Understanding the Principle of “No Loss, No Gain”
(Minghui.org) I owned a business before I started to practice Falun Dafa, and it was very successful. I had my own factory and had retail shops in Shanghai. My products went as far as to Shenzhen in Guangdong Province.
When I was trying to open up more markets, my business manager cheated me. He embezzled 400,000 yuan from me, abandoned his wife and child, and went down to Southern China to live.
Instantly, I incurred huge debts. I almost had a mental breakdown. I cried every day and felt hopeless. I couldn't eat or sleep. I looked old all of a sudden. Where could I get the money I needed? The factory had to continue running, and workers had to be paid. Raw materials had to be ordered. How could I manage to keep everything going?
My two sisters worried that I was going to die. They mobilized all my relatives and good friends to come and comfort me. But I didn't listen to them. I had the thought of committing suicide. Physically, I felt broken down. I couldn't even walk properly. My mind was also a mess. I only thought of one thing: to find several people to beat that man to death.
My mother was worried about me. She followed me around every day, in case I did “something silly.” She said to me, “Don't be too obsessed with the loss. That guy will get his retribution. He lost a lot of virtue. Don't worry too much.”
She tried to comfort me. But nobody could really help me.
One day my mother brought her little tape recorder to me. It was playing Master Li Hongzhi’s Fa lectures. My mom was illiterate, so she couldn't read Zhuan Falun. Instead, she listened to the audio lectures. I told her that I didn't want to listen because I was not calm. I was sarcastic and said, “Could the 400,000 yuan be returned to me if I listened to the lectures?”
Regardless of what I said, my mother just played the recorder. Master was talking about the principle of “No Loss, No Gain,” and it was just what I needed to hear. I listened for a while and thought what Master said was true. But I still felt heartbroken for losing so much money. I wondered, “How could I get the money back? Could anybody else give me the money?” While thinking about the money, I felt annoyed and hated that person.
I gave the recorder back to my mother, thinking, “This cultivation stuff is older people's business. I am still too young to practice cultivation.”
I had to go to Shanghai to deal with some urgent matters in the warehouse there. I had to look after everything, small or large.
Discovering the Falun Dafa Book
Before I went to Shanghai my mother gave me the book Zhuan Falun and asked me to read it because it was a good book. I questioned her in my heart: She couldn't read, so how could she know it was good? I flipped through the pages and gave it back to her. Yet when I was turning the pages, I felt something spinning over my head. It felt comfortable and mysterious. When I closed the book, the spinning disappeared. When I opened the book again, something spun over my head again. I was surprised but didn't think there was any connection between opening the book and the spinning. When I opened the book for the third time, something spun over my head again.
I knew this was not an ordinary book and that I must read it when I had time. I must find out what was going on after my trip to Shanghai.
Then, on the train from Shanghai back to Beijing, I came across something amazing.
On the train, the man sitting near me was a professor. He was attentively reading a book and didn't talk to anyone for a long time. I interrupted him: “What are you reading?” He showed me the book, which was titled “Zhuan Falun.” I was surprised. Why do scholars also read this book?
I could understand my mother practicing qigong because she was illiterate. Then why did the professor also read such a book? He smiled at me and said, “Many people read this book. It is very profound.”
“My mother has also learned this. But she is illiterate, so she listens to her Master's lectures. But you are educated. Why do you also read this book?”
He put down the book. “People around the world read this book,” he said. “It is not just a book about healing illnesses and keeping fit. It is a book of the Buddha School. No matter how many books you have read, this book talks about things that other books have never touched upon. It is very profound. They [pointing to the young people with him] are my students. We do research and just came back from an overseas trip.”
I looked at those young fellows and asked them: “Do they also believe this?”
The professor replied with a smile, “They have their own minds. I am learning this. They understand what it is. If you read the book, you will believe it as well.”
Seeing how the professor read Falun Dafa books opened my eyes. I asked my mother for Zhuan Falun as soon as I returned home. I wanted to study it and find out what the book was about.
I had many questions when I read the book. Just as Master said, all my questions were answered when I read the book a second time. At the same time, I developed more new questions. They were also answered when I read the book for the third time.
Finally, I understood that it is a book about cultivation. It was then I started to practice Falun Dafa.
Becoming a Practitioner
I have benefited a lot from the practice. I regained my health and broadened my mind. I was able to forbear when I had tribulations. The book also discusses the principle of “No loss, no gain.” If people grab something that doesn't belong to them, they will have to give virtue in exchange for it. If people don't have virtue, they will come across tribulations and catastrophes. It is a heavenly principle.
Before I started practicing Falun Dafa, I hated the man who had cheated me. I even hated his family members. Now I understand the deeper meaning and the causal relationship of such situations. Actually, he harmed himself and did a most foolish thing. I didn't hate him anymore after that realization. I felt sorry for him: He exchanged his virtue for karma and money, so he would have to get his karmic retribution. He didn't understand that there would be a dreadful result. People only think “money is good,” but they don't understand the principle of loss and gain and what they will lose after they get the money.
Later, I learned that the man who cheated me was abandoned by his second wife several years after they married and that she had spent all his money. He then went back to his first wife. His leg was later amputated because of a skin ulcer. He eventually passed away.
I didn't want to get revenge on him. He was pitiful. If he had learned Falun Dafa, he would not have done such a silly thing and ended up like that.
I later sold my factory and paid off all my debts. I no longer had any burden. Then I bought a new business, which is going well, and my family is harmonious. I am blessed by Dafa. I’ve also recited the whole book of Zhuan Falun. I am so fortunate that I learned Falun Dafa.
I was arrested three times after the persecution of Falun Dafa started in 1999. I was detained in a forced labor camp for three years. The police constantly harassed me. To avoid further persecution, I became homeless for a time and lived frugally.
Yet my belief in Dafa is unshakable. When people understand what Falun Dafa is about, I am sure that they will be as determined as I am. The opportunity often comes only once. If you miss it, it may never come again.