Minghui Fahui | Assisting Teacher in Saving Sentient Beings on the Long Path of Cultivation
(Minghui.org) I am almost 70 years old. Due to my lack of education, I did hard labor for many years to make a living. My husband passed away less than 10 years after we were married. I raised my four children in a small city. I am reluctant to recall my difficult life during those years. By the time my youngest child reached adulthood, my hair had turned white and I had many health problems.
In 1997, I was diagnosed with gallstones. The examination showed that I also had other illnesses, including heart disease, gastroenteritis, low blood pressure, and pernicious anemia. I couldn't endure the pain and wanted to have surgery, but I couldn't afford it. Just then, I heard about Falun Gong's magical effect on healing illnesses, so I decided to practice Falun Gong.
On the first day, I read the book Zhuan Falun from morning until 3 p.m. without interruption. I felt strong currents running throughout my body. I felt warm and very comfortable. I immediately realized that this was not a book of this earthly world. After 3 p.m., I felt more pain from the gallstones and sweat profusely. At that time, my understanding of the Fa was very shallow. I remembered only one phrase from the book: “Things are bound to turn around after reaching the limit!” (Zhuan Falun)
I endured the pain for seven hours, during which time my family tried persuading me to go to the hospital. I told them, “I would rather die than not hold on to what I believe in.” Instantly I threw up a bunch of yellow fluid and then three lumps of some black substance. I then felt light all over and very comfortable. My depression that had lasted for decades suddenly disappeared as well, and I gained a completely new outlook on life. It was so miraculous! From then on, I was determined to walk the path of cultivation practice.
Similar to the tens of millions of Dafa practitioners, I've gone through wind and rain on the path of cultivation. After I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa, I was forced into homelessness. Someone who was not clear about the truth reported me to the police. I was arrested and sentenced to forced labor and prison terms. I was detained and imprisoned five times. However, through it all, my firm belief in Dafa was never shaken.
Wind and Clouds Suddenly Changed
After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting Falun Gong in1999, I thought, “How could I give up such a wonderful cultivation practice?” I then started clarifying the truth to people who passed by my front door. I told them that Falun Gong taught people to be compassionate and had a miraculous effect on healing illnesses. I told them that the nation would have everything to gain from Falun Gong and nothing to lose. I did this for four days, but my family was afraid, so they put a lot of pressure on me.
I decided to go to Beijing because I wanted to tell the central government that Falun Dafa was good. My thought was very pure and simple. I never thought that the CCP could be so evil.
The day I left for Beijing, I didn't tell my family. When I jumped over the backyard wall, I scraped the flesh off my back heel down to the bone. The blood stained my trousers, but I just ignored it. I was determined to go to Beijing.
On my third day in Beijing, my injured heel scabbed over. In the past, it had taken several weeks for such an injury to heal. I realized that Teacher was helping me and telling me that I was on the right path. Hence, I became even more determined and swore in my heart, “I will not return home unless the CCP confirms the innocence of my Teacher and Dafa.”
In mid-September 1999, the CCP officials in Beijing began a thorough search for practitioners. About eight officers took part in arresting me. On the way to the police station, I explained the facts and wonder of Falun Dafa. The officers were shocked. One half-believed me and asked, “Is what you say true?” I replied, “Of course it's true.”
At the station, I continued explaining the facts to the officers at the station. They wrote down my narrative--four pages in total. I reviewed it carefully and then signed my real name. I asked them again and again to submit the narrative to Zhongnanhai (the CCP central government compound). The officers promised, “Yes, we will definitely deliver it.”
At 5 p.m., the officers took me to a temporary detention center in Changping, Beijing. I had one thought: “This is not a place for me. Teacher, please rescue me.” Less than 10 minutes later, the detention center officials said that they couldn't accept me, since the center was already full. I was taken back to my hometown and held in a local detention center, where the guards attempted to forcefully “transform” me. I completely negated this evil persecution. I was released after 15 days. I returned home with dignity, because I didn't follow any of the authorities' requirements, nor did I sign a single document.
I was the first practitioner from my local area to go to Beijing to appeal for Dafa, so the CCP appointed officials to monitor my home around the clock. In 2001, I went to the post office with another practitioner to mail letters that clarified the facts about Falun Gong to police department officials, the Procuratorate, and courts. We were followed by a police officer assigned to monitor me. In order to protect the fellow practitioner, I grabbed the officer's clothing and distracted him, allowing the other practitioner to safely escape.
Just then, Teacher's Fa surfaced in my mind:
“Getting arrested is not the purpose. Validating Dafa is what’s truly magnificent, and it is to validate Dafa that you step forward.” (“Rationality” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I asked for Teacher to strengthen me and used my wisdom to escape. Following this incident, I was targeted for persecution and placed on the “wanted” list. All of my relatives, from the countryside to the cities, were harassed by the authorities. I had no choice but to become homeless in order to avoid arrest.
While I was homeless, I never forgot my mission as a Dafa practitioner. I explained the truth about Falun Dafa to people and disclosed the facts about the persecution. I witnessed three miracles of Falun Dafa. The first occurred after I escaped from the evil officials, becoming homeless and alone. I had no Dafa books or extra clothing. I spoke of my suffering to my neighbor, an elderly man who knew the truth about Dafa. I told him that a fellow practitioner lived several miles away and had Dafa books, but I couldn’t go there to get a book because I didn’t want to get that practitioner in trouble. My elderly neighbor walked over there to get Zhuan Falun for me. The following day, this hunchbacked old man miraculously stood up straight and threw away his walking stick.
The second miracle occurred while I was doing farmwork. I worked on the farm in the morning, studied the Fa in the afternoon, and then went to clarify the truth door to door in the evening when peasants stopped working in the field. One time I went very far and came back late at night. I saw that the house where I lived was bathed in shining red light. I was so excited! Teacher was right beside me! I expressed my gratitude to Teacher again and again. I knew that Teacher was encouraging me. I saw the same thing three nights in a row.
The third miracle occurred when a fellow practitioner (who knew that I was homeless and staying in that village) wanted to visit me to deliver Teacher’s article “The Disciples’ Magnificence” and some materials. She arrived in the village late at night. She didn't know where I was staying and didn't want to knock on every door to find me. Then she saw a big word, “righteous,” shining over one house. She went to the front door and called my name. This was exactly the house where I was staying. When I opened the door, the word “righteous” disappeared. She was amazed. I felt deeply that the Buddha Fa was really great, miraculous, and magnificent! Teacher not only directed the practitioner to the correct address, but also reminded us that we must walk on the righteous path of cultivation.
In 2004, the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published. I enlightened from the Fa to one point: Dafa practitioners shoulder significant and huge responsibilities. If one person is saved, then numerous sentient beings related to him or her will also be saved. Such responsibility is enormous. I did what Teacher told us to and devoted myself to clarifying the truth and persuading people to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. During the past seven years, in the heat of summer or cold of winter, in wind or rain, I have clarified the truth to people every day and encouraged them to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Almost everyone in this small town knows that I'm a practitioner.
I visited three local directors and the deputy head of the police department who had participated in persecuting practitioners. I had visited each of them at least three times before, and one of them nine times. One time he told me, “Don’t come so often. I am afraid it will affect my job. Don’t deliver truth-clarification materials to me anymore. I visit your Minghui website often. I know that you are all good people.” I also explained the truth to the local Domestic Security Division commander every time I saw him.
Our local practitioners regularly clarified the truth to the police, so officers from the local detention center refused to admit practitioners. They told the officers who arrested practitioners, “Falun Gong practitioners are all good persons. You eat and drink too much and have nothing to do! We do not accept Falun Gong practitioners. Don’t bring them here anymore.” The police also seldom did anything when someone called to report practitioners. When they did, the police would take charge of the practitioner on site while the reporting individual watched, but then released the practitioner later when no one was around. They would tell the practitioner, “Just get out of the car here.”
One time I clarified the truth to people at a town square. While explaining the facts to a pregnant woman, her mother-in-law arrived, so I also explained the facts to her. Once the elderly woman understood the truth, she held up her hands and swore to the heavens: “To heavens above: we have five CCP members in our family. I swear to persuade all of them to quit the CCP.” Everyone nearby stared at her in shock. I was so moved that I burst into tears because sentient beings understood the truth.
On another occasion, I clarified the truth at a middle school courtyard in our city. A student who understood the truth shouted to his classmates, “A Falun Gong grandma is here. Come to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations!” In just a few minutes, over 50 students quit the Young Pioneers and the Youth League. One student wanted to report me to the police. The students who were clear about the facts stopped her and told her, “You will be punished. You will be punished.”
Within several years, I successfully persuaded about 30,000 people to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Some fellow practitioners think that this number is unbelievable. Some practitioners asked me, “Did you clarify the truth clearly?” For anyone I encountered, as long as he or she wanted to listen, I would explain the facts in detail. For those who passed by in haste, I persuaded them to quit the CCP in a few brief words.
Every day I am in the mindset to save sentient beings. As long as I enter into such a mindset, which I can sense, I am highly efficient at saving people. Just a few sentences are then enough to successfully persuade a person to quit the CCP. I then give them truth-clarifying materials. I understand that what I do is only to make a move and open my mouth; everything else is done by Teacher. Teacher brings us the people who have predestined relationships with Dafa. Teacher has paved the paths for Dafa practitioners, just waiting for us to let go of our human attachments and have the heart to save people.
Whenever I see endless streams of people going back and forth in a hurry on the road, I feel that there are still many sentient beings waiting for us to save them. I still have many human attachments. I sense acutely the heavy responsibility on my shoulders. However, I am very clear about one point: I will be steadfast in following Teacher until the moment of Fa-rectification on Earth.