A Veteran's Story of Becoming a Falun Dafa Practitioner
(Minghui.org) When I got out of the army at the age of 25, I was detained for fighting back when a police officer beat me. At the age of 30, I was imprisoned for a year and a half for fighting with the police again.
When my niece told me about Falun Dafa after she began the practice, I did not believe in it. I even told her not to be fooled. But when my wife later started to practice Dafa and the egg-sized tumor on her neck disappeared shortly afterward. I was amazed and realized that Dafa truly saves people. I learned about its principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and knew that Dafa helps people to improve. But I could not make up my mind to practice it.
In 2002, three years after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began persecuting Falun Dafa, several practitioners were arrested. The police asked me for their information but I did not give it to them. This time I did not fight with the officers for persecuting good people because I had better understanding of tolerance and I wanted to protect the practitioners.
One day, I saw a big banner that slandered Dafa. I managed to take it down when nobody was around and burned it. My hand was scratched in the process but I did not mind at all.
The local police once came to my home and tried to get my wife to go with them to be “transformed.” I told them, “She is a good person and did not do anything wrong. How do you propose to 'transform' her? I will not be so polite if you come back again." They did not know what to say and left.
Another time, they did take her to the police station, so I went to check on her. To force my wife to renounce Falun Dafa, the police told her to curse the founder of Falun Dafa. I thought that was wrong and asked, “The police should teach people to be good. Why do you order her to curse?” I had learned to practice tolerance and no longer fought with the police, but I reasoned with them with determination and showed no fear. The police had to release my wife.
I did not understand why the CCP would persecute practitioners. I had read the Dafa teachings. Even though I did not understand what I read, I knew it taught people to be good. I often enjoyed helping my wife do her Dafa things.
Becoming a Practitioner
In 2009, I had more time and I began to seriously read the book Zhuan Falun every day. I read Chapters 4 and 5 first, then Chapter 7. This time, I understood what I read so I began to practice Dafa.
I learned to look within and controlled my temper. Once when I talked to someone about the Three Years of Great Famine, one of the CCP's many political movements, he said, “Why weren't you left to starve to death back then?” I told myself to not to let his comment get to me and just looked within. Before, I would have slapped him. Another time, I paid for 18 pounds of pork ribs at the market but the butcher only gave me 15 pounds. I did not argue with him.
Coming down the stairs once day, I missed a step and heard my ankle bones crack. Those that heard it said that my ankle must have fractured. I said, “I'm fine. I am a Falun Dafa practitioner and my master protects me.” When I got home, the sole of my foot was purple. I did not go to hospital and just meditated. The next day, my foot swelled so badly that I was unable to walk. But I still meditated. My son wanted to spray some medicine on my foot but I stopped him. Two weeks later, my foot was healed. My legs used to ache when I meditated, but there was no more pain after that.
After I filed a lawsuit against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin in 2015, the local police stopped by my home to harass me. I told them that the CCP had killed millions of Chinese, that Jiang started the persecution of Falun Dafa, and that all we practitioners did was to tell people to stay away from the CCP. The police did not say much and left.
From my experience, I know that our cultivation will go well if we listen to Master and firmly believe in Master and Dafa. I've worked with my wife to do Dafa things and paid attention to cultivate my xinxing. Because I'd had a bad temper, I often reminded myself to use restraint and do things according to the Fa. I need to cultivate well, be a diligent practitioner, and not disappoint Master.