[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] A Whole Village Benefits When One Family Practices Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) A woman became healthy and was no longer ill-tempered after she started practicing Falun Dafa. Her behavior influenced her neighbors, who stopped fighting and stealing from each another. They tried to stop government officials from persecuting Falun Dafa, and some of them even became practitioners.
Falun Dafa Is Too Good to Be True
I am from a poor village where it was commonplace for people to steal things such as grain and livestock from each other. One day I suspected that my neighbor stole our lumber and yelled at him. That angered my neighbor, who came at me as if to hit me. My husband was terrified and hid in the house. His behavior really upset me.
Our family’s finances were strained. There wasn’t enough land for us to farm, but there were plenty of taxes and fines for violating the one-child policy to pay. We never had any money left by the end of the year. With all the stress, my health deteriorated. I couldn’t work and, to make matters worse, I was later injured in a car accident. My temper, which was terrible to begin with, worsened with my physical problems and our poverty. Pretty much everyone in the village loathed me.
My younger brother and his family practiced Falun Dafa. I used to give them a hard time if they told me about how the practice would benefit me. One day my husband had a severe stomach problem that made it impossible for anyone in the house to do any work. It prompted my husband to begin practicing Falun Dafa.
I didn’t object since I wanted him to continue working. After reading the main book, Zhuan Falun, his stomach was healed. That, in turn, inspired me to learn the exercises with him and other practitioners. In only five days, all my health problems such as a spinal problem, bronchitis, coughing, and partial loss of vision, disappeared. For my family, Falun Dafa was too good to be true. It was a lot easier than going to a hospital and completely free.
I read Zhuan Falun and it says,
“In cultivation practice, there may be two scenarios when dealing with specific conflicts or when others treat you badly. One is that you might have treated this person badly in your previous life. You feel in your heart that it is unfair, “How can this person treat me like this?” Then why did you treat this person that way in the past? You might claim that you actually did not know it at that time, and this life has nothing to do with the other life. That does not work.”
From then on, I stopped holding a grudge against my husband.
Village Secretary Broadcasts “Falun Dafa Is Good”
Both my husband and I follow the principles of Falun Dafa in everything we do. We were the first to turn in our required portion of grain to the government every year while others simply refused to, no matter how the village officials pushed them. In the end the village secretary broadcast through the public speaker, “Indeed Falun Dafa is good. If everyone practiced it, I wouldn’t have to work so hard.”
When people asked me why I voluntarily turned in our grain quota, I talked to them about the principles of Falun Dafa: Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Those I spoke to quickly turned in what they owed.
One of my neighbors was building a house while we were away from home and took over a significant amount of our land without asking. Other neighbors warned him and expected to see a big fight after we returned. As soon as we got home, the neighbor told us that he had used our land to build a barn. We told him to go ahead, which surprised those who expected a fight.
People in the village noticed that I’d stopped cursing and scolding people. They all said that I had changed for the better because of Falun Dafa.
“Only a Falun Dafa Practitioner Would Be So Kind”
One bitter cold winter I heard that one of the villagers, Wang, had become mentally ill because his wife had left him. None of his siblings wanted to take care of him because he was violent. No other villager would help him because his father used to bully everyone. He was alone in his house without food, water, or heat.
I asked my husband to take Wang something to eat. When he got there, Wang wouldn’t wake up. My husband built a fire and cooked him some noodles. He tried to wake him up again, but Wang couldn’t be roused. My husband got nervous and kept trying. He shouted “Falun Dafa is good” several times. When Wang finally regained consciousness, he broke into tears. He wolfed down the food my husband prepared and told him, “Falun Dafa is good.”
My husband made a fire to warm up Wang’s bed, fixed his windows and door, and brought him firewood and food every day for the next three months. Wang thanked us, and everyone in the village was glad to see it ended well. They said that only a Falun Dafa practitioner would be so kind.
Wang practiced Falun Dafa with us every day and his mental illness went away. He later was able to live with his brother without any problem.
A man in his 20s lost his legs and didn’t have any family to care for him. My husband brought him firewood and food, and helped him clean his soiled bed. When the winter ended, his mother returned from out of town and came to us to express her gratitude.
Villagers Follow the Principles of Falun Dafa
One day a thief stole all of a couple’s livestock and poisoned their pigs. I went to see them and told them what Teacher says in Zhuan Falun:
“If something is yours, you will not lose it. If something is not yours, you will not have it even if you fight for it.”
“There is a principle in this universe called, 'no loss, no gain.' To gain, one must lose.”
I explained to them that they would have gained “virtue,” which is a priceless matter gained through suffering. I also suggested that they shouldn’t try to exact revenge, because they would lose the virtue they’d gained if they did. Eventually they were happy to let things go.
The wife was known to mistreat her parent-in-laws. I suggested that she buy them gifts for the holidays since it was a good tradition and she shouldn’t overlook it. She started treating her in-laws with respect without holding back. Her other sisters-in-law also began to do the same. The entire family became more loving and happier.
Besides advising people to let go of their obsession with retrieving their stolen goods, I also talked to the thieves. One time I went to a couple who were suspected thieves. I told them about the principle of loss and gain and said, “If you lost all your virtue, you would not be able to own anything. You would get nothing even if you begged on the street.” Their faces turned red. In the end they told me, “Falun Dafa is indeed good. If everyone practiced it, this village would be a better place.”
Another couple were getting a divorce. The husband accused the wife of not cooking or doing any chores. The wife complained that he had a bad temper. I told the wife about the principles of Falun Dafa and advised her to treat her family with kindness. I suggested that she cook and do the laundry for them.
She did exactly what I told her. Her father-in-law asked me, “What did you tell her? She’d not cooked or done any laundry since she came six years ago. Lend me your Falun Dafa books, will you?” The couple later stopped fighting. They became practitioners and practiced with me every day.
The Whole Village Knows “Falun Dafa Is Good”
In time, property stopped being stolen and no one fought or cursed anymore. Everyone in the village knows about the principles of Falun Dafa. After the persecution of Falun Dafa began, government officials came to check on our village. Signs on the power poles everywhere said, “Falun Dafa is good.” When the officials told the village chief to take them down, he refused. When the police and officers from the 610 Office tried to take down the signs, the villagers protested and wouldn’t let them.