New Practitioner: I'm Fortunate to Be a Falun Dafa Practitioner in the Fa-Rectification Period
(Minghui.org) I am 50 years old and work at a large state-owned company in northeast China. I began to practice Falun Dafa in July 2014.
To have become a Dafa practitioner at a time when Fa-rectification is approaching its end, makes me one of the most fortunate and happiest person in the universe.
My gratitude to Master can't be described with human language. At the same time, I understand the seriousness of cultivation, and that the purpose is not merely for personal consummation but to save sentient beings.
Obtaining the Fa
A new colleague started at work in 2005, who was a Falun Dafa practitioner. He introduced me to the book Zhuan Falun. After reading it, I learned that it teaches people to be honest and kind. However, fearing that I would be persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), I returned the book and didn't want to take up the practice.
Our two families have been good friends since then and I respected their devotion and sacrifice to persist in doing the practice.
I joined a Buddhist practice in 2006 in the hopes that I could improve my health. However, it got worse year after year. I had a dozen reported ailments by 2014. My colleague had tried to persuade me to practice Falun Dafa many times, which sometimes annoyed me.
I was putting a handful of pills in my mouth when my colleague entered the office one day in July 2014. He said in a very serious tone that this would be the last time he would talk to me about practicing Falun Dafa and I would soon lose the opportunity to return to my celestial home because time was quickly running out.
I felt the urgency to practice this time and began to read Zhuan Falun for the second time, after I put it down nine years ago.
My understanding of cultivation raised to a higher level this time reading it. I could sense the profound meanings in the book and noticed the teachings were systematic and complete. I was excited to find the true meaning of life.
I had a long talk with my colleague's wife, who had been imprisoned and tortured for practicing Dafa. She shared with me her experiences of obtaining the Fa and the magnificent scenes she saw in other dimensions when she first started to practice.
The conversation expanded to the persecution and forced organ harvesting for profit from living Dafa practitioners.
I knew by then that the CCP was so terrible, and believed that the heavens would soon destroy it.
I made up my mind to become a practitioner. I knelt down in front of Master's picture in her house and begged Master to take me as his disciple. I promised Master that I would be diligent and treasure every available second to cultivate and save people.
Raising My Moral Standard Through Cultivation
Many of my ailments disappeared a few months after I started the practice. Parkinsonism, lower back pain, rheumatoid arthritis in my knees, laryngitis, rhinitis and many other ailments disappeared.
The most compassionate Master gave me back my health and filled my life with joy.
I started practicing the exercise in the summer of 2014. It was painful at first to pull the legs up into the meditation position. My clothes were often soaked with sweat because of the pain, but I can now sit with both legs crossed in the full lotus position for up to two hours.
I have read Zhuan Falun a few dozen times, and other Fa teachings about three times.
I usually get up at 3:30 a.m. to practice the exercises. I listen to sharings on the Minghui website while driving and doing the housework. I study the Fa after 8 p.m. and send forth righteous thoughts at midnight, before going to bed.
This was my routine, until I experienced interference. Two alarm clocks couldn't even wake me up in the morning. I realized it was due to a xinxing issue and interference from the Buddhist practice that I did before. I eventually overcame the interference and returned to my schedule a few days ago.
Falun Dafa taught me to mind my speech, thought and behavior and to raise my moral standard in day-to-day life.
With a new and higher moral standard I realized that I didn't do well in a certain regard. I was often late to work because I took care of my aged mother and did a lot of housework in the morning. After speaking with my superiors it was agreed that I could arrive late or leave early in exchange for giving up some of my expenses that I was entitled to.
During a departmental meeting before the end of 2014, in front of my colleagues and superiors, I admitted that it was wrong for me to come in late and leave early at times, so I was willing to give up my year end bonus of 20,000 yuan.
However, my superiors still approved a 5,000 yuan bonus and directly deposited it into my bank account.
I am happy to do my duties at work above and beyond what is called for because I believe it is the correct behavior of a practitioner.
Letting People Know about Falun Dafa to Save Them
Several friends of mine are now reading Zhuan Falun after I introduced the book to them.
Most of my colleagues, friends, old classmates, relatives and neighbors have quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. Some still refuse to do so, but I have confidence that they will quit the Party after I improve my xinxing. I believe this because we have a predestined relation and I have the duty to save them.
To let more people know about Falun Dafa, I have hung up banners, distributed fliers and talked to strangers about Dafa. I don't have fear most of the time, except once while distributing copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. I realized I had a xinxing issue to overcome, which I am still working on.
I established a materials production site at my home to print Dafa informational materials and short messages persuading people to quit the CCP on small bank notes.
The customers that come to my department are also waiting to be saved. However, I initially found it difficult to bring up the topic of Faun Dafa.
Over 10 people were waiting in the conference room one day. They were there on business, but I knew they had come to hear about Dafa. It was a cold day so I brought them a pot of hot water and a dozen mugs. One man thanked me and said I was very kind. Following his words, I told them that I am a Dafa practitioner and that our Master teaches us to be good and kind. I also told them that the exercises we do are very good to improve one's health.
I could feel my heart beating faster and faster while I was talking. My face and neck felt like they were burning.
I quickly went back to my office to clear my head. I felt better after I asked Master to help calm me down.
I was afraid that they would leave soon, so I returned to the conference room. It hadn't been long since I obtained the Fa, so I didn't know what to say to them. However, one of them started to talk about Falun Dafa and how it had spread to other countries.
Everyone listened quietly and learned that Dafa is good. To my regret, I dared not to ask them to quit the Party. I felt really upset with myself after they left. I talked to Master in my mind that I had failed in my mission to save them.
I guess Master saw my sincerity and arranged another opportunity for me.
The group of customers came back again a few months later. After the regular greetings, we talked about the merit of Falun Dafa in contrast to the CCP's corruption. In the end, all of them quit the CCP.
One of them wasn’t in attendance. He told me that he had been looking for someone to help him quit the Party and thanked me for helping him quit.
I no longer have any fear in talking about Falun Dafa, and often talk to a group of people at the same time. I believe it was Master who guided these people to me.
“I hope that now, at the end of this process, Dafa disciples will do their utmost to save more people and do even better, such that their mighty virtue becomes even greater.” (“Be More Diligent”)
I talk about Dafa to people I meet on my business travels, in supermarkets, restaurants and offices. I often send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the interference and remind myself that I am doing the most righteous thing and saving people's lives.
There are some people who laugh and curse at me. I've learned to let go of my competitive mentality and fear, and look inward to see what human notions had caused these people not to take me seriously.
I still have a lot of things that I need to improve in clarifying the facts and saving people; and a lot of attachments to let go of, such as showing off, jealousy, competitiveness and emotion.
Master has always been encouraging me and helping me. I've found Udumbara flowers on my window glass, steel window frame, and leaves of flowers. I've also found them at two places on the walls in my office.
The above is my limited understanding based on my current level. Please kindly point out whatever is incorrect.