime bitterly slandered Dafa and framed our Master, inciting hatred from the general public. How could I stand by and do nothing in face of that defamation? Shouldn't I step out to speak for Dafa? Some practitioners and I went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Dafa. We were sent back. We told the officials from the local government that Dafa teaches us to be good persons. Police tried to force us to write guarantee statements to give up cultivation in Dafa, threatening that otherwise they would not release us. In the statement I wrote that I was determined in learning Dafa. But due to my poor understanding of the Fa, I put down “I will not go to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong any more.” It is my great regret.
We went to Beijing a second time. We were intercepted by police but we shouted “Falun Dafa is good” and “Restore our Master's reputation.” Officials from the local government went to Beijing to take us back. We were detained for one month. Friends, relatives and neighbors had all sorts of sayings. Some of them said that if the government didn't let us practice Dafa, we should practice Dafa at home if we felt it was good; and that we shouldn't go out to tell people the facts of Falun Dafa and we would never win over the government. At the time I had the thought that as a practitioner, I shouldn't give up while in hardships. I began to tell my relatives and people around me the facts of Falun Dafa and how Falun Gong teaches people to be good, and how the Tiananmen self immolation incident was staged by the government. After my repeatedly clarifying the truth, my parents, my in-laws, my sisters and brothers are now all very positive toward Dafa.
One day I was clarifying the truth to a teacher in my village. He said to me: “You say Falun Gong is good. If you can stop Mr. A from cursing people, I will admire you.” Mr. A had a bad reputation for cursing at people. I had been not good to him. After studying the Fa, I understood that practitioners shouldn't be the same as ordinary people. We should do everything according to Master's Fa. I should let go of my attachment of disliking him. I contacted him and repeatedly asked him to remember “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truth-Compassion-Forbearance are good,” and he would be blessed. I told him that hitting people or cursing people would lose de and he that would have hardships or illnesses if he didn't have de, while he would be blessed if he had de. He came to realize how it worked and asked why nobody had told him these principles and said he liked to listen to me talk. He agreed to withdraw from the CCP and asked twice for amulets (the second time he asked for his son.). Since then we haven't heard him curse anyone. There was another lady who cursed everyone and even cursed her elderly father. After she knew the facts of Falun Gong, she stopped cursing people and started to learn Falun Gong. This is the power of Dafa.
One of my neighbors said that her husband suffered from a bad pain in his lower back during the winter and couldn't go to work. I learned he suffered from lumbar disc herniation. I clarified the truth to him before and asked him to withdraw from the CCP to keep him safe but he didn't agree. I didn't want to talk to him again. But in the lectures Master asked us to speed up and save sentient beings. How could I not to talk to him? So I went to his home bringing some materials. I told him that Tiananmen self immolation incident was a staged event and it slandered and framed Dafa. Falun Gong teaches people to be good persons according to the principles of “Truth-Compassion-Forbearance,” The evil CCP would be punished because it persecutes good people. I asked him to withdraw from the CCP and recite “Falun Dafa is good and Truth-Compassion-Forbearance are good” repeatedly. I told him that he would recover soon. He said if it worked, it would be fantastic. I asked him to withdraw from the CCP. A few days later, I saw him buying a whip in a market. I knew he was rewarded. Since then he has a Dafa amulet with him all the time.
One day I went to buy apples. When I clarified the truth to a shop owner, I asked him if he joined the CCP's organizations. He said he was a Party member and asked if I was a Falun Gong practitioner and said that the government didn't allow people to learn Falun Gong. Then he raised up his right hand, starting to swear “I have devoted my whole life to Communism.” I told him that it was not good for him to be saying that. Falun Gong teaches people to be good. Communist officials do all bad deeds such as embezzlement, whoring, and gambling, and have no sense of justice. They persecute good people. This will cause heaven to eliminate them. I said to him: "When I ask you to withdraw from the CCP, it is like being on a sinking boat, and then when I ask you to get off that boat, I mean to save you." He didn't respond. I said to him from the bottom of my heart: “Please remember 'Falun Dafa is good and Truth-Compassion-Forbearance are good; we truly want you to have a good future." Maybe he was touched by my kindness. He said immediately: “I want to withdraw from the Party. I also joined the Young Pioneers.” I said: “Your surname is Seng. I will help you to quit the CCP by the alias of Boss Seng.” He nodded his head. Another being was saved.
Looking Inward Is a Magic Tool
Brainwashed by the Party culture, I had formed the habit of fighting back with all sorts of reasons regardless of what people said. When in conflict with my husband or practitioners, I always told them to look inward and felt that it was other people's fault. I was not tolerant of any criticism. I had conflicts with them all the time. Master said in "Teaching the Fa in the City of Los Angeles"
"Some people have become like matches--one stroke and they ignite. They're like land mines--one step and they detonate. [They are acting like,] "You can't criticize me. I can't take any criticism." They no longer listen to any expression of disapproval or disagreement, whether it was meant out of good or ill will, was intentional or unintentional; they reject everything flat out, and even less do they examine themselves. It has gotten quite severe.”
“You must get to the point where you are able to take criticism, regardless of who it's from. If there is truth to it you correct yourself, and if not, you are mindful of it. If you can stay unruffled while being criticized or chided, you are improving."
Master’s Fa teaching was directly pointed toward me. I felt ashamed. I made up my mind to get rid of those bad habits and look inward when in conflict. After that my husband lost his temper several times. I didn’t scold him or complain. He became all right quickly.
In the Autumn of the year 2008, when the apples were ripe for harvest, the rice kettle at my home leaked. We spent fifty yuan and bought a new one. Several days later it leaked again. The leaking place was in a similar spot. I asked my husband why it leaked so quickly. My husband said that he would ask the person who made it and he would take it back to replace it. When he came back, he said that the repairman had never come across such a problem. Then I thought how everything a practitioner came up against was not accidental. So I stood there and recited, "Falun Dafa is good and Truth-Compassion-Tolerance are good." At the same time I looked inward to see if there was any omission on my part. When I looked, I found out that there indeed were a few omissions. When picking apples, I got jealous when I saw that our neighbors' apples were bigger than ours. I blamed and scolded my husband for not managing the crop well. I kept looking at those big apples and was not aware of my jealousy and the heart of seeking benefit. As soon as I realized that, the rice kettle didn't leak any more. I experienced the wonderfulness of looking inward.
Believe in Master and the Fa, Let Go of Attachment to Personal Interests
Master requires us to let go of our attachments to fame, interest and qing. I am determined to listen to Master and get rid of them. One day on my way to the market, I saw a roll of money had slipped from someone's pocket. I didn't touch it. I know the principle of "loss and gain" that Master teaches us.
Master said in "Solid Cultivation" (from Hong Yin)
Study the Fa and gain the Fa,
Focus on how you study and cultivate,
Let each and every thing
be measured against the Fa.
Only then, with that,
is it actually cultivation.
In the process of clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings, I have done my part, but still have a long way to go to catch up with diligent practitioners, and even further to reach Master's requirements. I still have a lot of attachments and have no urgency in my heart to do the three things. I have limited forbearance together with a lot of human notions, and so far I am still not able to sit in the full lotus position. I have to live up to the title of Dafa disciple and to Master's expectation.
No matter how long the cultivation path may be, I will try my best to cultivate myself with the Fa as guidance, elevate myself, do the three things well and save more sentient beings.