China Fahui | Overcoming Difficulty and Helping Others
(Minghui) Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
I am self-employed, and own a farm product processing business. I started practicing Falun Gong in 1997. More than 20 Falun Gong practitioners, including my husband, were taken away in 2002, and sent to a labor camp for three years.
The arrest was orchestrated by the local 610 Office, Public Security Bureau, Domestic Security, and police station. One of the practitioners was tortured to death. The hardship was overwhelming at the time.
Under such a high pressure, I wondered what to do. I faced the choice of continuing my cultivation or not. I knelt down in front of Master Li's photo and remembered his teaching:
“My roots are all deeply planted in the universe, and if someone could affect you, he could affect me, and to put it directly, he’d be able to affect the universe.” (Zhuan Falun)
The boundless Dafa encouraged me. I decided to continue and do well in my cultivation.
Master's other teachings helped me understand that the persecution was arranged by old forces, whose purpose is to eliminate sentient beings using the excuse of testing Falun Dafa practitioners.
The hardship in my life and the persecution of Falun Gong was arranged by the old forces, with the excuse that Dafa practitioners have karma.
I said to my family after I reached the above understanding, “There's no need for complaints. I believe that Master will arrange the best for me.”
I worked long hours every day in my business, and visited villages to fetch supplies when they ran short. It was a good opportunity to inform them of the facts about Falun Gong.
Some villagers asked, “Where is your husband?” I replied, “Bad people should be jailed. But nowadays good people are detained, too! My husband was detained merely for trying to be a good person as a Falun Gong practitioner.
“We practitioners follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and practice the five-sets of exercises for better health. Falun Gong has marvelous health benefits. I used to have several illnesses, but am now very healthy and don't even get carsick anymore.
“The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its head Jiang Zemin forced the persecution on the nation and on us. They don't care whether we common people benefit from Falun Gong or not!”
I told everyone I met every day, “Falun Dafa is good. Don't be deceived by the CCP's propaganda and lies in the news.”
I brought processed foods to market on a tricycle every morning. It rained sometimes, and my clothes were soaked and later dried on my body. I didn't have the opportunity to change, but never caught a cold. My business ran well. I clarified the truth about Falun Gong to people I met and told them my own story.
Some customers said to me, “I will buy more from you, though I don't have other ways to help you.” Some restaurant owners helped me by asking their own staffs to pick up products they ordered from me, to save me the cost and time. One restaurant owner said, “I will never owe you money because you are such a good person. I admire you.”
I cherish the kindness of those who have learned the truth. They inspire me to be stricter with myself to display the beauty of Dafa all the time, and bring hope to people. I would like to help more people gain salvation from Dafa, and appreciate Dafa's blessings.
My son helped me to set up the stall in the morning and wrap up after school every day. I taught him to read Falun Dafa books and practice the exercises.
He once went to school to register for a new semester, and told me after he returned, “The principal said the school would not accept children of Falun Gong practitioners.” I went to the school to talk with the principal and other teachers and explain the facts about Falun Gong.
“Falun Gong practitioners strive to be good people following Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The CCP staged the Tiananmen self-immolation to defame Falun Gong and instigate hatred towards Falun Gong practitioners. Only bad people persecute good ones.
“People with a sense of justice need to support good people. My son goes to school according to the state code of nine-year compulsory education. You are violating the code if you do not accept him. You teachers should know the principles and be able to tell good from bad.”
The principal agreed to let my son register. My son told me some time into the semester, “My teachers never review my homework.” I raised this question during a parent teacher conference. She did not listen but said, “Your son doesn't need schooling.”
Her class was canceled when no students wanted to attend half way into the semester.
I learned when she stopped by my stall once to buy farm products, that her son was a police officer. She had been misled by the CCP propaganda, and had hatred toward Falun Gong practitioners. I took the opportunity to explain the facts about Falun Gong to her. She expressed sorrow, and said, after listening to my explanation, “Your son is a good child and very polite to others.” I said, “Thank you for your understanding.”
My son joined another class. I then talked with the room teacher and explained the facts of Falun Gong, as well as the imprisonment of my husband.
The room teacher responded, “What a government! It wronged and persecuted so many people during various political struggles. Be rest assured, I won't give a hard time to your son.” My son later told me, “The teacher is so nice to me. He told me to sit quickly when I was a little late. He assigned the best seat to me.”
The teacher returned all my payments for extra test preparation lessons at the parent teacher conference before my son's graduation. He said, “I can't take your money. It's against the policy.” I said, “You worked extra time and should get paid.” He smiled, “I can't take your money. Save it for your son.” He insisted, and gave the money back to me.
The principal heard that my son had lost his receipt for the deposit paid at the beginning of school year, and therefore could not get the deposit back. He helped by getting the money from the accountant, and asked his wife to deliver it to my home.
Master Li said, “Wherever there's a problem, that is where we should go clarify the facts.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Midwest-U.S. Fa Conference”). Sentient beings are saved when the facts are clarified.
Helping Fellow Practitioners and Their Family Members
Some fellow practitioners were sent to forced labor camps or illegally sentenced to prisons amidst the persecution. Some lost Dafa books when police ransacked their homes. One is not able to cultivate without Dafa books. So I brought Dafa books and Master Li's new teachings to them whenever I had a chance. We shared and encouraged one another.
I also visited the family members of incarcerated practitioners. I clarified the facts to those who don't practice Falun Gong, helped them to see through the false CCP logic, and stop hating their own family members who suffered the persecution as much as they did, all because of the persecution.
My efforts inspired their kind thoughts and helped them to recall Falun Gong's benefits to their families and to the practitioners. Some of them shared after learning the facts, “Yeah. You are all good people following Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. You have not done anything wrong but were imposed with a persecution. Yet the corrupted CCP officials face no consequences for their bad deeds. And they also bully people. The whole situation is out of control.”
I visited my husband and accompanied the family members of other practitioners to visit their detained relatives. I recited Master Li's poem “Don't be sad” to the practitioners and encouraged them to keep up their righteous thoughts and belief in Dafa.
One practitioner was sentenced to four years. His wife didn't have a source of income. She was depressed and had no idea how to take care of their child alone, as the husband had taken care of the household.
I asked her if she would like to come to my home to work together and get a monthly stipend for her work. I said that she could bring her child with her. She agreed, so we lived and worked together every day. I sold the products at the market. She stayed at home and took care of the child, and worked as much as she could. I did not mandate the amount of work she had to complete.
Her relatives learned about this later, and told her not to work at my place. They were afraid of her being implicated because I was a Falun Gong practitioner. I said to her, “I can understand. Go home and come back whenever you like. My door is always open.”
She left, but returned a few days later. I often shared my cultivation experiences with her, and told her other practitioners' stories. She listened quietly. Day in and day out, she understood more, and began to practice Falun Gong. She listened to Master Li's teaching every day, and read Dafa books with me in the evenings. We also did the exercises and sent forth righteous thoughts together.
We lived like a family for several years. By the time her husband came home, she had already become a genuine Falun Dafa practitioner.
Incarcerated practitioners in my area were released one after another. All returned home by the end of 2005. My husband returned home, too. Falun Dafa books and information were rare at that time. Several of us practitioners set up a materials production site to print Falun Gong books and informational materials.
A practitioner mentioned that we should have a study group, and asked me to arrange it. I offered my home since it was a relatively good option compared to the others. We then started our weekly group Fa studies.
I discovered udumbara flowers one day in several locations in my home! The clusters of the small white flowers were crystal and clear. My neighbors and friends all came to appreciate the flowers.
Fellow practitioners and I were all encouraged, as we knew it was Master Li's encouragement for us to be more diligent in our cultivation.
Please point out if there is any anything inappropriate. Heshi.