Benefiting from Dafa and Tests in Cultivation
(Minghui.org) I am 63 years old. I grew up in a poor family and my mother’s health wasn’t good, which made things more difficult for our family. I had a son and a daughter after I got married and felt happier, but there is a saying, “Unexpected storms and disasters come suddenly.”
Our son had an accident when he was eight-years-old and became bedridden by the time he turned fourteen.
My wife and I both were frequently ill, and given the lack of financial wherewithal, we could not avail ourselves of medical treatments.
Family Supports Dafa
We were introduced to Falun Dafa in the spring of 1997 and our entire family began to cultivate. We followed the principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” and didn't argue with others over profits. We cultivated ourselves while encountering conflicts.
From Dafa we understood why humans have all kinds of misfortune and disasters, how to be healthy, the meaning of life, where humans come from and what’s the ultimate destination of human life. My mother, my wife, and I recovered from all our ailments. Our son was no longer bedridden and could walk again.
News about our recovery spread quickly among the villagers. Many villagers started to cultivate Dafa. In my extended family, 36 people all know that Dafa is good. Even though we suffered persecution a few times after 1999, nobody in our family was ever against Dafa – instead, they all support it.
Following the Dafa Principles
We understand that we should tell people about the goodness of Dafa. My older son works in a brick factory and never argues over profits. I also strictly follow the Dafa principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and I try to be a good person.
I am not greedy when encountering material benefits. I worked for eight years in a farmer’s market for three big dry food wholesale businesses, and I was careful to not make mistakes. My manager made the comment, “A Dafa practitioner has been doing this job for years without ever losing anything.”
Living by the Dafa Principles
My cultivation journey has also had a lot of interference from my human heart and notions, and I have also encountered many tests.
Before my son got married, we decided to build a new house. A builder laid lines for the foundation of the house. Soon afterward, our neighbor came over, and without saying a word pulled up the lines and left. Instead of fighting, I discussed our plans with her and her husband. Her husband apologized to the workers and helped reconnect the lines. This displayed the goodness of practitioners to the people in our area.
The village planned to build a wider concrete road. My neighbor’s property was next to the road, but he would not let the workers come close to their property. When asked by the foreman of the construction crew if I would allow the road to detour through my side I agreed. Everyone said, “Dafa practitioners are really different.”
I accepted a janitor's job in a high-end residential community in a city, instead of that of a security guard. This gave me the time I needed to study the Fa.
However, after some time, I accepted the job of security guard and did not fight when the manager forgot to give me the higher salary for the first month. I worked in the community for five years and was offered the security manager's job. However, it would not have given me the time for my cultivation, so I declined it.
Being a security guard I often found lost items when on my rounds. Sometimes the items were expensive. Once a guy lost his cell phone that was worth a few thousand yuan. I found it and returned it to him. There are many examples that showed the honesty of a practitioner.
Passing a Severe Lust Test
A woman was hired to be a janitor and was allowed to eat with the other staff because she was a relative of the manager. A few days later, we had to eat in a restaurant because we lost the water and electricity that day.
While eating she put an egg into my bowl, saying she didn't like it. I was confused but I didn’t feel that it would be proper to return it to her. She told me the next day that she had fallen in love with me.
I told her, “My thinking is different. I am a Dafa practitioner, please don’t say those things.” She didn’t let it go and continued to try to tempt me. I ignored it and tried to avoid her, but I couldn’t make her change her heart. I thought, “I am determined to believe in Dafa and walk a righteous path.” I quit my job but also realized that I had thoughts of her being better looking than my wife, which was a wrong thought.
Belief in Dafa Shatters a Doctor’s Prognosis
Before 2015, my wife was illegally arrested twice and we were harassed many times. Dafa books, cash, computers, and other items were confiscated. My 80-year-old parents and toddler grandson would hide in the field whenever they heard a police siren. The family was often separated. In May 2015, I filed a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin (the former communist party head) for his crimes.
But the communist party never took the law into consideration when persecuting Falun Dafa. Our complaint was sent to our local police station. More than 20 officers from the county 610 Office and town police station came to my home at midnight.
My wife tried to clarify the truth, but they didn’t listen, saying they would sentence her to eight years in jail. My wife was taken to a detention center. My mother was scared and passed away the next day.
We did not hear anything about my wife until two months later when we were told that she was in a hospital because of a sudden stroke. We went to the hospital and saw that my wife, who used to be healthy, couldn’t talk or move, had no bladder or bowel control, and had lost consciousness.
It took us another two weeks before we could take her home. To be on the safe side, we moved to a different home.
We persisted in studying the Fa, doing the exercises and looking inward. We were getting rid of our human attachments. A month later my wife became clearheaded, could listen to the Fa and do the exercises. Two months later she could walk with somebody holding her, and she could read and study the Fa and meditate for an hour. She became totally clearheaded. The doctor had said that my wife might not be able to walk again, but we believed in Dafa and she fully recovered.