Overcoming Challenges by Memorizing the Falun Dafa Teachings
(Minghui.org) I started to practice Falun Dafa in March 1999, and I'm now 75 years old.
After the persecution began, I went to Beijing in 2001 to appeal for the right to practice Falun Dafa. I was illegally arrested and detained for two weeks. Another practitioner who was a teacher from our school was detained with me. We recited Hong Yin and Lunyu. She could recite the Fa very well and corrected many of my mistakes.
From this experience I realized that it would be great if I could memorize and recite the teachings. Then I would have them uppermost in my mind to guide me. She later told me that she could recite Zhuan Falun. I was amazed and asked, “How long did it take you to memorize such a thick book?”
She explained that she memorized and recited one paragraph at a time. It took her a month to finish the book the first time. I said, “I think I can do it.”
It took me three months to recite Zhuan Falun for the first time. I was amazed at the positive changes I experienced!
Inspired by this, I also recited the four volumes of Hong Yin and the three volumes of Essentials For Further Advancement. I then recited Zhuan Falun five more times.
To continue to remember the Fa, I always silently recite it, no matter where I am or what I'm doing. My mind is thus filled with the Fa.
I would like to share how having memorized the Fa has helped me in many different situations.
Ending the Brainwashing
While I was held in the detention center in 2001, we practitioners were ordered to listen to a “report” given by a former practitioner. Instead of listening, I focused on reciting the Fa to myself. For some reason I was very thirsty. I drank six glasses of water, so I kept having to go to the restroom. After the “report,” all the injuries I'd sustained from the police beating me because I appealed for Falun Dafa were healed. When a fellow practitioner asked me something about the “report,” I said, “I don't know. I didn't hear a word of it.”
In order to “transform” the practitioners who refused to quit practicing, our city's 610 Office set up a brainwashing center in an old monastery. We were ordered to listen to a so-called expert's lecture. Instead of listening to him, I focused on reciting the Fa. I did not hear a word he said!
I told the other practitioners what I was doing. The next time we had to sit through a presentation, we silently recited the Fa instead of listening. The 610 Office director then made us watch videos defaming Dafa. But since we didn't listen, they had no impact on us.
Finally, he gave up and gave us Master 's recently published articles “Beyond the Limits of Forbearance” and “Rectifying the Colossal Firmament” (from Essentials for Further Advancement II). He asked us, “Now are you satisfied?” We loudly answered, “Yes!” He said, “Please don't tell anyone This is my own decision.”
As Master said:
“The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” (“Drive Out Interference” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
Saving People Despite the Persecution
Even though the first brainwashing session in the city ended, the local 610 Office set up another brainwashing session in a hotel. This time, they told every practitioner's employer to send two staff members to accompany each practitioner. They wanted the practitioners' co-workers to monitor their every move and pressure them to quit practicing.
The teachers who were assigned to accompany me had the flu that day. They said, “Don't use the glasses we touched or you will get the flu, too.” I laughed and said, “There is no way you can pass flu to me.” The next day they didn't have the flu. They all believed in the goodness of Falun Dafa and they protected me.
A practitioner who said that he had stopped practicing came to see me one day. I said, “Falun Dafa is a cultivation practice of high virtue. Being able to practice it is an unprecedented opportunity. Not everyone can. If you don't cherish this golden opportunity, you will regret it!”
I shared with him my understandings based on the Fa. “I have learned a lot,” he said. “I was wrong and I want to practice again.” I was very happy for him.
“Don’t let up in studying the Fa;amidst it transformation happensLet nothing sway conviction;of it comes right fruit and the blooming lotus”
When personnel from the 610 Office, police stations, and neighborhood committees came to harass me, I talked to them about Falun Dafa. I hoped they would listen and have a good future.
The director of the 610 Office came to my house one day, and we chatted for about two hours. I told him the truth about the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), starting from the Anti-Rightist Campaign in 1957 to today's persecution of Falun Dafa. He admitted that most of what I said was true. Later I heard that he told other people about the origins and history of communism in China.
After I filed a complaint against former CCP leader Jiang Zemin, officers from the Domestic Security Division came to my house to investigate. I said, “Yes, I sued him.”
I explained why and they had no rebuttal.
Another time, police officers came to my house and asked, “Do you still practice Falun Dafa?”
“Of course,” I replied. “It's such a good practice, how could I not? I am 75 years old, yet I feel like I'm 20 after I do the exercises. Wouldn't you practice it, too? I practice from 3:00 to 6:00 a.m. every day!”
They left and never came back.