How Falun Gong Benefits Society (Part 11)
(Minghui.org) (Continued from Part 10)
Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of the Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong), said,
“From the start, my teaching has been motivated by a sense of responsibility toward the world and to those who want to learn our practice. People have been very receptive to it, and the practice has had a widely positive impact.” (The First Talk, Zhuan Falun)
In addition to the exercises, Falun Dafa's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance help one purify the heart and mind. Many believe this to be the key to the dramatic health recoveries and improvements practitioners in China and around the world have experienced.
Profiles such as the ones below look at people whose lives changed for the better after they took up the practice of Falun Dafa. We hope that these stories benefit the reader and help people better understand the practice.
Beginning a New Life
Mr. Wang Zhongren, 66, is from Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province.
He injured his back and head in a major accident at work in January 1991. When he failed to recover and was unable to return to work, he was given the minimum income, which was only about one-tenth of his regular salary. His family then had financial difficulties.
He counted on daily medication to reduce his suffering, but the side effects affected his memory. He then developed severe psoriasis on his head and lost partial control of his sphincter. But he had no money for medical treatment.
The factory he worked for went bankrupt in January 1997. His wife, who also worked there, lost her job, and his minimum income dried up. His son had just finished middle school at the time and there was no money for him to continue school. His wife and son found work in other cities and left home. He was unable to find a regular paying job and ended up doing light work for meals. He was desperate.
Luckily, Mr. Wang began to practice Falun Gong in 1998. All of his ailments disappeared shortly afterward. He was full of energy and felt as if he'd been reborn. He found a job, too. His life completely turned around.
He now follows the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and tries to be a better person. He treats others with kindness. Falun Gong gave him a new life.
Leaving Misery Behind
Ms. Pei Fei, 53, worked for the Jinlin City Huajin Textile Factory. She graduated from college in 1987 and then stayed on and got a job in administration. Her career was going well after four years but then her stomach and back started to hurt. She tried several doctors but to no avail. The pain then became severe.
She had an exploratory laparotomy and resection of the appendix. Unfortunately, her spinal nerve was damaged when the anesthesia was administered, leaving her unable to hold her back straight.
She later also developed heart disease, pharyngitis, arthritis, hypotension, and Meniere's. She became very weak and missed a great deal of work. She tried all kinds of treatments but was losing hope. She was miserable and cried a lot. She even thought of suicide but could not go through with it, because she knew that her mother would follow suit.
She was so weak by the fall of 1996 that she couldn't even wash her own clothes. She was then diagnosed with uterine fibroids and had to take short-term sick leave. She went to live with her mother. One day, her mother's friend came over and told them about Falun Gong. They went to the nine-day Falun Gong classes.
Everything she heard in the classes was new to her and she was amazed at the principles she learned. She knew that she had found the purpose of life, and decided to practice it sincerely.
Gradually, all of her ailments disappeared. She could not believe that she had found happiness again. She strove to be a better person and learned to be tolerant when encountering conflicts. She hadn't been in touch with her father and her aunt for many years. But she forgave them and restored the relationships. Falun Gong completely changed her.
Recovery from Terminal Illness
Ms. Dong Shulan, 70, lives in Jilin City, Jililn Province.
In April 1996, Ms. Dong, 48 at the time, became bedridden and felt that her life was ending. She had suffered with many long-term health problems, including tuberculosis, empyema, gallstones, cervical vertebrae issues, kidney stones, and other kidney problems. When she developed malignant histiocytosis, however, it was a death sentence. There is no cure yet for this terminal illness. Her local hospital referred her to a national blood research institute as a research case.
Her family already had huge debts after covering her medical costs, and there was nothing more they could do. Thinking about leaving her four children behind, she was really sad that all she could do was to wait for death.
Fortunately, a friend told her about Falun Gong. After reading Zhuan Falun, she understood the meaning of life. Through studying the book and doing the exercises, her health improved by the day and she became happier and happier. By the end of the month, all of her ailments had disappeared. She regained her energy and was no longer tired. She thanked Master from the bottom of her heart for giving her a second life.
Her husband witnessed her recovery and began to practice Falun Gong with her. He became healthier and happier, too. He easily gave up smoking and drinking. Her three daughters saw the changes in their parents and began to practice Falun Gong as well. They all followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and strove to become better people. The whole family found happiness and peace.
Their relatives were all surprised by the wonderfulness of Falun Gong, and over a dozen of them also started to practice it.
Saved from Despair
Ms. Zhang Yuanhua, 48, lives in Luzhou City, Sichuan Province. She was born into a poor family in the countryside. Since she was little, she had always been weak, and had anemia and breathing difficulties. After she married, she had frequent pain in her stomach, abdomen, and chest.
An accident then left her handicapped... Ms. Zhang fell from a fruit tree and broke her femur. She had no money to see a doctor right away, but she was in so much pain that her brother took her to the hospital 28 days later. Unfortunately, the surgery went wrong and a ligament was cut. With no money for further treatment, she went home and became bedridden. Her mother took her in and took good care of her for nearly a year. She finally got of bed but needed crutches to walk.
Since she was no longer able to work in the fields, her husband and his family treated her badly. After she gave birth to a girl instead of a boy, her husband wanted a divorce. Even though the divorce somehow did not go through, her life was miserable. She hit her head against a wall several times trying to kill herself, but failed.
She saw hope after hearing the miraculous stories of other Falun Gong practitioners. A practitioner came to her home to teach her the practice. To her surprise, she quickly regained her health. She was able to walk by herself again with only a slight limp. She began to take care of all the household chores and her over-80-year-old father-in-law. She could even work in the fields and carry heavy loads. Her husband left home to work in the city without worrying about her.
Falun Gong saved her from despair, and her nearly-broken family returned to normal. Her whole family showed gratitude to Falun Gong. She has remained healthy for the past ten years without taking a single pill.
Sick Couple Finds Cure
Mr. Long Tingfan and his wife Ms. Zhou Ping live in Jingmen City, Hubei Province. Mr. Long worked for a local electric factory and Ms. Zhou was a clerk in a local bank.
The couple were both in very poor health before they practiced Falun Gong. Mr. Long hurt himself in an explosion at work, ended up totally disabled, and had to stop working. His sweat pores were clogged and his lungs were injured. As a result, he coughed up blood and was plagued with abscesses and itchy skin. He was so bad off that he was unable to do any housework. His employer spent a lot money trying to help him but nothing worked.
Ms. Zhou had severe kidney disease, chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, chronic pharyngitis, anemia, and rheumatoid arthritis. One of her doctors told her that she would most likely be paralyzed by the age of 40. The couple spent all their income coping with their health problems.
When they were at the end of their rope, Falun Gong became popular in their city and both of them began practicing in May 1996. Shortly afterward, all of their ailments disappeared. They felt wonderful and have not taken any medication since then.
Mr. Long returned to work. Both of them were famous at their jobs for not incurring any medical care costs. They followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and considered others first. Ms. Zhou refused to accept bribes from her customers, and her manager and coworkers praised her.