Bring Back Former Practitioners
(Minghui.org) Working as a single body, practitioners have a great responsibility not only to help ordinary people see the facts behind the persecution, but also to help former practitioners return to cultivation.
I’d like to highlight two of my own experiences in this regard.
After she was severely persecuted, Ms. Bai quit practicing Falun Dafa. Because of persecution, she suffered a mental breakdown, and her family put her in a mental hospital for two years.
This year on Falun Dafa Day, a fellow practitioner took me to visit Ms. Bai and we read Zhuan Falun.
Ms. Bai had a lot of trouble concentrating while we read. She told me she was sad she had quit practicing Falun Dafa, and now she felt no longer worthy.
Being with her was difficult, and it made me depressed. I wondered if I should return to study with her again. But Master gave me a hint that I should help her.
I came back every day and read Zhuan Falun with her. I kept encouraging her, discussing how to do better in cultivation and improve based on the Fa.
I read Zhuan Falun with her all the way through—twice, in fact—and Ms. Bai's cultivation state improved dramatically. She was much more enthusiastic, and her mental and physical health improved.
A few weeks later when I saw Ms. Bai, I hardly recognized her. She was radiant, slimmer, and calm.
Some of her family had also stopped practicing because of the persecution. When they saw her remarkable improvement, it encouraged them, too. Many came back to the practice, and the entire family is doing well now.
The other day I ran into Mr. Wu. He was on his way to meet with his lawyer to seek the release of his wife, who had just been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for telling people about Falun Dafa.
Mr. Wu had quit practicing Falun Dafa after the persecution began, but he asked me to go with him to see the lawyer and to visit his wife in the detention center.
We were able to visit with his wife with no interference from the authorities. Mr. Wu was touched when he saw the many practitioners detained there who remained steadfast in their practice despite the persecution.
Mr. Wu's lawyer was also able to submit an appeal for Mrs. Wu’s release. Even the lawyer was amazed at how well things went, and he expressed the desire to work with more practitioners in the future.
In the process of rescuing his wife, and seeing how so many people could still practice Falun Dafa while being persecuted, Mr. Wu decided to start practicing again.
I am very happy that Ms. Bai and Mr. Wu began practicing Falun Dafa again, and I feel very fortunate to practice Falun Dafa myself. I realized that, although our fellow practitioners may have poor cultivation states temporarily, we need to try our best to help them, unconditionally and compassionately, and eventually they may come back.