Testifying to a Dafa Disciple's Steadfast Faith in the Fa in an Everyday Setting
(Clearwisdom.net) Each time we had an experience sharing conference, many practitioners said, “I don't cultivate very well, so there's nothing worth mentioning.” It seemed like we knew ourselves very well. In fact, it was not so. This time, I went back to my hometown. I saw a practitioner whom I hadn't seen for more than ten years. As we were chatting, I learned that she had started cultivating in Falun Dafa in 1998, and had been very steadfast in the practice. She had gone through the process of pain and Master purifying her body. She had also been through the most severe persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners arranged by the old forces and helped Master save sentient beings. She did the three things steadfastly. In every possible place, Dafa disciples' firmness in the Fa is testified. Like diamonds, they quietly validate the beauty and greatness of Dafa.
The following is this practitioner's account of her cultivation experiences. It is meant for validating the greatness of Falun Dafa.
Before I practiced Falun Dafa, I had many illnesses, including hypertension, rheumatism, rhinitis, pleurisy, a duodenal ulcer, neurosis, heart disease, etc. I had insomnia and could only sleep for about an hour at a time. During the daytime, I had no energy and felt groggy. My heart disease was terrifying. Since my life was in constant jeopardy, the doctor advised me to carry Suxiaojiuxin pills and have a family member with me at all times, in case of an emergency. The symptom of the illness, while not manifesting during the daytime, got very serious during night, usually at about 2:00 a.m. When it occurred, my hands and arms became numb and I lost all feeling. I couldn't talk or move my head or my hands. I couldn't reach the Suxiaojiuxin pills that were next to my pillow. I would sweat profusely. I would recover after about an hour.
My husband had recently passed away and I had no source of income. My temperament was not good and my two sons were not that well-off. My older son, like his father, had lung disease and he had to take medication and injections every day. He was also still affected by his father's death. Life became bitter and very unbearable for me, and I didn't want to burden my children any longer. So, in order to lessen their burden and heal my illness, I took up some qigong practices. I practiced many different kinds of qigong and spent a lot of money doing so, though none of the practices really helped me.
About that time, my son became acquainted with a practitioner who used to have lung problems. Through cultivation practice, this practitioner had actually been healed. He introduced Falun Dafa to my son. After my son took up the practice, he felt very good about it and his health improved drastically. He then took me with him to the practice site. When I went there the first day, a practitioner gave me a general introduction. Since I had only a second grade education, I didn't understand much of what he said. However, I felt what he said made a lot of sense, though I was still a bit doubtful. I wasn't willing to let go of the old practice I used to do. I fell into a deep sleep that night, which I hadn't had for many years. The nighttime symptom of my illness, which used to bother me a lot, didn't recur that night. I then realized that Falun Dafa was not ordinary. I felt that Master had already started taking care of me. I then gradually began to cultivate only Falun Dafa. Shortly after that, I burned all the books and tapes, which had cost me several thousand dollars, from the previous practice and dedicated myself wholeheartedly to Dafa.
Unable to read any words myself, I could only listen to what the other practitioners read. I felt very agitated and anxious. I started copying every word in Zhuan Falun and asked practitioners and my family what each one meant. Gradually, I managed to read Zhuan Falun without any help and felt very happy.
In the past, I couldn't even imagine that I could read a book, but now I effortlessly read Dafa books and materials. These miracles were due to Master's amazing grace and compassion. All of my illnesses disappeared shortly afterwards. Whoever saw me thought that I had truly experienced a miracle. By then, Dafa had taken root in me and I was totally convinced by it.
One day, shortly after I began the practice, I decided to clean up the kitchen exhaust. I boiled a pot of hot water, and after the water began boiling, I lifted the pot and put it on the floor, but I accidentally slipped and fell on the floor. The pot of boiling water spilled on my legs, and horrible-looking blisters appeared. When I took off my pants, I rubbed one of the blisters and saw yellow fluid seeping out, but I was not scared at all. Master said in Zhuan Falun, “Good or evil comes from that instant thought.” I thought to myself, “I am a Dafa disciple and nothing bad will happen to me.” My family and neighbors were all stunned and urged me to go to the hospital. They tried to put some bandages on my legs. I told them, “I am okay. I don't need any of that.” I continued doing the exercises and Fa-study. Several days later, my legs were completely healed, with no trace of injury at all. That's the magical power of Falun Dafa.
One day, I introduced Falun Dafa to a former colleague whom I hadn't seen for years. Almost as soon as I finished speaking, my mouth and nose suddenly started to bleed. I was wearing a mask, and the blood stained my mask. I vomited a lot of vile-looking blood. I was not afraid of anything and I didn't tell anyone after I went home. After that, my rhinitis was completely cured.
One day while working on a job, I accidentally twisted my back and was in a lot of pain. I couldn't do anything. That night, after falling asleep, I saw a big hand tapping on my back. I woke up instantly. Without knowing what had happened, I sat up. I then walked around the room and realized that my back no longer hurt. I knew it was Master who had eliminated the karma for me.
When I think of Master, I don't know how to thank him. The only way I can repay Master's kindness is to humbly listen to him and cultivate well.
When the evil started persecuting Dafa, I didn't watch TV and I didn't believe what the authorities said. I only believed that Master and Dafa were always right. Although there was no longer a group practice site, I have never stopped practicing the exercises. At that time, I didn't know what it meant to help Master rectify the Fa. It was only due to Fa-study during the years that followed that I started to gain some understanding about what Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples are all about.
Dafa disciples later began going out to clarify the truth to people to save them. I went along with them to hang banners, and hand out fliers and Shen Yun DVDs. I had no fear. Wherever I went, I walked quickly, even though I was close to 70 years old. I have never been persecuted. Silently, I have been doing the three things that Master wants.
I am not attached to time. However long I have to travel on my cultivation path, I will walk to the end and return to heaven with Master.
As I was listening to this practitioner's calm and “ordinary” account, I was deeply moved. It seemed ordinary and there was nothing very spectacular. But, in fact, such calmness reflected the practitioner's steadfastness in the Fa and her righteous thoughts. Like a diamond, it really terrified the evil. With such never-ending power and perseverance, we are heading to the end and consummation.
In “Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston,” Master said,
“This is magnificent--truly magnificent. Without the Fa-rectification, Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples' magnificence wouldn't be shown so prominently. Dafa disciples: the things you are faced with are magnificent, your responsibilities are major, and then there's your origin, of course--it's taking all these things into consideration that I say you're magnificent.”
Regardless of the status or position Dafa disciples have in this ordinary world, and how trivial the things they do, they are truly remarkable! Let's hope that all Dafa disciples have righteous thoughts and actions, become truly divine, and fulfill our historic vows and return home with Master.