Validating the Fa Is a Falun Dafa Practitioner's Responsibility
(Minghui.org) I am 76 years old, retired, and only attended school for two years. I would like to share my experience of validating the Fa.
Validating Dafa with My Improved Health and Character
I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1997, when Dafa was spreading widely in China.
I participated in the group exercise practice and Fa study in the morning and evening, and my heart was filled with happiness. I was confident in my cultivation and improved quickly.
Before that, I was addicted to smoking and drinking. When I was drunk, I would curse and hit people; once I even attacked the court chief justice.
Master Li said:
I repeatedly studied this paragraph of the Fa and quit drinking alcohol in two months.
I was a welder and was used to smoking during breaks when I was at work, as well as after work.
I smoked more than a pack of cigarettes every day, which really annoyed my family. Once I began to practice, I repeatedly read Master's Fa teaching about smoking, and finally, guided by Dafa and with Master's blessing, I completely quit smoking in two years.
After I quit smoking and drinking, I stopped swearing and hitting people, harmony reigned in my family, my children treated me with respect, and I got along well with others.
My nephew used to live in a rural area, and he shipped the rice he grew to me every year and let me sell it for him. I delivered the rice to each customer's door.
Each bag of rice was 50 pounds, and I walked from my house to the city about half a mile away. I could climb several flights of stairs without taking a break and deliver the rice to the buyer.
I felt like a new person, energetic and strong.
“...validate Dafa as a correct and true science, rather than preaching or idealism—this is every cultivator’s obligation.” (“Validation” in Essentials for Further Advancement)
During this period of my cultivation, through the changes in my physical health and xinxing, my relatives and friends witnessed the power of Dafa. The principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance really do purify the human body and mind, improve one's moral standards, and elevate one's realm of thinking, which can bring infinite beauty to life.
Turning Tribulation into Opportunity
“The responsibility of Dafa disciples is to save sentient beings and validate the Fa.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Meeting on Writing Music” in Teaching the Fa at the Discussion on Writing Music and Creating Fine Art )
From this teaching, I realized that validating the Fa runs through our entire cultivation. In particular, during the Fa-rectification period, ever since the persecution started, everything is connected: our validating the Fa and assisting Master with Fa-rectification, saving sentient beings, fulfilling our vows, and completing cultivation.
On the morning of September 27, 2018, I went to the market to buy groceries. At the crosswalk, I was hit by a motorcycle and thrown more than two meters.
I lost consciousness, and when I woke up I was lying in the arms of the motorcyclist.
He was worried and upset and said that he had already called an ambulance, that it would be there shortly. At that time, my mind was very clear.
In an environment where evil was still persecuting Dafa, this was a test to see if I could validate the Fa.
I said that I was not going to the hospital, that I was a Falun Dafa practitioner, that I was under Master's protection, and that I would be all right.
I asked him not to be afraid and to take me home. Just then the ambulance arrived and they took me to the hospital.
My upper right humerus was fractured, and an area of my head had swollen and was bleeding.
My children rushed to the hospital and asked me to stay there. However, I insisted on leaving.
Back home, they arranged for an orthopedic surgeon to bandage my wounds, which I again refused to allow.
In a short while, more than 20 friends and family members showed up at my bedside. They were worried about me and advised me to go back to the hospital. They were worried that, at my age, which was over 70, if I did get proper treatment, I might never be able to walk normally again.
I used this opportunity to tell them the facts about Dafa.
I said, “You all know that I practice Falun Dafa. We live by Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance; we are good people; and our master looks after us.
“Master Li protects true disciples. You can rest assured that there will be no problems. I will be able to walk in a few days.”
Three days later, I really was able to walk. On the fourteenth day, I went to the Fa study group. My home was on the mountainside, and I could walk normally even though I was going up and down steep hills.
If I had not treated the incident properly, I could have been disabled. The choice I made at that moment, between human sentimentality and validating Dafa, constituted a true test for me.
I firmly chose to believe in Master and Dafa. People say that it takes 100 days to recover from a fracture, but mine recovered in ten days.
Under Master's compassionate protection and blessing, a tribulation was resolved and turned into an opportunity to validate Dafa and save sentient beings, and many people came to understand the truth through my accident.
Saving Sentient Beings While Validating Dafa
“...since as Dafa disciples you cultivate Shan, and you have to be compassionate to all beings.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2003 Atlanta Fa Conference”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. IV)
The motorcyclist involved in my accident was a farmer in his 60s. After the accident, when he went to the market daily to sell vegetables, he told people what had happened, that he'd injured someone who practiced Falun Dafa, but that person did not ask to be treated in a hospital or for compensation.
He said, “If I had hit a different person, I would have had to spend tens of thousands of yuan to settle the accident. The Master of Falun Dafa really is teaching people to be good.”
A month later, I went to visit this man and explained the facts about Falun Dafa to more than 20 of his relatives. I said that after I began to practice Falun Dafa, I quit smoking and drinking and stopped swearing and fighting.
I also told them that many of my health problems had gone away and that I had not been to a hospital or taken any medicine since I picked up the practice over 20 years ago.
I told everyone that we practice Falun Dafa according to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance and that Master teaches us to consider others first. When we encounter danger, Master protects us.
I advised them not to be taken in by the CCP's lies about Dafa, not be hostile to Dafa, and not to oppose it. “Remember 'Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good' and you will be protected by the Buddha and escape disaster,” I said.
The man who had run into me said, “There are few good people like you! We must all remember that Falun Dafa is good and that Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. We should also be good people.”
Clarifying the truth in this situation validated Dafa and reflected the compassion that Dafa disciples cultivate through Dafa. More than 20 people there withdrew from the Chinese Communist Party and its youth organizations.