Using Every Situation to Do What a Practitioner Should Do
(Minghui.org) When my husband decided to move from the city to the suburban countryside earlier this year, I knew nothing happened accidentally, and it was probably a good chance to introduce the Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, practice to villagers.
Landlord's Wife: I Feel Happy Whenever I See You
When we first moved to the village, I found that our landlord had misconceptions about Falun Gong.
I felt a great deal of resistance from him, so instead of speaking directly about Falun Gong, I wanted him to see that practitioners are good people through my actions.
His wife suffered from a stroke and had difficulty walking. She could hardly do anything for the family, and she was very worried. I offered to help her. I told her that I practiced Falun Gong, and that I was very healthy because of the practice.
I also told her that I wanted nothing from her, but only wished to help. She said, "There are no people like you nowadays.”
I told her about what it means to cultivate in Falun Gong, and how practitioners live by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance. I described how we look inward to improve ourselves whenever we face conflicts.
She felt inspired right away. “I also want to practice,” she said. I then played some introductory Falun Gong videos for her, which she liked very much.
The next day she said to me, “I told my husband that, as of now, we won’t curse people anymore, because it is not good to incur karma.”
She and I got along very well, and I helped her with many things. When her husband went to work, he no longer had to worry about her. She also shared her thoughts with me. “You care about me and take good care of me, like my own mother,” she said. “Whenever you go out, I cannot wait for you to come back. I feel like I have someone to rely on, and I feel happy whenever I see you.”
Whatever I did and said, her husband saw and heard it, too. As such, he stopped opposing Falun Gong.
11-year-old Granddaughter: You Are Always So Optimistic
Our landlord has an 11-year-old granddaughter. Her parents had divorced, so she lived with her grandparents.
When I first saw her, the little girl always looked worried, and she rarely had a smile on her face. She told me she took on a lot of chores and helped her grandmother wash her hair and feet. Her grandfather (our landlord) was very strict with her and didn't allow her to play or have fun. Sometimes she just wanted to run away from her family.
She asked me, “Granny, how come you are always so optimistic? And why do you always do good deeds for others?”
I told her that I had had the same experiences as her: I grew up with my grandparents, did lots of chores, and had no time for fun.
I told her that from practicing Falun Gong, I came to understand that everything happens for a reason. I told her how the difficulties we encounter in our lives are caused by our own poor thinking and actions, so we have to make up for them in the form of a repayment. Things will always become better after the difficulty is over, I said.
The little girl said she wanted to learn the practice with me. She also asked me to teach her the exercises.
I gave her an amulet with the Falun Gong emblem on it. She told me the next morning that she slept better, and her hands and legs had stopped itching. She felt very happy and also told her friends at school about Falun Gong.
One morning while I was doing the Falun Gong exercises, three of my landlord's grandchildren all came to my room. They did not say anything and just followed along with me in doing the exercises.
After the exercises, the younger one said, “My older sister has an amulet—we also want one.” I gave her an amulet with the words “Falun Dafa is good” on it.
Introducing Falun Gong to the Villagers
When I first came to this village, no one knew very much about Falun Gong. Many of the villagers, however, had heard the deceiving propaganda from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and were hostile toward me.
I hoped to show them the goodness of Falun Gong, and how the CCP was persecuting it only to benefit the regime.
As a newcomer, I spent a lot of time studying the social customs there and went door to door to introduce myself. I was friendly with everyone, greeting and chatting freely with them.
I always kept in mind “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance” when contacting people to show them the demeanor of a cultivator.
My husband worried at first that the villagers would report me to the police, but I soon became friends with them and many invited me to their homes.
I'm really glad that they changed their view about Falun Gong.