No Longer Lost in the Material World
(Minghui.org) People often ask me why I am always so happy. I tell them it's because I am a Falun Dafa practitioner and I have a Master who protects me. Master Li Hongzhi (the founder) is by my side at all times.
I was born into a family that seemed to be perfect. However, my parents didn't get along and my mother was ill. Before I was ten, I constantly saw and smelled medicine in our home. At that time, I often looked up to the sky and asked: “Why do people live in such pain?” Of course, no one answered me.
Practicing Falun Dafa
My mother learned Falun Dafa when I was ten. After that, my family became peaceful. My mother was in good health both physically and mentally. She no longer complained about others, but considered the needs of others first. Her facial expression changed from looking pained to joyful. For me, that was a very simple happiness. Although my family was not rich, my heart was filled with joy.
I followed my mother's example and became a Falun Dafa practitioner. From being a child who fought with others all day I changed into a good child in the eyes of teachers, other parents, and classmates. My academic performance improved greatly. Everything I did was in accordance with the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
Lost in the Material World
However, in July 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began to persecute Falun Dafa. Due to my father's opposition to the practice, I interrupted my cultivation and began drifting with the tide. I only remembered Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in my heart, while other principles of the teachings gradually faded from my mind.
In high school, I began to really enjoy life. My academic performance plummeted. I began to contradict the teachers, lie to my parents, hang out with gangsters, and even quarreled with my homeroom teacher. At that time, I felt that I was very capable.
Thus, I failed to get into a good college and ended up at a third-rate school. After graduation, I wasted money on street food. I bought whatever looked good, took a bite or two, and then I would throw it away.
I traveled all over China but didn't find happiness. Was happiness obtained through a happy marriage? I started dating, and the boys I dated really treated me well. But, for one reason or another, I broke up with three boyfriends one after another.
I then thought I should get a higher education for the sake of advancing my career. I registered in undergraduate courses. Gradually, I was promoted, and my salary increased. I was really busy with my job but felt lonely and pained at night. I asked myself what would bring real happiness in life?
My family underwent a sudden change when my father was imprisoned in 2012. Then, the man I was engaged to broke up with me. It being a new experience, it was hard for me to understand how a person could be so heartless. I was fired from my job because of my father's situation, and was denied damages for breach of contract from the work place.
In order to help my father, I gave all my savings to my mother to file a lawsuit. Now, at the age of 26, I could use the word nothing to describe my life. The sky had fallen and there was no happiness for me, only pain. I didn't know what my future life would be.
Finding the Meaning of Life in Dafa
As a Dafa practitioner, my mother was able to face the changes calmly and still have a smile on her face every day. Seeing her was like a slice of warmth in the cold winter, and it touched my heart. I realized that only cultivation would enable me to find my way, and even find the courage to survive.
I thus resumed Dafa cultivation at the end of 2012. I no longer dined out with my colleagues and friends every day, and I stopped wandering around the country. Instead, after I finished work I read Dafa books and memorized the Fa. Gradually, I understood the meaning of life and happiness.
Not seeking fame, enjoying leisure, feeling content,Not stressing gain, a benevolent righteous person;Not moved by sentiment, clear-hearted with few desires,With benevolence, cultivating oneself, accruing virtue over a lifetime. (Being a Human, Hong Yin; Translation Version B)
I let go of hatred toward my father, and no longer blamed him for our family tribulations. I viewed the hardship he caused as a blessing in disguise. Without hatred, I could see my father's good qualities. I felt grateful to my parents for raising me. After my thinking changed I became completely relaxed.
When I got rid of the desire for fame and paying attention to personal interests, I considered others first at work and found my life's path becoming wider and wider.
I was a salesperson and could make a lot of profit. No matter who was involved in my sales order, no matter how big or small the order was, I shared the profits with others. When I let go of the attachments to fame, personal interest, and sentiment, I had more and more customers and my heart was filled with happiness and gratitude. I only saw the good side of my colleagues and friends. When asked my opinion about others, I saw everyone as nearly perfect.
Since I returned to Dafa, my heart has been filled with happiness. No matter how rich or poor I am, I am no longer alone. I know that I have Master and Dafa. In the dead of night, I laugh because I am a Dafa practitioner, and there is no loneliness or pain in my life.
What is true happiness? Happiness is a healthy mind and body, knowing why people came to this world, having a life goal, and no longer struggling in the quagmire of ordinary people.
I am also willing to share my happiness today. I hope that everyone can read the book Zhuan Falun that Falun Dafa practitioners read every day, and find happiness, and I hope that everyone can feel as calm and peaceful as me.
At the beginning of the New Year, I wish everyone peace and happiness in 2019, and to be healthy and happy. I hope everyone has the chance to practice Dafa, which provides the true meaning and happiness to people.