Young Practitioner: Rescued from a Turbulent World
(Minghui.org) As a young person who was born in the 90's, words can't express how lucky I feel that Falun Dafa has rescued me from such a turbulent world.
Like many others from my generation, I played computer games every day and lived a muddled life with no sense of purpose.
After I graduated from high school and worked in a company, I felt a sense of emptiness inside and remained puzzled about the meaning of life. I abruptly quit my job and moved back home.
I started searching online, looking for some answers. I hadn't realized at first that some websites in China were blocked. Luckily, I was able to use the Freegate software to unblock them.
At first, while reading uncensored news articles, I couldn't accept the information. Having been brought up under the Communist Party indoctrination, with nothing but censored news and propaganda, I couldn't believe the truth when it was put in front of me. It was like someone telling me that my parents weren't my biological parents. I am sure a lot of Chinese people feel this way when they first read uncensored news.
I found it very difficult to believe that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could be responsible for the most evil crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.
I read uncensored news every day. Soon, I learned that the persecution of Falun Gong was completely unjust and the book Zhuan Falun teaches people to be kind and to improve their moral character. But I still couldn't understand why Falun Gong practitioners would persevere in their belief, even under the threat of harm and death.
Normally, I used the logic of fighting for power and self-interest to measure things happening in society, and always went by that. However, this didn't seem to apply to Falun Gong and its practitioners. I realized that Falun Gong is righteous.
Later, I found the Minghui.org website and read all of the books and lectures written by the founder of Falun Gong, Master Li Hongzhi. I was amazed to find that the teachings answered all the puzzling questions I'd had in my mind for years.
I was afraid that if I started practicing Falun Gong, I might be arrested. I had to make a decision at this crucial juncture. In the end, I made a firm decision to practice Falun Gong.
Before I graduated from middle school, I remember one of my teachers telling us that we have to learn to speak differently in front of different people, in order to get ahead in life. She told us she came cross a Falun Gong practitioner who talked to her about Falun Gong and the persecution. My teacher said that this practitioner's words were right, but you still shouldn't believe him even though he was right.
I was confused by what my teacher said. She didn't want us to believe in what is right. Does that mean we should believe in something that is wrong? It's so sad to see how the Communist Party has destroyed people's basic sense of conscience, reversing right and wrong.
After practicing Falun Gong for a while, I understood what it means to be a good person and also understood more about why we should strive to be good.
Master Li teaches us that when we are in a conflict with others, “As a practitioner one should not fight back when being punched or insulted” (Zhuan Falun). We should also look inward to find our own attachments and shortcomings..
“In cultivation practice, there may be two scenarios when dealing with specific conflicts or when others treat you badly. One is that you might have treated this person badly in your previous life. You feel in your heart that it is unfair, "How can this person treat me like this?" Then why did you treat this person that way in the past? You might claim that you actually did not know it at that time, and this life has nothing to do with the other life. That does not work.” (Zhuan Falun)
When I encountered conflicts at the beginning of my cultivation, I forced myself to endure, but was upset in my mind. Now, I understand that everything happens for a reason. If someone treats me badly, that must be because I treated them like that before, or in a previous life. I truly regretted mistreating others in the past. If I didn't practice Falun Gong, I wouldn't have understood this principle. I would have continued to hurt others without looking inside, only focusing on how others hurt me.
I have experienced many positive changes in my mind and body as a result of the practice. With a greater sense of compassion for others, I hope to help more people take the right stance toward Falun Gong, so that they may be blessed with a bright future.