Dissolving Hatred with Compassion
(Minghui.org) My husband and I are honest people and do everything in a humble way. But, for quite some time, fate didn't treat us well. In particular, my family and my husband's family treated us harshly. I was very distressed and suffered from depression as a result.
My father and my stepmother ran a good business of caring for kindergarten children in the city and earned a good income. When my father passed away, my brothers and sisters wanted the wealth and didn't want to give anything to our stepmother. I didn't think that was correct. She worked hard together with my father to accumulate the wealth. She should have been given part of it. My sisters and brothers thought I was foolish and treated me unkindly. Despite the pressure, I helped my stepmother and she got what she deserved. I, however, didn't get my share. They didn't talk to me and were angry with me.
When my in-laws passed away, my husband's sisters and brothers got their share of their heritage, but didn't give us any, and instead drove us out of the house.
I soon opened a grain and oil store. In May 1997, I was in short supply of flour. A person from the same industry asked me if I could give her some, so I sold her 50 bags at wholesale. She was very touched. Her mother practiced Falun Dafa and she introduced it to me and gave me the book Zhuan Falun.
I opened the book and saw every word glittering, and they were assuming the image of a Buddha with blue hair and wearing a yellow robe. There were tens of thousands of Buddhas layer by layer. It was then that I decided to practice Falun Dafa.
I didn't know where I could find a practice site and learn the exercises. One day I went to a park to see if anyone practiced Falun Dafa there. An elderly lady there told me to walk along a small path. I then saw a tall and handsome young man by a lake. He looked at me and ran away. I followed him and ran a long way to a big practice site where hundreds of people were practicing the exercises. I looked for the young man after I finished the exercises but couldn't find him.
I got home and opened Zhuan Falun. When I saw Master Li's photo (the founder), I noticed that the young man at the park was Master. Master's law body had taken me to the practice site. I was overwhelmed and tears flowed.
Falun Dafa teaches practitioners to be good to others. Thus I knew that I had to listen to Master Li, and though my sisters and brothers regarded me as their enemy, I should dissolve their hatred with compassion.
I went to see my elder sister and took her gifts. She swore at me and even hit me, yet, I stayed calm and didn't say anything. I tried to calm her, but she didn't listen and drove me out. I went to see her twice and she treated me in the same way, both times. This didn't discourage me. I believed in the power of Falun Dafa and that she would be moved eventually.
I went to see her for the fourth time with gifts. She finally changed her attitude and treated me well. Falun Dafa's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance bridged the insurmountable gap between me and my siblings.
For my other sisters and brothers, as well as my husband's brothers and sisters, I helped them when they had difficulties. They were moved by my kindness. They treat me well now.
Whenever our siblings encountered tribulations, my husband and I always helped them. Our children couldn't understand us. They thought we shouldn't have anything to do with them because they had bullied us so much in the past. I told them that as a Falun Dafa practitioner, I should have the ability to be good to anyone, let alone my relatives.
I now get along well with all my relatives, both from my side and my husband's side. They have witnessed the wonderfulness of Falun Dafa and respect it and Master Li. They have also withdrawn from the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations. My younger sister even started to practice Falun Dafa.