[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] How Dafa Changed Me from a Bad Person into a Good One
(Minghui.org) I once was a bad person. Very bad.
I was born in 1954 and live in a village. I was frequently involved in fights and got arrested many times. I was sentenced to three years in prison in 1979 for stealing. After I was released in 1982, I didn't change.
I developed nasopharyngeal cancer in 1985. I was treated with chemotherapy, which controlled the cancer but left me with serious sequelae.
I was caught in a store for stealing in 1986 and sentenced to nine years in prison. Because of the cancer, I was released on medical parole in 1988.
In 1991, I developed a new problem: my feet were swelling and caused me great pain. There was nothing modern medicine could do for me. It got so bad that my family had to help me eat and go to the bathroom.
I thought that I was about to die and decided that I should make some money for the last time, using whatever means I could. I used crutches to go to the road every day, looking for an opportunity to create a car "accident."
Fortunately, a relative told me about Falun Dafa. I asked my family to carry me to the Falun Dafa class in our village in October 1997. I watched Teacher's Fa lecture video every day.
On the second day, I hurt all over. Our local assistant told me that it was a good thing, since my body was beginning to be cleansed. Due to his encouragement, I kept attending the class every day.
On the fourth day of listening to Teacher's lecture, I noticed that my pain had subsided. My feet were getting better. I even walked home that day!
From the next day on, I no longer needed any help to walk, and I put the crutches away.
I had a strong belief in Dafa then due to the changes in my body.
The day I finished watching all the lecture videos, I ran into a test. It appeared that I was severely “ill”: I had terrible pain in my feet, hands, and whole body. I went to bed right as soon as I got home.
My family was worried and wanted to take me to the hospital. I told them, “I am a practitioner now. The pain is paying back my karma. My Teacher told us:
'suffering is repaying a karmic debt, and thus nobody can casually change this. Changing it means that one would not have to repay the debt after being in debt, and this cannot be done at will. Doing otherwise is the same as committing a bad deed.' ('Genuinely Guiding People Toward High Levels,' Lecture One, Zhuan Falun).
"I did many bad things before, including climbing over walls into people's yards, breaking down doors, and stealing things. I used my hands, feet, and body to do those things, so now I am paying it back.”
I convinced my family not to take me to the hospital. I recited again and again, “When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it.” (“People with Great Inborn Quality,” Lecture Nine, Zhuan Falun). And I studied the Fa and did the exercises every day.
Every day I got better. Two weeks later, the cancer and all my other health problems were gone--including the pain in my hands, feet, and body. I felt my whole body was light!
I have learned to be a good person, and I try to live by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
When I go shopping, sometimes the cashier or vendor would give me too much change. I would have happily pocketed it before I practiced Falun Dafa. But now I do not want what does not belong to me. I return the difference every time.
I've been tasked with managing the pumping station to water people's fields. Each year over 20,000 yuan passes through my hands. In the past I would have stolen more than a little. Now I do not touch the money. Instead, I publish the transactions frequently.
My fellow villagers have noticed just how much I've changed since practicing Dafa.
I am very grateful to Teacher! Falun Dafa has gotten through to the real me and turned my twisted, corrupted mind completely around to make me a good person!