Cultivation Journey of a Steadfast Illiterate Woman
(Minghui.org) I am a 75-year-old woman from Heilongjiang Province. I was in poor health until I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1995, after which I recovered my health. Although I am 75, people say I look much younger.
My neighbor introduced me to Falun Dafa in 1994. She showed me how to do the sitting meditation. I saw scenes in another dimension including beautiful gazebos and fair ladies. I also saw two Chinese words rotating in front of me. I was illiterate and did not know what they meant. I asked my family but no one could tell me because I couldn't write them down. Later I recognized that the two words were the title of the book Zhuan Falun.
Because I didn't know how to read, I listened to Master Li's lectures repeatedly to learn the Fa. More than a year later I could read Zhuan Falun without being taught how to read. Everyone thought this was amazing.
Before practicing, I had many illnesses, including heart disease, kidney stones, cerebral arteritis, and others. I became healthy without taking any medication after I became a Falun Dafa practitioner, and I am very grateful to Master for cleansing my body.
Master often gives me hints when I need to improve my xinxing. One day, I went to a copy shop to have some papers copied. The owner wouldn't take my money, saying that they got a lot of business from the company of someone in my family. No matter what I said, she refused to accept payment, so I left without paying her.
Then I heard a voice in my head say, “Repay.” I knew I hadn't done well. I immediately went back and gave her the money. I told her I was a Falun Dafa practitioner, and would not take advantage of others.
After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting Falun Dafa, the management of the company I worked at tried to force me to give up the practice. I said: “I would give up my life, before giving up Dafa.” They did not bother me again.
The police detained me five times for clarifying the truth about Falun Dafa in 2000. Once, an officer asked me for the source of information, and said that a video showed the men and woman in my group. I would not sell out my fellow practitioners, so I refused to cooperate with them.
Dafa was slandered, with lies broadcasted on television. I had to let people know the truth. To appeal for the right to practice Dafa, I went to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on December 12, 2000. I found a place to open up my banner and kept shouting: “Falun Dafa is good. Master is innocent.” For this I was arrested.
A lot of Falun Dafa practitioners were arrested in Beijing at that time. The detention centers could not hold all of us. Police took some of us to the Tongzhou Detention Center, on the outskirts of Beijing.
I refused to tell the police my name, and went on a hunger strike while in detention. A practitioner had died several days before while being brutally force-fed, so the police did not dare to force-feed me. They took me to a hospital and found I had heart disease. I was released the next day.
After returning home, the local police department detained me in a detention center. I went on a hunger strike to protest the detention. I was released seven days later.
I was sentenced to two years in a labor camp for practicing Falun Dafa on January 9, 2001. The pre-entrance medical examination at the provincial labor camp showed I had heart disease, so the labor camp refused to accept me.
I sued Jiang Zemin in 2015, the former head of the communist regime, who launched the persecution of Falun Dafa. A municipal staff member called to harass me. I told them the facts about Falun Dafa, and explained what the persecution had brought to our society. I said I would continue to sue Jiang until the persecution ends. They understood, and didn't bother me after that.
I study the Fa every day. Dafa is deeply rooted in my heart. Some people cheated practitioners, saying they would help them advance in cultivation if the practitioners gave them money. Unfortunately, some practitioners were fooled; but they could not fool me. Master did not say anything about paying money for the Fa, so I refused to contact them. In the end, they all learned their lesson.
I have significantly benefited from Dafa. I wanted to share my experiences and to express my gratitude to Master.