Korean Civil Servant: Walking a Righteous Path
(Minghui.org) I am a Korean Falun Dafa practitioner, who first heard about Falun Dafa in 2000 on a local news report. The report talked about the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution of Falun Dafa, and before ending their broadcast they said, “This [Falun Dafa] is a cultivation practice of the Buddha School. It restores the body and mind of a person to its most original state.”
Practicing Only One Cultivation Way
I was studying in New Zealand in 2004 and saw some Falun Dafa practitioners demonstrating the Dafa exercises outside an academic press conference. “Oh, so, this is Falun Dafa!” I told myself. I then got the book Zhuan Falun from a female practitioner, and also learned the exercises.
When sleeping one night I saw three large golden Buddha statues in a dream. These three Buddhas were surrounded by a thousand smaller Buddha statues. The sky was moving above the large statues, so I muttered a Buddhist script that was answered with loud laughter. The scene then disappeared.
During my brief return to South Korea, I saw the same scene in a dream. As I was silently saying the Dafa principles, “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” I felt as if my body was curled up, and repeatedly pushed up and down in a very slow motion. After that, I felt energy flowing from my feet, through my body to my head, and back and forth.
I later learned that this was how the Teacher of Falun Dafa cleansed my body and mind.
When I first obtained the Fa, whenever I finished reading the book Zhuan Falun, I would have a dream. I realized that each time I finished reading the book, I had made an improvement in my cultivation state.
The two dreams made me realize the importance of “practicing only one cultivation way,” as I had practiced another form of qigong in the past, and the importance of studying the Fa.
Before practicing Falun Dafa, I drifted along with the tide, devouring anything society had to offer. I was greedy and was filled with desires. This caused great damage to my body and mind, leading me to be fatigued.
Since I started practicing, I realized that this partly was due to karmic retribution, as I had done a lot of bad things in the past, and partly because I used to practice a phony qigong.
When I first began doing the Falun Dafa exercises, I felt as if I had come down with a severe cold, so I lay in bed for several days. But after that, I felt very light.
I joined the large group exercises in a park at night. I soon fully recovered from my illnesses, but I still worried about getting sick from time to time. This meant that I hadn't totally given myself to the Fa.
Besides returning to good health, I changed into a different person. I used to treat people at work and my wife and son coldly and didn't care about them. When in primary school, my son had problems reading. I expected my wife to deal with this.
As a public civil servant, I desired to be promoted and went to see the department head to express my wish.
After I became a cultivator of Falun Dafa, I no longer fought when it came to promotion, and let go of that attachment. Now, I understand the Dafa principle of “no loss no gain.” In fact, as a civil servant, everything I do is to serve the people, so I shouldn't pursue personal wealth.
I was promoted in December 2017. In the past, I was yearning for a promotion, but now I worried about getting promoted and losing virtue because I thought that I may be taking another person's rightful position.
However, I accepted the promotion because it would help me clarify the facts to people at the managerial level.
Benefiting from Dafa
My wife is also a civil servant. Before I practiced Dafa, we had decided that when our son turned five years old, we would have a second child. However, my wife had a life-threatening pregnancy. During surgery the doctor found another problem, that my wife might not be able to conceive in the future.
After I began to practice Dafa, my wife also learned the Dafa exercises and continued to do them. She became pregnant about two months later. I knew that it was a blessing because of Dafa.
My family also benefits tremendously from the practice. My eldest child was hit by a car when riding his bike, but he wasn't hurt. My second child fell down a flight of stairs, but she wasn't injured.
When one practices Dafa one receives blessings, and those who support Dafa are also blessed. Colleagues who supported my cultivation practice have been promoted.
Focusing on Fa Study and Looking Inward
During the early stages of my cultivation, I only paid attention to the quantity of Fa study, and when it came to looking inward, I was like someone learning a new skill. I read about two to three lectures a day and even memorized Zhuan Falun twice. Then, for some time I only read the different lectures that Teacher gave in various regions.
I had a dream once, where I saw many Fa teaching materials on the street, but there was no Zhuan Falun. From this I realized that I needed to balance my reading of Master's Fa teachings.
Once, I saw many amplifiers that were broadcasting the exercise music and there was a mirror in there. I realized that I should do the exercises more and look inward.
Clarifying the Truth about Dafa
I joined the truth-clarification team shortly after I began my cultivation. I have been telling people about Dafa almost every day since.
“There is an increasing number of tourist groups from mainland China nowadays. This is an arrangement for people to hear the truth in a different setting. Our truth-clarification sites are, in fact, the front line—the front line for clarifying the truth. But some areas have dropped this, as they’re busy with other projects. Those too have an effect, of course, and should be done; I affirm all Dafa disciple projects, as all of them can have an effect in clarifying the truth and saving people. But, now there are so many tourist groups, and many of the tourists from mainland China, in particular, have not managed to hear the truth.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2013 Western U.S. Fa Conference”)
When we started our truth clarification efforts, we printed the materials from Minghui.org. When the overseas version of Minghui Weekly came out, I used that to print materials instead.
My wife objected to me going out to do truth clarification work at first and was constantly trying to stop me from going. Sometimes she hid my car keys or scolded me, saying that I was insane. Other times she said that I was too much involved with an evil organization, or she would yell at me nonstop. Her yelling was very offensive.
I have benefited so much from Dafa, and so was able to overcome all the difficulties and continued with my truth clarification work. When my wife hid my car keys, I went out walking instead, carrying the materials in a backpack. When she scolded me and was abusive my heart used to pound fiercely, but now, I just go out and don't let her words affect me.
With time, my wife changed. We were notified from our son's overseas school in Australia that he had been missing classes for an entire month. My wife asked me, “Are there Falun Dafa practitioners in Australia?” She was looking for someone trustworthy to help look after our son.
My wife and daughter also help to get the truth-clarification materials ready, so I can go out and distribute them after work.
I worked in Seoul for five years. At that time, I was able to go between my work unit and truth-clarification sites every day.
I would go to the nearby Korean Industrial Manpower Corps early in the morning and talk to the people there about Falun Dafa. Then I would head off to work.
After work I would go to truth clarification sites. I read Zhuan Falun or listened to the Fa lectures on my way there. I returned home around 10:00 p.m., had supper, then did the exercises in the field nearby.
On weekends, I did the exercises and studied the Fa in a park with other practitioners. At night, I would go to the Gary Peak Market or Dalin Subway Station where Chinese gathered. We either gave out truth-clarification materials or went to grocery stores to drop off materials.
In 2015, I joined the effort to bring Jiang Zemin, the former head of the CCP, to justice. There was a lot of interference, but I successfully mailed my criminal complaint to the Supreme People's Procuratorate, the Supreme People's Court, and the Ministry of Public Security.