Spending Time with My Father, a Falun Gong Practitioner
(Minghui.org) In China when I was young, my father started to practice Falun Gong. I was drawn to the peaceful music and the elegant movements of the exercises.
My father changed for the better after he started practicing Falun Gong. Because of that, my mother became supportive and later practiced Falun Gong, too. I also started to practice Falun Gong in 2011. When I clarified the facts about the practice with my father this August, I felt the urgency to tell people the facts about Falun Gong. This feeling grew stronger after my father was arrested recently.
My Father Became a New Man
My father was belligerent, bigoted, and irritable before he became a Falun Gong practitioner. He drank heavily and would fight with anyone over some minor thing. But after he began to cultivate, he became cheerful, kind, and considerate. Family life improved, because we all got along. Both my mother and I were fascinated by the miraculous power of Dafa.
My father and I went to a movie one winter day. As we were purchasing tickets, two hostile, drunk young men walked toward us and started to curse at and push my father. My father quickly pulled me behind him. He stood calmly, surrounded by bystanders, and did not respond to the provocation. The men left when security guards intervened.
I asked my father on the way home, “Those men did not look like good guys. Why didn't you fight back?” He said, “The principles of Falun Gong state that a cultivator shall not strike back when beaten and or swear back when sworn at. Self-control is important.”
Sensing that I was not completely convinced, he told me the story about Han Xin (韩信), which illustrated forbearance. This man was a great general during the Han Dynasty. Han Xin was challenged by a young man, who dared him to cut off his head. Han Xin did not comply, because killing was a crime. So the man challenged him to crawl between his legs. Unconcerned about public humiliation, Han Xin did crawl between this man's legs. He was later appointed as a senior general.
Becoming a Falun Gong Practitioner
My father was persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 2008, and my family has become a target of the CCP. Police officers and residential committee agents have harassed us, using all kinds of excuses. My father faced arrest many times. I couldn't figure out why the CCP would arrest citizens who lived by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to be a good person.
I was intrigued by the fact that so many people were still practicing Falun Gong despite the unprecedented persecution.
I started to read the book Zhuan Falun in 2011 and was astounded to find the answers to questions I had had for along time. I regretted that I did not read the book earlier. I stayed up all night and read the entire book. Ever since then, I have clarified the facts about Falun Gong.
Over time, I realized that I had changed. I could let go of many shortcomings, such as taking advantage of people, laziness, and jealousy.
After I began to cultivate, I worried about people who didn't know the facts about Falun Gong. I also felt sorry for those who pursued personal fame and fortune and turned a blind eye to this precious cultivation practice. Although I am a new practitioner, I am determined to tell people that Falun Gong is good.
My Father Recently Arrested
I went back to China during the summer break this year. My father and I went out together to clarify the facts about Falun Gong. When we were talking to a vegetable vendor in the afternoon on August 10, a woman in her 60s came running towards us, grabbed my father's hand, and shouted, “They are Falun Gong practitioners! Call the police, quick! I have followed them for a long time.” Others said, “Falun Gong practitioners are good people! Why arrest them?"
When we returned home, my father wanted me to go back to school abroad sooner than originally planned to avoid being persecuted by the CCP. Sadly, my father was illegally arrested a few weeks after I left China.
This experience with my father made me realize just how cruel the persecution practitioners face is. All they want is to tell people that Falun Gong is good. I am pleased that more and more people have understood the truth. I also feel sorry for those who have been persecuted by the CCP.