[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] Living According to Dafa's Principles Despite Adversity
(Minghui.org) Many people comment favorably on the actions of Falun Dafa practitioners, despite the Chinese Communist Party's negative propaganda and the persecution against the practice.
A village accountant said that a Falun Dafa practitioner had paid them some money he owed them, even though they could not find any paperwork relating to the money.
“Where can you find such a good person,” a county officer commented. “He paid back the money even though there is no record of it!”
That practitioner was me.
I had once contracted for the village's parking lot and restaurant in 1995. I did not pay the initial installment of 127,000 yuan and wrote an IOU. I also experienced a loss of hundreds of thousands yuan in another business and did not pay back those debts until recently. Last year, I was compensated for the demolition of my house, so now, after 20 years, I had the money to pay back all that I owed.
The IOU that I wrote had been lost and the time period for prosecution had lapsed, so legally, I was not required to pay back the money. But I am a Falun Dafa practitioner and follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Therefore, I knew that had to pay back the debt.
When I went to pay what I owed, the village accounting clerk was surprised and said that I shouldn't pay back the money, especially since she did not know how much I owed and there was no IOU. I told her that I owed 130,000 yuan, which included 3,000 yuan interest, and would pay back the money.
The village accountant sent the money to the county department and the officers there learned of my story.
Turning Bad into Good
I used to be bad tempered before I started practicing Falun Dafa. Nobody in the village dared to argue with me. I was addicted to smoking, drinking, and gambling. I'd also had an affair. My wife was very angry with me for many reasons.
I lost hundreds of thousands yuan in my business in 1994. It was caused, in part, by my wife's relatives, so I vented my anger on her. Our marriage almost fell apart.
It all changed, however, when I was introduced to Falun Dafa in 1996. I quit smoking, drinking, and gambling soon after. I no longer quarreled with my wife and became tolerant. My wife even started to practice Falun Dafa soon after, and my broken family became harmonious.
Following Dafa's Principles
After the persecution began, I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa twice. I was arrested, taken back to the local police department, severely beaten, shocked with electric batons, and made to kneel on pebbles.
We no longer had a cultivation environment when the persecution of Falun Dafa started in 1999. Gradually, my wife and I stopped practicing, but we returned to Dafa in 2013.
Although I did not practice Falun Dafa for over 10 years, the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance had been deeply rooted in my heart. I still followed these principles and did not return to my former ways.
I owed a huge amount of money in the 1990s. If I did not practice Falun Dafa, I would have tried to make money through crooked means. Instead, I made money through hard work.
I raised pigs and made tofu. I raised pigs for eight years and sold tofu for more than ten years. I soon paid off a lot of my debts and built a new house.
At my poorest point, I did not have enough money to buy pig feed, and many piglets died as a result. It was corn harvest time, so I could have easily stolen corn from someone’s field, but I disciplined myself according to Dafa's principles. No matter how hard my life was, I tried hard not do anything bad.
My wife and I returned to Falun Dafa in 2013. We are now four generations living under one roof. Twelve family members live together, including my mother, who is 94 years old, and my one-year-old grandson. Some of us practice Dafa, and the others believe that Dafa is good.
We were later reimbursed for the demolition of our previous house for a total of 10 million yuan, which allowed me to pay off all my debts.