(Minghui.org) On May 13, 1992 Master Li Hongzhi first introduced Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) to the public. Since then, Falun Dafa has spread all over the world, and millions have practiced it and benefited from it physically and spiritually. May 13 became World Falun Dafa Day and is celebrated by Falun Dafa practitioners all over the world.

Master Li visited Tianjin twice in 1994, directly teaching 2,200 people. In the next few years, the number of people who practiced Falun Dafa in Tianjin increased exponentially. They could be seen in parks, plazas, and residential areas around the city.

Some people started practicing it in the past 16 years despite the persecution. Recently several practitioners from Tianjin shared their personal experiences.

Granny Hao's Story

Granny Hao is almost 90 years old and began to practice Falun Dafa in 1994 after her husband passed away.

I was devastated when my husband died after he had been bedridden for 20 years. I felt life was meaningless without him. I suffered from severe neurasthenia, Meniere's syndrome, coronary heart disease, lumbar scoliosis, osteoarthritis and other ailments. I thought my life was coming to an end, too.

A relative from Beijing called and told me about a famous Qigong master who was coming to Tianjin. She bought tickets for me to attend his seminar. I was reluctant at first because I could not walk without help, but my children urged me to go.

The moment I walked into the auditorium, I felt very comfortable. When I saw Master, it felt like I had known him from before.

As I was listening to the lecture, my eyes closed. My children told me that I had slept for 45 minutes. Then I awoke. I heard Master saying,

“A small number of people might even fall asleep, and then they’ll wake right up when I finish talking. Why does that happen? Because there are diseases in their heads, so they have to be adjusted. There’s no way people could stand having their heads adjusted, so you have to anesthetize them. They don’t know it, though. But for some people the hearing part doesn’t have any problem. They sleep soundly but they don’t miss a word, they hear it all, and then they’re alert, and some of them don’t get sleepy even if they go a couple days without sleep. These are the different conditions people are in, and they all need to be adjusted. Your whole body has to be purified. ” (Zhuan Falun)

I thought to myself: how did Master know everything? By the fourth day of the seminar, I was strong enough to take public transportation. My physical condition improved so fast that I could hardly believe it. Since then for 22 years, I have not taken any medicine.

I always tell people, “Master has given me a second life.”

A Scoundrel Has a Change of Heart

Mr. Li is a retired lecturer at a college in Tianjin. He told a story of a local scoundrel.

I was still teaching at the college 20 years ago. One day I had a surprise visitor. He was in his early thirties and was well known in our area for street fighting and bullying neighbors. Everyone was afraid of him.

One day, however, he looked sad as I invited him in. He said he was diagnosed with a terminal illness and was about to die. He asked, “I have heard that you practice Falun Gong and Falun Gong can cure illnesses. Can I learn it?”

I told him anyone can learn the practice. Aside from doing the five exercises, it is more important to be a good person. I lent him a copy of Zhuan Falun. A few days later, he came back and said he had finished the book.

He said he couldn't express his remorse with words. “I only now know how wrong I was. I thought I was strong by bullying others, but I was really accumulating karma. I did so many bad things. I want to be a good person from now on.”

He did not mention his illness at all. I taught him the five exercises and told him where to find a practice site.

When I saw him again, he looked happy and healthy. He enthusiastically told people about his own experience to promote Dafa. I am so happy for his change and through him, I felt the power of Dafa.

Comminuted Fracture Healed in Two Days

Mr. Yu Gang, 57, started practicing Falun Dafa in 1998 after he had an accident at work that left him bedridden.

“I was 39 when I fell from more than 30 feet while at work. The doctor said I had a comminuted fracture in my legs and needed surgery. He said the surgery was also dangerous and I could become paralyzed.

“My wife didn't want me to have the surgery. Instead, she worked and took care of me every day. It was very hard on her.

“One day a neighbor told her, 'Tell your husband to practice Falun Gong. It can cure him.' So she borrowed an audio recording of Master's lectures.”

Mrs. Yu continued the story. “He started listening to the lecture that day. Three days later on a weekend, I wanted to go to the practice site. He said he wanted to go, too. I thought he was joking because he hadn't gotten out of bed since his accident, which was less than a month ago. He moved slowly to the edge of the bed, bent over, and put on his shoes. He stood up holding to the table next to bed. I was speechless.”

“I had listened to the lecture for two days,” Mr. Yu said. “Master said students do not have illnesses after he purified their bodies for them.” Both Mr. and Mrs. Yu started practicing Falun Dafa then.

Mr. Yu also stopped smoking. He returned to his job a month later. When asked how he recovered so quickly, he said proudly, “I didn't spend a penny. Two days of listening to Master's lecture cured me!”

Illiterate Grandma Learn to Read

Ms. Chen is over sixty years old and could not read. She injured her leg three years ago. Even after a surgery, she still had pain in her leg most of the time. In early 2014, she suffered heart disease and became very sick. Following a suggestion from her nephew and his wife, Ms. Chen started to listen to Master's lecture recording.

“As I was listening to the lectures, tears started to flow. I thought to myself how lucky I am.” said Ms. Chen.

The next day, she started to learn the exercises by following the video. “I felt many Falun rotating around me. After that, I listened to the lectures and practiced the exercises every day. My leg no longer bothers me.”

One day, she heard Master saying,

“I think the time for my transmitting the Law is pretty much coming to a close, so I want to leave you with the true things, and this way you’ll have the Law to guide you from here on out as you cultivate.... My wish was to spread the Great Law to the public and have more people benefit from it, and to make it possible for those people who truly want to cultivate to follow the Law and cultivate up to high levels.” (Zhuan Falun)

She decided that she needed to be able to read the book to follow the Law. Ms. Chen asked her husband to read Zhuan Falun to her as she followed along. Soon she could read the book by herself. Her children were surprised, “Our illiterate grandma can read!” Ms. Chen says, “The power of Buddha Fa is immense!”

Master Protects Practitioners and Their Families

Granny Liu started practicing Falun Dafa in 1997 after she suffered a stroke. She was 60 years old then. One morning in 1997, she and two other ladies were on their way to the practice site. As she was about to cross a busy street, she heard a voice, “Go! Hurry!”

She ran across the street. Before she reached the other side, she heard a huge bang behind her. She turned around and saw two trucks had collided on the spot she had just stood a few seconds before.

Granny Liu's husband practices Falun Dafa, too. Once he was hit by a truck as he rode his bicycle. The impact sent his body into the air before hitting the ground. The truck driver took him to a hospital, but the examining physician couldn't find any injuries. Mr. Liu said, “We are so lucky to have Master looking after us.”

Another woman shared her story. “My son is a taxi driver. He is very supportive of me practicing Falun Gong. One day he came home and said Master had saved his life. As it turned out, his taxi was hit by a heavy truck. Even though the top of his taxi was gone and the car was totaled, he escaped without harm. He said it is all because Master had protected him.”