Overcoming Tribulations and Rescuing Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) I never felt any joy before I practiced Falun Dafa. Even as a small child I always feared winter, because I suffered from frostbite on my face, ears, hands and feet. I started feeling happy the day I began practicing Dafa, because I chose a path of returning to my true self.
The pain I lived in before practicing Falun Dafa
I used to suffer from tinnitus, anemia, bone spurs, epiploic appendices, and several other chronic illnesses. My complexion was sallow, and I experienced general weakness and dizziness. I could not bend because of bone spurs in my neck and back, so I could not do too many household chores. My lower abdomen hurt for most of the month around the time of my menstrual period, and over time, the pain lasted longer and longer. The tinnitus prevented me from falling asleep at night. I sought out doctors trained in Western, Chinese, and folk medicine, but they could not cure me.
In addition, my husband was diagnosed with liver cancer. He fell into despair and often flew into a rage. He lost weight, and the drugs' side effect made him looked pallid. We were in an agonizing situation until one day someone told us about Falun Dafa.
A new life given by Dafa
My husband and I began practicing Dafa in January 1999. A retired former colleague from my husband’s workplace told him about the incredible health improvements people were experiencing through Dafa practice and loaned him a copy of Zhuan Falun. My husband and I went to watch Master’s Fa lecture videos at an auditorium. My entire worldview changed, and I learned the reason for disease [is due to karma]. A practitioner taught us the exercises, and my husband’s former colleague loaned us exercise instruction videos so we could study at home.
It was late when we got home, but we were not sleepy and continued to learn all five exercises. That night I slept like a baby, something I had not been able to do for a long time. From then on I would get up at 4 a.m. daily to go to the practice site. Two months later all of the age spots on my face disappeared, and my skin turned rosy, and all of the illnesses disappeared soon afterwards.
My husband had diarrhea for one week after he listened to Master’s videos, and then he had a burst of energy and regained his good appetite and slept well. He felt great and gained weight, and his general appearance also improved months later. Falun Dafa saved his life, and he returned to work after six months.
We would do the exercises in the morning and then go to work. We conducted ourselves according to the principles inherent in Truth-Compassion-Forbearance and had lots of energy. My husband worked in a bank and was in charge of making loans to grain companies. He refused to take any bribes and always followed the rules. He received the most number of votes when bank employees ran for president.
We joined the group Fa study every evening and would share our cultivation experiences and introduce Dafa to others. My husband rode his motorcycle and joined other practitioners. They went to places about 30 miles away to let people know about Dafa. I took my daughter to the city square to do the exercises and introduce Dafa to the public.
Falun Dafa saved our family and brought happiness to our family.
My husband died as a result of persecution
The Communist Party began fanatically persecuting Dafa practitioners in July 1999. The police frequently harassed my husband and told him to write a guarantee statement. Three police officers went to the bank during business hours at 8 a.m. on July 20, 1999 and interrogated and recorded my husband, which attracted a large crowd. My husband was pale, nervous, and fearful as the police publicly humiliated him. They also threatened to get him fired if he continued to practice. Dafa cured his cancer, but how were we to survive if he got fired?
He could not openly practice Dafa because of the terror and soon passed away. I was grief-stricken, but my heart told me I had to be strong for the sake of my family and our 12-year-old daughter.
Persistent efforts to raise awareness about the persecution
We made flyers to expose the persecution and explain the wonders of Dafa and delivered them to residential neighborhoods. We also made banners and stickers and put them up at public locations.
Six officials from Domestic Security Division illegally arrested me from work on May 27, 2003. They held me there and ransacked my home, taking my Dafa books, a photo of Master, and flyers.
The Domestic Security Division head and deputy head tried to get me into a detention center, but the detention center officials refused to accept me. The police chief called the detention center and pressured them to take me.
I went on a hunger strike to protest the detention. The guards brought a group of inmates and force-fed me. Four of them held my arms and legs down, and one pinched my nose shut. Another person pried my teeth apart with a screwdriver, and they force-fed me. I vomited a lot of blood as a result of the brutal forced-feeding.
The detention center cell was damp and dark. There was a tiny opening in the high wall that served as window, and another opening through which food was passed through. I was held in the same cell with a murderer and a thief. A toilet bucket sat in a corner, and a surveillance camera oversaw our every move.
The detention center head told the inmates to handcuff and shackle me, so I could not get around easily. The detention center doctor also instructed the inmates to monitor my words and actions and report to the officials.
The police told me that I could go home if I wrote a guarantee statement. I refused. They forced my family to write it and also extorted 1,000 yuan in “living expenses” from them before I was released.
The city 610 Office and Domestic Security Division sent agents to follow me after I left the detention center. They also forced my employer to guarantee on my behalf, which meant if I went to Beijing to appeal, or if I handed out Falun Gong flyers, they would punish whoever my employer assigned to watch me as well as my superiors. They also forced my family to sign guarantee statements to promise they would control me and not allow me to talk to anyone about Falun Gong or hand out flyers.
Rescuing people amid tribulation
Since I could no longer go out in public and tell people about Falun Gong, I downloaded materials from the Minghui/Clearwisdom website and handed them to other practitioners and also made truth-clarification DVDs.
Though I knew nothing about computers, I bought one in July 2003. I went online and taught myself and practiced typing. Soon I was able to access the Minghui website and submit articles exposing the persecution in our local area and also published solemn declarations. I bought a printer to print articles that exposed the persecution. We distributed them in our area, which shocked the persecutors.
Few practitioners in our area were making flyers. I really wanted to produce a large quantity of materials. Following a three-hour bus trip to the capital city, I bought a color printer and was able to print lots of materials. I also bought a DVD burner and made seven DVDs a day.
I lost my job in 2006, so I fully committed myself to making Dafa materials. I produced between 300 and 500 DVDs and between 4,000 and 5,000 flyers a day using five printers. I bought an electric bike to transport raw materials and finished materials. Later on, more practitioners began making materials and I started editing. I collected articles written by local practitioners that exposed the persecution, compiled them into a pamphlet, and sent it to the Minghui website for revision. Then we printed the finalized version from the Minghui website and distributed it in our area.
I served as a correspondent for the Minghui website and interviewed local practitioners whose experience reports I submitted to the website. When Practitioner W, a teacher in our city, was arrested, I compiled his experiences into a pamphlet. We distributed them in his school and near his home, and around the entire city. We also submitted the phone numbers of those responsible for carrying out the persecution in our area to the Minghui website so overseas practitioners could call them. The school officials sent people to the police department, saying Practitioner W was a good person and demanding his release. He was released less than a week later.
Over the past few years I have matured on the path of cultivation based on my determined belief. In the future, I will be even more diligent in helping Master to rectify the Fa and rescue sentient beings in order to fulfill my prehistoric vow.