Farewell to Drugs and Fighting: Compassion Emerges Because of the Power of Dafa
(Minghui.org) Prior to practicing Falun Gong, Baoming (alias) was an idle man who did not have a real occupation. He smoked, abused alcohol, gambled, used illegal drugs and was often involved in fights. One time, Baoming was involved in a fight and seriously injured another person, and he was sent to prison.
While in prison, by good fortune, Baoming was assigned the job of taking care of a Falun Gong practitioner. This practitioner had been on a hunger strike for a very long time to protest the violence in prison and hoped to awaken the conscience of the guards. Practitioners do not go on hunger strikes for their own benefit. They do it to stop the persecution so the prison guards can commit less crimes against Dafa, and more sentient beings can be saved. Baoming also noticed the genuine care among practitioners. This practitioner received toiletries, a thermos bottle, powdered milk and sugar from other practitioners whom he had never met.
From that time on, Baoming started to treat this practitioner kindly, he fed him milk and carried him to the bathroom. The practitioner told him about Falun Dafa, and the seed of cultivation was planted in Baoming's heart.
Baoming was later moved to a different ward. He did not do labor work because of his health, as he had prostatitis, insomnia, cholecystitis and other illnesses. Modern medicine did not improve his condition, and he had a bad temper. Behind the iron bars, a day drags on like a year, and on top of that, the physical discomfort made Baoming live in bitter suffering. He remembered Falun Dafa, and with the help of a practitioner, his heart opened to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. He did not feel so irritable and came to know many principles of life. More than a year after Baoming started to practice Falun Dafa, even though he did not do any of the exercises, he expected himself to live up to the standard of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Master purified his body, and Baoming was free of illness. He started to cultivate diligently after he was released from prison.
Baoming found a job at a coal mine. The work underground was very labor intensive. The carts were heavy to push, some of the tools he had to carry weighed 80 kilograms, and he got coal dust in his nose, eyes and ears. Some mine workers took time off to rest, but he never took a day off. A coworker was very unfriendly and spoke to Baoming in harsh words because Baoming was new and was not good at his job yet. Baoming saw himself as a practitioner and did not react to this coworker, and Baoming told him that it was not good for him to talk that way. However, that did not help, and the coworker still treated Baoming the same. Through studying the Fa, Baoming understood that while at work, he had to do a good job regardless of whether others were watching or not. He did honest work, proactively worked on anything that needed to be done, and did his work well. His coworker changed his attitude after that.
One time, a coal cart went off track, and Baoming and two others had to carry the cart back on track. Baoming was in the middle, and another line of coal carts came through the track and hit the track Baoming was carrying. It was a very dangerous situation, Baoming was still standing in the middle of the carts, but he was not hurt. He knew Master was protecting him.
Another time, two coal carts rolled down the hill and crashed into Baoming's leg, and his leg was jammed between the two carts. It was black and blue but there was no fracture, and neither did it hurt much. He went back to work and his leg was fine. Baoming knew he was repaying his karma. If he did not practice Falun Dafa, his injuries might have been major.
It is very hard for a drug addict to quit, but with Master's help, Baoming quit. After Baoming was released from prison, he went to visit some old friends. His friends were using drugs and offered some to Baoming, but he waved a hand and refused the offer. If Baoming did not cultivate Dafa, it would have been very hard to resist such a temptation.
Dafa made Baoming a new person, he quit all his bad habits, and become a generous, kind and honest person.
Around March, 2011, friend A met Baoming and mentioned friend B, who beat Baoming up over ten years ago and caused him severe injuries. Friend B had since left the area and was afraid to come back, so he offered 10,000 yuan to Baoming through friend A to settle this old grudge. Baoming had paid over 10,000 yuan of medical bills to treat his injuries, however, he was now a cultivator and did not want to extort money from friend B. If he had not practiced Falun Dafa, 50,000 yuan would not have been enough to settle the issue. Baoming did not take any money from friend B, so he called him and told him about Falun Gong, and friend B now knows that Falun Gong is good and that the Communist regime's claims are lies.
In June 2012, Baoming's friend C, who got Baoming involved in the fight that eventually caused his jail time, was released from prison. Friend C found Baoming, apologized to him, and asked how he could compensate him. Baoming clarified the truth of Falun Gong to friend C, did not talk about compensation, and he did not ask for anything. Baoming paid over 30,000 yuan to the injured person as compensation. If he had not cultivated, 100,000 yuan from C would not have satisfied him, not to mention the hardships Baoming had endured in prison. However, Baoming did not make any request to C.
Prior to cultivation, Baoming used to beat his wife. He now searches within when he has disagreements with his wife, and he looks for his own shortcomings and sees the good in her instead of placing blame.
What power changed Baoming from an idle man to a kind person? It is Dafa, the cultivation that has spread to over 100 countries. Falun Dafa completely changed Baoming, body and soul.