I Always Remember that I Am a Dafa Disciple
(Clearwisdom.net) I started practicing Falun Dafa in March 1995. Soon after, I experienced huge changes physically. In less than one week, my illnesses were removed by Master Li and I truly felt disease-free. I could enter a tranquil state when I practiced the second exercise (Falun Standing Stance) and the fifth exercise (Reinforcing Supernatural Powers). It was wonderful. A fellow practitioner lent me a copy of the book Falun Gong. After reading the book, I felt Falun Gong's principles were very profound, yet Master explained all the principles using laymen's terms so it was easy to understand. Falun Dafa is very good.
“We teach that a person must practice only one cultivation way. No matter how you practice cultivation, you should not mess up your cultivation by adding other things.” “This is what is said in religion, and it is called “no second cultivation way.”
Not long after I did the exercises, I encountered such an issue. Because I followed my mother in worshiping Buddha when I was very young, I often chanted Buddha’s name. At that time I did not completely understand what cultivation was. When I was about to learn Dafa, I didn't know why the name of Buddha kept appearing in my mind. It was so strong that I did not know how to deal with it. In one of my dreams, I was walking with many people along a big road towards the southwest. On the way, I saw, not far away on the right, a bunch of graves. From there, suddenly a big wolf spirit jumped up and rushed towards me. At that moment, I was so scared that I cried out loudly, “Goddess of Mercy, help me!” “Buddha, Help me!” There was no response at all. As it almost reached me, I realized that I should ask Master Li to help me. Right after I cried out loud, “Master Li,” my shoulder was pulled up very quickly in the air. Suddenly that wolf ran under my feet. How dangerous it was! I woke up from that astonishing dream in a cold sweat. Tears came down continuously. I felt grateful to Master from the bottom of my heart for saving my life. I decided to follow Master Li to practice Falun Dafa. I want to be a genuine Dafa practitioner and follow Master Li to return to my original home.
Believing in Master and the Fa, and Clarifying the Truth
In the past ten years of validating the Fa, although sometimes I stumbled, I always remembered that I am a Dafa disciple. When the persecution of Falun Dafa first began, I spent most of my time discussing the facts about Falun Dafa with people, regardless of whether I was on my way to work, going home, or on vacation. I live in a small county. I have traveled to every subdivision in my area. I also went to nearby villages. I distributed informational materials, put up posters, and hung up banners. Wherever there was a place that I could write on, I would write some short messages explaining the facts about Falun Dafa. At that time, I did not know anything about sending forth righteous thoughts. However, I kept reciting in my mind, “I am Master Li's Dafa disciple. Falun Dafa is the righteous Fa. Restore the reputation of my Teacher. Restore the reputation of Dafa. Restore the reputation of Dafa disciples.” I would ask Master Li to support and empower me. I could feel that Master cared for and protected me all the time. Once I went to a countryside village to distribute truth-clarification letters. There was a total of five families. It was during lunchtime when there were people in every household and there were dogs in each house. The dog would bark when I entered each house. I quickly distributed the letters and then jumped back over the trench and got back on the road. I kept looking back while I walked. I noticed that each of the five families had people coming out and reading the letter. The letter was shining brightly in the sunlight. Seeing that scene, tears suddenly flowed from my eyes. I felt grateful to Master for encouraging me.
Sometimes I also encountered danger. Once, after I posted informational posters on the mailbox at the end of a small residential district, I turned around and saw a policeman walking down the stairs no more than ten meters away from me. He was holding a cell phone in his left hand. His right hand pointed at me and he quickly ran down, and was about to open his mouth to call out to me. I immediately said, “Freeze!” He obediently stood there. I quickly walked past the stairs. Tears kept running down from my eyes. I thanked Master for protecting me again.
Walking Well on the Road Arranged by Master
Master Li said,
“As Dafa disciples, if right now you cannot accomplish that and lead beings to salvation, then you will have failed to fulfill the vows you once made, and will have brought calamity to the entire Fa-rectification, the universe, and sentient beings.”
(Fa Teaching at the 2007 New York Fa Conference)
I always remember that I am Dafa disciple, a life that even the universe envies. I always maintain strong righteous thoughts, doing the three things well by following Master's arrangements. I seized the time to save more people. Explaining the facts about Falun Dafa and persuading people to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations became part of my life. In the process of persuading people to withdraw from the CCP, I got rid of many human mindsets and attachments, and thus both my body and mental condition were further purified.
Each day, I would arrange to first study the Fa well, do the exercises well, and send forth righteous thoughts well. Then, in this pure state, I went outside to save people. No matter whether I was taking a bus, walking, buying groceries, or shopping, Master always arranged for some people with predestined relationships to come over to me. It did not matter whether they were government officials or not, whether they were rich or poor, or whether they were old or young, as long as they were people who had a predestined relationship with me. Each unfamiliar face was my target for explaining the facts about Falun Dafa. People whom I have contact with in my workplace are people who have an even closer predestined relationship with me. I would not have the attachment of happiness if I persuaded someone to withdraw from the CCP or its affiliated organizations. If they would not agree to withdraw from the CCP, I would still tell them the facts about Dafa. I would not be influenced by the illusion of their bad side. I would try to look at the good part of that being. I would try my best to save him or her, and thus lay a good foundation for his or her future.
I am a cashier at a bath center. Many people come to our bath center, especially people from the countryside. I grasped all opportunities and used Dafa's supernatural power and wisdom to save people with predestined relationships. Some people withdrew from the CCP and its affiliated organizations that way. Often there are people who bring their family members' or friends' names to ask me to help them to withdraw from the CCP's affiliated organizations. Those sentient beings who have understood the truth are very grateful to Master and to Dafa disciples for saving their lives.
Once while I was working, in front of a dozen people, I explained the facts about Falun Dafa to a policeman who came to investigate our work unit. He agreed on the spot to withdraw from all organizations affiliated with the evil CCP. Moreover, he raised his right fist and spoke in a loud voice, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” I told him that he did not need to raise his fist and speak in a loud voice. It would be fine if he said those things in his heart with sincerity. We were all very happy for him.
Another time when I was working, there were no customers. I went outside to take a break. Right after I stepped outside, an old lady from my residential district, who was carrying some groceries, walked over to me. I greeted her with enthusiasm. She walked closer to me, looked at me carefully, and said, “I just recognized you now. I have been looking for you.” I asked her how old she was. She said she was 81 years old. I said, “Do you know anything about withdrawing from the CCP and its affiliated organizations in order to have a safe life?” She said, “That's the reason why I am looking for you. I know people like you who practice Falun Gong are good people. You are saving people. I often receive Falun Gong materials in our mailbox. I also understand about withdrawing from the CCP's affiliated organizations. My only son is an assistant director of such and such city's police station. When he came back home during the Spring Festival, he brought me some Falun Gong materials. Our whole family read the material. All of us want to withdraw from the evil CCP and its related organizations.” She then told me the names of nine of her family members who had joined the CCP, the Youth League, or the Young Pioneers. She asked me to help all her family members to withdraw from those organizations. I said, “Auntie, you have such a good memory.” Then the old lady held my hands with tears in her eyes and kept expressing her appreciation to me. I told her, “If you want to thank someone, please thank my Master.” That old lady kept saying, “Thank you, Falun Gong's Master!” I was also touched by the old lady's sincerity. I gave her a copy of the Shen Yun CD and several Dafa bookmarks and told her to tell her whole family to remember to say “Falun Dafa is good” so that they would be blessed. The old lady happily replied, “I will do that. I will do that.”
Saving People in Mountain Villages
After studying several of Master's recent articles, fellow practitioners and I felt the urgency of saving sentient beings. The requirements of the Fa rectification process pushed us forward a step. Before the Autumn Festival, fellow practitioners and I went to mountain villages far away to explain the facts about Falun Dafa. This time, our main task was to hang banners in order to cleanse the evil in other dimensions before the holiday and also to save more sentient beings. During this event, with Master's protection and with the help of fellow practitioners, I broke through one difficulty after another. I successfully accomplished the task with a pure mind.
One morning a few days before the Autumn Festival, I went to the gathering location we had agreed on earlier. Four other fellow practitioners had already arrived. We then set off. This was the first time I went with fellow practitioners to clarify the truth in the surrounding villages on foot. After walking for a while, I was left behind by my fellow practitioners. At that time, I had some difficulty walking. Even though I walked as quickly as I could, I still could not catch up with my fellow practitioners. I was already out of breath and sweating profusely. However, looking at my fellow practitioners, their bodies looked as light as a bird and they all walked as if they were flying. I suddenly felt surprised. Aren't they living gods? If it was the time of consummation, it might be such a situation. Those people who have cultivated well would go to the heavens. Those people who have not cultivated well would be like my current condition of being left behind and trying to catch up, yet unable to do so. Therefore I adjusted my attitude and recited in my heart, “I am a Dafa disciple. I am a divine being. What I am doing now is the most divine thing in the whole universe – saving sentient beings. I will surpass all time and space and do what a Dafa disciple should do. I want to use a divine being's mindset to arrange my time. I will use righteous thoughts to save all sentient beings that need to be saved. Master, please support and empower me.” While I was reciting these words, I could feel that I had energy all over my body. My legs felt light and in the blink of an eye I caught up with my fellow practitioners. After that I was not left behind any longer, regardless of the terrain we were traversing. I also felt my body was light, and felt that I was flying. We passed by those areas as quick as lightning.
We wanted to get to those areas before the crops got harvested. We posted truth-clarification banners or wrote words on trees and electric poles. I learned a lot by participating in this event. Fellow practitioners are like a mirror to me. Looking at them, I looked inward and found my own shortcomings. In the meantime, I also exposed many human mentalities and attachments that I had not gotten rid of. This event helped each one of us fellow practitioners purify our body and mind to various degrees. There were also some miracles we encountered, which let us witness Dafa's super-normal and extraordinary capabilities.
For instance, five of us were walking together and reached a village. Because someone saw us before we arrived at the village, we decided to split into two groups. One practitioner and I walked along the right side of the village. The other three practitioners walked along the left side. We agreed to meet on the other end of the village. The two of us stayed away from the villagers and put up informational banners on the trees and short messages on the electric poles. Then we quickly reached the other side of the village. We did not see the other fellow practitioners. We saw a row of trees in the front. We went directly to that place. From far away, we saw colorful banners hanging on the tips of the trees high above, which were fluttering in the wind and shining. When we reached that area, we saw several villagers looking up in the sky and attentively reading those banners. My fellow practitioner said, “This field is really good. One had a brighter feeling just upon approaching it.” But we did not see the other fellow practitioners. Both of us kept walking forward and reached another row of trees, where there were more truth-clarification banners hanging like the previous locations. We also saw some villagers looking up and reading those banners. Those banners were colorful, and it was a spectacular scene. It really moved heaven and earth. At that moment I was not careful when walking downhill and fell down. Right after I stood up, I realized that for our safety, we should not try to catch up with the other fellow practitioners, because each of us was carrying a big bag filled with banners and posters about Dafa. Moreover, the other three fellow practitioners were very swift when posting those materials. Therefore, we decided to walk in another direction and we successfully finished our task.
During the process of clarifying the truth in those days, each of us went through a lot of hardships, especially when we were passing through fields of unharvested crops. For us people who live in the city, we would not have been able to pass this test if we did not have Master's protection and Dafa's supernatural powers. We helped and encouraged each other. We recited the 'Awakened One' from Hong Yin,
“Every form of travail has he weathered,
Countless the fiends trampled under his feet;
His palm erected, the whole Cosmos shakes,
A grand Buddha stands between Heaven and Earth.”
When we finished clarifying the truth and walked back home, we would look at each other with a relaxed smile. We felt happy in our hearts, although we were covered with dirt and mud on our bodies and even had some thorns or burrs on us.
There was another time when I went to wash my feet after I got home. As soon as I took off my shoes, I noticed that my shoes and socks were sticking together. When I pulled very hard and took off my shoes, I saw blood and mud sticking on my socks and shoes. I noticed that the toenail of my middle toe came off. Although it bled a lot, I did not feel any pain. At that moment, tears came down. I felt thankful for Master's protection. Master suffered such a big pain for his disciple again. A few days later, a new toenail grew back.
After studying Master's lectures, I further realized that the universal law has the unstoppable capability of generating, developing, destroying, and renewing everything. This is the source of all beings and wisdom. During this Fa rectification period, all lives in this universe are categorized in two groups: lives that have assimilated with the Fa and can be renewed, and those that cannot. Those parts of us that have cultivated well and obtained the Fa would assimilate with the Fa and become part of the new universe. Those parts that have not been cultivated well will stay with the various materials in the old universe, which would be eliminated sooner or later during Fa rectification. I think the toenail that came off is like a life that belongs to the old universe
I still have many attachments that I need to get rid of. I only did what a Dafa disciple should do. Comparing myself with other diligent fellow practitioners, I still need to work hard to catch up. From now on, I will always remember that I am a Dafa disciple, maintain a righteous mind, not relax, and catch up with Master's Fa rectification process. I will follow Master's arrangement and do the three things well. I will save sentient beings with compassion, complete cultivation and follow our Master to return to my genuine home.