(Minghui.org) Greetings, respected Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I am a practitioner who was born in the 80's. Before I began to practice Dafa, I lived a meaningless life and had many bad habits. After I got engaged, I learned that my parents-in-laws were Falun Dafa practitioners. I thought that I would make them give up Falun Dafa. However, it turned out just the opposite.
My parents-in-law are optimistic about life and always think of others first. They follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and are just the opposite of what Party-controlled television says. We have gotten along very well since I married their son six years ago. I began to practice Dafa five years ago.
I know that I have many shortcomings and I am far from the Fa's requirement, but I would like to participate in this experience sharing opportunity and share with Master and fellow practitioners my cultivation experience.
Not Moved by Human Emotion
I have been afraid of my father since I was little even though I am his favorite daughter. He had a bad temper and threw things around when he was angry. I was still afraid of him after I got married, so I did not tell him when I began to practice Falun Dafa. But I realized that it was my responsibility to clarify the truth about the practice to him and save him since he is predestined because we are family.
I gradually clarified the truth about Falun Dafa to my parents. They knew that my parents-in-law were practitioners and felt positive about the practice, but were scared because of the ongoing persecution. I did not dare to mention that I was practicing Dafa.
Last Chinese New Year, my parents invited us, including my parents-in-law, to their home to celebrate. Two days before New Year's Eve we arrived at my parents' home. When the neighbors saw us, they were surprised that my parents and my parents-in-law got along so well. My parents were happy when they heard the compliments.
My parents-in-law are diligent veteran practitioners and planned to use this opportunity to save sentient beings. They brought many Falun Dafa truth-clarification materials and we planned to distribute them in my parents' village.
On New Year's Eve, I went out with my father-in-law to distribute the materials while my mother-in-law kept my parents company. Along the way, I saw many CCTV cameras and got a little nervous. My father-in-law firmly told me that things would be OK. I felt uneasy but still finished.
A few days afterward, my father told me to come and see him. I was actually caught by the CCTV cameras, but he managed to have the footage erased. My father-in-law was firm at the time and he did not show up on any footage.
When my husband and I were about to arrive at my father's home, I had an anxiety attack, could barely breathe, and felt really dizzy. It was as if someone was choking me. I kept sending forth righteous thoughts and asked Master for his support. Soon I felt better.
When my father saw me, his first sentence was, “I will cut ties with you if you insist on practicing Falun Dafa.” I smiled at him and said, “Father, I did not cut you out of my life because you drank all the time and threw things around when you were mad. How could you do that to me because I cultivate to be a better person?” My father said that he would pay me and that I could name the amount, as long as I agreed to give up the practice. He begged me with tears in his eyes.
My heart was not moved. I believed that Master would help me break through this test of qing. I comforted him, “I will be an obedient daughter while cultivating to be a better person. I don't need money. Why do you ask me to give up such a good thing? Do you want me to go back to be a daughter living a meaningless life? Did you like me that way?”
Then he asked me to divorce my husband. I asked him, “Are you doing a good deed or a bad one? Why would you like to break up a happy family?” He did not know what to say. I felt the dimensional field was more peaceful. I understood that he reacted this way because he worried about me. I told him that I wanted to seek justice for Falun Dafa. With the government media spreading lies, practitioners had no other means than distributing, posting, and mailing truth-clarification materials about the practice to people. He told me that he knew how vicious the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was and asked me not to come back home for a while.
Instead, I returned to my father's home more often. I knew he was happy to see me. He read the truth-clarification brochure and understood me more. I hope he would practice Dafa someday since he could sit in full-lotus sitting position very well, much better than me. From his change, I realized the importance of our belief in Master and Dafa. It was exactly like Master said:
“When disciples have ample righteous thoughts
Master has the power to turn back the tide”
(“The Master-Disciple Bond” from Hong Yin II)
Cultivating to Save Sentient Beings
I am the manager at a hot pot restaurant. When I first got hired, I told the owner about Falun Dafa and clarified the truth about the practice to him. He believed what I said but didn't want to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
I tried my best to do a good job. Although I am the manager, I helped with everything, including washing vegetables, cleaning the pots, etc. I earned the owner's trust and he gave me all the keys. His hot-pot sauce recipe was a secret he acquired by paying a lot of money. He never allowed anyone into into the room where he made the sauce, but I later became the exception.
A new waitress was hired, and she cursed a lot. One day, she cursed badly. I felt very unhappy that a waitress would curse the manager. I knew that I had the attachment of not losing face. Although I bore it with tears, my heart was moved. I knew that I did not really pass the test and made up my mind to do better next time.
When I got home, my husband cursed at me even worse. I did not enlighten but felt so wronged. I cried, “Why is my cultivation so hard?” But my husband laughed, “Others' cultivation maybe hard, but yours is easy. You don't study the Fa much and you don't do the exercises. Where is your hardship?”
It was true. I was not a true practitioner. I was moved by ordinary people's actions. Master told us, “... by remaining unmoved you could handle all situations.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2005 Canada Fa Conference” from Teaching the Fa at the Conference V) After that, my heart was never moved, no matter how badly that waitress cursed me. I often poured her a cup of water and thanked her with a smile.
A few days later, she approached me and asked for my help. A big white pimple was growing on one of her eyelids. I told her to recite “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” I clarified truth to her and asked her to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Shortly after our conversation, the pimple disappeared. She was so happy that she hugged me.
She swore that she would never curse again. She would be fined 50 yuan each time if she would do it again. When others cursed her and tried to get her fined, she did not respond in kind. She told me after a week passed that the feeling of not cursing at people was really good.
My boss, the restaurant owner, had a friend that worked at a 610 Office. He took my boss to one of the forced labor camps. He thought that practitioners were all abnormal and did not understand what we do. This was why he did not quit the CCP.
When I saw problems in the kitchen, such as employees stealing expensive seafood, I talked to them kindly. I also reminded the boss about the problems. He trusted me more. After acknowledging my sincerity, one day he finally decided to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliates.
I know that I am far from the Fa's requirements and have many attachments despite five years of cultivation. No matter how much further I have to go on my cultivation path, I will walk down it with determination and go home with Master.
Thank you, Master!