Stories of Falun Dafa's Power in Rural Areas
(Clearwisdom.net) One weekend, several practitioners and I went to a rural area to meet with local practitioners there. We were moved by the local practitioners' stories of collectively studying the Fa, practicing the exercises, stepping forward and cooperating in clarifying the truth about Falun Dafa.
There were six practice sites in the area totaling hundreds of practitioners, from government officials to ordinary people, especially in rural towns. We arrived at a village after 8 p.m. and listened to one practitioner speak about clarifying the truth to students. She said that most people there were very simple folks, with the primary students being purer and simpler than in larger cities, and that the majority of students and teachers in the school understood the facts about Falun Dafa. She told the students to remember that Falun Dafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good, and subsequently they told others about the things they had read in the truth-clarification materials.
Healthiest Seniors in the Region
One female practitioner is the descendant of a Chinese who had emigrated from Indonesia. Her family of six or seven people began to practice Falun Dafa in 2007.
Her great aunt had told them about the goodness of Falun Dafa in 2004. The great aunt's husband was diagnosed with rectal cancer and lung metastases at the age of 86. He was given only two months to live. He listened to his wife and earnestly recited, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” Soon, he returned to good health. When the doctor who had diagnosed him later saw that he was not only still alive but also healthy, he said, "Unbelievable! This is amazing!"
During the same time frame, a regional hospital declared the seniors in the area to be the healthiest in the region. An exam revealed that one 88-year-old grandfather's heart and lungs functioned as well as expected for a 30-year-old; he was named the most healthy senior in the over-80 age group in the region.
However, this data still had not convinced this practitioner to start cultivating in Falun Dafa. Then, in July 2007, she cut her finger when mowing the lawn, and it would not stop bleeding. She said, "While preparing to have it stitched in the hospital, I remembered what my great aunt had told us: 'Sincerely recite Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!' She had said that it could reverse bad luck and help survive danger. I thought it would be worth a try, so I said, 'Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!' and my finger stopped bleeding."
This incident was finally enough to make her believe that Falun Dafa was miraculous. She also believed that fate had intervened and helped her step onto the Falun Dafa cultivation path. Subsequently, her parents-in-law who before hadn't dared to read truth-clarification materials, as well as many other family members, began to practice Falun Dafa.
After they had become practitioners, the entire family studied Dafa diligently and practiced the exercises daily. Then, they also began to clarify the truth to save people, in accordance with Teacher's requirements.
Telling People about Falun Dafa
She continued to tell us: "In the beginning of our truth-clarification efforts we were very scared, but then we thought that we were saving people and doing the most sacred thing. We understood that Teacher is with us, so what is there to be scared of? After some time we calmed down and acted honorably, no matter where we were."
She added: "If there is enough time for clarifying the truth, we talk to people and distribute materials about Falun Dafa. If time is short, we only distribute the materials or give out the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and truth-clarification flyers. As the materials are quite valuable, we tell people, 'This is material about the persecution of Falun Dafa and it is for saving people, just take a look.' We only give it if the person wants to read it. Most people are willing to accept it and many thank us."
Most of the time she and her mother-in-law cooperate well with each other. They sometimes go to the city or to rural areas to clarify the truth, and sometimes she also goes with fellow practitioners to neighboring counties and cities. They distribute materials and help people quit the CCP; the number of people they are able to help varies from as little as a few dozen to as many as over one hundred per day.
She told of her other truth-clarification efforts: "One day my mother-in-law and I went to a fresh food market. Before entering the market we walked around and send righteous thoughts. One of us clarified the facts about Falun Dafa and quitting the CCP, while the other distributed Falun Dafa materials to people. We felt everything went smoothly and the people we talked to agreed to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. [because a lot of people wanted to withdraw], we could not keep up with writing down their names, so we asked them to write down their own names. Many rushed over to do it, and some asked for more information."
She continued: "Another time, when we were returning after finishing distributing our Falun Dafa materials, I found another copy of the material in my pocket. I thought that I must use it to save a person with a predestined relationship. While I had this thought, someone passed by, so I spoke to him about Falun Dafa and withdrawing from the Party. He quit the CCP and I gave him the last copy of the material, which he was happy to accept. He said, 'Thanks! Thanks!' Afterward, we met no one else on the way home. This type of situation has happened many times."
Once, she still had nine copies of the informational material left and thought that there were another nine people to be saved today. She got on a bus and there were nine people there. She gave one to each person, but the first person did not accept and said angry words. She ignored him and gave the material to the other eight people, which they happily accepted, thanking her. Before she got off the bus, she said to the first person, "I am here to save you. You may not have another chance of being saved, if you miss this one." He quickly replied, "Then give it to me!" and grabbed the material. She knew that Teacher had arranged everything. Practitioners simply move their legs and mouths.
This practitioner also told us many other amazing things that happened when clarifying the facts about Falun Dafa. She said: "One day, my mother-in-law and I drove a motorbike to tell the facts in the neighboring village. We ran out of fuel, and there was no gasoline station for over twenty miles. I did not worry. I asked Teacher for help. We kept driving for over 20 miles and then filled up the tank. It cost 38 yuan, while a full tank usually costs less than 30 yuan. I knew that Teacher had helped us to borrow petrol from the petrol station."
Teacher Protects Disciples Everywhere
The next day, our group split up, so we could tell more people about Falun Dafa. A practitioner and I went to a small village, where over ten local practitioners shared their experiences in doing the three things and saving people.
One of them said: "Once I went to explain the facts about Falun Dafa and hand out truth-clarification materials when someone reported me to the police. The police station would pay that person several hundred yuan when reporting on practitioners. The police took me to the local police station. They were harassing me, shouting and yelling. I calmly told them that I had joined the Falun Dafa practice after the persecution had already begun. I talked about the mental and physical benefits I've gained from the practice and about Falun Dafa being extraordinary. By recounting my experiences, I also exposed that the CCP uses the media to frame and slander Falun Dafa. I told them the principle that good is rewarded and evil is met with retribution. In the end, one police officer said, 'Since Falun Dafa is so great, you can go now! You practice well at home!' Thus, I was released."
An elderly, disabled practitioner, in his 60s, has been validating Falun Dafa and doing the three things since the persecution began. Because of his disability, instead of distributing Falun Dafa materials, he often writes letters to explain the facts about the practice. He has written several dozen letters to government departments and cadres this year.
Once, the national security police intercepted his letters. Around six police officers arrived at his home and wanted to ransack it. They said: "You have caused so much trouble. Our superior received your letters and asked us to investigate you. It took us over two months to find you!" He said, "How could I cause trouble for you?" Then, he explained the facts about Falun Dafa to the officers, talked about the heavens destroying the CCP, and the principle of good being rewarded and evil meeting with retribution. The police still illegally ransacked his home and attempted to arrest him. He then shouted: "Teacher, save disciple! Teacher, save disciple!" The police were frightened and asked him, "Where is your Teacher?" He answered, "My Teacher is behind you!" The police looked back frightened and quickly took off. They dared not harass the practitioner again.
Another practitioner told of another miracle: "On July 21, 1999, the day after the CCP began suppressing Falun Dafa, a group of police officers broke into my home. They searched everywhere, but at the time we didn't know about sending forth righteous thoughts. When a police officer picked up my son's book Zhuan Falun, I saw him holding the book but stood still, looking foolish. He put down the book after quite a while and continued to look through other things. We have been reading this copy of Zhuan Falun daily ever since.
Dafa's Power Surprises Ordinary People
A practitioner stopped practicing due to fear after the persecution had begun, but returned to Dafa in 2009. She told us in tears: "Although I had left Dafa for many years, Teacher never gave up on me, a disqualified disciple, and mercifully protected me at all times."
She said: "The grapes in my area were afflicted with a parasitic disease this year. Everyone used pesticides and insecticides and sprayed the grape vines four to five times. I thought: 'I'm a practitioner, I can't kill, nor will my vines be afflicted.' So, I did not use pesticides. Indeed, my grapes had no insect infestation and grew very well."
In May, when the grapes had grown to the size of corn kernels, the region suffered hail damage. The weather was all right early in the day, but when it began hailing, this practitioner ran to the door and shouted: “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good! Please, Teacher, help your disciple. Please don't let the grapes be damaged!” After a while, a neighbor came and asked, "Have your grapes been damaged?" This practitioner said “No” without hesitating. When she then checked her vineyard, there was no hail damage, while the surrounding vineyards were ruined. The grapes of other villagers not only suffered an insect infestation and damage from hail, but also couldn't be sold in the local market or be exported due to excessive pesticide. However, this practitioner's grapes weren't damaged and could be sold at a good price. Because of Teacher's merciful protection, non-practitioners witnessed the miracle of Dafa!
Another practitioner recounted how her family changed from not believing in Dafa to supporting it and helping her clarifying the truth to people. She told us about many miracles.
She said: “At this year's planting time, the county released water to the field. Although the ditch passed in front of my home, I let others take the water first. I thought that a practitioner must consider others first. After the others took their share of water, there was no water left in the ditch. However, I didn't worry. I just thought that as long as other fields were watered, and their crops were not affected, it was nothing for a practitioner to suffer a loss. I went to have a meal, and when I returned, a miracle had happened. There was still no water in the ditch, but my field was full of water. I knew Teacher had seen my heart and provided me with the water. I did the heshi (hand gesture) in tears and thanked Teacher. My family again witnessed Dafa's miraculous power and felt very grateful for Teacher's merciful protection.”