A Once Troubled Man Discovers His True Self
(Minghui.org) I am a farmer in Harbin, and I am in my 60s. I am the most fortunate person in this day and age because I am a Falun Dafa practitioner.
I began practicing Falun Dafa in 1996, and my life changed enormously. I want to validate Falun Dafa and Master's compassion by sharing my story.
My Life before I Started to Practice Falun Dafa
I lost both my parents when I was very young, and my aunt and uncle raised me, I was lazy and did not care to do anything. But I loved alcohol and would not pass up any opportunity to drink. I later got married, but my wife had a mental illness. We had two daughters. I was not very responsible and only focused on drinking.
I was the bill collector for the electrical service in our village. If someone gave me a drink, I would charge him less; if not, I would charge him more and even shut off his electricity. There were 200 households in our village, and 95% of them offered me a drink. When low-income villagers got compensation each year, I used my wife's mental illness as an excuse to get the compensation, too, and nobody dared to turn me down.
I kept my hair long and permed it, and I felt pretty good about myself. Everyone stayed away from me and thought I was the one with a mental illness.
Falun Dafa Purifies My Heart and Soul
After I began to practice and live according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, I was shocked to realize that I was not a good person, that I'd wasted my life doing nothing. Now I had a Master who would guide me, and I wanted to be a good person.
I changed my appearance, cut off my long hair, and no longer fought for money. I stopped drinking, too. One villager bet me: “If you can quit drinking, I am going to quit eating.” Much to his surprise, I truly did quit alcohol.
I no longer fought or used obscene language. I respected others and lived in a more dignified way. The villagers began to associate with me again and no longer avoided me.
It is Falun Dafa and its teachings that purified my heart and soul. I improved my moral level and no longer fight with my wife and curse my children. I work hard in the fields. Falun Dafa gave me a happy home and renewed my life.
Master Protected Me
One day a fellow practitioner and I were driving a truckload of bricks to the city. As we descended a steep hill, the brakes on the truck failed. The truck flew down the hill and flipped over.
When I climbed out, the bystanders were astonished: “You were under the bricks?” I was fine and so was the truck. We reloaded the bricks and continued our journey. We both knew that Master had protected us. That was just one example of the wonder of Falun Dafa. Master protected me when I was in danger.
Cultivating in the Fa-rectification Period
When the persecution began in July of 1999, I was deeply saddened. By cultivating, I had said goodbye to my miserable past and renewed my life. I was deeply grateful for Master's saving grace and wanted to do my best to validate the Fa.
When I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa in November of 2000, I was arrested, escorted to the local police station, held in detention, and fined. I was later arrested and held in brainwashing centers many times. I was arrested again in 2006 because I distributed Falun Dafa materials, and was then sentenced to ten years in prison.
I was tortured until I developed symptoms of a stroke. When I was released, I staggered out, with my hair completely white. I looked ten years older than my actual age. But the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance were deep in my heart and soul, and nothing could ever take that away.
Through constant Fa study and doing the exercises, my health improved day by day. I am my normal healthy self again! My xinxing also improved. I am determined to stay on my path of cultivation and will do my best to carry out my duty.
I am grateful for fellow practitioners' selfless support. When my daughter got married, I was still in prison, and they came and helped out as if her father were there.
I am even more grateful for Master's saving grace. He never gave up on me, and I will not let him down. I will firmly walk on the path of cultivation and do my best to carry out my duty.
Thank you, Master!Thank you, fellow practitioners!