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Attaining Dafa at an Older Age

November 08, 2019 |   By a Falun Dafa practitioner in Jilin Province, China

(Minghui.org) I am 88 and was a leader in a government branch before I retired. I started to practice Falun Dafa on January 1, 2015. Without Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong, there would be no me today. It is Dafa that saved me. It has not only extended my life but also made me realize the evil essence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The purpose of the  CCP's doctrine of atheism is to destroy the roots of our Chinese culture, prevent us from believing in the existence of gods, and lose our divinity while chasing materialistic desires. It is Master’s Falun Dafa that made me realize that the true meaning of life is to return to one's original self. 

Atheistic Poison Dehumanizes Me

I joined the military in June 1948, and became a party member when I was 18. I was promoted to the rank of an officer at 20 and served in the military for 28 years. When I retired, I worked in a civilian office. Under the constant indoctrination by the CCP, I became an atheist and did a lot of stupid things.

I visited Xuanzhong Temple with a friend in May 1970. On the mountain road we saw Buddha statues everywhere that had been shattered. I kicked a Buddha head that had been broken in half in order to prove that I was an atheist. From the qigong fever of the 1970s to the widespread Falun Gong introduction in the 1990s, as an atheist, I thought all were feudal superstitions. 

In 1994, my wife started practicing Falun Dafa, and attended the 9-day Fa lectures in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province. Somehow, after the classes, she recovered from several long-term illnesses and became healthy. Moreover, she was in good spirits—like a new person. Despite this, I was not moved no matter what my wife said. The brand of atheism instilled by the CCP had made me a stone. 

My youngest daughter became a practitioner in 1998. She told me again and again about Falun Dafa, how good it was, that it is Buddha Law, that Master Li Hongzhi wants to save people, and so on. I just simply said, “OK, you can practice, I won’t object.”

Persecution of Falun Gong

When Jiang Zemin started persecuting Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, although I was thoroughly indoctrinated with atheism, my heart was kind and my conscience knew that it must be evil to persecute good people and fight against kindness.

My daughter was detained in a forced labor camp and taken to prison. When she was released several years later, my original healthy daughter was thin and pallid. Her formerly black hair was gray. As a strong man, I hadn’t shed tears for decades, but when I saw my daughter, tears covered my face. My daughter told me that practitioners were killed for their organs that were sold for transplant, and that it was happening on a large scale. I was shocked, and my heart was bleeding. I began to actively support my wife and daughter in practicing Dafa. 

From the materials my daughter gave me, I learned that there were Falun Dafa practitioners and supporters in more than 100 countries. The perseverance of Falun Dafa practitioners made me see hope. The world needs Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance, as well as China. 

Compassionate Warning

Over 30 years later I suffered retribution for kicking the buddha statue's head. 

Early in the morning on December 25, 2014, I went for a walk along the river bank. On a pedestrian crossing on a street, with my left foot almost on the curb, a car hit my right leg. I sustained a comminuted fracture. Although I didn't practice Falun Dafa at that time, influenced by my wife and daughter, I realized that what happened was not a simple accident. I was paying back karma for what I did to the buddha head years ago. It was both punishment and salvation from the gods and Buddha. It was a compassionate warning. 

The person who hit me was a policeman. He was terrified when he saw how badly I was injured. He called for an ambulance to come immediately, and I was taken to a hospital. My daughter arrived at the hospital and told me to not complain to the driver since he didn’t hit me intentionally. She comforted the driver: “Don’t worry. We will not take advantage of you.” 

When the driver learned that I was 83, he worried that we would ask for even more compensation. If my wife and daughter didn’t practice Dafa, and if I hadn’t been influenced by practitioners for many years, although I wouldn't take advantage of him, the accident would have cost him a minimum of over 100,000 yuan according to the nurse.

As Falun Dafa adherents, my wife and daughter wouldn't ask for anything more than necessary. For me, although I didn’t practice yet, I never objected to them practicing Falun Dafa. In the past, I gave my wife money to go to Harbin to attend the Fa-lectures. I silently supported them and hoped they would be safe. My daughter told the driver that we wouldn't ask him for a penny more than necessary, and he would understand the reason later. 

I expected such a decision by my wife and daughter. From the changes they experienced after practicing Dafa, I knew about the power of Dafa and how great Master was for teaching a group of kind and selfless disciples. 

My son was a policeman too. He was also very considerate, and didn’t try to take advantage of the driver. 

Master said, 

“Haven't I said that with one person practicing, the whole family benefits?” (Teaching the Fa at the Fa Conference in Australia)

I was moved and praised Master in my mind again and again. “Master, you are right. My son has benefited a lot too. When referring to doing well as a human being in today’s society, Falun Dafa practitioners are no doubt at the top of the list and their family members are next in line.”

When the nurses and the other patients learned that we didn’t take advantage of the driver, they felt it was unbelievable that there were such noble people in society.

Witnessing the Power of Dafa

My wife and daughter told me to keep reciting the words “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance is good,” while I was in the hospital. With the recitation, I felt the pain gradually recede. Later, I started to repeatedly listen to Master’s “Lectures in Guangzhou.” In just a few days, the pain in my leg disappeared. The miracle made me, a stubborn atheist, believe that Falun Dafa was not an ordinary qigong.

My wife and daughter told me that I should thank Master because Master suffered for me. Although I didn’t say anything, I knew it was true because I no longer was in pain. I listened to Master’s lectures more carefully, and gradually realized what Master said was all about how to be a good person, and a better person based on the principles of Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance. I realized deep in my mind that only Falun Dafa could make the worldly people’s hearts to be righteous again.

One week later a metal plate was implanted in my leg. I didn’t feel any pain during the recovery period. I listened to Master’s lectures every day. My leg quickly healed. Everyone was amazed as I recovered so soon from the splintering of two leg bones. 

Although I was not fully recovered, I insisted on being discharged from the hospital after just 22 days. In fact, my doctor strongly advised me to stay longer to ensure a full recovery. I knew that staying longer would cost more for the person who hit me. I was now a Dafa practitioner. Master taught us to always consider others so I couldn't stay in the hospital and burden the other party, although it seemed perfectly logical and reasonable. In my mind, I wanted to go home early so I could study the Fa and do the exercises more conveniently. We left the hospital without asking for any kind of medication. 

Just before I left, my wife and daughter told the driver who hit me about Falun Dafa. He was really surprised. Although he didn’t withdraw his membership from the CCP or its youth organizations, he promised that he would no longer arrest Falun Dafa practitioners. He said that Falun Dafa practitioners were really kind people.

There is an old saying, “It will take 100 days to recover from an injury in the sinews or bones.” However, I had almost recovered after only 22 days. I experienced the extraordinariness of Dafa. My wife and daughter always said that Dafa is the Buddha Law. It is indeed true. I truly knew that I was rather late in realizing this fact. 

The accident made me realize another truth: Good is rewarded with good; evil meets evil. Retribution will not come when the time is not right; it will inevitably come when it is due. It is indeed true.

I also realized that gods control this world. The atheism promoted by the CCP is the root cause of the moral decline in contemporary Chinese society. Gods are watching what people are doing. They know what you did, whether it was good or bad. Even when human principles are destroyed, there are still heavenly principles.

I regretted that I had been badly poisoned and had learned so late in life just how evil the CCP is. Without the divine beings' compassion via this accident as a wake-up call, I would be buried along with the CCP when it went down. 

I was indoctrinated and deceived by the CCP for more than 60 years. I really had a granite head in the past. Now, I am finally awakened. On December 25, 2014, I solemnly declared that I would withdraw from the CCP and completely break away from it. From then on, I started to believe in Master and Dafa, walk on my cultivation path, and return to my original true self.

From deep in my heart, I know only Falun Dafa can rectify the world to make people kinder, improve moral standards, and keep people healthy physically and mentally. It is extremely fortunate for a being to attain Dafa with such mighty virtue. 

I started to practice Falun Dafa officially on January 1, 2015. I repeatedly listened to Master’s lectures and read the book Zhuan Falun feeling that I should have done this much earlier. I promised Master, although this disciple woke up very late, I will not become lost again.

So Good to Have Master

It is so good to have Master. I am full of happiness and fulfilled every day.

I studied the Fa with my wife after leaving the hospital. Later, I joined the group Fa- study after my daughter suggested I do so and studied  Zhuan Falun with fellow practitioners. My mind and my body shake whenever I am touched by a word of the Fa. My xinxing has constantly improved under the Fa’s guidance. 

Later I started to memorize “On Dafa,” Zhuan Falun, and Hong Yin. I can recite many chapters of Master Li's writings. I study Zhuan Falun and Master’s other lectures during the day, sent righteous thoughts four times a day, and do the five exercises at night. As long as I do this diligently nothing can stop me. 

After several months of cultivation and practice, I recovered from multiple diseases, including cerebellar atrophy, edema in my lower leg, cataracts, enlarged prostate, heart disease, gallstones, and hepatitis B. My right leg recovered, and it is as if the accident never happened. Now my body is as healthy as a young man's.

Master has constantly cleansed and purified my body for more than four years of cultivation. Not only has my body become healthy, but my heart is purified and my life has value. Moreover, I have found the true way to return to my original true self. There are no words to describe my appreciation. All I can do is follow Master’s teachings, study the Fa well, send righteous thoughts, and clarify the truth about Dafa. 

Since last year, I started to talk to my old friends and colleagues about withdrawing from the CCP and tell them that reciting the words “Falun Dafa is good” can bring them good fortune. Sometimes I also go to the streets and markets to tell people the facts about Falun Dafa and the persecution.