A Practitioner in the Middle East: Dafa Principles Have Become Part of My Life
(Minghui.org) One day I was at my father's house when I heard the pages of a book rustling. The sound was so loud that I found myself drawn toward it. When I got to my sister's room, the sound had stopped but I saw a copy of the book Zhuan Falun. Then I came to the understanding that perhaps I should start reading the book again.
When I read the book again, I was overtaken by a strange sense of tranquility. After that, I read the book with more enthusiasm and seriousness. Every time I read the book, I felt more of my previous thoughts and notions leaving me. It seemed like I was able to let go of what was most difficult for me through constantly reading the book.
By reading the book more, my questions were answered. The question that used to get me thinking the most was how and why humans were created.
"We see that in this universe a human life is not created in ordinary human society; the creation of one’s actual life is in the space of the universe." (Zhuan Falun)
I started practicing Falun Dafa in my late 60s. Before that, I was very confused. I always wondered why I had been born. I always asked everyone about the purpose of creation but no answer convinced me. I was introduced to this cultivation way by my sister who is a practitioner.
I got a copy of Zhuan Falun and the exercise CD. Reading the book was very tiresome for me but I would do the exercises once in a while by following the exercise videos. I liked to do the exercises.
One day my son had a personal tribulation which was very difficult for me. I was in great distress and was looking for a way to calm down. I went to some classes including qigong, psychology, and philosophy. I did not feel any better. I was always anxious and frustrated. Advice from my husband, relatives, and friends did not help either.
One morning when I saw no way out of this tribulation, suddenly Falun Dafa came to my mind.
I immediately called my sister and asked her what she thought about me reaching tranquility through the Falun Dafa exercises. She encouraged me to definitely giving it a try.
I got a copy of Zhuan Falun and the exercise CD from her again. At first, I was very hesitant to read this book because I was not willing to let go of my previous thoughts and notions. It wasn't easy for me to change the thoughts and notions that were precious to me and that I thought were the truth of the universe.
Just as Master says:
"The most difficult things for people to abandon are their notions. Some people cannot change, even if they have to give up their lives for fake principles." (“For Whom Do You Exist?” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
By reading Master Li Hongzhi's other books and articles and participating in experience sharing conferences, I gained a better understanding of Falun Dafa. I understood that each person has his or her own fate and no one is able to change it.
"You are unable to interfere with the lives of others, and neither can you control others’ fates, including those of your wife, sons, daughters, parents, or brothers. Can you decide those things?" (Zhuan Falun)
In the beginning, I would read the book when my husband was not around for fear he would confront me about it. It took me a few months to be able to read the book in his presence. I gave him a copy of Zhuan Falun. He started reading the book as well and finished it three times. He benefited from the book also. He often reminds me of Master's teachings and tells me to follow the principles of Dafa with all due seriousness. When I look inside, I see that I have been selfish and impatient with him.
"It all depends upon how you, yourself practice cultivation. Whether you can practice cultivation all depends upon whether you can endure, sacrifice, and suffer. If you can commit your mind, no difficulties can stop you." (Zhuan Falun)
Remembering Master's teachings has been my guide on my cultivation path. Following these principles has brought me and our household more and more peace.
The Fa principles have become part of my life. I understand the importance of group study more and more and try to participate.
In the past, I suffered from pain in my knees, back, and joints. Even though I took a lot of medications, I was still unable to do regular household chores. Now, however, without taking a single pill, I have no pain and feel very strong. I am able to easily do all the chores by myself.
I thank dear Master for giving mankind the gift of salvation.
Thank you, fellow practitioners.