(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1996 and have stayed the course on my cultivation path for 21 years. I have never been arrested or harassed. This is because I am strict about never slacking off when it comes to doing the three things, except when the persecution was severe and my family interfered with my cultivation in 2001 and 2002.
“So many years have passed over the course of history, the Three Realms have existed for so long, and so many sentient beings have come here over time, but all hopes are being placed in this one moment out of all the ages. This instant is precious beyond measure. Completing the last leg of this journey well is what's most magnificent. So for this reason, though during this stage your time is tight, and you are very tired and have little time to rest, when Master sees how many of you have managed to do well he can't help but feel gratified. And it is on this account that I thank you all.” (“Teaching the Fa in the City of Chicago” in Teaching the Fa at the Conference VII)
I waited eons for this time when I could save my sentient beings, fulfill my vows, and return home with Master! At this critical moment in history, I know the seriousness of my mission and responsibility as a Dafa disciple, and I dare not let up.
I would like to share some experiences of how I kept up in my cultivation despite tribulations.
I always do what Master says. I study the Fa, do the exercises, send forth righteous thoughts, and clarify the truth every day. I almost never miss sending forth righteous thoughts four times a day. I make up for it if I do.
I do the exercises every day at 3:50 a.m. If I don’t get to do them for some reason, I make up for it even if it means I do not get any sleep.
I read at least three lectures of Zhuan Falun a day and memorize and study the teachings from different conferences. I don’t like to waste time and will study or memorize a paragraph of the Fa even though I may have only a few minutes.
If I experience physical interference, I will first negate it with righteous thoughts and then study the Fa. No matter how unwell I feel, I never lie down and rest. I study the Fa and everything resolves itself quickly.
For example, I once hurt all over, including my fingertips. I almost cried due to the pain. Instead of lying down, I put my legs in the lotus position and studied the Fa. Initially, the interference was great and it was difficult to read aloud. But I persisted. I still felt terrible after finishing one lecture but continued with the second lecture, and I gradually felt better. By the time I finished the third lecture, my body felt very light and relaxed. All the discomfort was gone.
I turn in after sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight and wake up at 3:50 a.m. to do the exercises. Even when I had to take care of my granddaughter for three years and only got to sleep about two hours a day, I never went back to bed to catch up on sleep. There were times when I did not sleep for two nights in a row because I was busy with Dafa work. Still, I continued to do the three things.
My husband was a government official before he retired and was deeply poisoned by the CCP. I clarified the truth to him many times, but he refused to listen and even hit and swore at me. I continued to treat him well and do the three things.
For about six years, my husband left me at home during the Chinese New Year while he took our children back to his hometown. He did that because I clarified the truth to his relatives. I did not see that as a bad thing and was not sad. Instead, I felt that I had more time to save people.
The first year when I was left at home on my own, I wrote “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” on about 70 posters and went out to put them up for people to see the next morning.
The next year when I was alone at home, I took over 100 posters to put up in a small district after sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight. The practitioner who lived in that district told me before not to put up posters, because there were many surveillance cameras around and it wasn’t safe. But I felt that the sentient beings there had to be saved and went ahead.
I put up posters until 7 a.m. the next morning. I did not skip one building. When I turned back to look at the rows of buildings where I had just put up the posters, I saw the words “Falun Dafa is good” shining brightly.
When my granddaughter was born, I had to take care of my daughter-in-law during her recovery. I also took care of my granddaughter around the clock, as well as other family members and did the household chores, I never once missed Fa study, doing the exercises, and clarifying the truth. I take care of the house and everyone very well.
My daughter-in-law and her mother bought me many things after I took such good care of my daughter-in-law. Before I came to look after my granddaughter, it took my son, my daughter-in-law, and my daughter-in-law’s mother to take care of the child, until her grandmother fell ill. Compared to before practicing Dafa when I suffered from breast cancer, how could I have so much energy every day despite working so hard and getting so little sleep?
After seeing how I took care of my daughter-in-law, even my son, who had not treated me well previously as he couldn't understand why I continued to practice Dafa, started to admire me. He took the initiative to understand Dafa.
Before the Chinese New Year in 2016, I clarified the truth to my husband and tried to persuade him to withdraw from the CCP. He went a little crazy and hit me many times. In the past, I stopped talking when he hit or swore at me. This time, I decided that I had to tell him and eliminate the evil behind him. I didn't stop when he hit me.
He later said that he would talk to me 15 days after the Chinese New Year and left for our son's house. He meant that he would divorce me.
This time, my son and daughter-in-law took his side. Everyone ignored me and refused to pick up when I called.
Two days before the Chinese New Year, my son gave me a letter from my husband that said that the family would leave me on my own because I was so stubborn. I was not moved. I spent the Chinese New Year alone at home while my husband spent it at our son's house.
I remembered Master said,
“Thus, even less should our cultivators be like this, as a cultivator should follow the course of nature. 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.” (Zhuan Falun)
I let nature take its course. I did what I needed to do and pretended that nothing happened. I steamed a bun for my meal the next day. I read three lectures in the morning and went out to save people in the afternoon. I did the three things well every day.
Fifteen days later, my husband, son, and daughter-in-law came home in a good mood, as though nothing has happened.
Before this, however, my daughter-in-law came to talk to me, telling me what the men had discussed, that I have to promise not to clarify the truth to my husband ever again.
My daughter-in-law had a poor attitude. She tried to force me to make that promise. I knew that the evil was controlling her and told her, “He is my husband. I must save him. There is nothing Dafa and Master cannot do!”
She changed her attitude right away and apologized to me.
“I asked you to read the truth-clarification materials but you didn't,” I said.
She replied, “I'll look at them now.”
She watched the DVDs that showed Dafa being practiced all over the world. She understood things better after watching for three hours. Tears flowed down her cheeks as she put her palms together and greeted Master.
She said, “I believe that Falun Dafa is good! Dafa is really good! We won't interfere with you the next time you study the Fa or do the exercises.”
I said, “My son was poisoned by the government's lies and did things that were not respectful of Dafa and Master. He should write a solemn declaration. Although he understood Dafa and agreed to write a declaration, he still didn’t do it.”
“I'll go home and persuade him,” said my daughter-in-law.
She came back the next day with a solemn declaration that she had written on his behalf. Although it didn’t count, I could see the righteous thoughts in my daughter-in-law.
She changed after that and always volunteered to help with the household chores so I could rest, compared to the past when she did nothing.
She was blessed after understanding Dafa. She is a teacher and the school leaders have a high regard for her. She has talked at many schools. She even came in first in a competition among over 100 people. Her salary increased. She has never joined the CCP. She said to me, “You told me that I shouldn’t join the CCP because it’s not good, so I didn't.”
“Get rid of any attachment you have, and don’t think about anything. Just do everything a Dafa disciple should do, and everything will be covered.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Washington, D.C. International Fa Conference” in Guiding the Voyage)
I was not moved. I understand the power of this Fa.
My son saw how my health improved over the years and was very supportive of Dafa, but he refused to write the declaration whenever I asked him to.
After the Chinese New Year this year, I overcame my attachment to fear and went to the police station with other practitioners to clarify the truth to the police and rescue practitioners who were being detained. Almost all the officers in the station listened to what we had to say, and I returned home safely.
My family did not know about this. The very next day, my son came home suddenly and said he wanted to write the solemn declaration.
He said, “I came here today just to write the declaration. I'll write what you say I should write. I'll listen to you!”
He even went to Master's image and put his hands together to apologize to Master, saying, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good! I must follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance from now on!”
He was blessed after writing the declaration. Many big businesses came looking for him, something that had never happened in the past. Now my son, daughter-in-law, and husband are very supportive of me and share the household chores, giving me more time to do the three things. We live together in harmony.
In 2004 Master asked practitioners in China to step forward and clarify the truth. The persecution was severe at that time and no practitioner in my area stepped forward. I was considered the first person to do so.
Other practitioners wanted to clarify the truth to people after seeing that I had done it for a long time. I went to many Fa study groups to interact with them and even brought practitioners with me when I clarified the truth. Many practitioners gradually stepped forward.
It has been 13 years since I started to clarify the truth every day. Although I sometimes meet people who do not understand Dafa and threaten to report me, everything is resolved under Master's protection.
I am also involved in other projects. I have been making truth-clarification materials and also learned how to install computer systems. I cooperated with other practitioners to hang up banners and posters. We would take a dozen posters and banners each time we went out. We worked together seamlessly. Sometimes, we hung banners in crowded areas and in villages. We were very successful. We also went out to distribute truth-clarification materials and DVDs.
“Everything has been prepared, and all that’s missing is for you to carry it out. Yet you won’t take that step, thinking, “How can I work on the cultural mainstream? I don’t know what to do!” When you visit nicer communities, you’re too scared to say anything, hesitantly holding out that pamphlet with great trepidation. Do you think that could save people? Immediately that person is going to think you’re not trustworthy, right? You really don’t need to think too much about it— rather, go about it with confidence and dignity. You’re a Dafa disciple. Don’t you realize that you are saving people?” (“Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa - Fa Teaching Given at the 2011 Washington DC Metro Area Fa Conference” in Teaching the Fa at the Conference XI)
I realized that we must be righteous when saving people. Hence, I did not have any fear when I did.
A few years ago, other practitioners and I distributed large quantities of Shen Yun DVDs and software to break through the firewall. We gave them out when we met people on the street.
In order to save people, we have been distributing truth-clarification materials face-to-face. Once, I wondered how to help those who are poisoned deeply understand the truth. At that moment, Master's Fa came into my head and I enlightened that I should distribute more copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.
We distributed large numbers of the Nine Commentaries when it first came out, but seldom in recent years. I looked for the coordinator to discuss making more Nine Commentaries books and DVDs. The coordinator was very supportive and started making more books.
Initially, practitioners did not actively ask for it. Some didn't even want it. However, many practitioners are starting to distribute the book and now it is almost in short supply.
In the beginning, I was the only person to distribute it in large quantities, about 1,000 copies every 20 days. Once, I even gave out 200 copies in two days. I hand them out in person and realized that many people are willing to accept it.
One practitioner in my Fa study group seldom went out to clarify the truth. After the Chinese New Year this year, I took her along when I went.
Each time I go, I think of nothing but saving people, because what Master asks me to do is the right thing.
We carry a dozen copies of the Nine Commentaries, some small booklets, and DVDs. We distribute them to people on the street and clarify the truth to them without hesitation.
We often went to one particular place and had to go on a main street to get there. There are many people on that street, but I am not fearful no matter many people there are. Sometimes, I talk to several people at the same time and almost all quit the CCP. That is how I sometimes give out over 100 brochures and persuade over 20 people to quit the CCP in one day. There were days when I persuaded 50 people to quit.
Someone saw us handing things out and said, “Falun Gong has become public!”
I replied, “Yes, it has long been public to save people!”
Many people recognize us. A group of elderly people often gather there. “The person who asks people to quit the CCP has come again!” they say whenever they see us.
They often ask, “What DVD or books did you bring today?”
One of them said, “Why don't you bring a DVD player and put it here? Anyone who passes by can watch it!”
In these years of saving people, I met many who were awakened. I will share some examples.
Once when I was distributing the Nine Commentaries, a middle-aged man walked over. He was dressed very nicely and looked like someone important.
“Hello,” I said. “This book is for you!”
When he asked what it was, I said, “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.”
“You practice Falun Gong, right?” he asked.
I said I did and clarified the truth to him.
He said, “I've been watching you for a long time. Falun Gong is persecuted severely now and you talk to people in broad daylight. Who is paying you?”
“No one pays me anything. I made these materials with my own money,” I replied.
“Why?” he asked.
“My Master says 'We ask for nothing in return and have no pursuit, It's to save you once the disaster arrives'” (“Calmly Take A Look” in Hong Yin III)
“It makes me feel proud that there is such a righteous person like you in China who is willing to risk her own safety,” he said.
He used his real name to withdraw from the Party and asked if he could see me again. I told him to remember “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” because it was Master who saved him. He thanked me.
Another time I was clarifying the truth to a group of construction workers. I was on the ground floor and a worker upstairs who heard me asked if it was Falun Gong. I said it was.
He asked me to come in right away because a dozen of them had been waiting for me for three days. They even asked me to come to their dormitory to clarify the truth because over 20 people lived there. They gave me directions on how to get there and told me they wanted the Nine Commentaries and other truth-clarification materials.
On another occasion, I was clarifying the truth to another group of construction workers. Those upstairs heard it and asked me to put more materials in the wheelbarrow and have it delivered upstairs. They also asked to quit the CCP and shouted out their names for me.
I couldn't hear clearly and those on the ground floor told me their names. They shouted “Falun Dafa is good” after quitting the CCP. I encountered many such instances.
Another time, I was clarifying the truth to a young man. He asked if we were paid to do what we did and why we did it.
I replied, “Our master says 'We ask for nothing in return and have no pursuit, It's to save you once the disaster arrives'” (“Calmly Take A Look” in Hong Yin III)
His attitude changed as he listened to me. I told him in detail about Dafa and forced organ harvesting.
He thanked me profusely after quitting the CCP, and I saw tears in his eyes.
He bowed suddenly and shouted, “Long live Li Hongzhi!”
I told him he should say “Master Li Hongzhi.” So he bowed again and shouted “Long live Master Li Hongzhi!” He shouted it seven times. His voice was extremely loud and many people heard it, looking up to see who it was. The other practitioner and I were very moved.
Once when I was talking to someone, a nicely dressed man in his 50s standing nearby said, “She practices Falun Gong and comes here every day to distribute materials. Shoot her a few times and she won't do it again!”
He even told others not to accept or read what I was handing out. I knew that he didn't understand and that I had to save him.
By the time I’d finished speaking to the person in front of me, the man had left. I thought to myself that I had talk to him when I saw him again.
I saw him the very next day. I smiled and said, “This Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party book is for you. Please read it!”
He frowned, snatched the book, and threw it down.
I picked up the book and said, “This book will save you. Falun Gong practitioners risk being caught, beaten, and imprisoned and even having their organs harvested to tell you the truth. Why didn't I stay at home on this cold day? The Tiananmen Square self-immolation was a hoax. Jiang Zemin and the CCP used it to instigate hatred towards Falun Gong. The CCP is at odds with heaven, earth, and humanity. It advocates atheism, and heaven wants to eliminate it.”
He understood and said he was sorry. He asked if he could still be saved.
I asked him to quit the CCP and he agreed, giving me his real name.
“Give me back the book that I threw down. I'll go home and read it,” he said.
I gave it to him and told him, “Remember, ‘Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!’”
He promised. He had changed into a different person and had a look of sincerity. I saw tears in his eyes.
After I had walked away quite a distance, I turned back and saw him still standing there, sending me off silently.
Some practitioners in my area were arrested and persecuted over the past two years. To rescue them, other practitioners and I went by the police department to send forth righteous thoughts.
On the third day of the Chinese New Year this year, I went to another practitioner's house. We were close to Tiananmen Square, and the practitioner enlightened that we should go there to send forth righteous thoughts. I agreed. The coordinator agreed too and a few of us arranged a date to be there to send forth righteous thoughts.
A day before I set off, I was coughing and my throat hurt after sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight. I was seeing stars. I enlightened that the evil was trying to prevent us from going, so this must be a right thing for us to do. I sent righteous thoughts for an hour to eliminate the interference before I got better.
However, I felt unwell again the next day. I was in pain and my legs were heavy. I was not moved and went with the others to send righteous thoughts. I started sending righteous thoughts after boarding the bus and felt better. By the time I reached Tiananmen Square, all the discomfort was gone.
We went all around Tiananmen Square and sent righteous thoughts for two hours. When I was returning home, I felt very relaxed, as though I was floating.
When the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate issued a ruling regarding Dafa, we went to send righteous thoughts again. We have been going there once a week since we started during the Chinese New Year and have never stopped.
Each time I send righteous thoughts, I feel that my brain is empty and very quiet. My body feels warm and the energy is very strong.
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