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Picking Up A Life-Changing Book

June 21, 2016 |   By Falun Gong practitioner in China

(Minghui.org) I was born into a family of poor farmers. I have one elder brother and four younger brothers, so I am the only girl. Shortly after I was born, my mother was pregnant again, and there went my milk supply. My stomach could not handle the food they fed me, so I was severely malnourished, and my stomach hurt from then on. I did not start to walk until I was five.

The severe stomach pain hounded me, and I was later diagnosed with cholecystitis. I took tons of medication for it, but still had to be hospitalized several times a year.

Later I developed a gynecological problem. When I finally went to see the doctor, she was furious: “Why are you only coming to me now?! Don’t you realize how serious your condition is? We can't handle it. You’d better go to the medical center.”

I cried all the way home. I couldn’t really afford the doctor--it took me a long time to save up the money to go see her. Now it was very serious, and it might cost us even more! My three children were all in school, and we could barely support them as it was.

A neighbor saw me and said with concern, “You look really pale and tired. If you exercise with me, you might get better.” I did not reply, thinking, “I have so many ailments, but I can get better by just by exercising? Yeah, right.”

Several days later, she stopped by again: “Many people had health problems when they first began to do the exercises. After a while, they all got better. And I have a book for you.”

It was Zhuan Falun. I read a few pages and put it down. I was still skeptical. Several days later, I went to return the book to her. Several people were at her home doing the exercises, and then they began to read Zhuan Falun. They read the book with great care and concentration. I decided to read with them and also to attend their exercise group.

After reading the book day after day, I gradually understood what this book was all about. It was a book that could guide us to cultivate ourselves. I began to abide by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and to measure my words, deeds, and thoughts against them.

I have been cultivating for 19 years now, and all my illnesses are long gone!

Not only that, but my heart and mind have also been purified through cultivation. I used to be a selfish person. Master Li (the founder of Falun Gong) taught us:

“You should always be benevolent and kind to others, and consider others when doing anything. Whenever you encounter a problem, you should first consider whether others can put up with this matter or if it will hurt anyone. In doing so, there will not be any problems. Therefore, in cultivation practice you should follow a higher and higher standard for yourself.” (Zhuan Falun)

I realized that, in order to get well physically, one has to improve one's character first and be a good person. As a Falun Gong practitioner, each one of us has experienced enormous physical and mental changes. We have found the truth and are deeply grateful for the opportunity to cultivate ourselves.