New Practitioner: Making Up for Missed Opportunities 15 Years Later
(Minghui.org) My mother started cultivating Falun Dafa in early 1996, and the practitioners formed a Fa-study group at my home. That is how I first heard about Falun Dafa.
I was young at the time and too busy chasing fame, personal interest, and sentiments, so I missed the opportunity and did not start practicing then.
After many years of ups and downs, I came back from working in Southern China in 2011. Probably because the predestined time had come, I became interested in learning Falun Dafa.
I found it hard to learn the Fa at first. When doing the sitting meditation, I was not able to sit even in the single-lotus position. I had to have a pillow to support my back or I would fall backward. So my mother treated me like a new practitioner and was not strict about holding me to higher standards.
I had a dream one night in 2012. In the dream I was going to school, but the road was muddy, which made it difficult to walk. A lady came to me and said, “If you want to go to school, I can give you a ride on my moped every day.” I wondered what the dream could mean. The next day a fellow practitioner came by and she took me to her home to read the Fa. Although she was younger than I was, she was very strict with me.
In one summer we read through all of Master’s Fa lectures (44 books total, including Master’s new scriptures), and my understanding of the Fa improved greatly. Within two-and-a half-months, I was able to sit in the double-lotus position for the sitting meditation.
As I kept reading the Fa and cultivating myself, I came to understand that, to be a qualified Dafa practitioner, I must do the three things well. With Master’s compassionate arrangement, I found a satisfying job selling gems and jewelry in a big mall. It was an afternoon shift, so I still had time to practice the exercises.
In addition, I found that my job was a good place to explain the facts about Falun Dafa to people. Nowadays, ordinary people want good health and wealth, and they seek to avoid evil spirits and misfortune, and they even buy good luck charms. My work place provided me with good opportunities to help people understand Falun Dafa and the persecution.
The following are a few stories from my experience.
1. Two young men once came to my work and wanted a hand-braided rope. While I was braiding, we chatted. Talking about the relationship between jade and Buddhism led us to the topic of Falun Dafa. The younger one cut into the conversation and said, “One time when I went home with a few friends, a man was leaving DVDs and booklets at my front door. We beat him up.”
It was painful to hear. I said: “You shouldn't treat him that way. He was trying to help you understand the truth. Think about it. On such a hot day, everyone else was in the comfort of their homes, but he was going up and down stairs distributing these DVDs and other materials. What did he want from you? Why did you beat him?"
Hearing my words, he lowered his head. "After we beat him, we took a look at the DVD,” he said. “It was of an art performance. The shows were very good. In the shows many, Gods and Buddha flew up to heaven."
I saw that he believed in Gods and Buddhas, so I told him about the blessings of being virtuous, and how quitting the communist party could help ensure people keep blessings coming in the future.
They both listened to my advice and withdrew from the communist Youth League. Before they left, I told them to treat Falun Dafa practitioners kindly.
2. A lady once came to my counter and said, “I am not buying anything; I am just waiting for someone." I thought that it had been arranged for her to come here and to listen to the truth.
I chatted with her about different social problems including the proliferation of counterfeit and shoddy goods, food safety, and people's lack of integrity. Our understandings echoed each other. We then talked about the communist regime's lies and tyranny, and how the regime is the cause of the deterioration of people's morals.
When we talked about the Tiananmen Square self-immolation incident, she said: "I know, I know. I have a close classmate who is famous in movie making in Beijing. Last year when he came back, he told us that the Tiananmen Square self-immolation was not true and the video was made by the government. They used overhead cameras to take the video, and the part of the video about the charred body was computer generated.”
I then told her about the practices of body plastination supported by government members, which invariably ties them into the practice of live-organ harvesting.
She listened carefully and believed me. I helped her to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations before she left, I asked her to tell the people she knew the truth about the self-immolation., and that she would be rewarded for doing so.
3. One morning, a man came to my counter and wanted a hand-braided rope that was difficult to braid. He was in a hurry and wanted the rope ready by the afternoon for pickup. I was busy doing inventory, and I told him that I had no time to make it in that timeframe.
He told me that he would pay double. At first I was moved, but I thought acting on that request would make me greedy, and I realized that a Dafa practitioner should not be greedy. After seeing that he was anxious, I decided to stop what I was doing to braid the rope for him—at the regular price of 50 yuan.
He was very happy, so I used the opportunity to advise him to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. He was surprised for a moment, but he finally withdrew from the CCP and then left.
At noon he came back. When he saw that I was still braiding, he sat down and waited quietly. I smiled and said, "You came early."
He said, "About the things you told me this morning—you need to pay attention to your own safety. Do you know who I am?”
My instinct told me that he was a police officer, so I said, “You're an officer."
He told me that he was the head of the anti-drug division, and that when many practitioners went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa, his division went to help “deal with them.”
I asked him to treat Falun Dafa practitioners kindly, and he reminded me to be mindful of my safety. He also told me there were many plainclothes officers around that day. I realized he came early just to tell me to be careful. Later, whenever he came to the mall, he always stopped by to say hello.
Never Missing a Moment
Looking at the people being awakened, I felt happy. I can now explain the truth to people without difficulty, and I have turned my work environment into a place to awaken people. Although there are still some obstacles, I think we need to be diligent in playing the leading roles in helping people understand the truth about Falun Dafa and the persecution.
I know many veteran practitioners. Some tests are easy for them but still difficult for me. I know that I have missed a lot and there have been tests that I have not passed well. I will do my best to be strict with myself.
I am grateful to Master for giving me this opportunity. Nothing can stop me now.