A Veteran Practitioner’s Experience of Talking to People about Falun Gong
(Minghui.org) I am a Falun Gong practitioner from a rural area in China. I would like to share my experiences of how I started practicing Falun Gong and how I talk to people about the practice and the persecution.
Finding Falun Gong
I used to suffer from a gynecological disease and gall bladder disease, headaches, osteoarthritis, and shingles. My legs were in so much pain I couldn’t walk, and I had stomachaches from having taken so much medicine.
I was told that Falun Gong could save people. As such, my daughter bought me the book Zhuan Falun. After she read just a few paragraphs to me, I felt my head become clear and my headache dissipate. I thought, “Isn’t this a divine power at work?”
This experience put me in high spirits. I took the book and read it with great concentration one chapter after another.
After reading the book for the first time, I felt that my body was very light and flexible. When I got out of bed and stood up, the pain in my legs and back disappeared. It was amazing! After that, I found a Falun Gong practitioner to teach me the exercises, and when I went to the practice site and did the exercises for the first time, all of my illnesses disappeared.
Whenever I met people from then on I knew, especially those with health problems, that I would tell them about the wonders of Falun Gong.
“By practicing Falun Gong, you won’t have to suffer with illnesses, and it will save you money on medical expenses. Falun Gong is here to save people, and the Master teaches people to be good and to cultivate Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. All your illnesses will disappear if you practice it. I am a witness to this and have experienced this myself.”
Having listened to what I said, many people accepted it and believed that Falun Gong is good. They too became healthy.
On July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s launched the persecution of Falun Gong. The Domestic Security Division officers found village cadres and told them to gather together all Falun Gong practitioners to make everybody write a guarantee statement to give up the practice.
I just couldn't sit back and be idle. “Our Master teaches us to be good people and walk the righteous path,” I told them. “We don’t steal or harm others, and we always consider others first and are kind to everybody. When people have arguments, we are taught to examine ourselves without quarreling. We try to do everything according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”
“We have been taught this way, so how can you call it an evil practice?” I said.
The head of the Domestic Security Division said he couldn't side with me. "You are really good at talking,” he said, “but an order from above demands that those who refuse to write a guarantee statement have to go with us and attend a brainwashing session and pay us 3,000 yuan.”
“I won’t pay you a penny,” I said.
Another police woman who took notes leaned into him and spoke to him in a low voice.
He then turned back to me. “Aunty, seeing that you are of such an old age, I can give you a way out,” he said. “You don’t have to attend the class as long as you promise not to go to Beijing to promote Falun Gong. You can practice it at home as you like, and we won’t bother you. But you have to guarantee you won’t go to Beijing.”
“Why should I guarantee you anything? I have been given a second life. I only follow my Master’s arrangements. No one can control me and no one can restrict me, including my husband and daughter.”
They ended up leaving with nothing.
We practitioners know that we should tell more people about Falun Gong and save them regardless of their position in society. We thus help people quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations to ensure a safe future for them. Even those who persecute us should be saved, as they too are victims of the CCP.
I often clarify the truth about Falun Gong and the persecution. I prepare a lot of informational materials to give to people. Every time I go out to speak with people, it seems as though Master has led predestinated people to me. When I try to persuade them to quit the CCP, they also seem very pleased.
Once I encountered something rather pitiful, an incident with my aunt's son. Though I had clarified the truth to him many times, he just turned a deaf ear to me. The last time I talked to him he told me, “No matter what you tell me, I won’t listen—even if I lose my life.”
One night about a week later, when he came home after playing mahjong, he patted his chest saying, “I don’t feel well in my heart.” Less than 20 minutes later, he died. He was immediately taken to a hospital for emergency treatment, but on the way, his body became stiff and he was taken back home.
He was only 42 years old and left behind his wife and two daughters. By not listening to the truth, it seems he may not have only harmed himself, but also his family.
Once, while putting up truth-clarification posters, a man approached me, shouting. “This time I have caught you at last and you cannot get away,” he said. “You often put up something about Falun Gong on the street. I’ll phone the police and have you arrested.”
On hearing this, I was very calm. “Has Falun Gong offended you or created any obstacles for you?” I asked. “Then, go ahead and call the police; I’ll wait here for them. Maybe they’ll come listen to my truth-clarification and be saved. But think about it: If you do this, aren’t you setting yourself up for karmic retribution?”
After hearing what I said he was frightened, and he just nodded his head at me. “I am sorry, it’s my fault. Please forgive me, and I won’t do it again. I was just pulling your leg.” Then he ran away.
Falun Gong created me and has given me wisdom and courage. As a result, I talk to people about Falun Gong and the persecution to many different types of people. One day a cadre from the Department of Education in our province came to see me. With my truth-clarification he became aware of the facts about Falun Gong and the persecution and quit the CCP. He happily accepted truth-clarification brochures.
“I was told you have Shen Yun DVDs,” he said. “Can you please give me one so that our family can all watch it together? My son is going to study in Japan, and I will feel more at ease if he can travel safer.” I gave him a Shen Yun DVD and he thanked me, saying, “It was right for me to come to your place.”
Whenever I see new truth-clarification leaflets and brochures published on Minghui, I immediately download and print them, and give them out to people, so that they can be aware of the facts and firmly remember, “Falun Dafa is Good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”