An Unexpected Phone Call in the Middle of the Night
(Minghui.org) I was awakened from deep sleep when the phone rang at three in the morning. It was one of my high school classmates named Hongyun.
Hongyun is a retired deputy mayor. I tried to introduce Falun Gong to him before the persecution, but he did not want to practice. During the persecution, I tried to tell him what Falun Gong was really about, but he had been deceived by the Communist Party's propaganda.
A few days ago, I ran into him again. I again talked to him about Falun Gong. This time, he didn't fight back. I lent him a copy of Zhuan Falun (the main book of Falun Gong), and advised him to find out for himself what Falun Gong really is about.
When he called me in the middle of the night, he was ecstatic. He shouted my name and said, “I am too excited. I read the book and had to talk to you. Zhuan Falun is really an amazing book. The author is even qualified to be the president of the nation.”
I was not fully awake. When he mentioned “the president of the nation,” I interrupted him, “You didn't finish the book, did you? Falun Gong does not get involved in politics.”
He said, “I am just saying that the author is great. Even the president of the nation cannot speak better than Master Li Hongzhi.”
The next night he again called me at 3:00 a.m., and said, “Falun Gong is truly great. Well said. The principles were easy to understand. Now I know why the Communist Party persecuted it and burned Falun Gong books. They don't want people to find out what Falun Gong is really about. The book is easy to understand for everyone, yet the teachings are very profound.”
“Master Li must be well educated. Talking about Buddha, now I truly believe that Master Li is a great Buddha, for what he said is all Buddha Law.”
I believe that this happiness comes from the bottom of his heart, the happiness of learning the truth.
After finishing the book, Hongyun wanted to learn the exercises. He was also enthusiastic about sharing his cultivation experiences with other practitioners.
Hongyun enjoys reading Faun Gong books, and often reads until after midnight, or even into the early morning. Sometimes if he reads through the night, he doesn't feel sleepy after he finishes reading. He goes out to and volunteers to sweep the streets.
The neighbors are often surprised to see that the streets have been swept after getting up in the morning. After a while, people found out that it was Hongyun who did the good deed.
Hongyun asked me, “I don't know how to answer when people ask me why I sweep the streets. As a Falun Gong practitioner, I don't want to be attached to fame and gain. I feel that it is something I should do. I don't want others to know about it.”
I said to him, “Don't worry about it too much. Just let nature take its course. Actually, many people have been deceived by the Communist Party's lies, and have misunderstandings about Falun Gong. Wouldn't it be a good thing if you tell them that you are just simply following the teachings of Falun Gong—Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance?”
Hongyun became happy, “All right. Now I know what to do. If people ask me again, I will tell them, yes, it was me, and it is because I am a Falun Gong practitioner.”