Overseas Practitioners Benefit from “Celebrating Word Falun Dafa Day” Articles by Practitioners in China
(Minghui.org) The Minghui website published “Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day,” a collection of experience-sharing articles submitted by practitioners from China, on May 6-18, 2019. The articles convey how many practitioners follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in everything they do, from remaining steadfast amid severe persecution from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), to dealing will the challenges of family life.
In addition to improving their moral realms and maintaining their health, practitioners have also brought the energy of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to those around them. These articles also show that this period of time is a major historical period filled with not only suffering but also miracles, wonderfulness, and hundreds of millions of bits and pieces forming the future.
A Clear Stream Created by Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance
Mr. Xu, a North American practitioner, said, “I was most impressed with the article ‘A Clear Stream in This Muddy World.’ And I am particularly touched that practitioners in mainland China are living by Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The practitioner in the article works in the financial field. In today's financial world in China, it can be said that the desire for money devours human morality like a flood of beasts.
“There is collusion between government and business, and some commit financial fraud. Some people do get fame and profit, and some become prisoners, but many people are drifting down along with this trend. The author of this article is engaged in a loan business. Her work ethic is to put the needs of others first. People around her say that she is rigid and inflexible. Many such people have become numb and helplessly follow the downward drift in society. I was moved by how, in all situations, this practitioner adhered to the principles of Dafa and thought about others first. Thus, people in that industry around her could see hope for a moral recovery in a world of materialistic desire. Seeing how Dafa practitioners are different is a clear stream in this muddy world, one created by Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and Dafa.”
Compassion, the Greatest Energy
Lilian works in a media project in Canada. After reading “The Story of Two Wills,” she realized that compassion is the greatest energy. The article tells how the father-in-law of the author passed away two years after being paralyzed. He left two wills. In the second, he decided to give his house to the author and her husband.
For ten years following his son’s wedding day, the old man had been ruthless to his daughter-in-law (the author). However, when the author started cultivating, she conducted herself according to Dafa and always treated her in-laws with kindness and without complaint. After the old man became paralyzed and bedridden, she took care of him, which included cleaning his bedpan and enduring his bad temper. Eventually, the father-in-law trusted only her, not even his own children. He soon changed his attitude toward Dafa. He took time to recite sincerely, “Falun Dafa is good.” He finally died in his sleep, accompanied by only the daughter-in-law.
Ten years of grievances and fighting were resolved under the blessing of Dafa. While the relatives and friends all saw her compassion, the practitioner did not bring out the second will, nor did she tell her husband's brother and sister. “We don't want the house,” she wrote, “and we are not asking for any return from my father-in-law. I am a cultivator; I was helping the elderly man as my obligation and responsibility.”
The second will serves as a testimony to the father-in-law’s trust in the practitioner and his recognition of Dafa.
Presently in Chinese society, people generally do not honor the elderly. Instead, the elderly care for their children, help their children raise the grandchildren, and do housework like a nanny. Once the elderly are sick, the children push each other to take responsibility for them, and some also fight for their parents’ legacies.
“I see a big gap when I compare how I have behaved in this respect with the behavior of the author,” Lillian noted after reading. “Although I have ignored my mother-in-law’s unkindness in the past years because of Master’s teachings, I have not strictly followed the Fa principles. The behavior of the practitioner in the article was like a mirror that made me see my own shortcomings, especially in dealing with my own family.”
To Truly Obtain the Fa
Sue, from Canada, said that every year she reads all the experience-sharing articles by practitioners in China that were published in “Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day,” and she reads some of the articles two or three times. One of the articles from this year, “Breast Grows Back After Single Mastectomy,” greatly touched her, especially for the similarities she saw in her own life.
“I started cultivation about six years ago because I had breast cancer,” she said. “I was moved to see the miraculous changes in the mind and body of that practitioner. After a mastectomy, her whole breast grew back. More than 100 of her relatives and friends started cultivating in Dafa after witnessing that miracle. From being so ill to being free of illness and full of happiness is in itself validating the Fa. Only by believing in Master and the Fa can one truly obtain the Fa.
“I encountered so many difficulties in my own cultivation, and my body felt very uncomfortable. When I felt that it was too difficult to move forward, I asked myself a question: If Dafa cultivation does not cure my illness, do I still practice? My answer was “yes.” Dafa has made me understand that the purpose of this life is to return to one's original true self. Regardless of how difficult it is, I will firmly cultivate. Looking at it now, that question itself has elements of not believing in Master and the Fa.”
“There is a transition at the lowest level of cultivation practice, and this is to purify your body completely. All of the bad things on your mind, the karmic field surrounding your body, and the elements that make your body unhealthy will be cleaned out. If they are not cleaned out, how can you, with such an impure, dark body and a filthy mind, practice cultivation toward a higher level?” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
“Master has purified the bodies of his disciples. How could I ask such a question? In this article, the practitioner used simple language to describe the miraculous things that she had experienced, and I was moved to tears.”
Bringing Out the Righteous Thoughts of Sentient Beings
Ms. Hua, a practitioner from Australia, was touched and enlightened after reading the article “Rescuing My Mom and Standing Up to Her Abusers, Justice Prevails.” The article was written by a practitioner's daughter who was seven or eight months pregnant when her mother was taken to a detention center for clarifying the truth about Falun Dafa. The author felt that she had never experienced anything so terrifying. “When I sorted out her clothes that the police sent home, I found blood,” she wrote. “I was shocked and frightened. I was worried about her safety, and I cried every night. I felt helpless and didn’t know what to do.”
When the local Falun Dafa practitioners worked with her to rescue her mother as if they were all family, however, she went from “sudden panic” to “no fear at all.” When she went to the detention center to visit her mother and saw a guard dragging her mother, she shouted, “Stop dragging her!” The guard immediately let go, and no one dared to abuse her mother after that. They even praised her as a good, filial daughter.
During the process of rescuing her mother, the daughter ignored the threat of a police officer and hired three lawyers. The energy and compassion of Falun Dafa practitioners on the court day deeply moved her. She wrote, “Even the police were very impressed! Falun Dafa’s principles, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are truly mankind’s hope!”
Ms. Hua believes the story shows how a good-hearted daughter will be blessed when she chooses not to fear evil and violence when facing a choice between right and wrong.
Ms. Hua said that as a Dafa disciple during the Fa-rectification period, she enlightened to the following: Along with Master's compassion for saving sentient beings during the Fa-rectification, it is necessary for Dafa disciples to solidly cultivate on their own, naturally present selflessness and altruism to others under all circumstances, and vividly display to sentient beings the universal values of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. In this way, practitioners can bring out the righteous thoughts of all beings, lead them to fear no violence and assist in the Fa-rectification, and position themselves well.
“This story was very inspiring to me,” Ms. Hua said. “I am conducting myself accordingly in my own truth-clarification efforts now. I have a lot of interactions with people in the process. People are very impressed by what Dafa disciples say and do during the Fa-rectification period. They also realize that this is the only hope for them and for humankind.”