[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] Breaking Through a Life and Death Trial
(Minghui.org) My name is Mr. Li and I am a 79-year-old farmer. I have been cultivating in Falun Dafa for 21 years. During this period of time, Master has been taking care of me.
I Learned How to Skate at the Age of 79
Before the Chinese New Year in 2017, I went for a walk at a tourist spot. When I saw a lot of people ice skating there, my heart was moved, and I wanted to give it a try. However, when the manager of the ice rink heard my age, he shook his head to show his reluctance to let me learn.
I thought: “I am a Falun Dafa practitioner and am doing really well physically; I can do it!” So I went ahead and rented a pair of skates and then stepped onto the ice. It was no surprise that I did fall a couple of times, but I managed to get up right away. A bystander said to me, “You are doing well! As long as you can get up from the fall, I am sure that you can learn it.”
I later asked my son to buy a pair of ice skates for me, and he purchased them online. A week later, I had gotten the hang of ice skating. At that time, because this ice rink was going to be used for a competition, they moved us to another location. There were a couple dozen people at the new location. When I started skating, they looked at me in a strange way.
One of them said, “When we learned to skate, we were very young, and we expected to stop when we hit our 70s. But look at you, you came to learn to skate in your late 70s, and you managed to learn it. That's so awesome!”
“It's because I am a Falun Dafa practitioner,” I replied. “I can do well in anything I want to!”
When I brought up Falun Dafa, they became even more friendly to me. So I began to clarify the facts to them, and it was very well received. I also gave them some truth-clarification DVDs. At the ice rink, I talked to as many people as I could approach. I used my morning time for Fa study and clarified the facts to people in the afternoon. I felt that my time was well spent this way.
A Large Tribulation
However, in only a few days, I had an accident.
On my way to the ice rink one day, I was thinking only about how to clarify the facts to people. Thus, I overlooked checking for incoming traffic and ended up being hit by a car that was traveling at a very high speed. I was hit very hard, and footage from a video camera showed that I flew into the air after the collision.
However, all I felt was that I was side-swiped; it was just like when I walked through the cornfield and was brushed by the leaves on the cornstalks. Then I heard a woman's voice in my ears: “Uncle, uncle...”
I kept my thoughts strong: “I practice Falun Dafa. I have my Master protecting me, so I am fine.” Then I told her, “I practice Falun Dafa. You don't have to worry about me; I'll be fine.” Right then, I realized that I felt very comfortable and didn't feel hurt at all. Later, I came to realize that if I had gotten up and gone home right away, I wouldn't have run into the tribulation that followed.
That is, later someone called my family about the accident and then got me into a hospital.
The doctor arranged for an X-ray, which showed that I had fractures in 11 spots, starting from the lumbar vertebrae all the way up to my neck. They pinned me down to a bed and they were going to give me an infusion. Right then, I suddenly became clear and saw the infusion bottle. I quickly grabbed it and threw it away. Then I was going to get up.
However, both the doctor and nurse who were standing on each side of my bed were pressing me down very hard and didn't want me to get up. The doctor said firmly, “It doesn't matter whether you want us to treat you or not, we have to.” Regardless of what anyone said, I didn't want to listen to them at all.
“How dare you!” I said. “If you try to force me, then I am going to sue you. If you persist, then I'll beat or swear at you.”
They must have learned from my son that I was a practitioner. The doctor said, “You are a Falun Dafa practitioner. Your Master doesn't allow you to hit or swear at people.”
“What you say is true,” I said. “I also understand that you want to treat me out of your goodness, but it will do harm to me. Your way of treating me accounts for nothing. What my Master can do is beyond any of your treatments. If I were to allow you to treat me, my Master cannot help me, and my energy would be gone as well. By doing so, you will end up harming me. That's why I can't let you proceed with what you want to do.”
When I insisted on going home, both the doctor and my son refused to let me. My son said to me, “You have to stay here. There is no one to take care of you at home.”
I said, “I will not stay here; this is not the place for me. As long as I go home and do the exercises, I'll be fine.”
Seeing my determination, they could do nothing. Since it was late, they asked me to stay overnight. I said, “Then you need to give me your personal promise that you'll keep me for one night only. This is the only condition under which I'll stay here tonight.”
I had a good sleep that night, despite the fact that I was diagnosed with 11 fractures. However, I didn't feel that I was hurt. I understood that Master had suffered for me.
“Much Better Than Being Treated at a Hospital!”
Since practicing, I have gone through many bouts of eliminating illness karma such as diarrhea, having blood in my urine, and feeling pain in many places. I just grit my teeth to endure the suffering. Sometimes I was in so much pain that I stumbled when walking. At times I had to hold my breath to alleviate the pain before finally breaking through the illness karma.
Master helped me pass many such trials. Most of them happened at night, and I seldom disclosed them to my family. Thinking about practitioners in other schools of cultivation in older times, didn't they also have to pass trials of life and death before reaching consummation? In the name of our true, grand way of cultivation, I made up my mind to pass the tests.
I remember one tribulation of illness karma in particular. My family was concerned about me and called many relatives and friends to try to convince me to get treated. In the end, they couldn't convince me, so they had to let me handle it my way. And then my “illness” went away. From then on, I knew that every illness karma was an illusion.
When I was at the hospital after the accident, even though I didn't feel much pain, my body didn't feel as light as before. Then I couldn't walk. However, I just kept talking and clarifying the facts to people. I talked about how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ganged up with Jiang Zemin, the former head of the CCP, to persecute Falun Dafa and how they fabricated the staged “self-immolation” at Tiananmen Square to incite people's hatred toward Falun Dafa. I also talked about how corrupt officials, such as Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai, harvested organs from Falun Dafa practitioners and profited from holding human body exhibitions. I talked to everyone I ran into.
When my fourth son saw that my attitude was firm, he quickly called his youngest brother. My youngest son turned out to agree with me. So my fourth son gave in and talked to the doctor: “Look at my dad, he refuses to take any medication or receive any treatment. He doesn't even look like his bones were fractured. How about you let him go home?”
Then the young nurse came in and said, “You will be discharged shortly.”
I almost couldn't believe what I heard and asked him to check again to confirm it. And he did. At that moment, my eyes suddenly became clear, and my vision returned to normal; however, right before that, I could hardly see anything. Then I thought to myself, “Looks like I did the right thing!” So I went home.
It was just about the time of the Chinese New Year. My five sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren all came to see me. I felt my body was a bit heavy, so I chose to lay down most of the time. About two weeks later, they left. After that, I could take on any work myself. I got better and better until I was perfectly fine.
When I was hit by the car, there was also the issue of the driver to deal with. My way of dealing with her came as a surprise to my family.
“Please do not blackmail her,” I said to my son.
“What are you talking about? She doesn't even have enough money to treat her husband who has cancer and is receiving chemotherapy,” he replied.
“If that's the case, then I'd like to offer her some money.”
“Sure, but why don't you offer me some money?” he said.
“I am not giving you anything. She is the one who needs help; that's why.”
Then one day my grandson came to my home and asked, “If you don't want to ask the driver for compensation, that's fine. But why do you want to offer her money?”
“Let me tell you,” I said. “I owed her my life from before. Now, in this lifetime I began to practice Falun Dafa, and she came to find me for repayment. But she didn't get my life. How much is my life worth? What I am saying is that it didn't happen accidentally, there was a predestined relationship within it. My Master told us to think of others when we run into tribulations, as opposed to only considering ourselves. Plus, I am fine.”
Through this matter, my family, relatives, and friends all looked at me in a different way, and they all realized that Dafa is truly amazing and much more effective than anything else.
He Came to Tell Us the Truth
At times I thought that I didn't cultivate very well, and I saw that there was a large gap between me and other practitioners who worked very diligently. I wondered why Master still took care of me.
Then I thought that maybe it was because I had been putting a lot of effort into clarifying the facts to people. Therefore, I had very little fear, and I tried to talk to whomever I ran into. Thus many people came to know me. As soon as I showed up, someone would say, “Falun Dafa practitioners have come to tell us the truth again!” Then I began to talk.
I never prepared a draft, I just went with the flow. I typically told them that by treating Dafa kindly, one would be bestowed with happiness and safety by heaven. I said that Falun Dafa cultivates Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, which to my understanding, is to speak up for the truth, do things truthfully, and be a good person; whereas kindness is to treat everything kindly; forbearance is to be tolerant of others when running into conflicts. I also covered the amazing effects of Falun Dafa to help people heal illnesses and keep fit.
One time when I was posting truth-clarification information, some police officers saw me. I was arrested and taken to the police station. They ordered me to write the three statements, and I refused. Then they began to shout at me, and I shouted back. My voice, however, was so strong that it drowned out theirs. They had to stop shouting. Then I began to reason things out with them by talking about how great my master is and about the wonders of Dafa. I also told them that arresting good people is a crime.
They became speechless and eventually released me.
The people in my village all knew that I practiced Falun Dafa. I knew clearly how corrupt and evil the CCP was, and I’d quit the CCP dozens of years ago in secret. Then I thought, “Since I practice Truthfulness, I should quit the CCP in an open manner.”
Therefore, one day I went to see the secretary of the CCP committee in our village. I said to him, “I will quit the Party.”
He said, “How come? You didn't do anything wrong, did you?”
“As per the CCP, their members should not practice Falun Dafa. However, I can't comply with that, so I have to quit the CCP. By the way, Falun Dafa helps me to be illness-free, while the Party can't do that at all. So I will quit the Party!”
Then he replied, “Sure, please go ahead.”
After I did that openly, I felt my heart was lighter, and I felt very relaxed.
Another time, I was putting truth-clarification banners on a bridge and saw that I was being tracked down by a couple of police officers. They called a few more officers, including their chief. Five of them surrounded me. I wasn't scared. After I saw that they were going to surround me, instead of going down the bridge, I went the other way. Out of concern that I'd be in danger, they called my grandson to take me home.
Through this matter, I came to realize that as long as one has faith in Master and Dafa—which is by no means just lip service, but rather is evident in one's efforts—then one can break through every trial
When one believes in Master and asks for Master's help, he can help. But if one believes that one has an illness, then the evil elements have grounds to persecute. Then even Master would not be able to intervene, because it is a principle of the universe that one takes charge of one's own deeds.
Above is my recent experience of passing through trials of life and death, as well as some other experiences related to my validating the Fa. I feel that as long as other practitioners gain a little inspiration and lessons from my experience sharing, then that's something I would be delighted about.
On the other hand, please kindly point out anything inappropriate.
Thank you, Master!
(Submission to “Celebrate World Falun Dafa Day” 2018 on the Minghui website)