84 Year-Old Dafa Practitioner Diligently Follows Master’s Teachings
(Minghui.org) I’m 84-years-old and have been practicing Falun Dafa for 17 years. I’m in good health. I can hear well and see well. There is no age spots on my face nor do I have any wrinkles. I look much younger than my 70-year-old brother. People in my village call me “the young old man.”
Finding Master at Long Last
I have believed in the deities ever since I was very young. I often heard the village elders say, “In the future, when people will be faced with catastrophic disaster, Maitreya will come to the world. He will use a large wheel to save lives.”
But who is Maitreya? What does the big wheel look like? Nobody could explain it clearly.
I had a dream in 1998 where I clearly saw a big wheel rapidly rotating in the sky above my head. It was very colorful, very beautiful.
The next day, a friend came to my house to introduce me to Falun Gong. He also brought along a book called Zhuan Falun.
What I saw on the book cover immediately got me excited. The wheel in my dream was just such a wheel depicted there. When I opened the book and saw Master’s portrait, I felt a particular warmth.
“Isn’t this Maitreya who has come down to earth to bring salvation to all people?!”
I hastened to put my palms together in a respectful salute. My eyes were brimming with tears.
I said to Master’s portrait, “I finally found you!”
Since then, I have studied the Fa and done the exercises every day, without fail, Even when I was sent to the detention center, being subjected to persecution and brainwashing, I still recited “On Dafa” and other Fa passages I could recall, every single day.
When I was a young man, because I needed to make a living for myself and my family, I found work in a coal mine. It was a backbreaking job. Eventually, I developed a variety of health problems: headaches, stomach pain, bone spurs, arthritis, and cervical and lumbar osteoarthritis.
After practicing Falun Gong, without being fully aware of anything happening, all my pain and physical problems disappeared.
I am grateful for the marvelous feeling my physical and mental well-being brings to my life. The peace and joy were something I had not experienced before.
Master blessed me with Dafa and a new life. I will cherish forever this new life and this opportunity to practice Dafa.
Finding Joy Living a Simple Life
My wife died over ten years ago. I live alone in a small coal shed. It was formerly a simple, temporary storage house for briquettes.
My children were uncomfortable with me calling that shed home. They were afraid the family would be a laughing stock among our neighbors.
I told them, “I’m a cultivator. I like the peace and quiet here. I will disturb your sleep and disrupt your lives when I have my lights on at night to do my Fa study and have my recorder on to do my exercises. I’m fine living in this shed.”
A few years ago, my son put up a new ceiling in my shed. One day last year, it suddenly came down and hit the bed. I was sitting on a small stool right next to the bed and was not hurt.
My son and daughter-in-law were alarmed. They rushed over and pleaded with me to move into their big house.
I reassured them, “I've lived here for so long and am very familiar with everything in this house. The roof is also a spirit and has life. It fell, yes, but it must be because I have loopholes in my cultivation; but I know it won't hit me.”
Although they didn’t fully understand the meaning of my words, they knew full well they couldn’t talk me out of my decision. So my son just fixed my ceiling again and they left me alone.
Spreading the Fa So Others Can Also Benefit
After having obtained the Fa and receiving so many blessings from the cultivation practice, I wanted to spread Dafa to families and friends and everybody around me.
My sister is two years older than me. She used to be a hunchback, and her face was pockmarked. She had also suffered many years from asthma, but no amount of medicine or injections or hospitalization could help her. She was kept awake night after night with dry coughs. She couldn’t lie down comfortably or sleep well.
After she started practicing Falun Gong, her asthma disappeared, her white hair slowly turned black, her pockmarks disappeared, and she has a rosy glow to her complexion. She is looking younger as she lives longer and is full of energy.
After Jiang Zemin launched the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, I began to use my and my sibling’s experiences to tell people about Falun Gong. I would talk to people about the wonder and magic of Falun Gong and about the facts of the persecution. I would also do my best to expose the lies of the Communist Party’s propaganda.
Maintaining Righteous Thoughts in All Things
My practitioner daughter and I went to Tiananmen Square on October 1, 2000. There, amidst extreme pressure, pulsating terror, and rampant arrests, we showed no fear.
We called out for all to hear: “Falun Dafa is good!” “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” “Master is innocent!” “Falun Gong has been framed!”
I also loudly recited one of Master's poem:
“Live with no pursuit,Die not caring about staying;Clear out all wild thoughts,Cultivating to a Buddha is not hard.”(“Nonexistence” from Hong Yin)
The Beijing police arrested me and sent me back to the local police station, where I was locked up at the detention center.
I was forced to sit on a small bench every day while being bombarded with the CCP’s propaganda defaming Falun Gong. I maintained my righteous thoughts, refused to listen to their lies, and wouldn’t cooperate with their orders.
They didn’t know what to do with me, so 19 days later, they gave up and sent me home.
I was arrested the next year and sent to the Tiantanghe labor camp. There, I was put in a brainwashing class. They used the carrot and stick method on me. I would be greeted with sweet talking and kindness one minute and assailed with harsh words and threat the next…
I sent righteous thoughts continuously to eliminate all evil, spurning all their coercion and intimidation.
Righteous thoughts helped me remain steadfast so I was able to hold on to my firm resolve that nothing could shake me of my belief or tempt me to give up my practice.
Finally, they had no choice but to let me go.
Because I insisted on practicing Falun Gong, the 610 Office mandated our Village Committee staff to station someone every day outside my home to monitor my every move.
A total of four people were assigned. I did my best to clarify the truth to them. Unfortunately, driven by profit, instead of listening, they reported me and turned me in instead.
As a result, two of them ended up with cerebral thrombosis, one with diabetes, and one was killed in a car accident.
One night, my daughter planned to go to the neighboring village to distribute truth clarification materials. I wanted to go along, but my daughter said, “It’s dark out, and the roads are bad. Why don’t you stay home and send righteous thoughts?”
The distribution went very smoothly. She was able to reach every household. Almost everybody living in rural homes owns a family dog. That night, even the dogs didn’t bark.
When my daughter returned home after more than two hours, I was still sitting on the bed sending righteous thoughts.
I told her, “I’ve been sending righteous thoughts to remove all interferences from the old forces for you. Even the dogs were not allowed to make any noise to disturb you.”
Incidents That Manifest the Miracles of Falun Dafa
I live about 20 miles from my eldest daughter and son-in-law’s home. It usually takes me a bike ride of two to three hours to get there.
I got on my bike one morning intending to ride over to my daughter’s house to invite her to go with me to Tiananmen Square to validate the Fa.
That day, I felt I was practically flying. I arrived in about 45 minutes. I knew it was Master encouraging me.
I was posting truth clarification stickers one night on the streets when a police motorcycle appeared. I stood still and sent righteous thoughts so the police couldn’t see me.
Sure enough, the motorcycle drove right by me and went on its way. I continued posting the stickers until the job was done.
Another time, I was riding my electric tricycle when a speeding truck was rushing toward me at a crossroad. An accident appeared inevitable. But, just at the critical moment, I felt a force turn the steering wheel, effectively pushing my tricycle to the side, enough to get out of the path of the onrushing truck. I escaped unharmed.
I knew it was Master who saved me, or the consequence would have been disastrous.
Similar incidents happened many times. These experiences assured me Master is always by my side. Without Master’s compassion and protection, I would not be alive today. Master has done so much for me.
Master is there constantly watching over us. The only way we can pay Master back is to do the three things well, to make sure every word and every action we perform is done in accordance with what’s expected of us.
Suing Jiang Must Be Done with No Attachment to Zealotry
In the “Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference”, Master said:
“… all of humanity should sue it. It has harmed all Chinese people, as well as many people in other regions all over the world. So many people are going to be dragged into Hell because of its lies.”
I realized I should join in the efforts of suing Jiang Zemin. So, I wrote my criminal complaint against Jiang and sent it to the Supreme Procuratorate and the Supreme Court.
When my complaint was sent, I felt relieved and overjoyed. I left the post office and hopped onto my tricycle. I wanted to go tell my sister the good news and encourage her to work on her complaint.
And so, my attachment to zealotry raised its ugly head, and the evil forces took no time to take full advantage of my loophole. My tricycle inexplicably overturned, pinning me underneath.
Passersby pulled the tricycle off me quickly, helped me up, and asked how I was faring. I said to them, “I’m okay. I practice Falun Dafa. It’s guaranteed I’m okay.”
I pushed my tricycle the rest of the way to my sister's house.
My nose was bleeding. My sister asked what happened to me. I told her. My niece noticed my right eyes were red, and my right brow and cheekbone were purplish and swollen. She made me get into her car and took me to the hospital.
An x-ray revealed a comminuted fracture. Hospitalization was recommended. Surgery was to follow after an infusion and anti-inflammatory preparation.
My daughter rushed to the hospital. I said to her, “This happened because of my attachment to zealotry. There’s this loophole in my xinxing, and the evil forces came in for the kill. I need to go home and do my exercises and study the Fa.”
My daughter was very supportive of me.
When I got home, I did the exercises, listened to Master’s lectures, and sent righteous thoughts. Very soon, I recovered completely, leaving no trace of injury.
The doctor and nurses were very impressed. They all marveled at Dafa’s magic.
They remarked, “Dafa is indeed amazing! If we didn’t witness its wonder, we’d never have believed it.”