From Disability and Desperation to Hope and Health
(Minghui) Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a profound Buddha School practice for both mind and body. Guided by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and supplemented by five simple exercises, the practice helps people maintain physical and mental health and provides moral teachings that facilitate harmony in all areas of life. It opens up people's wisdom and leads to realizations about life and the mysteries of the universe.
Falun Dafa was practiced by nearly 100 million people in China from 1992 to 1999. It has spread to more than 100 countries and regions worldwide since Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, was invited to teach the Fa in France in March 1995.
The practice is well-known for its effectiveness in curing illness and maintaining fitness. Beginning in 1998, investigations had been conducted in China into the health benefits of Falun Gong. Several medical workers also performed health surveys in North America and Taiwan. Falun Dafa's efficacy in restoring and maintaining health has been reported to be as high as 98%.
Here, we profile several stories of disabled persons whose severe ailments disappeared after they took up the practice of Falun Dafa.
A Disabled Soldier
Mr. Shi Fu (alias) enlisted in the Chinese military in 1976 and was sent to the battlefield when the Sino-Vietnam War started in 1979. While there, he was injured three times.
He became disabled, almost blind, and half deaf even after a series of surgeries over a period of two years. He also suffered from decreased alertness and often passed out. He was listed as a first-degree disabled solider and discharged in 1985. Mr. Shi shares his miracle story below:
Our lives were extremely bitter in the 15 years after my discharge. My wife was my caretaker. She always encouraged me not to lose confidence, if not for myself then for our family. I thus continued to hope, despite my life being a living hell through the 1980s.
But when it rains, it pours. My wife became ill due to the heavy burden of keeping us afloat financially. She suffered from serious rheumatism, gastroenteritis, and lumbar disc herniation. She often could not work and sometimes had to stay in bed, relying upon our children for care.
To make things worse, the skin on my fingers suddenly became dry and cracked. Blood would ooze from the cracks and my fingernails eventually fell off. I tried Western and Chinese medicines, but nothing helped. This condition persisted for an entire year.
Our financial situation deteriorated. I was unable to keep up with our expenses. The village cadre thus suspended my disability pension. I frequently had to borrow money from relatives for sustenance. As a result, they always avoided us.
My parents-in-law cried over our hopeless living conditions when they came to visit. My mother-in-law decided to stay with us to help out with some of the housework.
I often looked up at the sky and asked the heavens when this tribulation would end.
While we were struggling, a Falun Gong practitioner from a neighboring village came to visit us one day in 1998. She told us about the miraculous changes she had undergone after she began practicing Falun Dafa. She said, “Why don't you give it a try? It has a lot of benefits and no harm. And it's free.”
My wife began the practice that very day, and a miracle happened: the severe pain in her legs, arms, and torso disappeared within three days. Her excruciating back pain also had lessened substantially. She could even do some housework again. A week later, her health was completely recovered, back to normal.
My wife's miraculous health improvement was a shock. I became anxious to learn the exercises. Because I couldn't travel to the practice site, several Falun Gong practitioners came to teach me at my home. They also played recordings of Master's nine-day Fa lectures to me.
I was mesmerized by the immense and profound principles of Falun Gong. I finished the tapes in two days and then slept for four days straight. My family was worried, thinking that my life might be at risk again. Seeing my deep sleep, the fellow practitioners told my family, "Perhaps he had a strong predestined relationship. Master is purifying his body. There is no need to be afraid."
When I woke up, I felt energetic and vigorous. My vision also came back. I was so excited I wanted to jump and sing!
“As our Chinese proverb says, 'good fortune awaits those who survive a catastrophe,'” I exclaimed.
I couldn't stop looking at my wife. It had been 15 years since I was able to see what she looked like. We laughed and cried, tears rolling down our cheeks.
I could not help but get on the bicycle and ride all the way to the big city, a trip more than 12 miles long. I did not feel tired at all even after making a round trip. In the past, I could only walk my bike and was never able to ride it. No words could express my feelings of happiness.
Since that day, I firmly studied the Fa and practiced the exercises. Five months later, my cracked hands healed completely. The open wound on my head that had continuously discharged fluid and blood for 15 years also closed on its own. I discarded all my medicine.
Now, I look like a completely healthy person. I grew a head of thick black hair. I regained my vision and even recovered some of my hearing. We were able to grow vegetables and sell them at local markets. Today, we have paid back all our debts.
These miracles happened one after another. I am certain that it is Master who saved us.
Seeing the dramatic changes in my health, many of my friends, relatives, and neighbors also began to practice Falun Gong. Even those who have not taken up the practice also have a good opinion of Dafa.
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Ms. Yang Suhong
Ms. Yang Suhong was a resident of a community within Kunming City, Yunnan Province. She was about 4 feet in height and 51 pounds in weight.
Initially, Ms. Yang had a happy childhood. She was deeply loved by her parents and admired by her peers in the community.
However, health-wise, things were a different story. When she was eight years old, Ms. Yang experienced diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, and sudden weight loss. She was later diagnosed with tuberculous peritonitis and leukemia. Since then, she was treated with Western and Chinese medicines, but nothing was effective. Her growth had also halted because of the long-term use of medicines; at the age of 18, she still looked like a child.
Ms. Yang's parents had spent all their savings on her medical treatment. Eventually, they gave up hope for her recovery. As their finances got worse, Ms. Yang was forced to drop out of school.
Her father's temper became worse and worse due to the financial stress. He started to drink heavily and would fight with his wife. They ended up with a divorce, putting Ms. Yang under great mental pressure as a teenager. She tried to run away from home and kill herself several times.
In 1998, Ms. Yang was diagnosed with advanced bone cancer by the Kunming Cancer Hospital. She was told that she only had a few months to live. Thus, she gave up all hope and just lived desperately, waiting for her last day to come.
But the heavens will always leave a door open. One day in February 1999, Ms. Yang met a woman at her relative's home. This woman looked very healthy and appeared much younger than her age would suggest. She used to have multiple diseases, but told Ms. Yang that Falun Gong had cured her. Ms. Yang then told this woman about her own health problems.
“Only Master Li can save you,” this woman said.
“Even a person with terminal illness like me?” Ms. Yang asked.
The woman said, “Falun Gong is a Buddha School practice of both mind and body. Anyone who wants to practice sincerely can do so.”
Ms. Yang was very excited about the news. She began to feel a glimmer hope.
She started to practice Falun Gong; she would arrive at the group exercise site at 5 a.m. every day to do the exercises and study the Fa. She followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to become a good person who is considerate of other people. Whenever a conflict arose, she would look inward to correct her own shortcomings first.
Gradually, all the diseases that had plagued her for more than ten years disappeared one by one. She felt wonderfully sickness-free – she had so much energy and never felt tired no matter how far she walked. Happy smiles appeared again on her face. Surprised at her changes, many of her neighbors also became practitioners.
Unfortunately, Ms. Yang became one of the victims of the persecution in 1999. She was arrested and held at Yunnan Women's Labor Camp for her belief on November 30, 2004, and endured brutal torture.
When she was sent home in May of 2005, she was emaciated and on the verge of death. Sadly, she died one month later at the age of 24.
Mr. Zheng Rongchang
Mr. Zheng Rongchang is a resident of Chengguan Township in Ji County, Hebei Province. He started practicing Falun Gong in 1998.
Prior to the practice, Mr. Zheng had operations twice for eyelash interpolation in his right eye. He had glaucoma, which caused him excruciating pain, vomiting, and blurred vision, as well as anal fistula and a urinary tract infection. On top of this, he had suffered from chronic sores since he was eight, and the pus often oozed from the sores. However, he had to endure the suffering without treatment because his family did not have money to get him treated.
He also had chronic osteomyelitis in his left leg, which gave him a constant limp when he walked. He could not sit flat, kneel, bend, or stand for a long time. He felt more pain on rainy days. He had spent a lot of money on many qigong practices, but to no avail.
To make things worse, Mr. Zheng was the primary breadwinner in the family because his wife suffered from mental illness and his daughter was still small. He often complained about his wife for being incapable of doing the housework.
After he began practicing Falun Gong, all his ailments disappeared. He followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to be a morally upright person.
Mr. Zheng became energetic and more confident in life, and changed his attitude completely toward his wife. He has become more understanding, forgiving, and sympathetic. He is very grateful to Master Li and Dafa for his great changes.
A Calligrapher with Brain Atrophy
I am a calligrapher. I have practiced Falun Gong for more than 22 years. I had poor memory and did poorly in math, physics, and chemistry back in school. But I was gifted in calligraphy, and people noticed that. I would seldom participate in group calligraphy activities, but I have utilized my skills as an artist to help people quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
I was not healthy as a child. At the age of 6 or 7, I fell into a deep ravine and hit my head on a rock. I was unconscious for quite a while. The accident left me with a concussion and post-concussion syndrome.
I caught typhoid fever in my teens and for three years after, I periodically had high fevers, chills, and excruciating headaches. I had to tough through the pain for years because we did not have the money to get me treated. Consequently, I suffered brain damage that led to a permanent cognitive disability.
My illness worsened as I started to work for the Chinese Communist Party. I suffered headaches, dizziness, and ringing in my ears year-round. I developed a bad temper, along with decreased alertness and intelligence.
I often hit my head on hard surfaces to relieve the pain. I sometimes had my wife punch my head in order to fall asleep. On top of all this, I also had lower back problems, a gastric ulcer, rhinitis, bronchitis, and heart disease.
Hope came to me in June 1996. My department chief introduced Falun Gong to me and gave me the books Zhuan Falun and Zhuan Falun Vol. II. I knew these books were life-saving treasures.
The brain damage I had made me afraid of reading, but I finished both books within three days. It was amazing that I could do that. I thus decided to cultivate in Falun Dafa.
I joined other practitioners in doing the exercises and studying the Fa. Master cleansed my body three times in one month and eliminated much of my karma. I recovered from all of my health problems within a few months; I felt light and sickness-free. I noticed that my xinxing has elevated. I knew that Master had endured tremendous amounts of karma for me. Without Master cleansing my body, I would not be alive today. I am so grateful to Master.
From then on, I decided to utilize my calligraphy skills to validate the Fa and clarify the truth. One time, I wrote more than 40 scrolls which encouraged people to withdraw from the Party.
Prior to the practice, I pursued contemporary trends and drew modern-style calligraphy. After I took up Falun Dafa, I followed the Fa's principles and discarded many unhealthy notions – I realized that nearly one hundred scrolls that I had drawn or collected were filled with the CCP's culture.
A prefecture-level city leader asked me to write calligraphy in front of 14 guests at a luncheon a few years ago. I asked the host to allow me to give a short speech and he agreed. I then talked to them about Falun Gong. All of the patrons except for one ended up withdrawing from the Party.
On another occasion, I was invited by a private art gallery to showcase my calligraphy. Most of the attendees came to buy calligraphy scrolls, including four police officers (two in uniform and two in street clothes). I was not afraid and talked to them about Falun Dafa and the persecution while writing the scrolls for them. As a result, one of the officers gladly quit the CCP.
“I've had insomnia for quite some time. I'd like a calligraphy scroll in the hope that it will give me peace of mind,” he told me.
I replied, “Please be a kind officer and believe and sincerely say, 'Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!' If you do this often, you will sleep well.”
He thanked me and left with the scroll.
I treat those who come to my home for my calligraphy as honored guests. I craft a scroll for each person depending on their situation, and also help them quit the Party. I realized that giving them scrolls was not as important as helping them understand the facts about Falun Gong.
Little by little, my good deeds were spread by word of mouth. People learned about a Falun Dafa practitioner who drew calligraphy and did not ask for compensation for his work. Many people came to me for help in withdrawing from the CCP.
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Ms. Zhang Aimin (Reported in 2004)
My name is Zhang Aimin. I am a 42-year-old employee of the Shenyang Railway Bureau's Jilin Branch. I have lost the lower half of both of my legs.
I used to not believe in anybody except myself. I had suffered from multiple diseases including heart disease, hepatitis B, pancreatitis, migraine, lower back pain, dysmenorrhea, cervical spondylosis, and bursitis. Three of my fingers would go numb whenever I tried to use them. I constantly experienced heaviness, coldness, and aches in my back. My legs would ache for several days before seasonal changes. The suffering made me so frustrated that I had even tried to end my own life.
On June 4, 1997, I listened to four tapes about Falun Gong and realized that this was exactly what I had been looking for. I thus decided to practice Falun Gong.
After I took up the practice, all of my illnesses went away and my mental state improved dramatically. These changes enabled me to more diligently study the Fa and practice the exercises.
Ms. Ma Suzhi
I was born into a poor family in Henan Province in 1961. I had barely learned to walk when I received a vaccination which paralyzed me in my lower extremities. After the vaccination, my left leg became crippled, causing me to frequently fall when walking.
At school, I was the target of bullying by my classmates. I suffered from acute diarrhea and nephritis when I was in elementary school. The ailments left me with chronic enteritis and back pain. I also suffered from insomnia, headache, ovarian cysts, and blockage of the urinary tract. I became bitter, developed a bad temper and often bickered with my husband.
I started to practice Falun Gong in the summer of 1997. I followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to govern myself. Master has purified my body and all of my diseases disappeared – I now feel light and sickness-free. I used to have to walk upstairs step by step, using only my right leg. Now, I can go upstairs using both legs. I have not needed to take any medicine since I began practicing Falun Gong.
Mr. Lei Hong
I work for the Shandong Meteorological Bureau. I became paralyzed in my right arm when I was a baby. Because of this, I had to use my left hand for everything, including writing, washing, sewing, holding children and work.
After the age of 30, the strain on my left arm became so serious that I could not even hold an empty bowl without dropping it. It got so that I couldn't lift my left arm at all. I didn't dare let my colleagues know about my problem, for fear that it might affect my job. I also suffered from bronchitis, heart disease, and stomach disease. The stress was so great that I had thought of killing myself several times.
I started practicing Falun Gong in 1997. After I began the practice, my body and mind benefited a lot. I became healthy and my whole body felt light. Since then, I have not taken any medicine, nor have I had to visit the hospital.
I hold myself to Falun Dafa's moral standards. My mind became peaceful. I was kind to people around me and sincerely took any criticism without resentment. I arrived at work on time and accepted any work assigned, and I no longer argue with my wife at home.
The practice of Falun Dafa awakened my righteous thoughts and virtue, and gave me self-control. I deeply thank Master, from my heart, for his salvation.