The Story of a Suitcase
(Minghui.org) Despite the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, more and more people are learning about the peaceful nature of Falun Gong, and are withdrawing from the Party's organizations. The following is a story about several people who came to know about Falun Gong.
Having been practicing for over 10 years, I became healthy and strong. My face is rosy and wrinkle-free. Many people started noticing my healthy physical appearance and became interested in Falun Gong.
Last April, I took the train back to my hometown. I put my suitcase near the check-in counter on the second floor while waiting in line to be served. As more and more people arrived and put their luggage near mine, my suitcase was eventually covered by the other luggage. We were told at the last minute that the check-in location had been changed to the first floor and that everyone had to hurry there. I lifted my suitcase out from the pile of luggage and walked downstairs. As I walked, I noticed a young man following me.
When we arrived on the first floor, he suddenly asked my age. I told him that I was in my sixties. He looked puzzled and said: “You don’t look that old. Let me see how heavy your suitcase is.” He lifted my suitcase and said, “It’s heavy! But you lift it with such ease. How do you keep so fit?”
After I boarded the train, I saw the young man again. He sat next to me and asked again how I keep so fit. I smiled and said: “I have no secret. I just don’t get upset and don’t fight with others.” I didn’t know him, and wasn't sure if he was a plainclothes police officer, so I didn’t say much to him.
The young man came and visited me again the next morning on the train and asked the same question. Another gentleman sat opposite me and also wanted to know what my secret was to staying fit. He told me that he had to take different kinds of medicine every day because of his illnesses. I told them: “Follow the will of Heaven. Follow your conscience and be kind to others, because good will be rewarded and evil will meet with retribution.”
After lunch, the young man returned again. He said, “I still want to ask you again because I believe that you didn’t tell me the full story.” I sensed his sincerity after his multiple visits, and told him: “I am very strong because I practice Falun Gong. It teaches the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance.” I clarified the facts to him, and after I had finished, he asked me to withdraw from the Party's organizations for him. He told me that his friend practices Falun Gong, and that he would ask him to teach him the exercises as soon as he got home. I reassured him that all practitioners are kind people and that he needed to recite “Falun Dafa is good”, “Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance is good.” Then he left.
The gentleman sitting opposite me asked me to quit the Party for him too. He told me that he had read truth clarification materials in the past, but his mother works in the Public Security Bureau and his father works for the Party. They couldn't accept the contents of those materials and threw them out. He added, “I believe in Falun Gong, and will recite 'Falun Dafa is good', 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance is good.' When my health improves, I will convince my parents that Falun Gong is good.” Another young man nearby also asked me to help him quit to the CCP.
After getting off the train and onto a bus, I came across a gentleman in his fifties. I started to tell him about Falun Gong and the persecution, and said, “Falun Gong practitioners are the kindest people. They always consider others first.” He agreed, and I helped him to withdraw from the CCP.
I truly feel that sentient beings are awakening. I am very happy for them.
Thank you Teacher for your compassion.