Elderly Couple Consistently Practicing in the Park
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) in early 1999. My wife became a practitioner in 2000. Since 2004, we have persistently done the exercises at the park. Blessed by Dafa and protected by Master (the founder of Falun Gong), we have overcome the evil's interference.
Becoming a Dafa Practitioner
Early in 1999, I received a copy of Zhuan Falun from a relative when I was in another city to take care of one of my family members.
I am not well educated. I always dozed off when reading the book. It took me more than three days to just finish one lecture.
I decided to cultivate in Dafa after I came back home. I joined group exercises at the park and read Dafa books.
Healing Power of Dafa
I had suffered from hemorrhoids and serious shoulder pain. I could not move my right arm upward and downward in exercise three (Penetrating Cosmic Extremes). I also had bloody stools in the beginning, but I was not worried because I knew that Master would take care of me.
Master has purified my body. All of my health problems disappeared after about ten days of cultivation.
I witnessed the mighty healing power of Dafa. Dafa is indeed miraculous! This miracle strengthened my belief in Dafa.
Persistently Validating the Fa
After the former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin initiated the persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, our group exercises were forced to stop. I did not know where other practitioners lived, so I continued Fa study and did the exercises at home.
My wife and I did not know how to use the Internet and how to validate the Fa at that time.
In 2004, we moved back to our hometown. We didn't know any practitioners there. To let people know that Falun Gong is good, we decided to do the exercises in public.
Our family believed in Dafa after seeing our health improvements. They supported us despite their concerns for our safety in the beginning.
My wife and I started early in the morning every day except for when it rained or in extreme cold. We have done so consistently since. In the past 12 years, we have changed exercise sites so that our practicing could be seen by more people.
On one occasion, a park security guard came to our location. He listened to the exercise music for a while and then said to my wife, “Ma'am, your exercises are prohibited. Why don't you practice at a more remote place?”
He walked away after my wife replied that we did not violate any laws for doing exercises.
Eliminating Evil Interference
Many people knew that we practiced Falun Gong in the park. Some advised us to practice at home to avoid being arrested, but we were not afraid. We did what we were supposed to do as Dafa practitioners.
Because our righteous thoughts met the requirements of the Fa, Master has protected us. The old forces have never dared to interfere or persecute us in any way.
Local practitioners later gave us Master's most recent Fa teachings and informational material toclarify the truth. From the materials and practitioners' cultivation experiences, we learned that we are in the Fa-rectification stage and Dafa disciples must shoulder the responsibility of validating the Fa and saving sentient beings.
We started to put up posters. Because our mentality was not steadfast in the beginning, many of our posters were torn off. When we shared with other practitioners, we realized that tribulations are always related to the status of our cultivation. We can only do Fa-validation well if our thoughts are righteous.
We looked inwards. We sent forth righteous thoughts. We knew that helping Master rectify the Fa and save people is the most positive thing. No one can interfere. We do not accept arrangements by the old forces. We are not afraid.
We corrected our mentality and found that fewer and fewer posters were torn off.
We learned that studying the Fa diligently and looking within when a problem arose are the foundations which guarantee that we will steadfastly walk on our cultivation path.
Prolonged Life for Cultivation
I was told by a fortune teller that I was predestined to only live to age 69. One day in 2004 when I was 69, my abdomen suddenly hurt and I felt very weak. I ran to the restroom and almost fainted. I was hardly conscious when I was taken to the hospital.
The doctor could not find the cause of my illness and suggested an operation on the abdomen, which my wife strongly refused. The doctor later said that I had a problem on my right foot. I received electro-therapy for more than 20 days, but it did not work.
I then checked out from the hospital and practiced Falun Gong at home. After some time, I regained my health.
Because of my cultivation in Dafa and Master's protection, my life has been extended. I am 81 now. I am happy and healthy.
Master taught us in “Zhuan Falun”:
“There is a criterion, however, that the life prolonged beyond your predestined time to live is completely reserved for your practice. If your thoughts undergo even a little deviation, your life will be in danger because your lifetime should have long been over. “
One day this year when we went shopping I suddenly felt weak and almost passed out while walking up the stairs at a store.
We came home quickly and I felt very sleepy. As suggested by my wife, I kept studying the Fa and practicing the exercises. The symptoms disappeared four days later.
I looked within afterward and realized that I slacked off in cultivation and was too attached to television.
My prolonged life is given by Master for cultivation. I must cherish the blessings, cultivate Dafa wholeheartedly, and walk diligently on the path of the Fa-validation.