An 88-Year-Old Man’s Journey of Cultivating Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) I am 88 years old. I started to practice Falun Dafa at the end of 1996. Looking back on my 21 years of cultivation, I know that everything I did was what I was supposed to do and not worth mentioning. But fellow practitioners reminded me that sharing one's experiences is also a part of our cultivation, so I am sharing my journey here. Please kindly point out anything inappropriate.
Holding the Fa in My Heart, Not Letting Affections Control Me
I had many ailments in the past, including a gastric ulcer, gallstones, prostatitis, and so on. I had to take pills every day. I tried many different doctors, but no one was very effective.
After I started to practice Falun Dafa, my health problems went away, and everyone in my family supported me. But after July 1999 when the communist party launched the persecution of Falun Dafa, my kids' attitude changed, especially that of my two daughters-in-law. They not only tried to stop me and my wife from doing the exercises but also hid my truth-clarifying materials. They even kept fellow practitioners from visiting us.
I recalled what Master said: “just by remaining unmoved you could handle all situations.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2005 Canada Fa Conference” from Teaching the Fa at the Conference V)
I didn't let my family’s attitude affect me, because I knew Dafa was absolutely righteous, and I continued to do what I was supposed to do. At the same time, I kept on encouraging them.
Now they all support me and my wife in practicing Falun Dafa. They also help protect our informational materials and sometimes even help me buy toner and printing paper.
For many years, my main project was distributing truth-clarifying materials on my bicycle and putting up posters. Usually I went out with other practitioners to nearby villages at night.
Seven years ago, I started to do it alone in the daytime. I usually go out three times a week to distribute materials. I have visited more than 60 villages within 10 miles of my house many times.
Master published “Hurry Up And Tell Them” in 2002 in Hong Yin Vol. II:
As Dafa disciples clarify the truthSharp swords shoot forth from their mouthsTearing open the rotten demons’ liesLose no time and save them,hurry up and tell them
I was no longer passive after reading the new poem and started to take the initiative more. I put my heart into the effort. Pamphlets, letters, or cards, I try my best to prepare the contents so that the facts are being conveyed effectively.
Other practitioners were amazed that someone my age could do all that without letting up. To be honest, I've never felt that I was old. Instead, I feel that I am getting younger by practicing Falun Dafa. As a Dafa disciple, I should follow what Master says. I've not stopped distributing informational materials on my bicycle, no matter the season. Actually I don't notice the weather at all. I have no problem riding 20 miles a day.
I've encountered some dangerous situations, but with Master's help, I've returned safely every time. Once when I was on my way to a village, I was a little behind schedule and was in a rush. All of a sudden, a truck loaded with rocks was coming right at me. Just as it was about to hit me, the truck floated to the other side of the road and turned over. The driver climbed out of the truck unscathed. He was amazed. I was not hurt either.
From then on, I no longer fell off my bicycle.
People who were deceived by the communist party propaganda have sometimes reported me, but I've always escaped safely. I know that would be impossible without Master's protection.
I also went back to my hometown to clarify the truth and help my relatives there quit the CCP.
My schedule is always tight. I spend most of my time saving people. One day I saw a fellow practitioner with a phone sending out pre-recorded messages. To save more people, I asked my son to buy one for me. Regrettably, I haven't yet made any calls on the phone to encourage people to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). I see I have room to improve there.
Improving as a Whole Body
The average age of the practitioners in my Fa study group is 83. We always take the opportunity of group Fa study to share with each other on how to deal with different problems and conflicts, and on our thoughts based on the Fa. When we read good articles in Minghui Weekly, we reflect on ourselves to see how we can do better.
We feel that we are improving as a whole. It is also a chance for me to give each practitioner the truth-clarifying materials most suitable for his or her situation.
I am almost 90 years old, but I still have good eyes and ears and I am still sharp, unlike other men my age. I know I have Dafa to thank for that. Thus I need to contribute more. No matter how much I do, I can't repay even a tiny part of what Master has done for me.
My wish is to cultivate myself well and save more people. Like Master said,
“The focus for you right now is simply to find ways to do better, to be more efficient, to have a greater impact, and to save more people.” (“Fa Teaching at the U.S. Capital” from Teaching the Fa at the Conference VIII)