My uncle used to be an aspiring youth with a positive attitude. He was not much older than me, so we got along well and could talk to each other easily. We often discussed, well into the night, profound topics, such as the meaning of life.
My aunt and I both began to practice Falun Dafa, but after that, my and my uncle's paths went off into different directions. My uncle is a company manager and often involved in many social activities. He became very influenced by the evil Party culture and gradually became less idealistic than he had been in earlier years.
He began to compromise his ethics, as so many other people in China do, believing they have little other choice if they wish to prosper and thrive within the communist system. It did not seem to work well to clarify the truth to him, especially after we all were persecuted.
There were two reasons why my uncle would not acknowledge Dafa. The first was that he had been heavily influenced by the atheist Party culture and did not believe in the existence of Buddhas and gods. He believed himself to be very rational. He majored in engineering and was deeply affected by the modern positivist science, so he did not believe in anything that could not be proved with the scientific method. When he read the Dafa books, he nitpicked about phrasing, diction, or choice of words. He was also confined by his own logic and reasoning. He often said, “I'll only believe it if you can convince me with reason.”
The other reason for his not acknowledging Dafa was that my aunt and I were persecuted several times. He went from not interfering with us to firmly opposing our cultivation and truth-clarification. He was, in fact, worried that all his interests and gains through many years of effort would be jeopardized. So we found it more and more difficult to explain the facts to him.
When we talked to him about the evil nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), he would defend it by saying that another party would be no different. He had watched the Shen Yun DVDs, Nine Commentaries, and other such materials, but he seemed to be interfered with by evil factors and his own worries, which prevented him from understanding the truth. There was no fundamental change deep inside him. Sometimes when he came home drunk, he would dump the pressures caused by the evil CCP for years on my aunt and accuse her of causing the problem because she practiced Falun Gong.
First thing every morning, my aunt sent forth righteous thoughts, then she turnd on the digital player and located the Nine Commentaries program. She placed the player near my uncle in the bedroom. While preparing for the day washing, brushing, and even eating breakfast, my aunt strategically placed the player near my uncle so he could hear one full episode a day. One day he remarked that it was good, and that when he listened to it, it was easier for him to wake up and get going. Over time, he even would himself take the player in the restroom with him, instead of my aunt doing it. The professional narration, the gentle intonation, the facts and profound meaning of the Nine Commentaries grew on him and gradually changed him.
One time he nodded as he listened and said, “Yes, that is well said, the Communist Party indeed does not produce any values.” At another time, he sighed, “Yes, it is true what the Nine Commentaries said. The Communist Party is evil." One time when he finished listening to an episode, he marveled sincerely, “Wow, the people who wrote this did a really good job. I really admire them. You Dafa disciples are so great.” Of course, there were setbacks along the way. Sometimes he would get impatient and suddenly say, “Why do you keep finding fault with the Communist Party?” My aunt knew this was interference, so she would quickly change to another program and then send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil factors.
After my uncle calmed down, she would play the Nine Commentaries again. After my uncle finished listening to all the episodes, my aunt played the series “Integrating the Party Culture” and “Conversing on the Party Culture” to him. My uncle really had his eyes opened when he listened to the episode expounding on the relationships between science, belief, and cultivation and sighed, “Yes, so many renowned scientists are open-minded and have their own religious beliefs. There's nothing for me to be arrogant about.”
Since the evil could no longer control him, Master adeptly arranged more opportunities for him. One day he read online about the demolition of the tombs in Henan Province and said angrily, “The CCP just cannot change its evil ways.” I was a bit surprised to hear this. My uncle, who used to protect the CCP no matter how bad it was, has now been completely awakened. One day he said to my aunt, “Today I read news about the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge. I did not believe it when I read the Nine Commentaries , but now I believe it is all true.”
All the programs Falun Dafa practitioners make are full of positive energy, which can calm one's mind and body. Now my uncle is not resistant to listening to any such programs. He is beginning to understand what Dafa practitioners have done. When it is time to send forth righteous thoughts, he will remind my aunt, rather than interfering with her. Sometimes, he will even study the Fa and send forth righteous thoughts with us! Another time, he said to my aunt, “From now on, you do not have to clarify the truth. Let me do it."
I believe that, in the near future, one more awakened sentient being will be walking on the path to return to his true origin.
After my uncle broke away from the evil spirit of the CCP, he began to support his mother (my aunt's mother-in-law) to practice Falun Gong and urged my aunt to teach her the exercises right away. My aunt's mother-in-law turned 78 this year. She used to practice Falun Gong, but after the persecution began, her other children asked her to stop. Her health is poor. Her heart is her biggest concern. She has had numerous small attacks almost monthly. After my uncle understood the truth about Falun Gong, he began to urge her to practice Falun Gong. He would even ask her about Fa study and if she was regularly doing the exercises.
Although my aunt's mother-in-law wanted to read the books, she was nearly illiterate and so she read very slowly and her comprehension was poor. Nevertheless, she can now listen as much as possible to the recordings of Master's Fa lectures and she can understand them. She turns the volume down low and sits close, so she can hear every word.
Since my aunt's mother-in-law could not read well, she had to read Zhuan Falun word by word, slowly. Before the persecution, she read about 30 pages of the book. Now that she has come back to Falun Dafa, she started reading the book all over again. She said after a few months of practice that her health had improved significantly. She said that, one morning as she was waking up, she heard a voice say “Falun Dafa is good.” She responded sleepily, "Yes, yes, I want to practice." After she woke up she looked around but saw no one. Then she realized that this was encouragement for her to practice. She was so excited as she told this to my aunt and my uncle. My uncle said jokingly, “If someone else had told me this, I might not have believed it, but since my own mother is telling me, I believe it completely.”
One time she came across a word she could not recognize, and no one else could tell her the pronunciation. She was a bit worried. However, the next morning, when she was still half asleep, she heard a voice pronouncing the word clearly. She said, “Falun Dafa is really supernormal and amazing. In the past when I studied it, I did not completely believe it, but now I believe Dafa, from the bottom of my heart.”
My nephew is now five. His health has not been good, and he does not like to eat. My younger brother and his wife believe in Falun Dafa, but they are not very diligent in their cultivation. They also do not screen the activities of their two children very well. The children love to watch cartoons and play video games, which are filled with violence and demon nature. I understand it is not good for children to watch them, as they can have a negative affect. But I do not spend much time with them and so have little influence. When I get the opportunity, I play Master's lectures for them. They listen just a little and then turn back to their DVDs. I felt there was nothing else I could do.
A few days ago, my nephew suddenly became nauseous and began to vomit. He vomited for a long time. He was taken to the hospital, and the doctor could not determine what was wrong, saying the boy probably just ate something bad. The doctor prescribed some digestive pills and said he should be fine after taking the them. However, the boy continued to vomit for several days, even after taking the pills. There was no sign of improvement. He was weak and seemed to be in a trance. His parents were very worried. Even my 13-year-old niece was worried and said to my sister-in-law, “Please ask aunt to send forth righteous thoughts for my brother as soon as possible.”
I thought perhaps this was a perfect opportunity for my nephew to hear the Fa, so I gave them my new player. I asked my sister-in-law to not let the children watch those bad cartoons anymore, that they had many degenerate things in them and would harm her kids. I told her to urge the children to listen to the Fa and other healthy programs with the player I gave her. I assured her that this would be good for her children.
So my sister-in-law played Master's lecture to my nephew every day, while I sent forth righteous thoughts for them to eliminate the degenerate factors in their minds that interfered with their listening to the Fa. My sister-in-law called and told me that my nephew wanted to eat some congee in the morning after he woke up. Although he did not eat a lot, he felt much better and was no longer in a trance. She also said the player was so convenient that she placed it on the bedside for both of the children to listen to a Fa lecture every day. The children have also listened to many songs Falun Dafa disciples have composed. They didn't want to listen to these songs in the past, but now they did so eagerly. The player was easy enough for even the children to operate. Now everyone in the household is listening to the Fa, children and adults alike.
One day as my nephew was playing near his mother, he asked her, “Who is Sakyamuni?” Apparently the child was truly paying attention. Later on, he finished listening to the books Weathering the Storm and Milarepa's Cultivation Story . Weeks later, my sister-in-law called and told me with delight that my nephew was completely recovered and not only was he eating, his appetite had improved and was better than ever. He even ate a whole bowl of wonton. The entire family feels this is miraculous and they understand it is Dafa that helped my nephew.
From then on, every night, my nephew asked his mother to play Master's Fa lectures. One night, he had a nightmare and woke up frightened. He woke his mother and told her he was scared, and could she please play Master's lecture for him. Now my nephew, who could not double cross his legs in the past, can hold the position for half an hour. He continues to have an improved appetite and is growing healthier and healthier because of the blessings of Dafa.
My brother's family is not wealthy, but since his entire family believes in Falun Dafa and studies the Fa, they take pride and pleasure in giving to others. Relatives and friends all like to be with them. His family is happy and peaceful. Later, many local practitioners asked about this new kind of player and wanted to buy one. Because they have benefited so much from Falun Dafa, my brother and sister-in-law have now learned how to do online orders and install computer software, so that they can contribute to helping other fellow practitioners spread the truth and the hope of Falun Dafa to sentient beings.