Safe in the Midst of Adversity
(Minghui.org) I am a farmer who began practicing Falun Dafa in 1997. Before cultivating Falun Dafa, I suffered from many illnesses, including vertigo, hemorrhoids, cholecystitis, kidney stones, anemia, lumbar disc herniation, leg numbness, chronic migraines and arthritis. Constantly weak and sickly, I consulted a number of hospitals but could not find an effective cure.
On October 6, 1997, a Dafa practitioner gave me a copy of Zhuan Falun, the main text of Falun Dafa, along with a poster containing the exercise instructions. It took me three days to learn the five sets of Falun Dafa exercises and another seven days to finish reading Zhuan Falun. This was the start of my cultivation journey.
Within three months of cultivation practice, my various illnesses had completely vanished. My skin became soft and delicate and I walked with renewed vigor. Friends and relatives who witnessed my transformation were amazed.
Clarifying the Truth Without Fear
On July 20, 1999, Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), launched his bloody persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. I was distressed to see the overwhelming lies and falsehoods propagated by the government and could not comprehend why the CCP was so determined to oppress this beneficial and morally upright practice.
Three months later, I ran into a fellow practitioner who handed me a truth-clarification leaflet. My unfounded worries were laid to rest and my excitement grew as I read. The leaflet reinforced my belief that the suppression of Falun Dafa was wrong! I was certain that if more people had the opportunity to read this leaflet, their impression of Falun Dafa would change.
In order to disseminate this leaflet to a greater number of people, I decided to produce more copies. As I did not have a printer at home, I decided to approach a printing shop for help. The knowledge that I was doing the right thing bolstered my courage and helped me overcome my initial hesitation.
I walked into a printing shop, handed over the leaflet and made my request. The proprietor read the leaflet and gave a shocked exclamation, “You're practicing Falun Dafa?” I nodded. The proprietor briefly hesitated before asking, “Did the head of your organization provide you with the necessary funds to print this?" I replied, “Falun Dafa has no formal organizational leaders and takes money from no one. The printing expenses will come from my personal account. Our Master taught us to be good people and I am acting in accordance with my Master's teachings. Falun Dafa is a Buddhist cultivation practice, open to all who wish to learn it. The practice is completely voluntary and free of charge. Falun Dafa cultivation practice cured all of my illnesses and I want to let more people know that the propaganda spread by the media is false.”
The proprietor then asked, “If you proceed, the CCP might send policemen to arrest you. Aren’t you afraid?” I replied, “I am doing a good deed and my conscience is clean. I have nothing to fear.” Impressed, the proprietor replied, “Okay, I’ll print as many copies of this leaflet as you want.”
I ordered and carted home 500 copies, distributing the leaflets to various households in my area. Throughout I felt no fear, only a sense of determination to let the world know the truth behind the persecution of Dafa. I am certain that I completed my task safely because of my strong righteous thoughts.
The Importance of Righteous Thoughts and Actions
In 2008, just before the start of the Olympic Games, the CCP began to ramp up their search and arrest of Dafa practitioners. Many practitioners became fearful, unwilling to store truth-clarification materials in their homes. Some even resorted to going into hiding, abandoning their duties to print truth-clarification materials. Arguments and interpersonal conflicts soon began to surface during our discussion sessions.
I knew that the authorities would leave me alone as long as my faith in Master and Dafa remained strong and my righteous thoughts remained firm. So I took the initiative and invited local practitioners to store their truth-clarification materials at my home. "I will keep them. Those who require truth-clarification materials can retrieve them from my home. I believe in Master, and my family will remain safe.” My proposal was accepted and large amounts of Dafa materials were sent over for storage in my home.
Looking back, I realize that those fearful practitioners were the ones who suffered repeated harassment by the authorities. Those who ran away and hid were captured. My family, in contrast, remained safe and sound.
Eliminating Attachments to Elevating in Levels
For a period of time, a single thought would surface in my head. Some practitioners were good at computers and used their technical knowledge to produce and print truth-clarification materials. Others had cars, which they used to ferry fellow practitioners to remote areas for truth-clarification work. Some families were well off and contributed generously to fund various truth-clarification projects. My family was not well off and I had received little education. In comparison to others, my efforts to validate the Fa seemed so small. Would I be able to achieve consummation?
The old forces exploited this gap and I started experiencing symptoms of severe illness. However, with Master’s guidance and help from fellow practitioners, I was able to search inwards and discover this flaw. I realized that we were granted different abilities and resources in order to help with the different aspects of truth-clarification work. Everything had been arranged by Master many lifetimes ago and the effort put in by all practitioners, regardless of category, is treated equally.
Regardless of a practitioner’s social standing, profession, type or amount of talent, we all have our own cultivation path and duty to help Master rectify the Fa.