Cultivating Myself and Saving People in My Job As a Housekeeper
(Minghui.org) In January 1999 I was lucky enough to find a book entitled Zhuan Falun. This book brought me wonderful blessings. After reading it twice, I threw away all medicine and was disease-free.
In the course of studying the Fa and cultivating, I have gradually realized that the meaning of my life is to wait for Dafa’s salvation, to assist Teacher in Fa-rectification, and to fulfill my mission to save people.
I make a living as a housekeeper. No matter which family I work for, I find that at the beginning, the whole family is disrespectful of and even hostile toward Falun Dafa because they do not know the true facts about it. Within a few days, however, they are able to witness the beauty and purity of Falun Dafa through a Dafa practitioner.
One of my employers said, “These days, there are very few people as good as you, and indeed it is not easy to find any!” Another said, “In my view, those who believe in other practices are not as good as you who believe in Falun Dafa. If everybody believed in Falun Dafa, society would be better.” I told them, “Yes, if Jiang Zemin didn’t persecute Falun Dafa, more people would practice it and naturally there would be more good people.”
Retired Teacher Learns that Practitioners Have Good Character and Health
Ms. Cao, 80, is a retired teacher. She said to me, “I did not know anything about Falun Dafa before you came to my house. Now I am fully aware of it. It is difficult to find a person as good as you. You can work for me as long as I am alive. It is because I found you to be such a good person that I recite, 'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good' every day.”
Ms. Cao has five daughters and two sons. They all believe in Buddha and worship a deity who they think safeguards their house, but none of them are in good health. Ms. Cao said to her children, “Look at my housekeeper who believes in Falun Dafa. She not only has good character, but she is also very healthy.”
Ms. Cao also told her friends and relatives, “If you want to find a housekeeper, you’d better find someone who practices Falun Dafa. Then you will have peace of mind and set your heart at rest.”
Every day Ms. Cao listens to the recordings of Teacher’s lectures and the music composed by Falun Dafa practitioners. Her life is filled with joy!
Retired Cadre Discovers Falun Gong Practitioners Are the Best Employees
Ms. Qiu, 87, is a retired cadre and has been a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) member for over 60 years. During the Cultural Revolution, she was persecuted. She was very hostile to Falun Dafa because she was unaware of the truth.
The third morning I worked for her, I played the recording of Teacher’s first lecture for her. When she heard “Falun Dafa” mentioned, she angrily said, “Turn it off. I do not want to listen to it!”
On the fourth morning, I thought that I must help Ms. Qiu understand what Falun Dafa was so that she could be saved. So I started to play the second lecture, because it would be a long time before Falun Dafa was mentioned again. With my righteous thoughts of saving her, she began to listen to it with interest.
Every day I would play Teacher’s lectures for her. The more she listened, the more joyful she seemed. Her understanding of Falun Dafa was positive.
Ms. Qiu told me more than once, “Mr. Li Hongzhi is not an ordinary qigong master. What he says is very reasonable!” As time went by, I continued to clarify the facts about Falun Dafa to her. Ms. Qiu grew to respect me very much.
One day, she told her sons and daughters, “This housekeeper is a Falun Dafa practitioner and is much better than those I employed before!” Her three sons remarked, “You have found such a good housekeeper and how lucky we are!” Then Ms. Qiu persuaded her children to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations, saying, “The CCP has persecuted so many good people to death that it will be destroyed very soon.”
“Because of My Housekeeper, I Know That Falun Dafa Is Good!”
Ms. Du is 78 years old and had a bad habit of beating her housekeepers and driving them away. All of her housekeepers only worked for her for three to five days, the longest was seven days. Ms. Du even beat her housekeepers, for which her children were worried and complained, not knowing what to do.
After I had worked for Ms. Du for ten days, her eldest son told me, “My mother is so unreasonable that she often curses and beats people. I hope that you will be able to forgive her.” I smiled, “It does not matter. I am getting on very well with your mother because I believe in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”
Indeed, Ms. Du usually respected me. When she was unreasonable, I would dismiss it with a laugh, trying not to argue with her. This way, she naturally didn’t lose her temper. Her neighbor looked at me strangely and said, “Since you came, this old lady has never lost her temper.” I told the neighbor, “Because I am a Falun Dafa practitioner and believe in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, I will exercise self-restraint and refrain from disputing with her. I will always try to treat her kindly. That’s why we are getting on very well.”
Of course, Ms. Du was very satisfied with me, telling her neighbors, “This housekeeper of mine is a Falun Dafa practitioner who has got good character and good health and works hard.” Her daughter-in-law and neighbors told me, “This old lady started to hire housekeepers when she was just over 50 years old. We have never heard her praise any housekeeper, but she sure speaks highly of you!” I smiled and said, “It is because I cultivate Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. She is telling you that Falun Dafa is good!”
During the nearly three months that I worked for Ms. Du, her eldest son, in front of his mother, told me, “This old lady doesn’t lose her temper anymore—you have changed her. How did this happen?” Three days later, the old lady started to ask me to go away. I remembered the old saying, “When joy reaches its height, it is sorrow’s turn.”
I asked her son and daughter-in-law, “Do you think that the predestined relationship between your mother and me has ended and it is time for me to leave?” Her daughter-in-law responded, “This woman does have a bad habit of driving away her housekeepers. Since you are a Dafa practitioner, please carry on for our sakes. If she is too hard on you, please come to my house for a rest. You can cook for her when it's time.” In this way, I took these troubles as good opportunities to temper my character and upgrade myself. And I carried on with my job calmly, without any resentment.
One day, Ms. Du’s second daughter and daughter-in-law commented on how good I was. After hearing their praises, I felt it was not right and said, “Please remember that it is not that I am good, but that Falun Dafa is good, that Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good! It is because I practice Dafa that I have a good state of mind.”
Since then, Ms. Du’ second daughter-in-law has been telling her friends and relatives, “Only since this housekeeper came have we understood that Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. Falun Dafa turns out to be the great law of Buddha cultivation.” Now she is reading Zhuan Falun, and Ms. Du has become healthy because she listens to Teacher’s lecture recordings.
Cultivation practice is a process of eliminating karma and removing attachments. During tribulations, undergoing mental trials and bodily hardships can be very hard to endure, but as long as I take myself as a practitioner, my feelings of suffering will naturally disappear. Instead, I will feel comfortable and relaxed and indeed experience the wonder of being a Fa-rectification practitioner who only has relatives and no enemies.