China Fahui | Actions Speak Louder Than Words
(Minghui.org) My husband and I started to practice Falun Gong because of his illness. He was diagnosed with severe hepatitis B. Because prescription drugs did not work, in 1995 he searched around and found some folk medicine that relieved the symptoms. However, the elderly lady who supplied the medicine said that if someone took it and the disease later returned, there would be no cure.
When the hepatitis returned in 1997, my husband and I wept in anguish.
When my friend heard this, she told us about Falun Gong. The very next day, my husband and I went to learn it. Within a week, all of my husband’s symptoms miraculously disappeared, and he no longer needed to take any drugs.
All of my illnesses disappeared as well, including psoriasis I'd fought for 10 years, low blood pressure, breast hyperplasia, chronically inflamed appendix, and kidney problems. The nosebleeds that had bothered me for 27 years, ever since my rash when I was a year old, also stopped.
In “Validation” in the Essentials for Further Advancement, Master said:
“Then, as a cultivator, you should make use of all feasible conditions to spread Dafa and validate Dafa as a correct and true science, rather than preaching or idealism—this is every cultivator’s obligation.”
Here I would like to share some of my experiences.
Parents Gave Me the Highest Score
Because of the amazing improvements in my own mind and body, I wished that everyone could know about Falun Gong. Fellow practitioners and I went to other towns to tell residents about the practice.
I also gave brochures to the students in each of my classes and told them to talk to me if they wanted to learn the exercises. Seeing the positive changes in me, several fellow teachers began to practice as well.
When I introduced Falun Gong to the students, I told them to follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, as taught by Falun Gong, to become a better person. Little by little, they learned to remain calm when faced with conflicts and not to fight with each other.
My students were the most polite students in the school, and our classroom was the most orderly. The students had good manners not only with me, but also with other teachers. Other teachers often asked me, “How did you discipline your students and make them so good?” They knew that it was related to my practice of Falun Gong.
At the end of each semester, a survey was given to parents to rate the teachers, as one measure to evaluate teachers' performance.
One day the school principal asked me: “How do you get along so well with the parents? All of them gave you the highest scores on the survey. You were the only one who did so well in the entire school.” I knew this happened because I was able to follow the Fa when I taught.
On April 25, 1999, when the persecution was already beginning, other practitioners and I went to Tianjin and peacefully appealed for Falun Gong. My husband and I also went to Beijing in October 1999 to tell government officials that Falun Gong was good and Master was innocent. However, police illegally arrested us on Tiananmen Square, sending my husband to a forced labor camp for three years and detaining me for two weeks, followed by house arrest.
Officials sent teachers to take turns monitoring me. I told them what my husband and I had gone through. I also gave them some materials to read that had stories about other practitioners. Some teachers understood that practitioners were being wrongly persecuted. One of them told me that the principal had asked them not to mistreat me, but just to keep an eye on me.
One time, the police department chief came to talk to me. The principal was next to him when I clarified the truth to them. After the police chief left, the principal said, “When you reach Consummation and become a Buddha, please don't forget us.” I smiled and assured him that I would not forget.
Clarifying the Truth in Another School
Because of my belief, officials demoted me from an exemplary elementary school to a regular one. Many parents in the new school heard about it and wanted to transfer their children to my class.
One day the principal complained to me: “The school semester started a month ago. Why are some parents still asking to transfer their children to your class?”
At that time, my class was over-sized. I had 63 students. After telling the students about the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, I asked them how they could become good students. They replied in unison, “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance!” I was deeply touched.
Once, I had an open class. Usually only the dean and teachers of the same subject and grade level came to listen in. But that day, nearly every teacher who did not have class showed up. After the class, they had nothing to say and left one by one. This was different from open classes held by other teachers. I was curious.
Later, some teachers told me about it when we chatted. They had never seen any teacher as kind as me, with such a kind attitude and tone. They were deeply moved.
One Physical Education teacher said to me respectfully: “I have never been to a class as good as yours. Your attitude toward the students was so good that we all really benefited.”
Another teacher of a higher grade level told me: “Your teaching was great. The students can learn a lot, and we teachers also found it useful.”
The teachers said this to me because they trusted me. In fact, they had concerns when I was first transferred to this school. Seeing my upright behavior in daily life, however, teachers made friends with me, especially after this open class.
I took this opportunity to tell them more about Falun Gong, especially the truth behind the Tiananmen Square self-immolation hoax, which had been staged by the communist regime to defame Falun Gong. Many people found out the truth this way.
Once, after the school was given an Excellent Teacher Award, the head of the Moral Instruction Office apologized to me: “Based on your attitude and performance, this award should be given to you. You always smile at the students, and no other teacher is as charismatic as you. But because of your practice, nobody dared to nominate you.”
I explained to him that I did not do my best at teaching in order to get awards. It was Falun Gong that taught me to be a better person and a better teacher. He thanked me again.
During the last teacher conference before winter break, the principal said in his speech, “Please do not gamble during the break. Do not break the law or do something absurd like Falun Gong.” I was upset and went up on stage after he stepped down.
In front of all teachers, I said: “The principal has not practiced Falun Gong, and he may not know the truth. There is an old Chinese saying, ‘Good is rewarded with good, and evil incurs evil.’ We should be careful not to say words that hurt innocent people.” The principal was furious, and several teachers immediately dragged me to his office.
When I arrived at the principal's office, the Communist Party secretary, vice principal, and dean were already there. Out of anger, the principal said: “I could have called the police to arrest you! What do you have to say for yourself?”
I replied calmly: “Falun Gong cherishes virtue, and there's nothing else like it in the world. Therefore, anyone who has bad thoughts about Falun Gong may have a risky future. When you said what you did in front of so many teachers, someone may have believed your words and jeopardized their future. If this happens, you will be held accountable. I stopped you for your own good and hope that you can understand that I'm concerned for you.”
The principal paused and then asked: “I already said those words. Now what should I do?” I told him: “You did not know this before. As long as you don't do it again, it'll be all right.”
After that, nobody said bad things about Falun Gong in front me. Later, when police arrested me and put me in prison, this principal and his wife supported me.
Validating the Fa in Prison
While I was in prison, I always reminded myself to maintain righteous thoughts. This helped me to rise above the repeated abuse.
In addition, I demonstrated the wonderfulness of Falun Gong with my words and deeds—and this changed the environment. The guards respected me, and the inmates did not say things against Falun Gong, either.
I also taught the inmates to recite, “Falun Gong is good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
One inmate often dreamed of monsters that came to bother her, and she was always exhausted. After accepting my advice, the monsters did not come again, and she slept well. Because of this, she believed in Falun Gong and asked me to recite some articles to her. I wrote down some of Master's short articles and she quickly memorized them.
She said that she would look for practitioners and start to practice after being released.
Saving People While Running a Business
I was released in 2009 and soon learned that practitioners had begun to save people by asking them to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. One day my husband and I went to visit a relative who worked in a central Party office.
After I chatted with him, he told me: “You did the right thing. Since you've lost everything, you have to keep your belief. It's better to have a belief and I support you.”
I asked him, “How about you quit the Party using a pseudonym?” He replied, “Thank you for helping me quit. Please use my real name.”
Another relative is a retired middle school principal. When my husband and I visited him, he reminded us to be safe. His family was targeted during several political campaigns, so he knew just how vicious the CCP could be.
After my husband and I talked to them about the persecution, he and his wife gladly quit the Party.
Upon returning home, my husband told me that we had a debt of 95,000 yuan. Although his former boss owed him 60,000 yuan, he did not want to pay it back and my husband thought about giving up.
We went to visit his former boss and told him about Falun Gong, as well as the CCP's vicious persecution. He was a little hesitant at first, but in the end agreed to quit the Party. When I asked him about the money, he paid us some at that time and returned the rest soon thereafter.
In five months, we paid off all of our debt. With the help of other practitioners, we opened a store and the business went well. We also used it as a place to clarify the truth to people.
Customers trusted us and our service, and even officials who used to persecute us now came to our store. We placed a truth-clarification calendar on the desk and put up some Falun Gong posters on the walls, so people could learn the facts in a natural environment.
As our business continued to grow, we opened another store. Many friends were surprised, because they had seen how poor we once had been as a result of the persecution. This created more opportunities for us to clarify the truth to them.
Here we would like to sincerely thank Master for everything we have. We will do even better as Falun Gong practitioners!