A Practitioner in Her Eighties Can Recite All of Zhuan Falun
(Minghui.org) I was told the following story about Ms. Li a long time ago. She was 85 years old and could recite the whole book of Zhuan Falun. She studied the Fa every morning, and in the afternoon she clarified the truth about Falun Dafa, and helped people to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). She has been doing this for over 10 years.
I met her last autumn at a local Fa-study group. She looked like she was in her 60s, in high spirits, and had a fair complexion with few wrinkles on her face. She was always in a good mood, and had a kind smile. She sat in the lotus position and her back was straight. We were reading “Lecture Four” in Zhuan Falun. She, however, recited it in her mezzo-soprano tone with a steady and sure voice. She recited the first two paragraphs without a single mistake.
Returning to Good Health
She suffered from insomnia when she was in her 20s. She also had bouts of dizziness and had to lie in bed for a week every time the dizziness hit her. Feeling hopeless about life, she wrote a last will and testament in 1998.
Back in 1996, two of her colleagues practiced Falun Dafa. They tried to persuade her to practice as well because they knew she was not in good health. But, she was not interested. After she completed her last will and testament and had nothing to worry about, she thought of them; they were energetic and their faces were bright and rosy. She called one of them and told her that she wanted to practice Falun Dafa.
When she arrived at her colleague's home to learn about Falun Dafa, she was cold and couldn't help trembling. The colleague's husband asked her not to be afraid, because Master Li (the founder) had started to take care of her. The colleague gave her a copy of Zhuan Falun to read.
After she started to read Zhuan Falun, her health improved daily. She again felt what carefree was like, and that a new life had begun for her.
However, the persecution of Falun Dafa had started by then. The happy and harmonious cultivation environment was destroyed. But she was determined that she would read three lectures of Zhuan Falun each day and practice the exercises in the morning and evening. Her husband said that she became a professional cultivator. He saw her health improving greatly and was very thankful to Dafa. He supported her practicing Falun Dafa wholeheartedly.
She wrote, “Falun Dafa is good” and “Falun Dafa is a righteous Fa” wherever she could to help people understand Dafa. She felt this was what she should do when Falun Dafa and Master were wronged.
Later on she attended a local group and studied the Fa with other practitioners. They made truth-clarification materials and distributed them together. She felt so good being with other practitioners.
Perseverance Despite Tribulations
The police harassed Ms. Li near the time of the Chinese New Year in 2004. They interrogated her in a remote hotel far away from her home. She told them how she suffered from illnesses and how she recovered after practicing Falun Dafa and had a happy life since then. She refused to sign any statement about giving up Dafa and was released.
However, a family meeting was awaiting her at home. Out of fear, all her family members had agreed to watch her and not let her go outside; otherwise they would beat her until her legs were broken. Her son pointed his finger in her face and said that he would starve her to death.
She shrugged off their threats with a smile and continued to do what she should do. Her husband and son got so angry that they asked her to leave home.
She rented an apartment. Before she left, she told her husband and son that it was the right decision to practice Falun Dafa, that she was not the kind of person to be ungrateful, that Dafa teaches people to be good and compassionate, and there was nothing wrong with that.
When she truly wanted to leave, her husband changed his mind and asked her not to leave. But she thought it would be good for them to live separately for a while and let her husband cool down. Besides, she had paid the rent.
Her husband dragged her home three months later. So she had passed the test of sentimentally to family. None of her family members opposed her practicing anymore. As the family members came to better understand Falun Dafa, her family environment became harmonious again.
Copying and Memorizing the Fa
Ms. Li spent a lot of time studying and memorizing the Fa. In the early days she spent a lot of time copying the Fa. She copied Zhuan Falun five times and all of Master's articles once.
The greatest benefit she gained from memorizing the Fa was that she could immediately measure her actions and thoughts with the Fa. Master's Fa came into her mind as written words or verbally.
She feels that Master has always been with her during the past 20 years, encouraging her and protecting her. When she viewed any test or tribulation from the perspective of the Fa, the test or tribulation dissolved immediately and became a good thing on her cultivation path.
Clarifying the Truth and Saving Sentient Beings
She started to make truth-clarification materials in her home in 2012. She provided these materials to other practitioners, and she herself went out and distributed some of them as well. She has been producing such materials since then.
In the Fa- study group, some practitioners shared their experiences of telling people the facts about Falun Dafa face to face. She was touched by their stories, and wondered if she herself should do the same.
When Master's new article was published, she felt the urgency and importance to tell people the facts about Falun Dafa face to face.
“This is especially so for the Dafa disciples in mainland China: each must come out and clarify the truth, bringing it to every field and valley, mountain and hill, not omitting a single area where there are people.” (“Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World’s People”, The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol III)
She stepped out to clarify the truth to people about Falun Dafa face to face. The first time she did so, she went to a park and talked to the people who sat beside her on a bench about Falun Dafa and the persecution. They agreed to withdraw from the CCP and its youth organizations. This greatly encouraged her. She felt that Master was right beside her.
At times she came across people who cursed at her and even wanted to hit her. She didn't get angry, but instead felt sorry for them for their not being saved. At the same time, she looked within to see if there was anything she could have done better. She realized that the power of compassion and Master's help could save people.
She also realized that tribulations came from her own notions and attachments, that a true practitioner could overcome any hardships, and that she must fundamentally negate the arrangements of the old forces and listen to Master.