Recalling Master's Grace with a Thankful Heart
(Minghui.org) I'm a big fan of Minghui (MH) Radio and listen to it almost every day. Every time when it comes to practitioners recalling the days attending Master's Lectures in China, my eyes fill with tears.
"I think that those who can listen to my lectures in person, I would say, honestly... you will realize in the future that this period of time is extremely precious. Of course, we believe in predestined relationship. Everyone sits here all because of a predestined relationship." (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
As I looked back to the days I attended Master's lectures, scenes leaped before my eyes. Those days are the most unforgettable in my entire life.
Always Protected by Master
I'm 78 years old. From the day I was born to the day I obtained the Fa in 1993, to July 20, 1999 when the persecution began, to the ongoing Fa-rectification Period cultivation practice, I have been under Master's merciful protection. Master has given me everything I have today.
My parents told me that I was gravely ill as a one-year-old, and they had exhausted all treatments they could find. As a last resort, they took me to a temple to seek an elixir, and my life was spared. It was said that Medicine Buddha has saved my life.
During the 4th and 5th grade, I tended a cow after school every day. I would finish my homework first, and then cut grass to feed the cow.
The day before I left for the city (to attend sixth grade), the cow had tears in its big eyes. Suddenly, it went out of control and began jumping around me. I was so scared and froze. At the critical moment, an old farmer appeared. He patted the cow's back and spoke a sentence I couldn't understand. The cow calmed down, and a disaster was avoided.
The farmer told me the cow was sad because it knew I was leaving the next day. I believe the old farmer was sent by divine beings to save me.
I have run into other dangers growing up, but all were resolved under divine watch.
After I began practicing Falun Dafa in August 1993, I have run into life-threatening events such as high-voltage electric shock and being hit by a car. I escaped death each time. (I will not include them in this article, as both incidents were covered in the Minghui Weekly Issue 833.)
My parents were Buddhists, and taught my siblings and me to venerate the Buddha. At elementary and middle school age, I often went with my parents to the temple to burn incense and worship the Buddha. These experiences planted the seed of faith in my young mind.
When I was eight years old, a fortune teller predicted that my entire clan would one day rely on me. I didn't understand what he meant. Later on, among all my siblings, I was the only one who went to college, so I thought maybe I needed to help my siblings financially in the future. But they all turned out okay without my support.
After I started practicing Dafa, especially after the persecution began on July 20, 1999, I came to understand that because I have obtained the High Virtue Dafa of the Cosmos – Falun Dafa, I can save my family.
In late 2004, The Epoch Times published the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, and by the end of 2005 I had clarified the truth of Falun Dafa to nearly 100 family members and friends. I persuaded them to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations.
Finally Met Master
Until I found Falun Dafa, I had been looking for a master for decades. In college I attended martial arts practice from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. every day for years until graduation, but I didn't find my master.
When qigong was at its peak of popularity in the 1980s, I tried several kinds of qigong, but none appealed to me. However, I always had a gut feeling, and there had even been hints in dreams, that one day, a high-level master would teach me a Fa of high virtue. I had been looking forward to that day.
Finally, in a massively precious opportunity, I was fortunate to encounter Falun Dafa on August 31, 1993. It was my life reborn! At the 1993 Oriental Health Expo in Beijing, I met our Esteemed Master in person, and Master even signed my copy of Zhuan Falun!
Also at the Expo, I attended Master's lecture in person for the first time. My eyes were filled with tears of happiness. I shouted in my heart, “My Esteemed Master, I have finally found you!”
Attending Master's Lectures Multiple Times
I attended Master's Nine-day Lectures in Tianjin, Changchun, and Jinan from March to June 1994.
It was hot during the Jinan Lectures, and many students began fanning themselves. Master told everyone to put aside their fans. Immediately, we felt a cool breeze. Indeed, I saw two giant Faluns to the left of Master rotating, one facing East-West, and the other North-South. The two Faluns were sending cool breezes to the entire stadium.
In addition, I have attended Master's seminars multiple times, and I felt extremely fortunate. The seminars I attended include:
• Seminar in Tianjin on March 15, 1994; • Suggestions Given at the Beijing Falun Dafa Assistants Meeting on December 17, 1994; • Comments Regarding the Fa-Rectification Made at the Falun Dafa Assistants Meeting in Beijing on January 2, 1995; • Teaching the Fa in Beijing at the Zhuan Falun Publication Ceremony on January 4, 1995;• Lecture given at the Beijing High-level Intellectuals Fahui on January 3, 1999. The Fahui was held in a small auditorium in Tsinghua University, and attended by over 100 people.
One day in mid-November 1993, two months after I started practicing Dafa, I was at work. Suddenly, a crystal boat about 30 cm in length appeared in front of my eyes. The vessel paused in front of me and continued moving forward. I had a thought: “This is the Fa vessel Master sent for me. I will get on board, follow Master and advance diligently.”
"Fa brings salvation to all,‘tis Master guiding the wayOne sail is hoisted,one hundred million followLight are the boats, quick the travelwith attachments cast asideBut the ocean proves hard to crossif human thoughts weigh one down"(“Self-Evident is the Heart,” Hong Yin Volume II, Translation Version A)
I believe Master must have been sending a Fa vessel for every genuine Dafa disciple. We must cultivate our xinxing, remove attachments, endure hardships, advance diligently, follow Master's grand Fa vessel, and arrive in our true home.
My Gratitude to Master
Master opened my third eye, so at every lecture I could see the golden Buddha light emitted from Master that shone across the entire lecture hall. I also saw Master placing Faluns for practitioners.
At practice sites, I saw colorful Faluns of different sizes coming from above, strengthening and adjusting practitioners' bodies. I also saw Master's Fashen, and many things Master gave us, including Faluns, energy systems and mechanisms, as well as atomic and some physical structures.
Less than a month after I started practicing Dafa, I had recovered from all my illnesses. I walked very lightly, and I would not be tired no matter how far I walked. While riding a bike, I felt as if being pushed along. The dejection and disinterest caused by my illnesses were gone forever. I changed into a different person.
Master has cleansed my mind and body, and Dafa has changed my perspective in life. Master's teachings have been encouraging me to advance diligently in cultivation. Master has been watching over me, hinting when needed, and helping me move forward constantly.
I obtained the Fa 26 years ago. Besides studying the Fa, doing the exercises, and cultivating my xinxing every day, I have been following Minghui's requirements of sending forth righteous thoughts four times a day (and more times when needed), as well as cooperating with fellow practitioners to do the three things well.
For example, I have been distributing truth-clarification materials, mailing truth-clarification letters, putting up self-adhesive posters, hanging banners, spending currency with truth-clarification messages printed on them, clarifying the facts face-to-face to people, persuading them to quit the Party, making phone calls to have people quit the Party, as well as helping fellow practitioners submit lists of names of those who have agreed to quit the CCP to The Epoch Times. I have cultivated myself and improved during the process.
To save the cosmos, our Esteemed Master has put immeasurable effort into disciples' cultivation and has eliminated the huge karmic debts of his true disciples. Master scooped me up from hell and gave me a new life. My gratitude to Master is beyond words! It is a huge privilege for me to be a Fa-rectification Period Dafa Disciple.
I am determined to follow our esteemed master, let go of my human thoughts, cultivate with the heart I had when I first began practicing, treasure the time Master has extended for the cosmos, do better in the three things, save sentient beings, fulfill my vows, follow Master, and return to my true home.