Feelings of Gratitude for Our Revered Master
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Gong in 1998. Protected by Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, I have made diligent progress during my 18 years of practice. When I look back at all I have been through on my path of cultivation, I feel very grateful to Master Li.
After the persecution of Falun Gong started in July 1999, the police tried to arrest me many times, but each time they were beset by car accidents or other mishaps and never managed to apprehend me.
The last instance took place in the spring of 2008. I was at work and heard that a police car was in an accident on the way to my shop. Right after that, two police officers walked in and asked me if I still practiced Falun Gong. I said to Master in my mind, “Master, I will not break my promise!" I wrote on a piece of paper, “Like holding a treasure in my hand.” I signed it and handed it to the officer. He looked at me and said, “We will not bother you anymore.” Master has resolved many potentially bad situations for me.
Obtaining the Fa
I went with my family to see a doctor in Beijing in 1998. In the hotel, a Falun Gong practitioner staying in the same room lent me the book Falun Gong. I read it that night. The author wrote that people should do everything according to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Although I had never heard of anything like that before, I agreed with the principle.
The next morning, the practitioner invited me to do the sitting meditation with her. Afterwards she asked, “How did you feel.” I told her, “I felt a warm energy envelope my whole body, and a very transparent red light surrounded me. It was a very comfortable sensation.” The practitioner said that I had a predestined relationship with Master Li and gave me her only copy of Zhuan Falun.
Shortly after I began the practice, I attended a group exercise. I stood in the first row facing the sun. While holding the wheel in front of my forehead in the second exercise, I felt as if my head was sticking out and then cracking open. It then started to spin very fast. Since then, I have never felt tired when I do the “Falun Standing Stance.” I feel as if I am unable to move. Only when I adjust my arms to the next wheel holding position can I move. When I hold the wheel above my head, I feel warm rain falling on me. It feels really wonderful. When I hold the wheel with my palms facing my ears, it feels like I am holding a big hot ball around my head.
Truly Practicing Cultivation
Before I started Falun Gong cultivation, I didn’t have a good relationship with my husband, and he often cursed me. If I hadn’t learned Falun Gong, we would probably have gotten divorced. After studying the Fa, I decided that I must be strict with myself and follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in all situations, even in my relationship with my husband.
One day I picked up our child and went grocery shopping. When I got home, my husband yelled at me, "Where have you been? I’m starving and you were not here to cook!"
I calmly asked him what he wanted for dinner. When he realized that I was not getting upset, he was even more furious. He shouted that he wanted instant noodles with egg. I cooked it for him, but by the time dinner was ready, he had fallen asleep.
I whispered to him, “Your dinner is ready.” He flew into an even greater rage and cursed at me for waking him up. Then he went back to sleep. Things like that often took place.
Master said: “In fact, your wife is helping you eliminate karma, though she does not know it herself.” (Zhuan Falun)
When he cursed me, I would remind myself to thank him for helping me remove my sentimentality. I often played Master’s teachings to him and, eventually, he understood what Master said and stopped cursing me.
One day, I felt a little confused. I didn’t do well when sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight and felt that there was something flashing around my waist. I felt a little cold and unusually fatigued when I got up at 3:50 a.m. to do the exercises.
After I finished the exercises, I still felt unwell. In fact, I hurt all over. I still went to work in the morning though. After work, I came home and cooked dinner for my family and did the housework.
The next day, I had a high fever and was in pain all over. I also had pain in my heart, which kept getting worse. That got my attention, and I immediately looked within and found my attachments. I eliminated them, but there was no improvement.
Then I remembered what I had seen when sending righteous thoughts at midnight the night before. I checked my waist and found a circle of blisters around it. I understood that it was interference from the old forces.
When I got home after work that day, I send forth righteous thoughts and said in my mind, “Completely negating all the arrangements of the old forces, clearing out all the interference and persecution of the old forces against me.”
In 15 minutes, a miracle took place. My fever broke, and I suddenly felt very comfortable. The blisters around my waist were completely dried out. Thank you, Master, for your benevolent salvation!
Clarifying the Facts
It wasn’t until the second half of 2007 that I realized why I should clarify the facts about Falun Gong to the public. Untill then I had only told my relatives and friends the truth about the persecution.
Seeing that I had the heart to save people, Master created a very good environment for me. My boss opened a new store and had me work there alone. It was very good situation, because I could clarify the facts to the customers and also share experiences with other practitioners when they came into shop.
The competition among my boss’s shops was intense, but I got along well with the other shop owners and helped them quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations.
Once I clarified the facts to a primary school teacher. When she asked me how much Falun Gong paid me, I told her that I wasn’t paid a penny.
“If that is the case,” she marveled, “then why do you tell people about Falun Gong? You could be arrested!”
I replied, “When you see that someone has fallen into the water, would you say, ‘I will save you if you pay me, but not if you don’t?’”
She understood and said, “Your Master is really great.” In the end, she quit the CCP.
Although I have done the three things asked of practitioners during my 18 years of cultivation, I still have to hurry to catch up. I am far from the standard of diligent fellow cultivators. I must strive to cultivate my heart and become one of Master’s true disciples.
Thank you, Master!